OUTCAST vs. PREACHER [Pilot Episodes, Face-Off Review]: Praise the Lord!
“Alone just don’t feel right.”
OUTCAST – Hey there, fellow Geek Potatoes! It’s your beloved Divine One with, what I would call, my first installment of the summer TV season. All of the Fall shows are as done as KD’s tenure in Oklahoma City and have crawled underground–leaving the summer shows to rise up and inhabit your screens. Outcast is the new show from Cinemax, based on The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman‘s comic book that he created in 2014 with former Daredevil artist Paul Azaceta.
This “other religious horror show” (because, yeah, right now, everyone is taking about the other one down below) focuses on Kyle Barnes (Almost Famous’ Patrick Fugit) who lives alone and in self-exile from society; the poor bastard’s had a life plagued by supernatural demons that seem to keep torturing him throughout his life. And honestly, that’s about all you need to know. I haven’t read the books, so if any purists out there are feeling I’m making it all too simple… go write your own review! Send me the link! Be glad to read it.
Outcast is creepy freaky. Despite viewing the show during the daytime, it felt as if I were watching from a haunted house. One minute it’ll just be strolling on its way, giving you character development and then, SMACK you right in the pucker with the soar-eyed sight of a demonic child floating in the air! There’s a lot of admirably chilling, exorcistic imagery throughout.
Fugit does a great job as a conflicted soul, showing glimpses of a man who doesn’t really want to be alone but feels it necessary. There’s a whole lot of his backstory that’s hinted at as he encounters different people in the town, and various random flashbacks/dream sequences that will force much patience. The dark elements of Outcast also don’t feel horror movie cliché, with smart dialogue that makes up for the show’s often methodical pacing. Let’s hope viewers are willing to make another weekend night for more cult geeky religiousness. 4/5 Flip Phones.
You can catch the Outcast pilot here, and every Friday night on Cinemax at 10pm.
“No sermon today. You’re welcome for that.”
PREACHER – Intergalactic ejaculate oozing extra-terrestrial goo through the milky waves of our very own solar cystomb. Perhaps, an entity divine or demonic or equally inclined, meteoring down upon us in god-fistian might. A supranatural plague seemingly hell-bent on fatalistically purging pastors, priests, and preachers…
Who amongst us shall savior thee???
Thus begins the Genesis Book of AMC’S latest scripted dramedy series entitled, Preacher, based upon the Vertigo comic of the same name (1995-2000). Original series creators Garth Ennis (Hellblazer) and Steve Dillon (Punisher) are back in the Holyshit House as executive producers; and Hollywood Comedy Mafia hitmen Seth Rogen (Superbad) and Evan Goldberg (This Is The End) have developed and co-directed the pilot and first two episodes.
Dominic Cooper’s (Howard Stark, from Agent Carter) got his spurs on as Jesse Custer. The titular anti-hero goes all Man-In-Black, back in his hometown of Annville, Texas, having recently returned to fulfill a promise he made to his long-ago-murdered preacher daddy. The aforementioned intergalactic wad of goo we initially view in the opening scene eventually finds Custer and cannonballs itself into his chest, throwing him altar-bound; yet, for some miraculous reason, he doesn’t explode into organ-grindered shrapnel as the trio of religion advocates who encountered the same space goo before him did.
Ruth Negga (the upcoming Warcraft) co-stars as Tulip O’Hare, Jesse’s ex-lover, a drop-dead-sexy wing woman who would outgun Annie Oakley and Wild Bill Hickok during any high noon standoff in the Old West. She can also MacGuyver the Hell out of a fistful of mini lead soldiers, moonshine, and some coffee cans into a DIY bazooka to bring down the bad guy choppers with. Joseph Gilgun (The Last Witch Hunter) may be the sharpest point on the ass-kicking triangle assembled here, as Cassidy, a hard-drinking-shit-talking-and-hearty-partying Irish vampire, who will sometimes literally chew his way through the scene. Gilgun’s Cassidy owns every moment when he’s on screen, and seeing him alone perform is reason enough to keep on coming back for more of Preacher’s Texas-style Sunday Sermonz… 4/5 Bible Thumperz.
Episode 2 of Preacher airs on AMC in, uh, like 2-hours, man (or every Sunday at 9).