Season 2 of Preacher kicked off last night, with a quick-turn episode 2 airing tonight on AMC. I discussed season 1 at length last year, and Paul and I chatted about it just as the show kicked off, so check out the archives to get the backstory on the (problematic) comics and the many interesting choices Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg made to adapt them to the New Golden Age of Television ™.
The new episode doubles down on the narrative distance between the comics and the series, seemingly setting up the Saint of Killers as the big bad (though I’d be surprised if they don’t either divert him or have him switch sides entirely before much longer) and introducing Jesse’s uncle on his father’s side, which produced a profound WTF moment in me–did I forget this? The Custers didn’t get much narrative space in the comics except for traumatic flashbacks to Jesse’s poor dad. Glenn Morshower added heft to what could have been a dark trifle, as he often does.
Reinvention can be tricky, but the showrunners brought on series creators Garth Ennis and (recently deceased) Steve Dillon to ensure that things didn’t stray too far. The best changes clean up the problematic stuff, and the rest let the story open up to what could end up being a long-running series. Lord knows the comics give them plenty of fodder, and they seem willing to take it all and run with it until the end of the world.