Preacher Season 3, Episode 6: “Les Enfants du Sang”
With a bank heist, grotesque moments, and blurred floppy dingles, the latest episode of Preacher felt more like a Season 1 or 2 episode of the series than any other this season. It helped that Jesse and Tulip were on the same side, and the third point of their triangle, Cassidy was on a bit of a voyage of self-discovery, meeting another vampire.
On the Fringe
The show producers have made effective use of The Grail, The Saint of Killers and the like by taking a less is more kind of approach. Starr, Eugene and the Saint are best used in these short bursts, which injects some energy into the episodes, and allows the main plot to breathe. These segments have also been where Preacher has revisited its outrageous side.
Eugene still thinks God has a great plan for him even though he discovers his hometown is a giant crater, winding up in an orphanage where he’s immediately “adopted” by the Saint, put in chains and is led back to Hell.
Seeing Starr’s dreams of world domination never gets old, so just as his plans to replace Humperdoo with Jesse, in comes The All Father, a colossus of a man straight from central casting –- if what they were casting was Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. Starr’s plans for insurrection get more desperate once he discovers the All Father intends to cleanse the world in nuclear fire, and start all over.
Cassidy’s new storyline is the most well rounded of any out there. After his brief ordeal with the Grail, Cassidy finds himself in the basement of an elderly woman’s home, with an older vampire and his flock of LARPing wannabe bloodsuckers.
The absurdity of it all is not lost on Cassidy, but he’s also wowed by Eccarius’s litany of classic vampiric powers like mind control, shape changing, and flight. It’s the first time in a long time that for Cassidy, being a vampire isn’t a lonely, empty experience.
It should come as no surprise that Cassidy eventually finds himself back with the group that wants to love him, after a day of smoking crack and a phone call from Tulip.
Jesse and Tulip
These two are always best when they are playing Bonnie and Clyde. The bank job to steal Madame Boyd’s cache of souls was a joy to watch, even though we were subjected to TC’s unhealthy love of goats, and his penchant for going “full Pooh.”
Jesse realizes that the only way he’s going to get free is to pay his debt to his grandmother, who needs a steady diet of souls to maintain her feeble health. The bank job was an effective stopgap, but Madame Angelle prefers her souls freshly squeezed, if her reaction to getting the soul of Madame Boyd was any indication.
Thoughts and Impressions
Piece by piece, layer by layer, Preacher has been building its own house of cards.We know all of Jesse’s plans and Tulip’s cons are going to blow up; it’s just a matter of how and when. With a number of these stories seemingly on a collision course, the anticipation is intoxifying.