TV Club: Jesse makes a choice and Cassidy makes some friends on Preacher

I said in my review of the pilot that these write-ups aren’t going to be about comparing the comic book to the TV show, and I stand by that. But I do think it’s worth noting the strange space Preacher the show occupies structurally. It’s clearly a labor of love by fans of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s work, and at times, the result is something made to appeal directly to other fans. There are moments in both the first episode and “See” which are clearly designed to make people who are familiar with the material sit up and take notice, moments which are simply mysterious for anyone who doesn’t have that wealth of information to draw on.

For example, tonight’s cold open. It’s 1881 (quick shout out to the show’s delightfully gonzo title screens), and a little girl is sick. A …

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