You might argue that this week’s episode of Preacher was filler, and you might be right, but it didn’t feel like filler. We got backstory on Jesse and Tulip, potentially interesting character development for Cassidy and a visit from the Saint of Killers. All in all, a good episode.
I don’t normally do over a week, but I wanted to push things to Sunday to make sure I’d include…
The New Doctor
Doctor Who is a woman! It’s Jodie Whittaker! If you’re not familiar, do yourself a favour and watch Attack the Block, one of the best sci-fi movies of the decade. Also, Attack the Block has now given us the Doctor in Jodie and a Star Wars hero John Boyega — is there nothing that movie can’t do?
The plot has definitely slowed down, but the entertainment hasn’t. A solid episode, ranking much higher in my books than last week.
Where we left off: Jesse was looking for clues in New Orleans jazz bars, Tulip was taken by Viktor’s crew, Cassidy was worried about Tulip and Eugene was in hell. This week, we’re pretty much exactly there again.
Brief hiatus due to moving/Canada Day, but I’m back!
Preacher is back
It’s back, and I’m recapping it! I watched season one thinking the show had potential and strong horror-comedy vibes, but hasn’t quite found its groove yet. Season two is off to a pretty strong start so I’m happy so far! All the screentime to Cassidy, please.
Last week’s two episodes were pretty full throttle, so this week’s slow down feels more like we came to a screeching halt.
The trio arrives in New Orleans, reluctantly on Tulip’s part. They immediately head out in search of God at any and every jazz bar the city has – there are 187, according to Jesse, and he plans to visit them all. They enter the first bar announced they’re looking for God and are lead into a back room with a woman and a man dressed as a dog. Fun starts at $12,000. Not exactly what we’re looking for (although Cassidy was willing to give it a shot).
Preacher is back! I never wrote about this show during its first season but FYI, I liked it. It’s not quite “best ever” material yet, but the combination of gore, violence and that grimy 90s comic aesthetic plus slapstick comedy in the style of Sam Raimi make it something I’m definitely into. Season two started this week and I’m excited to see what’s in store.
This week was a little TV heavy in my world, which is surprising considering how little TV I’m watching these days! But a few new shows are coming onto my radar that I might be tempted to check out.
What’s going on with the Han Solo movie?
I have never been interested in a Han Solo spin-off film for a multitude of reasons. Ranging from “I don’t care about what he did before Star Wars” to “why is this whole franchise just about the same five people.” Directors Miller & Lord are great and all, but it still wasn’t enough to get me excited, or even really interested. Now, they’ve left the film dramatically after fighting with the studio and are being replaced mid-shoot with Ron Howard. Howard’s a fine director and hopefully he can stitch something together, but yikes. All this is actually making me curious to see how the Han Solo film turns out, but not in a good way.
Lots of interesting movie news happened this week, which helped make up for (or at least distract from) the very sad real life news.
American Horror Story Halloween maze
YASSSS. Universal Studios in Hollywood does extreme haunted mazes for Halloween, and this year they’re doing it all American Horror Story: Roanoke themed. As a major Roanoke fan (best season yet, even if the finale was a let down), this is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever heard. Think I can organize an October trip to California? Anyone interested?
Week two of me recapping sci-fi/horror goings-on, and week two of that including an update on Evan Peter’s hair. But first,
Black Panther looks incredible
Black Panther is coming! This has probably the most stacked cast of any Marvel movie (Chadwick Boseman Lupita Nyong’o Michael B Jordan Danai Gurira Forest Whittaker Angela Basset etc etc etc) and a great director behind it (Ryan Coogler), so I’ve been hyped for a while. The trailer is definitely not what I had been expecting — it’s so colourful! And sci-fi! — but I’m into it. It looks like the crazy, colourful, futuristic vibe of Guardians and Thor: Ragnorak is the new vibe of the MCU, and it’s a welcome one. Black Panther looks rad so far, I’m into it.
John Oliver and Samantha Bee keep you up to date with all the news of the week, but what about the real news? The important stuff? The news that matters? Like, what horror movies got release dates? That’s what I’m about now.
Wonder Woman is here and I need to see it
Unlike the rest of the planet (it seems), I haven’t seen Wonder Woman yet. But those who have are raving. Apparently this is the best DC movie by far (not saying too much, really) and one of the better comic movies to come out, period. The Rotten Tomatoes score is one of the genre’s highest (again, not saying too much) and Petty Jenkins is already signed on for the sequel. It’d be great if she had been given the reigns of Justice League, too, but with her and Joss the new leaders of the DCEU, I can’t really complain much.