Constantine 1×04 ‘A Feast of Friends’: Not yet hungry for more

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Looks like it took four episodes for Constantine to get into its groove. It isn’t flawless, but the scratches are definitely getting buffed out. The episodes are getting tediously formulaic, but not always to the show’s detriment. It’s less arbitrary and its formula gives it quite a bit more structure. All in all, it’s obvious Constantine is still working out its kinks, but it’s far clearer now what the future might hold.The plot of the week was dull, but this episode was really actually about John Constantine.

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The number one takeaway from this episode: John Constantine is a pragmatist. He’s cold, ruthless and manipulative. Not the hero we want but the (anti)hero we need? Perhaps. I mean, it’s a pretty contemptible thing to do, tricking your friend into becoming a sacrifice for some hunger demon and slowly die in agony. But more than that, we saw a man of integrity, quite willing to witness the consequences of his actions, and honor his and his friends’ decision. The weekly thematic monologue was abandoned today for a more poignant and telling scene. An angel, a man and his friend, bearing each other’s pain.

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I must admit that this episode gave me quite a few jumps, although I don’t know if it speaks more about the show’s horror than my own cowardice. Thing is, eyeballs and cockroaches? They’re my biggest fears. The visual effects are quite stunning. What about that creepy upside-down crawling woman eh? Also, never seen someone pluck out their own eyeball and plug another one in before. Speaking of, what was the point of that whole ‘trip’?

My main issue with ‘A Feast of Friends’ was that it tried to push the themes a little too much. Okay, it’s about drug use and lack of control and all that jazz, but you don’t have to keep reminding us. This isn’t a PSA. Less is more!

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This rule, unfortunately, doesn’t apply to Zed and Manny. Zed doesn’t seem to have much purpose besides pushing John’s buttons to make him vocalize everything, thus making sure that we, the audience, understand his every thought process. This reveals to me that the writers either a) don’t know how to ‘show not tell’ or b) don’t think much of their audience. Manny’s continuous presence is also a mystery. His appearances happen often enough just to remind the viewers that he’s still there.

All in all, quite a step up from the previous episodes. But Constantine is going to have to work harder on giving the characters more purpose and making them more relevant. Speaking of, where’s Chaz?

Yeung Wing

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