We’re, what, four episodes into PREACHER now? Five? You may remember I had some quick, mostly ambivalent thoughts about how the show was going after the first episode aired.
Well… I haven’t missed an episode yet, and I’m probably not going to be starting anytime soon, but I’m still not exactly hooked. Two definite pluses have revealed themselves as the show has gone on, though: Jackie Earle Haley’s performance as Odin Quincannon is wonderful, and what initially appeared to be a minor lack of concern with the source material has evolved into full blown “Fuck it, we’re doing it live”-level disrespect. PREACHER doesn’t care at all about the source material beyond vague character descriptions (Tulip is nothing like she is in the books) and is just kinda gleefully throwing whatever it wants at the wall to see what sticks. It’s as if they’ve been told that they get two seasons, max, but that if they don’t work in at least one plot detail from each graphic novel of the series Garth Ennis gets to take all of their money. I thought THE WALKING DEAD was a loose adaptation of the source material. Nah, son. TWD is an amateur compared to PREACHER.
Is that a plus? Right now, I’m going with yes, because I have absolutely no idea what’s coming next, and the first half-season of an adaptation doesn’t usually do that to you. I kinda knew what was going to happen to Ned Stark at the end of Season One of GAME OF THRONES, y’know? I just hope the show has an idea what’s coming next, and I’ll admit I have some doubt. But I’m still watching. We’ll see where we are at the end of the season.