Gimme Something to Watch: AMC’s Preacher (Season 1, Episode 10 “Call and Response”)


Spoiler Warning: This post will be loaded with spoilers from the Preacher comics and television show. You can catch up on write-ups for previous episodes of Preacher here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Seputus doesn’t have anything to do with the Preacher series, but I’m as stoked for
Man Does Not Give to come out as anything else this year.

“Vampires, government agents, psychopathic preachers – it’s all an unmitigated monster swamp”.

“Call and Response,” the finale to Preacher’s first season, answers most of our questions and ties up most of the loose ends. The Carlos subplot is (thankfully) resolved. Jesse Custer’s spiritual battle with Odin Quincannon is laid to rest, without a clear victor. The Danger Methane Meter, foreshadowed over many episodes, comes to a climax, and many supporting characters are killed. The Saint of Killers is introduced to the modern day world. We viewers get an answer to the question “WHERE IS GOD?!” Most importantly, as we have suspected all season long, “Call and Response” basically ends where the Preacher comic begins. Season one of AMC’s Preacher is the prequel we all thought it would be. This is Ground Zero.

Several supporting players are given a chance to shine before The Big Important Events of “Call and Response” take place. First, Donnie (or Donny? subtitles say Donnie, Wikipedia says Donny, I can’t be bothered to check what way I spelled it before) comes full circle at the end of the first season. He was Jesse Custer’s punching bag in the first episode, and disgraced for it. He snuck up on Jesse in the third episode “Possibilities,” but was quickly subdued with Jesse’s newly acquired powers. It was Donnie, as much as any other character in Annville, who was aware of Jesse’s power after that, and it was Donnie who figured out how to beat it. In the end of “El Valero,” Donnie got the drop on Custer, but it’s the beginning of the finale when Donnie has his moment. Jesse’s mercy on Donnie is paid back by Donnie as he takes Custer into hiding from local law enforcement. Tulip’s reaction to Donnie’s story is something along the lines of you dumb redneck, but I genuinely appreciated Donnie’s response and reaction to Custer, how he perceived on being saved. Dude grew on me a lot during Preacher’s first season.

W. Earl Brown as Hugo Root - Preacher _ Season 1, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/Sony Pictures Television/AMC

Next up: Sheriff Root. He was described as inconsistent several times by Zack Handlen at the AV Club, but Root was one of my favorite characters from Preacher’s first season, hands down. As I referenced in my article last week, it didn’t hurt that Sheriff Root was played by W. Earl Brown, who is just a beast of a supporting actor. Once again, he just nailed his scene opposite Cassidy/Joseph Gilgun in his efforts to find Eugene. Dude should win an Emmy for his facial expressions over the last two episodes alone. The look of sheer hatred he gives Cassidy and the utter exhaustion on his visage during the end of the church scene and watching Tom Cruise’s last flight was spot on. W. Earl Brown was (in my mind) one of Preacher’s unsung heroes.

The bulk of “Call and Response” focuses on Jesse’s reconciliation with Tulip. Admitting where I got it wrong (again), I was pretty annoyed to see Carlos show up in the trunk of Tulip’s car. I had hoped she just tortured and killed him last week (let’s get on with it, people!), but honestly that wouldn’t have resolved a plot that had been dragging and nagging us all season long. It was Jesse’s voicemail that brought her back with Carlos as cargo. Jesse, predictably indecisive, is finally convinced by Tulip to murder Carlos (for their lost child) before Tulip flips out of it and convinces him to stop. It was one of the weaker parts of the finale, but seeing Jesse and Tulip together afterwards was fun to watch.


Jesse’s plan to call Heaven reached its conclusion during the finale. It was surprising, funny, cheesy as fuck, and ultimately revealing all at the same time. With assistance from Betsy, Jesse uses the angel hands to power up the angels’ phone. The people of Annville are given the chance to ask “God” all of their questions, from the standard “why do bad things happen to good people” to “what happened to the dinosaurs” to Quincannon asking if his Lucy Loo is up in Heaven. It’s when God dismisses Jesse’s announcement of Genesis that the gig is up, and Jesse uses The Voice to reveal that God as an impostor and the real God has left his post. It’s at that moment AMC’s Preacher and Garth Ennis’ Preacher truly collide for the first time, and TV’s Jesse Custer finally discovers his purpose as the protagonist of this series. It also feels like the moment when Jesse loses his uncertain teeter-tottering. The man has a mission, and the plan is simple: “Find God.” As for the rest of Annville, the absence of God leads to a montage of sad or despicable moments (over a just-killer “No Rain” cover).

