Couldn’t face either Iron Fist or 24: Legacy - I’m simply not enthusiastic enough about either of them - so I’ve begun re-watching the excellent Preacher which I’ve only just gotten around to purchasing. Developed for television by Seth Rogen and his long-time collaborator Evan Goldberg of all people, Preacher is a hyper kinetic, violent and blackly humorous adaptation of a DC/Vertigo comic book series about Jesse Custer (played by Dominic Cooper), the son of a preacher man who, following a life of crime, has taken up the cloth in his old home town only to become possessed and fused to “Genesis”, an other-worldly force borne of a demon and an angel, and which might be more powerful even than God. As a result, Jesse can now make people do whatever he tells them but the literal nature of this power can be a minefield, as Jessie finds in the opening episode when he advises a paritioner arguing with his mother to “open his heart to her”. Joining Jesse on his adventures is Tulip (Ruth Negga, Dominic Cooper’s real-time partner), an old flame from Jesse’s bad old days, and Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), a 119 year-old vampire from Dublin who literally fell out of the sky into Jesse’s backwater town of Annville in West Texas. Chief among several obstacles to be overcome by the trio is an unscrupulous property magnate (Jackie Earle Haley) determined to own the entire town, and the pairing of Fiore and DeBlanc, a pair of low-level angels tasked with retrieving Genesis from Jesse’s body by any means necessary. And, somewhere down the road, they’re going to have to face The Saint of Killers (Graham McTavish).
If it already sounds convoluted, I haven’t begun to properly summarise everything in the show, and the show so far has barely scratched the surface of the graphic novels upon which it’s based. If you haven’t caught Preacher yet, you really should give it at least a try. It’s a lot of fun.