It’s official. If an episode opens with ‘The Cowboy’ then it’s going to be one of the good ones. And this one was absolutely off the chain. The season finale is next week so they had to up the ante, and that they did. Also, did you catch the Breaking Bad easter egg?
“I want you to finish the song”
All those episodes that began with ‘The Cowboy’ have been leading up to this, and to be honest it made me happy. This story has been told only over three episodes and it felt like too little, especially because Graham McTavish is credited in every episode. But in a way I understand that decision.
By not appearing in every episode, he gets an even more mythical aura about himself. Characters of the ‘Man with No Name’ variety already have a mythical aura, but by having the writers use him this way he was something else. I could make this whole review about him but I’ll just return to him at the end.
“I am done with Jesse Custer”
One of the best things of this episode is that we spent some time with all the characters, and it was nice. Even Emily, and this week was particularly interesting for her.
The character of Emily was one I was very dubious about, because it was an original character. And Lucy Griffiths had played an original character in Constantine and it didn’t work out in the end. My fears were unfounded, as I found her character interesting, especially this week.
Sure, there was always some kind of sexual tension between her and Jesse but Tulip and her made an unlikely friendship, so it was just nice to see that their relationship wasn’t just fighting between them for his attention. Tulip turned to Emily this week and Emily helped her, even if the circumstances could’ve been summed up as “Cassidy is a vampire, have to go, kthxbye!”
However, Emily proved herself not to be such a goody-two-shoes as I thought she was. While in previous episodes we saw her interactions with Miles, this episode she defined him as her ‘boyfriend’ to Tulip and yet she turned him into Cassidy’s dinner.
“You put me out. That’s what matters.”
Jesse, on the other hand is on the run. After a great escape of sorts from Sheriff Root’s backseat he steals the Angels’ phone and is trying to find how to make the phone work.
He’s looking for Tulip, but since she’s gone he talks with Cassidy and they make amends. And it was reassuring to see that even though we didn’t see it, Jesse actually put him out. And he even offers to help Cass bury Miles’ body because that’s what friends are for. He also realises that he needs angel hands to operate the phone, and they know exactly where to get them.
Still, the most meaningful moment came when Jesse phoned Tulip. Especially since he said “Til the end of the world.” However, Tulip wasn’t paying attention to the phone because she was about to introduce the infamous Carlos to a meat tenderiser. That’ll go well.
“Haven’t done a coin toss in ages!”
We even spent a considerable amount of time with the angels, and saw a bit more of their cosmology, or so to speak. They debated whether they should confess to Heaven or go to Hell for their ‘other option’. However, since Jesse stole their phone they settled for going to Hell and left their hotel room in quite a state.
The state the room was in meant that the sheriff had to investigate it, and he saw the archangel. The archangel asks him to kill her and he does, out of what he thinks it’s mercy. This was a strange moment, in that it feels like it’s just a case of ‘We need the archangel back to stir shit up, let’s have someone kill her’ and the choice of Sheriff Root is weird, but that might be because he’s not as hateful as his comic book counterpart.
Back to Fiore and Deblanc. The idea that they have to go to a travel agency, to book a trip to Hell because they’re not using the official channels is a bit funny to me. Especially the idea of a metaphysical coyote taking them there, but I knew this cosmology was different and that’s cool.
But now we finally know what’s the deal with ‘The Cowboy’. He’s in Hell, reliving the same events over and over. I’ve always been a proponent of ‘Hell as repetition’ so I was excited about it, and yet it’s terrifying. What’s Arseface’s Hell like? Him shooting himself in the face over and over?!
Only one episode left, so I’m dropping the whole ‘Cowboy’ thing. That man is the Saint of Killers, true he hasn’t been called that yet but I’m calling a spade a spade. Anyway, shit’s getting real. See you next week.
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