Constantine 1×03 ‘The Devil’s Vinyl’: Prayer is one big negotiation | Gotta Watch It!

Constantine 1×03 ‘The Devil’s Vinyl’: Prayer is one big negotiation

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You know what sounds like a great premise for a television show? How about two people seeking out supernatural disturbances, traveling all over the country and solving said supernatural disturbances? Pretty good eh? Too bad it’s already been done, a la Supernatural. And this is the show’s biggest hurdle – making it unique for the viewers.

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In many ways, this week’s Constantine is a huge improvement from last week’s abysmal episode. That isn’t to say it didn’t still contain all the flaws from before, it also showed us more positive qualities. Constantine is still as plot heavy as ever. We still don’t know much about the characters, nothing substantial anyway. That’s not to say that the show doesn’t provide information, far from it. Instead, it constantly unloads fact after fact upon us, facts that have absolutely no further relevance or impact on the rest of the episode. For example, the dead guy of the week used to be John’s friend, which adds absolutely no value to the story at all. He was a music producer, and produced John’s first record. Oh yeah, John used to be in a punk rock band. How is this relevant? It’s not. In fact, why would the woman even bring the acetate to a music producer?

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It wouldn’t be such a shame that the show was so plot-driven if it only made sense. They found the woman with the acetate, and somehow, nobody bothered to check on it? Really, they shouldn’t have been surprised that the young daughter found the acetate and started playing it. Speaking of, if you knew that you had in your possession, a record that brought death and suffering, would you bring it home, where you have a child, and placed it on a highly accessible shelf? Hm. Quandary.

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The writers did try to inject more emotion into ‘The Devil’s Vinyl’. It doesn’t get more emotionally manipulative than a wife trading her soul for her husband’s health. Too bad they didn’t milk it. In fact, the moment passes so fast I’m not even sure how the husband dealt with this information. There was a little more whimsy this week. Our first look at John was him naked, covered in blood, and chanting mythical mumbo jumbo. And also, ‘eat the contract’? I laughed out loud so hey, at least the show’s funny. We were also introduced to a new character, Papa Midnite. It must be a huge relief to Matt Ryan knowing he won’t have to carry the rest of the season on his own.

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As with supernatural television series, one of the more fascinating aspects is the new lore/mythology that will be incorporated in the show. With Supernatural we have myths from all cultures. Penny Dreadful draws from the Egyptian culture. Constantine, so far, has decided to rely on the magic of convenience. Of course you have a magical hand candle thing that can bring back the dead for a few moments. Of course you have a charmed card that can turn into whatever you need (like wishing for more wishes). And finally, the one guy who survived the musical mayhem is deaf and of course Zed can speak sign language.

I won’t say don’t watch Constantine. But watch it for the same reason you’d watch CSI. You’ve seen it before and you liked it. So far the only thing that separates Constantine from Supernatural is it’s thematic monologue at the end, a la Desperate Housewives.

 

Yeung Wing

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