first_img The second season of Preacher is off to a strong start. After last season’s slow drip feed of an introduction, season two seems to have taken the safety off and let loose with the crazy. Sunday’s special premiere ended with Jesse finding out that The Word doesn’t work on the Saint of Killers, and that’s right where last night’s continuation picked up. Fortunately for Jesse, a truck drives by and blocks the Saint’s shot. Starting the show with a head explosion. Strong choice. Yes, as a cliffhanger resolution, it’s silly and possibly a little underwhelming. But can you really complain about deus ex machina in a show called Preacher?This episode has everything you want from this series: humor, spiritual intrigue and over-the-top violence that makes you laugh and feel uncomfortable at the same time. The opening sequence ends with a massive gun massacre when Jesse uses The Word to get the group of gun aficionados Sunday’s episode to fire at the Saint. Though one hilariously cheers, “another problem solved by our guns,” their bullets don’t do anything. The Saint of Killers cannot be killed. Jesse’s dependence on The Word (and its ethical implications) will be a major focus of this season, and we’re starting to see a hint of it here. Before all the violence, of course. The gun aficionados fire at the Saint because Jesse forced them to. Though he tells them to run when the Saint proves unstoppable, he’s at fault for their deaths.Graham McTavish as The Saint of Killers (Photo Credit: Skip Bolen/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)After all the shooting, dismemberment, and malfunctioning vending machines, Cassidy has an idea. If you remember the end of Sunday’s premiere, we kept seeing and hearing most of a commercial for a performer called “the amazing Ganesh.” The episode went to great pains not to show us his face. When Cassidy takes everyone to the Mumbai Tower Casino (it’s an Indian Casino… get it?), we see why. It’s Fiore, one of the angels that failed to remove Genesis from Jesse last season. After the death of his partner, he went to the casino and started a magic show. He repeatedly kills himself on stage and instantly resurrects. The gang asks Fiore if he can stop the Saint of Killers, and hey, it turns out he can. Because he’s the one that hired the Saint. That complicates things.This episode, underneath the action and dark silliness, had a lot of great subtle moments where it showed these characters affected by their pasts. That was the point of this second episode. Where the premiere felt like it was saying, “here’s where the real story starts,” last night reminded us the season one still matters. The destruction of Annville still weighs heavily on the three. Fiore is lost and depressed after losing his partner and best friend. And Jesse hasn’t forgotten that he accidentally sent Eugene to Hell. As of now, there is no escape for him, but we all know he’ll be back eventually. That’s not going to work out great for Jesse either. Annville may be gone, but this episode made it clear that the characters haven’t left it behind.Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Tom Brooke as Fiore (Photo Credit: Skip Bolen/AMC/Sony Pictures TelevisionCassidy convinces Fiore to call off the Saint after a day of speedballs, heroin, crack, coke, fort-building and Archie comics. It’s a fantastic, hilarious drug trip sequence that stays grounded thanks to Fiore’s surprisingly human reason for doing what he’s doing. He’s depressed after losing his best friend, with whom he did everything. In the end, as Cassidy realizes, he just needs to talk to someone. Tom Brooke is so earnest and sincere in this scene; you can’t help but feel for him. It’s a shame we won’t get to see him after this episode.Meanwhile, Jesse and Tulip reconnect once more in a hotel room before Jesse proposes they get married in the chapel downstairs. Since she lost her last remaining family in Annville, Jesse wants to give her a new one. She accepts at first, but after running into Gary from her old life, she calls it off. Of course, not before a wonderfully clumsy fight scene in the hotel room where she kills Gary with the chapel’s pager. Tulip gets the best kills on this show. Jesse realizes that if God likes jazz music so much, the best place to look for Him would be New Orleans. That’s going to lead Tulip right back into the world she’s running away from, which is a promising sign for episodes to come. It will hopefully keep the show focused once we reach the real meat of the season.Tom Brooke as Fiore (Photo Credit: Skip Bolen/AMC/Sony Pictures Television)Finally, as the episode ends, Jesse still argues with Fiore that The Word can be used for good. Like Tulip, Fiore isn’t so sure. As the trio leaves the casino, Jesse commands Fiore to find peace. For Fiore, that means having The Saint kill him permanently. But before he does, he sets the Saint back on the hunt to kill Genesis. He even tells him where Jesse is going. The show is going to need to figure out some way to convincingly delay the Saint of Killers if it wants Jesse’s plot to continue moving forward at this pace. These first two episodes of the season have been fantastic, but you don’t want to have every episode center on Jesse and the gang evading the Saint of Killers. That gets boring after a while, which is why the comics found a few interesting ways to send the Saint on a detour. We’ll have to wait and see whether the show can pull something similar off, but the season’s off to a strong start already. If it can keep up this level of fun violence, humor, and genuine empathy, I’ll have no problem sticking with it all summer long.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History last_img read more

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first_imgSuccessful Field of Light Uluru shines on into 2020Internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro’s immersive installation, Field of Light Uluru has been extended for a further period and will now remain in place until 31 December 2020.The award-winning exhibition, located at Ayers Rock Resort in the spiritual heart of Australia, opened on 1 April 2016 to critical acclaim, and has since exceeded all expectations proving to be a stand-out drawcard to the destination.“With such incredible demand, and high occupancy experienced throughout the year at the Resort, extending the Field of Light to 31 December 2020 will allow even more guests to enjoy this extraordinary experience,” said Voyages Executive General Manager Sales, Marketing and Distribution, Ray Stone.“Since opening, more than 200,000 guests have been deeply moved by the Field of Light, it’s hard not to be. This further extension offers guests the opportunity to enjoy not only the spiritual nature of the destination, but experience it in a unique and mesmerising way,” said Ray.The exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara, is Munro’s largest work to date, with more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres over an area the size of nine football fields. It is also the artist’s first work to be illuminated entirely through solar power. The spheres, connected via illuminated optical fibre, bloom as darkness falls. Pathways draw viewers into the artwork, which comes to life under a sky brilliant with stars.Tourism Australia MD, John O’Sullivan welcomed the decision to extend the exhibition until the end of December 2020. “Field of Light has been a remarkable success and there’s clearly still significant demand amongst people both here in Australia and overseas to make the journey to Uluru to see what is unquestionably one of world’s most spectacular and immersive exhibitions. People travel to experience difference and this is about as unique a way of connecting with one of our country’s most spectacular natural wonders as you’re ever likely to get,” he said.The award-winning exhibition has received extensive media attention during its two seasons, significantly featuring in 2017’s Qantas Safety Video with over 90 million views worldwide.“I am greatly moved and humbled by the enormous response to the artwork.  It’s obvious the combination of the exhibition and a canvas as visceral as this – flourishing from red dirt and tufts of spinifex, in the shadows of nature’s biggest shape-shifter, Uluru, is immensely powerful to people,” said Bruce.Guests can enjoy the field in a number of ways – a Field of Light Pass includes transfers, a Star Pass includes transfers as well as sparkling wine and canapes, and for those wanting a special evening under the stars there is A Night at Field of Light dining experience that includes transfers and guests can also arrive via helicopter or camel for an additional charge. Between 22 October and 24 March each year, guests can also enjoy Mayu Wiru, meaning ‘beautiful flavour’ in local Pitjantjatjara. This premium experience for a maximum of 16 guests combines an exceptional gourmet menu celebrating the ancient flavours of Indigenous Australia with a private escorted tour through Field of Light.Pre-booking Field of Light experiences before arrival is strongly recommended.Source = Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australialast_img read more

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