Preacher “Monster Swamp” reviewJune 20, 2016
It was inevitable that Preacher would falter, and Monster Swamp, is in some ways is that first misstep. Maintaining a five star pace is impossible for any show, no matter how great.
It had elements of the visual flair and humour its shown thus far, but wasn’t quite as engaging as its previous episodes.
It opens on a series of scantily clad women running through town, along winding roads, and across open fields. You aren’t given any indication as to why they’re running, but when a Quincannon employee shoots one of the women in the chest with a paintball gun you get an idea.
Of course the women falls into a sinkhole and dies. It IS Preacher, after all, you had to know all wasn’t as it seems.
Quincannon doesn’t make a big deal of the incident, speaking about it simply, and matter of factly. ‘Men, watch your rough-housing, girls, watch your step,’ but Tulip is not at all impressed. Not at all. She quietly fumes while he speaks…she has some strong opinions, which come out later in the episode.
“Monster Swamp” sees a lot of Quincannon and he is very quietly intimidating. Jack Earle Haley does an excellent job of communicating this madness in the quietest, most maniacal way possible; credit to the writers too for giving him such meaty dialogue, too.
You know Quincannon is capable of darkness, he even describes the extent his family has gone to so they can maintain their control, but you aren’t sure just quite how far Quincannon can go…yet. You sure get a glimpse of it though.
He’s in his office with the mayor, who suggests that Odin should meet with the Green Acres Group to improve his business. Quincannon thinks about it for a moment. Gets up for a drink. Then urinates into the mayor’s briefcase, all over the Green Acres Group informational package.
It’s that scene that contrasts so well with the end of the episode when Jesse orders him to serve god, and he agrees in front of the entire congregation; a man who takes orders from no one, surrenders himself to Jesse and to God, publicly, and in front of everyone.
It’s against his will, of course…nobody knows how he will react to this situation, but it certainly sets up Quincannon as a prime antagonist: he submits to no entity or man.
Cassidy and tulip finally meet, though it seems forced.
The Vampire meets again with the heavenly powers seeking Jesse’s power, and gets the details on what they plan to do with him.
The at first suggest the chainsaw, but Cass takes a dim view to this, appreciating more the plan to lure the entity out with its favourite song. He takes the opportunity to extort money from them in exchange for his help…and he promptly goes on a bender: drugs, women, women, drugs. In that order, in combination…and all of the above.
Tulip, at the brothel, bursts into the room thinking Cass was the sod who ran the young girl into the sinkhole at the beginning of the episode, and beats him senseless, accidentally pushes him out the window.
She takes him to the hospital, worried he’s going to die…but he doesn’t.
It seemed an overly complex way to introduce them to each other and felt like a drag on the middle of an otherwise solid episode