We love the attitude Eugene! #Preacher pic.twitter.com/7iqNiDrJ0t— PREACHER (@PreacherAMC) July 30, 2018As exciting as that sounds, that’s all we see this time around. Way to be a tease, Preacher. We finally catch up with the best story arc from last season, and all you give us is three minutes pre-credits? The show has some fun with Eugene’s eternal optimism bouncing off the Saint of Killers’ gruffness. It’s funny, and I wish the episode had more of it. On the bright side, that’s pretty much exactly what Cassidy’s story gives us more of.Over in New Orleans, Cassidy wakes up in the basement full of wannabe vampires. And, it turns out, one real one. They’re all following a single vampire dedicated to keeping up the traditions of the night. Whatever that means. He even proves it by swallowing an owl whole, because we’ve gone too long into the episode without something upsetting happening. We learn that The Grail didn’t just drop Cassidy off with these people. They found him after his encounter with the vampire fetishist in the diner. They stole him. That makes more sense than The Grail just letting him go after one video. I just wish they told us that when it happened, rather than leave an awkward plot hole they’d have to fill in later.Adam Croasdell as Eccarius (Photo Credit: Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)It leads to the best storyline Cassidy’s had all season, though. He’s been a mopey drag for a while now; it’s nice to see someone push against that. The vampire cult leader takes him on a flight through the air to remind him that being immortal can be fun. He shows off more when Cass takes him into a bar and fails to pick up an attractive woman. The leader beckons her over with a Dracula-style hypnotic command, and makes out with her dad a bit too… then he turns into a cat just before things get awkward. So where does he get this power? By turning his followers, with their permission of course. That still doesn’t sit well with Cassidy, though. Not after what happened with Dennis last season.New Orleans may have turned into kind of a slog last season, but it’s a welcome change of scenery this time around. Turns out, it’s a fun setting when we’re not dealing with Jesse’s hopelessness or Tulips paralyzing fear of the Saint. Cassidy’s depression is part of what makes him such an interesting character, but it’s cool to see him meet his opposite. It’s fun to watch him react to a vampire who doesn’t think the life is an endless parade of sadness and loss. Even if that means looking like a Lestat fanfic come to life. Cassidy sneering at the naive joy of this group was the best part of the episode, and it looks like there’s going to be more of it. After a truly depressing phone call with Tulip, where they can barely even talk anymore, Cassidy decides to stay. For now. We’ll see where this story goes. Probably, the whole thing will turn out to be shady as hell, but I’m so grateful for something new, I’m all the way on board for wherever the ride takes us.Betty Buckley as Grandma, Colin Cunningham as TC – Preacher (Photo Credit: Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)We check back in with Jesse back in Angelville for the episodes least interesting plot. Killing Grandma didn’t work. Now, Jesse needs to keep her alive to keep Tulip alive, and Grandma’s health is failing. They need to rob a bank to get what they need to nurse her back to health. Specifically, they need to rob Madame Boyd’s deposit box full of souls. Fortunately, they have an expert bank robber who’s already got a plan worked out and everything. It involves a blonde wig, which has never looked quite as badass as when Ruth Negga’s wearing it. They hold a fake funeral for Tulip to convince the Boyds that she and Madame L’Angelle really are dead.. The heist is fun, with Tulip playing the wide-eyed new customer opening a safety deposit box. What she’s really doing is staking out the place, including setting off the silent alarm to test police response times.The part where the safety deposit box scanner is saliva-based is so stupid, but I kind of love it. It’s ridiculous and gross, and a fun quirky detail in a story that could really use more of them. I do wish we’d seen more of the heist. We see the end result of Jody and TC’s violent cop distraction, and I guess the rest of the robbery went off swimmingly after that. Even if it did go off without a hitch, seeing it would have made for a better episode. Who doesn’t love it when a plan comes together?Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Jeremy Childs as Jody, Colin Cunningham as TC, Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare (Photo Credit: Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)The episode tries to raise the stakes of Angelville and really make it feel dangerous at the end, and it almost works. Jesse and Tulip are knocked out and captured, but they wake up, and things aren’t really that much worse than they were before. We do see Madame Boyd get her soul extracted for L’Angelle, which is pretty scary. Jesse arrives in time to save her from The Tombs by putting a bullet in her head. Jesse promises to pay off his debt and get out of there while Tulip remains tied up, her fate unknown. It’s a disappointing place to leave this story. We get the sense that we’re meant to be scared now. That we’re meant to think something has changed and the stakes have been raised. We’re just not given a reason why. There’s nothing to indicate that Jesse and Tulip are in a remarkably different place than they were at the end of last week’s episode.Good thing The Grail exists, then. If Cassidy’s was the most interesting story of the night, Starr’s was the most fun. In terms of tone, it was the most true to the Preacher comics. Particularly with Herr Starr’s new head-wound that, as The Allfather points out, makes his head look like a penis. This section is where the show gets to revel in the weirdness of its premise and really go for it to gross us out. The Allfather is a wonderfully disgusting villain, but the show instantly lets you know why you should fear him. Starr describes a punishment an underling received for stealing The Allfather’s hot pocket. We see all the gory details of the Allfather sitting on a man’s head until it pops. Imagine, he says, what the punishment for mutiny would be.Pip Torrens as Herr Starr, Jonny Coyne as Allfather (Photo Credit: Alfonso Bresciani/AMC/Sony Pictures TelevisionThe Allfather’s danger is sold further by Starr’s clear fear and nervousness around him. Pip Torrens is phenomenal in this role. If he can convince me that Starr is scared of this guy, I’m going to be scared of him too. And grossed out, of course, because that was also the goal of a character who spends a prolonged shot vomiting into a bucket. The scene even does a better job of raising the season’s stakes than whatever happened with Jesse and Tulip at Angelville. Since tap dancing is apparently enough of a miracle for The Allfather, he wants to get Armageddon going as soon as possible. That, to Starr’s surprise, means nuclear war. The world will have to be consumed by fire, he says, to prepare for the second coming. Oh, and The Allfather knows about Jesse Custer. 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History The Angelville storyline on Preacher hasn’t quite lived up to what it was in the comics. It’s certainly come a long way since the first episode, but it still feels like it’s just running in place, waiting for the rest of the plot to carry it forward. Fortunately, that’s what started to happen this week. Jesse and Tulip’s story was OK, but what really made the episode work was its focus on side characters. Cassidy, the vampire kids, Starr, the Allfather… though juggling all these stories led to a somewhat disjointed episode, the disgusting detours and pure character-driven scenes made for a fine midseason entry.For its cold open, the episode checks us in with someone we’ve been wanting to hear from since episode one. Arseface/Eugene apparently wrote off Hitler’s escape as a lost cause and went home. Well, to what was left of his home. Surprisingly, he’s not all that devastated about the complete destruction of the town. It’s not like there were a ton of fond memories there anyway. In fact, it’s given him a newfound faith in God. If he hadn’t been unfairly sent to Hell, he would have been killed too. Now, he’s in an orphanage where his bunk-mate isn’t on board with his newfound religion. But he’s not there for long. He’s quickly adopted… by the Saint of Killers. Well, freedom was nice while it lasted. Next stop: Grab Hitler and go back to Hell. Stay on target See, that’s how to bring these disparate plot threads together in a satisfying, intriguing way. If only the show could figure out how to make the Angelville scenes that compelling. No matter what though, the season is certainly picking up now. Jesse needs The Grail to pay his debt to Madame L’Angelle, and Starr needs Jesse to stave off nuclear armageddon and the installation of Jesus’ inbred spawn as puppet dictator. Overall, the episode was uneven, like we were watching three separate shows haphazardly stitched together. But that one scene between Starr and Allfather at the end brought most of it together, and made sure it didn’t feel entirely disjointed. Cassidy’s story, despite being the best of the three, still feels like an only semi-related b-plot though. Who knows? Maybe next week’s episode will find a cool way to fold it in.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.