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The After Party: Preacher Episode 2

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Chris and Sarah return for your weekly post-show scrutinization of AMC’s television adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher.


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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.
  • zgamer

    In the show’s defense, Garth Ennis approved Rogen and Goldberg’s suggestion of exploring Jesse’s preacher background since the comic never explored that area. He was pretty supportive of a lot of the changes apparently, since, based on a interview I read somewhere, a lot of previous pitches for the show failed because realistically a panel for panel adaptation would be super expensive to shoot (Rogen and Goldberg talked about budget being a big factor for a lot of changes in the show in the AMC.com director commentary).

    I do believe that all of this will build up to your prediction Chris that it will ultimately lead to Jesse giving in to his true nature (which they hint at with stuff like Jesse hearing the man admit to child pornography and judging him), but while it may not be completely faithful to the comic (admittedly I haven’t read the comic so I can’t judge it fairly as an adaptation), I think it works more for the casual viewer to humanize Jesse. I think it will make his eventual relapse more believable that he tries so hard to be a good preacher only for it to fail spectacularly. Then the real road trip can start in earnest.

    I will say the one thing I’m not crazy about with the show so far is that it does feel like an excuse for Rogen and Goldberg to play their entire Spotify playlist. They play A LOT of songs in these episodes and it isn’t always needed.