The After Party – Preacher Episode 4 | One of Us

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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

    This episode feels like Jessie getting suduced by his power. Watching the flashbacks with his father I feel like Jessie is trying to live up to a child’s understanding of his father. That his clinging to God to fix things is leading to his fall when he finds out the truth about God. At the beginning of the series he was someone trying to fake it or at least find faith as this little hick Texas town drains what little good will he might have and then something happened and he thinks it’s a sign from God and at this point he’s starting to buy into it and by the end of the season the rug is going to get pulled out from under him.

  • zgamer

    I do firmly believe that they are going to pull the rug from under Jesse, but I also believe this route they are going is still the right route. Obviously I’ve talked about this in the first two episodes so I won’t repeat myself much, but I don’t mind their more religious Jesse. It plays onto the idea that Jesse is very committed to something when he puts his mind to it. He also did show shades of his dark side in the last episode with threatening to kill the bad dad and for some reason I feel his whole little plan here with Quincannon is actually leading to something crazier. It’s just a little too…what’s the word, crafty to be completely sincere.

    I will totally agree however that they really slowed the pace down to a crawl in the last two episodes. It’s not that it isn’t still interesting, but it has that problem of making people sit and do nothing for an hour that I see in a lot of shows. They really want to set up an elaborate world and create their own path, but they need to make more significant events happen. It’s the problem Game of Thrones Season Five had for the first two thirds of the season.

  • RossOB

    My growing impatience with this show is only soothed by these After Party sessions, so thanks Chris ‘n’ Sarah for restoring livability to my life. I still love Tulip 2.0, and Cassidy continues to get his Pogue Mahone on, but yeah,I’m with Chris: Jesse’s pouting is bringing this whole gig down. I’m also losing interest in *his* interest in G-d: it’s pretty lame, boilerplate bible belt adoration, both completely lacking the comic book’s cynicism, and not really giving us any clues as to how Jesse is dealing with Genesis jumping ’round inside him. We don’t know enough about TV Jesse’s faith pre-Genesis, although there are molasses-slow drips coming in through the flashbacks. It seems likely that Genesis is dislodging and re-focusing Jesse’s faith, but given its violence, and its power, it seems strange that Jesse is only being gently goaded by Genesis to be a teensy bit more righteous each episode. Moreover, he is still so ambivalent about (if not completely distrustful of) Genesis’ power over free will that he only uses it as a last resort.

    In other words, he knows he has the power of G-d all up in him, and it compels him (say yea, it COMPELS him) to save his flock–but he is afraid to use The Voice, and acts like he is cheating. Written more subtly, or acted with a little more introspection, this ambivalence should be an intense driver of the show: Jesse realizes he wields incredible holy power, but he is only a vessel for it, and to truly do the Big Man’s work, he must not just channel it–he must BECOME IT. Or something like that. Instead, he’s constantly patting his skinny jeans for a lighter, and smoke-broods over the ashtray he boosted as a kid for the better part of an episode. It’s as if Rogen read all the Vertigo titles in the mid-90s in a single drug-fueled binge, and has merged Jesse, Sandman and John Constantine into a one composite spiky-haired emo mopester with Good-v-Eeevil issues.

    I will give this one more episode, and if its continues to frown into its own stolen ashtray, I’m giving up (on the show; I’ll still listen to the After Party…)