After spending the majority of Season 1 confined to the sleepy little town of Annville, Preacher sure is making up for lost time this season. “Viktor” was nothing if not a versatile little episode, dividing its time among Jesse Custer’s ongoing search for God, Tulip facing her crime family past and Eugene coming to terms with his new lot as a resident of Hell. Not every one of these plot threads proved equally compelling, but at least the show never wastes an opportunity to be absurd.
Of the three, Eugene’s storyline felt like the weak link this time around. There is a certain appeal in watching Eugene wander the halls of Hell and basically live out his own version of Orange Is the New Black. It’s also fun seeing him form a bond with Hitler of all people (played by Peaky Blinders’ Noah Taylor). There’s something so simultaneously mundane and surreal about Preacher’s take on Hell. But the joke starts to wear thin after a while. I don’t particularly care about any of the other prisoners introduced in this episode. The on’y questions that really matter for Eugene right now are A) How will he escape Hell? and B) How changed will he be from this experience? zif we’re not going to get those answers anytime soon, I’d just as soon have the show spend a little less time in Hell.