I may be a couple of weeks late to the party, but the new AMC show Preacher is spectacular. Like in a Kill Bill meets True Blood in Fargo if Fargo took place in West Texas kind of way. Granted, I may like TV more than most. And my guilty pleasure was Banshee. (I mean, a badass transvestite computer hacker taking on a fake Native American tribe and the Amish mob? What’s not to like.) But this is quality programming. And I believe I can write about it because the fictional town of Annville, Texas, where it takes place is located just west of Mineral Wells, according to Siri.
The soundtrack starts out with Willie Nelson’s “Time of the Preacher” as the show’s protagonist, Jesse Custer, slowly walks up to his dusty and desolate church, and it crescendoes with Carly Simon’s “You’re so Vain” choreographed to a cornfield fight scene that culminates with murder by cob. Yes, cob. No offense to Tim Rogers, but who wants to watch Dallas housewives throw cheap wine at each other when you’ve got Ruth Negga’s Tulip undertaking an arts and crafts project with a 10-year-old to build a bazooka out of tin cans that takes down a helicopter. Don’t let the fact that it is directed by Seth Rogan and based on a comic book deter you. Pop a good bottle of champagne and watch the first two episodes online. You’ll thank me later.