The After-Party: Preacher Episode 1 | One of Us

The After-Party: Preacher Episode 1

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Just finished watching the first episode of Preacher on AMC? Can’t wait to say something about it? Neither could we so we recorded this short podcast discussing what we just saw and what we thought about it. Listen to Chris and Sarah dissect the comic book adaptation and then leave your own thoughts in the comments.

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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, 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.

  • Kyle Voltti

    Tulip felt very cat like in her actions. Finicky like a cat

  • wolf_soldier13

    Not like the comic intro at all. But will watch it till the end of the first season before making final judgment.

  • zgamer

    First of all, I really like this type of post show commentary and review. You and Sarah did a great job, so I’d be up to listening to more of this.

    Outside of that, I really liked this pilot a lot. I totally sense they are tempering certain elements from the comics (I’ve never read them myself), but I feel like the moves they made were necessary to survive in a serialized format. Funny enough, people have been ragging on Jesse not being as interesting as Cassidy and Tulip (who are awesome), but I felt Jesse so far is the most human element of the pilot. You need someone who has some likable elements and isn’t just a psychotic murder maniac like the other two or you alienate casual viewers. Heck, my favorite moments of the pilot were his quieter moments like meeting Eugene and the moment right before he gets the power of God. The last thing I expected going into this was for there to be sweet or genuinely dramatic moments but I felt Dominic Cooper delivered.

    And I actually like that they are trying to explore Jesse sticking around and being a preacher. Moving too soon would probably not be a good move in terms of television and it might actually give them a chance to offer even more commentary on the religious elements based on how the people in this small town are portrayed. I know it’s not a pro-faith show in the sense it doesn’t endorse organized religion, but I’m glad it’s also showing that, even if it’s initially half-hearted, Jesse has some desire to actually be of service to people as a religious figure. It won’t last, but it’s a great dynamic to making him more likable before the really crazy stuff starts.

    I’m so in on the show, which I did not expect going in but that’s where I am now 🙂

  • RossOB

    Well, guys, I’m converted. Just watched it twice, back-to-back. I know, Chris, I expressed my crisis of faith over FaceBook, and you showed me the light. The comic would NEVER work as a TV show and, as much as I loved it twenty years ago, and for all its evergreen themes of faith and morality, it hasn’t aged all that well. So yeah: a Zadie Smith-meets-Deadpool Tulip. An emo Jesse tacking hard into his faith rather than running away. A shade-less Cassidy who is Pogue-ier than Shane MacGowan–and that’s how it probably should have been in the first place. It works. I’m only sad that Arseface was actually pretty intelligible–did we really need the subtitles?

    An extremely dorky catch: in the early montage of scenes in the sun-blasted Texas town, they flash upon a diner with the sign “Flavour Station” in the window–yes, flavor with a ‘u’, kicking it Commonwealth style. This was filmed in New Mexico, right? Is Rogen, a proud Canadian, such a micro-manager that he has to paint all the signage on the sets? I recall that every now and again in the books, Ennis used to put twee Irish/British phrases in Jesse’s East Texas mouth (one laughable reference to a duffle bag as a ‘hold-all’ particularly sticks in my brain)….could this be a really, realllly deep cut back to that?

    • Chris Cox

      I wouldn’t be surprised, reportedly Rogen and Goldberg are serious hardcore fans of the comic.

    • zgamer

      I think they actually addressed the name of the restaurant on their commentary track for the pilot. Check it out on the AMC site. It’s not the most enlightening commentary I’ve ever heard, but they point out some interesting details. They really did their homework on the comic and apparently collaborated pretty extensively with the creators on most of the changes they made.

  • denis Nixon Jarhead.

    You see a cowboy silhouette on some of the whiskey bottles. Probably the only ohn Wayne reference we are going to get. Also you would have seen Ruth nega in misfits 2nd season.