TV Review: Preacher steps on the gas in season 2, and finally starts going somewhere

We might not be in Annville anymore—no one is—but Preacher still kicks off its second season in a similar spot as its first. When Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s adaptation of the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comic premiered last year, it showed the right combination of deference and deviation from the source material, and was poised to be a raucous good time. But keeping the action in that small Texas town, where Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) was doing his damnedest to lead his flock, squandered a lot of that good will. It’s not that the season one villain Odin Quincannon (Jackie Earle Haley) was a dud—he wasn’t—or even that there wasn’t a need for some foundation work early on. But season one ended up mostly just laying a foundation, which seemed all the more wasteful when the finale flat-out razed it …

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