Over the last week many diehard Preacher fans have expressed their opinion on the pilot episode. While IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic all report stellar ratings, there are a number of fans that feel as if the pilot was terrible. Some YouTube videos even claimed that it “completely sucked”. So, why are fans so upset about the pilot?
It is very important to understand that the pilot was not in the source material. It was more of a prequel to the comic books than an adaptation. This has infuriated some. Fans of the graphic novel want to see the series start with Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy sitting in the diner discussing how they got to where they are. It will likely be the case that we do not get to see this scene for quite some time, if ever.
Ok, so the TV show is not an exact panel by panel adaptation of the comic books. What else?
Well, there are some that are completely against Dominic Cooper being cast as Jesse Custer. He does not have long hair. He is not a true southern (he is from England). And, he isn’t taller than 5’10”, dammit! I’m not even kidding, these are the three biggest frustrations for Preacher fans. Personally, I think he did a pretty good job in the pilot.
Tulip. Oh boy. The subject of Tulip O’Hare has a number of people enraged. We won’t even go into the racial decision. Fans of Preacher know Tulip as Jesse’s voice of reason and someone that does not seem aggressive at all. In fact, in the comics, she is more of a bystander that happens to get Jesse’s attention when he is not in search of God. We all remember when Jesse left her the second time. Personally, I absolutely loved the TV version of Tulip. I think it is awesome that she is a badass and in my opinion she stole the show.
Arseface and Sheriff Root. First of all, we haven’t even learned of the name Arseface, which has already pissed off some. And how the hell is Sheriff Root in all 10 episodes of the first season? He was only in the first few comic books! Ok, ok. Remember when I said the pilot was a prequel? While I don’t think we will get to see Sheriff Root fuck himself, we will likely see Jesse end his reign as sheriff in one way or another.
There are a few other issues people had with the pilot episode but they were so ridiculous I won’t even mention them. Personally, I liked the pilot episode and cannot wait to see the second episode. What did you think about the pilot? Was it that bad? Please discuss in the comments below.