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We have returned from our hiatus to start season 4 with an incredible show with AMC’s Preacher. This comic book adaptation has been in the works since the mid-1990’s. Fans of the story and comics Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg finally bring this to the screen and the adaptation is different from the source material giving it a fresh essence that has Garth Ennis’ blessing.

The casting was interesting with Dominic Cooper, who lacks Jesse Custer’s trademark curls, but more importantly, he appeared emotionally weak in several scenes instead of down and out from a failing Preacher. We can only hope that later episodes Jesse holds his own a bit more, instead of being the butt of a misplaced joke. (SvS ) The casting of Cassidy was a home run all around. Even the producers Rogan and Goldberg describe Joseph Gilgun has a happy-accident in casting. Sometimes someone just walks into the audition and IS that character, and Joseph does that with the loud mouth, ne’er do well vampire Cassidy. While Tulip was originally a blond white woman, they cast former Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D actor Ruth Negga, who brings the proper attitude to the outlaw.

Overall the show is a campy, fun and close adaptation of the comic book. There are a few moments of action, which makes the show seem slow, and at times it was hard to have empathy for Jesse Custer – many of his sermons delivered seemed dry and without any sort of conviction or zeal. It was hard to believe Dominic Cooper in those moments. Visually, the show is doing a great job with sweeping establishing shots showing off the sadness and desperation of Annville. As directors both Rogan and Goldberg do a great job in telling a very complex story in a packed 60 minute show. The writer Sam Caitlin did an amazing job and it is worth reading to see how a great script is written.

This is definitely something you should give your attention to past the first episode. If the F’ed up, wild, bizarre and twisted story that is Preacher comes to light in the rest of the episodes the audience is in for a special treat. And AMC is the right network for that to happen.

 

 

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Script vs. Screen Grading:

Alex:  Script -A / Screen B+

Jason: Script B+ / Screen B+

Pop Culture Notes: 

Tilda Swinton as Bob Dylan in I’m Not Here

Director Paul Feig on the Fanboy haters of the new Ghostbusters – CelebFeedNow

Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg Talk about the Difference from the Comic Book – ScreenRant

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