The AMC series Premired on Sunday May 22 based on the Comic
starring Dominick Cooper as the Preacher Ruth Negga as Tulip Ian Coletti as Arseface and Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy an Irish Alcoholic Vampire & others
The show works as a comedy, Horror, action and modern western with a little love story thrown in
The project is headed by Executive producers Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg the writer/directors behind the 2014 film The Interview. and developed by Sam Catlin
The cult comic which debuted in February of 1995 by Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon is 75 issues in length and details the ex- cart thief Jesse Jesse Custer’s mission to find and confront God about his recent abandoning of Heaven. The comic has been described as Violent and boyishly bonkers. Our Preacher is possessed by some sort of supernatural force that gives him the power to make people do what he commands; then there’s arseface who’s mouth looks like a sphincter.
Dominick Cooper said he has trouble getting through scene with him without bursting out laughing.
Originally a big screen adaptation was attempted over the years starting in the 1990s with Tank Girl director Rachel Talalay, by 2013 it was clear Rogan and Goldberg could collaborate a hit as they were fans of the Comic and made a hit small screen adaptation. Of course in the early days of the project when it was to be a movie Rogan wanted to play Arseface (LMAO and that’s what I call him…not really a fan)
We open with a meteor or asteroid (metoid?) on a trip around the solar system on a collision course with Africa. Well the metoid wasn’t that, it was some plasma looking thing and flies into some priest in a church….but what happens next I couldn’t help but laugh, I didn’t expect that… but I’ll just say now that’s what I’d call spontaneous combustion.
Cooper Plays Preacher Jesse Custer who has taken over his father’s church in Texas. With his dark quasi criminal past and his ex trying to bring him back to the fold, Tulip is a badass and LOVE how the little girl looks at her as if her Barbie doll or one of her brother’s action figures came to life, total girl crushing! I find Tulip to be ‘spunky’ in a way but may not be quite the word I’m looking for. Then there’s the Alcoholic, Drug addicted Irish vampire Cassidy, which I think may turn out to be a fave of the show then there’s the dumb sheriff, some meat head bully abusive husband and a slew of many other characters but why is Arseface so? How did he get like that? Will those of us that are not familiar with the comics ever get an explanation (if they didn’t do so already) ?
Oh if ONLY! -reaction to hear/see a headline on one of the TVs in the show with the Headline…
“Tom Cruise Explodes at Scientology Compound.”
Well come the end of the pilot, the show seems like it would focus on Custer and how he will use his new power. as I’ve read and says himself in the show, the character is never really a preacher in the comic.
The source material is supposed to depict god as a cruel entity and give religious folks plenty to get offended over (Yeah!)
I’m lost watching the 90 minute pilot, I’m thinking it’s not only aimed to the fan boys & girls of the comic but requires you to be one as I have no idea what is happening or why. As previously mentioned we get sci-fi B-movie trip around the solar system for the opening and appears to be set in current time but it could also be in an alternate past and plays on new millennium anxiety (as far as I’ve read the comics do)
Custer is hit by the mysterious thing that made the one in Africa… (well that I think I’ll stay mum on that!) He sets out to find god which is a speaking character int he comic. The camera follows the characters (at least as far as the pilot goes) around the world Africa was one place, Russia I think was another besides of course ‘base camp’ Texas. All this happens at a fast pace and is quite expansive.
Arseface, though I think is supposed to be a punchline, is a tragic figure.
It even has it’s own lingo, I’m pretty sure I heard someone get ‘Abe Lincolned’ instead of saying they were shot.
After someone is impaled with a broken bottle, Cassidy gets the cap off and pours himself a cup of hemoglobin. Which I gave a laugh at.. (I always get vampire humor!) There’s also the Spellbinding cornfield knife fight to Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain”
Though That of what would be offensive from the comic,(like the blasphemy) is a big weakness here it just comes off feeling empty.
This is one show that is definitely NOT boring (which is the worst anyone or thing could be)