“Preacher” Season 1, Episode 3: “The Possibilities”
Immediate gratification has become like a drug, but “Preacher” enjoys the slow burn of the story and slowly putting in place all of the pieces of the puzzle. And slow burn it does. And so the episode, “The Possibilities” sets out to get a lot out of the way, but it’s taking longer than expected getting anywhere relevant though.Coma girl is awake and it’s hard for her mother to believe. But contrary to what I initially thought, the episode doesn’t spend all that much time on her or her sudden and miraculous recovery. Instead, things shift to Tulip, who has gone to Houston to meet with Dany, give her the map she has in exchange for Carlos’ last known address. It’s unclear who Carlos actually is, but what is obvious is that both Tulip and Jesse hate him. Tulip wants to end his life and convinces Jesse to come along, but he changes his mind at the last second.
Tulip, with all her temper issues and frustration with Jesse for constantly running back to the church, she’s still surprisingly reluctant to do… whatever they’re going to do to Carlos alone. She wants Jesse beside her and goes out of her way to convince him to come with her, but steps back from her mission when he isn’t by her side. And for all of Jesse’s attempts to not stray from his mission with the church, they keep getting drawn back to each other. Their past definitely has some more reveals that will present themselves and I’m interested in finding out what they will be.Meanwhile, Cassidy encounters Fiore and DeBlanc, the two men who attempted to kill Jesse. Thinking them to be dead after he killed them and chopping them up into pieces, Jesse thinks they’ve been following him across the country to get to him. But, it’s not him they’re after. They’re after Jesse because they “just want what’s inside the preacher.” We don’t know what that is yet, but Jesse explains it’s like having “all of creation” inside him after discovering his new gifts of divine persuasion. Cassidy asks if they’re from the government. They reply yes, but keep away from details, but quickly telling the vampire that they’re from heaven and that their mission is to collect whatever’s inside of Jesse.
And speaking of this new divine persuasion, Donnie, the man Jesse beat up and who hits his wife, is living in embarrassment. His son’s classmates and the local guys are all making sure that he doesn’t forget his public beating. In his humiliation, he tracks down Jesse and instead of taking revenge, Donnie gets whammied by the divine persuasion. “The Possibilities” explains the extent that Jesse can control people with his powers. He can tell them what to do, even if it’s vague, but can’t make them do something that they’re incapable of doing. Whether it’s trying to fly or name a person they have no knowledge of, like Cassidy fails to produce the name of the governor of Texas.In terms of plot, there isn’t too much going on in “The Possibilities.” Fiore and DeBlanc pose as federal agents to get past the local cops, Cassidy and Jesse bond a bit more, Emily doesn’t get very much to do, and Tulip’s mission continues even if most of it is left to mystery. We just know that she wants Jesse by her side no matter what. It’s intriguing that although Cassidy is the vampire, he’s the one that seems like one of the only decent people (are vampires considered people?) in this entire story. So far. Honestly, the episode produces a whole lot of possibilities, but as a standalone, it isn’t too entertaining. It serves as a piece of a larger puzzle and there’s a lot of groundwork, I know, but it could have covered it in a more timely manner without taking away from anything else. So on the whole, “The Possibilities” was average, but it slowed down too much and never quite let us catch up with all of the characters in a way that developed them instead of just the plot.
"The Possibilities" has a whole hell of a lot of potential, and as much as it lays more groundwork and moves the plot along slightly, as a standalone episode, it doesn't do very much.