First look UK TV review: Preacher Season 3
Chris Bryant | On 01, Jul 2018
Back in black and blasphemous as ever, AMC’s Preacher returns with a bullet-riddled opening episode and a follow-up packed with as many paedophiles, rocket launchers, moments of genital consumption, and multi-faith shootouts as audiences have come to expect from Garth Ennis’ Biblical comic book adaptation.
Still helmed by Breaking Bad alum Sam Catlin, alongside profane comedy legends Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Preacher returns to Jesse’s roots and gets seriously Old Testament in the process. Having been plagued by his past thus far, the reality has a lot to live up to, but the team do well in ensuring that the titular preacher’s home life is as disgusting, mysterious, and brutal as expected.
Dominic Cooper’s driven clergyman is quickly forced into choosing between his loyal friends, his deranged family, and The Grail – a secret organisation hoping to frame him as The Messiah. But without his Genesis powers, Custer has a tough time balancing the scales. As gruff and sarcastic as ever, his wariness of his murderous Grandmother ensures that the viewers treat Madame L’Angelle – a gypsy-esque spell-caster – with the same fearful respect as any bad guy so far.
After what happened to Tulip (the kick-ass Ruth Negga) In Season 2, this season immediately deals her – and Cassidy (the vampiric and hilarious Joe Gilgun) – a little more depth. Jesse, meanwhile, might be in real trouble. With friends trying to escape his family and questioning his loyalties (as well as their own confused feelings), the gang are beginning to lose faith in each other.
As Dog-Man-God provides some unexpected advice from the great beyond, Preacher returns on excellent form, delivering enough answers and mayhem to keep everyone morbidly fascinated by the show’s unpredictable turns and dark humour. Aside from a questionable cameo-gag in a temple that crosses from blasphemy to ignorance, Preacher is still firmly a unique talking point for people everywhere, in that there truly is no other show quite like it. Witty, measured, and bursting with chaos, Preacher is a modern day miracle – it really has to be seen to be believed.
Preacher Season 1 to 3 is available to watch online in the UK exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, as part of a £5.99 monthly subscription. New episodes arrive weekly on Mondays.