June 20, 2016


Preacher RECAP: “Monster Swamp”, Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

(Season 1, Episode 4)

Chainsaw, coffee can and the phone

Earlier, in a comedic take, Cassidy made an effort to tell Jesse about these “clones” from Heaven. However, due to a combination of Cassidy’s babbling uncertainty and Jesse not taking Cassidy seriously, the information fell on deaf ears and so Cassidy was left to meet these “clones” without a plan.

The two men (Fiore and DeBlanc) are eagerly expecting Cassidy to bring Jesse with him to the hotel, but he comes empty handed under the guise of needing to gather information for Jesse.

Cassidy asks them how they intend to remove the power from Jesse. That’s easy, just cut Jesse open with a chainsaw…

Is there a plan B?

Well, there is this song they could sing. It didn’t work before, but it could work again…

To Cassidy, that song idea sounds way better than the chainsaw and I have to agree with him on that.

They will then put the power into the can, which is its domicile, and then they could take the can home with them.

What is this song?

“Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. His favorite.” - DeBlanc

I did a little research. It’s a poem about 3 boys who use a wooden shoe as a boat to go fishing. But it’s really symbolism—a bedtime story where the wynken and blynken are a child’s tired eyes and the nod is the bobbing head of a sleepy child. The wooden shoe is the bed.

Here’s the last part of the poem:

“Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one's trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod” - Eugene Field

What I find interesting about this poem is when it was written—1889. Remember that mystery man from the “See” episode? Well it happened in 1881. I think there might be a connection.

Cassidy leaves the room and Fiore wants to make a call.

Let’s take a closer look at the writing on the Heavenly cell phone.

Uh, I got nothing.

DeBlanc reminds Fiore that he can’t call them.

“And if they find out, we’re down here without permission? Why we’re down here without permission… We can’t call them. We’re on our own.” - DeBlanc

Sounds like it was their mistake that got the power released in the first place. I’m guessing they don’t want to have to explain that to their boss.

A dejected Fiore slumps on the bed in agreement.

Fast forward to the final scene

Fiore and DeBlanc sit and wait when the phone rings. Fiore picks up the hotel phone, but it’s not that phone, it’s the OTHER phone. (ominous drum roll, please)


Or as Tulip calls it…

“Shit pit” - Tulip

She does have a way with words.

The episode opens with a scene that looks like it’s ripped from a horror movie. Lacey, in her panties (of course), runs through the streets…

Is that the school bus driving around? (It’s additions like this that make the filming really pop with uniqueness).

Lacey now runs into the woods, being chased by an unknown assailant. She comes upon 2 women hiding in a drainage; they don’t want her to give them away. So she flees, meets up with another chick, who gets shot and drops to the ground.

It looks like she’s safe… but wait, there’s Clive with a gun. He shoots… oh no!… It’s just a paint gun… Phew! They’re playing a game… ok, cool… coast is clear for this woman we’ve been tracking until… a sinkhole opens up and swallows her up… wut?!

Talking about taking us on a ride here.

The following morning, Lacey is pulled out of the hole, dead and covered in poop… ew.

Odin makes a lame speech about how they shouldn’t be running around out night. Everyone seems okay with the speech except for Tulip, who can’t understand people’s apathetic behavior.

Later, the Mayor visits Odin and asks him what causes the sinkholes.

“Plain as pie.” - Odin

“Right.” - Mayor

Not sure what that means, but I do get the sense that Odin knows and may even be responsible for them.

To the chagrin of Odin, the Mayor has been secretly meeting with the Green acres group, who are working on soil sustainability and aeroponics. Sounds like this could end up connecting with the sinkholes.

Jesse and Odin

Jesse is on a mission to increase church membership and expand the word of God. I wonder if having this thing inside him is pushing him this way.

He comes up with a plan to raffle a television set, but he also wants to motivate the townsfolk to continue to come back. So he makes a deal with Odin, who is probably the least likely to want saving. Odin will go to church, if he isn’t spiritually convinced then he gets what he so dearly wants—Jesse’s land that was handed to him by his father.

Fast forward to Church…

Odin is not convinced until…

“Serve God” - Jesse via the voice

“I ask you again, will you serve God?” - Jesse

“Of course I will… Yes, sir…” - Odin

I wonder where this story line will go.


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