Preacher isn't the kind of television show I think I would've gotten into on my own. I'd heard about the comic and, given the nature of the manuscript I wrote, I was encouraged to check it out. I was interested, but still content only knowing that it existed without actually indulging in it. This changed when my friends at Smash Fiction asked me to jump in on an upcoming fight. I won't spoil it anymore than I have, but suffice it to say that I was motivated to binge all I could before the battle. Man. What a show.
Let me start by saying that I never read the comics and only had, at best, a passing knowledge of it. Couldn't name a character or a plot. But now, after watching season one, I'd like to reflect on it a bit. It was... not what I expected.
The show is both hilarious and disturbing at the same time. I get the impression that it's very toned down compared to the comic, but what I've seen is still pretty intense. While not being slaughterhouse level of gory, the show still manages to impress me with the bluntness of the characters' words and actions.
I love the characters. The main three are so great. Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy make this amazing little band. When they're not busy insulting each other, they're helping each other bury bodies. The interplay with these characters is what I live for.
And speaking of death, I don't think the show can go more than an episode without someone getting off'd. And yet, it's (almost) never in a particularly graphic way. The show treats death like an annoyance, something that just happens and you have to deal with. Seriously, these people look at death like most people look at a flat tire.
There's a lot going on in every episode, more than a single watching can do justice to. From the freakin' fight between the socially insensitive "Savage" mascot and the new Pedro the Prairie Dog mascot that decorates the background of nearly every episode to these strange little cutaways that take the whole season to pay off, there's always something going on in the background.
It's only been one season, but I've really enjoyed Preacher. I can easily see it going off the rails and following Supernatural's path, but for now, I like it. I'm excited to finish season 2 and, if that pans out, to see where it goes from there.
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.