It’s the second part of the finale’s climax which threw me, even thought we all saw it coming. Annville is wiped off the map by an explosion at Quincannon Meat & Power. The majority of the characters we have come to know and like/love/despise/love-to-hate are gone in a flash of light… and winds of shit. Perhaps the show’s creators thought by showing Annville’s hopeless and vile actions after God’s loss is revealed made up for the ten episodes we spent watching them. It didn’t. While watching the finale for the first time on Monday, I remarked to my girlfriend “I love that woman,” referencing Lucy Griffiths’ Emily. She’s just one of the many characters presumed dead, also including Sheriff Root, Donnie and Betsy, and Odin Quincannon. It’s hard to imagine later seasons of Preacher without Quincannon, and this Sheriff Root would have been worth keeping around if only as an antagonist for the main characters. Lucky for us, and unlucky for him, Eugene is still stuck in Hell, and Fiore arrives back in the ABQ away from explosions of any kind.

Preacher’s second to last scene finds Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy together in a diner, discussing The Big Lebowski and deciding on a plan to find God via road trip across America. It’s a great scene, down to Jesse using The Voice on Tulip for the first time and getting socked in the face for his troubles. It’s Cassidy who exclaims, “Well, what are we waiting for?!” to start the trip and end Preacher’s first season. Earlier in the season, it was Cassidy who predicted a road trip for the trio. It was DeBlanc in “Finish the Song.” who told us to leave our comics behind. As it stands, Preacher is closer to the comics than it’s ever been.

Far from perfect, Preacher’s first season ends on a high note – the way diehard comic fans have been clamoring for. “Call and Response” had the unfavorable position of following up the stellar “Finish the Song.”, and several other tremendous Preacher episodes. It’s a solid finale. Overall Preacher’s first season doesn’t quite hit the highs of True Detective’s first season or The Leftovers’ second season, but it’s off to a good start. AMC’s Preacher was well acted, well directed, suspenseful, funny, and flat out weird. The creators did an honorable job of adapting the source material, despite heckles from the peanut gallery. It’s the kind of show I hope to see more of, and I’m real stoked for its second season.


Differences between the graphic novel, speculations, and stray observations:

  • In the comics, Annville faced its destruction when Genesis merged with Jesse in Preacher #1; in the TV show, Annville was destroyed by a cow manure methane gas power reactor.
  • In the comics, Cassidy faced the whole being-shot-over-and-over-and-healing-and-being-shot-again from former Mafia enforcer Frankie Toscani; in the TV show it was Sheriff Root who committed the same violence towards him.
  • As far as character deaths go, Sheriff Root died early in the comics and on the TV show. As referenced in a previous Preacher article, however, Odin Quincannon died near the end of the comics (introduced as a late stage villain) and presumably very early on the TV show.
  • So the Seraphim went through all that just to get gunned down by The Saint of Killers?
  • Poor Fiore, and poor us as well. I loved Anatol Yusef’s depiction of DeBlanc, also presumably dead (since TSOK does have angel killing powers!)
  • The god damn Chekhov’s Loudspeaker turned out to be a red herring. I’m a tiny bit bummed Jesse didn’t simultaneously save everyone, lead them into a mass suicide, or build his own army to fight Heaven’s forces.
  • We only caught the one glimpse of Herr Starr half a season ago. I bet he comes back in a big way during the second season.

“Call and Response” 4 / 5 Flaming Toilets ov Hell


Preacher’s first season 4.5 / 5 Flaming Toilets ov Hell!

NEW_TOILETSCALE_4-5_of_5Huge thanks to Joe and Dubs for letting me write up Preacher’s first season, and thanks to everyone who read this series! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them. We’ll check back in on my real boy grad school schedule when the second season airs – nothing in stone editors, lol

For anyone having trouble watching the series, the first season is available on the Playstation Store.

Images via AMC and Garth Ennis’ Preacher comic.

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  • Óðinn

    Didn’t mind Preacher. Not bad.

    • more beer

      I finally caught up on it. Thought it was okay. I think Outcast is much better.

      • hey ya!

        • Abradolf Lincler

          hey ya!

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          • Abradolf Lincler

            i am for reeeeaaaaaal

      • Óðinn

        I’m enjoying Outcast too, and Mr. Robot.

        • more beer

          I haven’t seen Mr. Robot.

          • Óðinn

            It’s pretty good. Set in NY. A hacker-themed show. I don’t know if it’s very “Metal”, but it’s good TV, acting.

          • more beer

            I don’t typically base what I watch on it being metal. I will check it out. I have also been enjoying. The Night Of.

          • Óðinn

            Haven’t seen that yet. Heard good things though.

          • more beer

            So far it has been very good.

          • Yeah, a lot of the TV shit I watch is usually not very metal most of the time. I’m such a softy.

          • more beer

            One thing no matter what. Is the acting has to be good.

          • Agreed. I like me some good performances.

          • more beer

            There is nothing worse than a great story with shitty actors.

          • Exactly, I loved watching Mad Men, but that fat little kid son of Matthew Weiner ruined a lot of that show for me. Goddamn Glen… Fucking horrible.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Jon Hamm was a beast in it, though.

          • Óðinn

            Agreed on good acting.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            The Night Of has been fucking great so far.

          • more beer

            Yes it has. It sucks it is only going to be eight episodes.

        • Mr. Robit is such a well written show!

          • Óðinn

            Yes, absolutely.One of the best written shows on television right now in my opinion.

  • These articles make me feel like I’m on the A.V. Club. Kind of.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Makes sense. I love their TV writing and have read them for a lot of shows.

      • A.V. Club rules. I usually check that site out every morning before I leave for work.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Haven’t planned on watching this show. It seems good but the whole calling heaven on some phone used by angels seems like blasphemy. My dad would enjoy this show.

    • Have you ever considered that your aversion to blasphemous things make what is ostensibly an extreme metal blog a poor place to hang out?

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Great word, ostensibly.

        • It is, in theory.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I have. I can’t leave though. You guys are the only friends I have.

    • Making a phone call to some angels seems like a pretty harmless “blasphemy.”

      • Dubbbz

        At least compared to Ghost, anyway.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        It can’t hurt that many people. I agree

    • Blasphemy >>>>>>>>>

  • More articles from Ed>>>>>>>>>.


    • Vidajroden3

      <<l:y. ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★:::::::!!bx662a:….,…

  • Anyone watch Stranger Things on Netflix? If so, how was it; worth watching? I was thinking about starting it this weekend.

    • I didn’t much care for it until like… the fifth episode or so. Then it was really strong.

      • Dang, I’ll probably check it anyways. I love me some Winona Ryder.

        • might have to peep this as well!

        • RJA

          Winona Ryder is in it? – I’m in!

          • Yes sir. I watched Heathers the other day and was wondering what she’s been up to. Come today I find she’s in this Netflix show. Stoked!

          • RJA

            Man I love Heathers, Christian Slater has plenty of awful moments in the movie acting wise, but still quite enjoyable. has a fantastic Pixies b-side in it also…

            edit: obviously from the link you can see that I’m thinking of pump up the volume – but I’m leaving it.

          • Oh yeah, some cringe worth Slater moments for sure. #VAPES


          • Slater was the original vapelord

          • Oh hey, my roommate was watching that movie on Tuesday when I moved in.

    • slipjackthewanderer

      It had me hooked from the start. Either way it’s definitely worth watching.

    • nbm02ss

      I thought it was pretty amazing.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Finished the 5th episode last night. Watch it.

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    I think is not bad but far from perfection, maybe “Preacher” needs more action in the next season. I’ve never read the comics by the way but Cassidy is a cool character, probably things will become more interesting because of the trip to “find God”.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I read all the comics in the week leading up to the premier of the pilot. Worth it.

      • Waynecro

        I read all the comics every couple years. They’re so good.

      • 365ChaosRiddenDays

        Thank you for the review, I wanna start to read the comics too, some other people told me the story is worthy of attention!

  • What is a good way to watch this show? Cable? Amazon? My 2 minute search on the topic came up unfruitful.

    • Dubbbz

      “For anyone having trouble watching the series, the first season is available on the Playstation Store.”

      • lol god damnit

        • Dubbbz

          I think it’s fitting that this is Ed’s “About Me” blurb. “Do you fools listen to music, or do you just skim through it?”

          • Just keep rubbing it in, bb.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            You guys published a music review of mine yesterday! Lol

    • If your cable provider has on demand services, you might be able to pick it up on there.

    • Elizabeth Short

      I bought the first season streaming through my not PS4 on Amazon, and watched the entire thing in one day. I enjoyed it quite a bit, even if my pets were shaking their heads at how pathetic I was being.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Ten episodes at mostly 42 minutes per (except of course the pilot and the finale) is a solid amount of TV to crush in one day.

  • RJA

    Ed – great work on all these articles. I think we are in agreement on some of the things we did/didn’t like throughout the season. I thought the “call to heaven” was probably the most cringe worthy point of the season, but overall I’d say 4 to 4.5 flaming toilets of hell.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      For what it’s worth I enjoyed the finale a lot more the second time I watched it.

  • TrundleTheGreat

    Great write for the season! I have to say, as much as I enjoyed the whole season, I’m not sure how I feel about all the side characters being dead. Mainly Odin and Root. Just seems like their characters were really getting somewhere, but I’ll have to wait and see what Season 2 has in store.

  • Dubbbz

    Theory from someone who hasn’t seen a single episode or read the comics. Quincannon is in hell, chilling with Buttface and planning a way to come back as an ultrademon.

  • Joaquin Stick

    Ed, I never would have even heard about this show if you didn’t start writing these, so thanks for the introduction. I am excited about fewer and fewer TV shows these days, and this one will surly become a staple. Very appreciative of all these writings in helping clear things up and explaining the differences with the text. My only gripe is with DeBlanc being presumably dead, I can live with everything else that happened this season. Yusef is amazing.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I’m so bummed about that.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Joaquin I made it home from work: I’m glad you enjoyed reading these! I have enjoyed discussing this with you and a couple others week after week. TovH >>>>>>

  • tigeraid

    Really dug it overall, although they seemed to dumb down the Saint into a simple “ghost of a cowboy dude.” Which is kinda lame.

    I liked the balls they had to blow up the entire town and all the characters we spent a season getting to know–because really, what the last couple episodes did was break them all down into despicable people, even the ones we THOUGHT we liked, like Emily, who still had a vicious streak and fed her boyfriend to a vampire. The overarching theme is good stuff, and I’m glad to see them finally get down to the point of the book.

    I wouldn’t be shocked if we see Quincannon come back, having secretly reinforced his office building to withstand a disaster of this magnitude.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I was hoping he lived just outside of city limits or something!

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I wonder how well the show creators will be able to handle the second season. It’ll be interesting, no matter what!

  • Waynecro

    Awesome write-up as always, Edward. Thanks for covering Preacher for the TovH. I really enjoyed reading these articles every week. Did you happen to watch the episode of Talking Preacher that aired after the Preacher finale? In it, Seth Rogen confirmed that the guy in white we saw early in the season is indeed Herr Starr and said that he can’t wait for the character to have a major role in the show. Also, many of the questions that the people of Annville asked God came from a suggestions box to which the Preacher crew was encouraged to contribute. One question for God from a crew member that almost made it into the show: “What’s the deal with mustard?”

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Thanks ‘Necro! I’ve enjoyed discussing this with you guys week after week.

      Per your question: I did not watch any of the Talking Preacher shows. 1) I don’t have cable and 2) presumably it’s Chris Hardwick and I hate that fucking guy with a passion. It’s awesome Rogen was on there though. I probably mentioned to you I caught him on… Jimmy Fallon and he fanned the fuck out over the comics. Many detractors are saying he ruined their comics but fuck all that. I’m extremely stoked to see Starr in action!

      • Waynecro

        I’m looking forward to watching season two, which I certainly hope you’ll be covering. Thanks for all the hard work!

        • Edward/Breegrodamus™

          Do you think we’ll also see the introduction of The Reaver Cleaver?

          • Waynecro

            I sure hope so. I always really liked that plotline. And it’s not so horrific that they couldn’t get it on TV.

  • BobLoblaw

    Got back from vacation yesterday and caught this episode while i had access to cable, definitely something I’ll be catching up on.