Constantine 1×06 ‘Rage of Caliban’: Blahblah Rising Darkness, basically.

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This week’s episode featured a little boy being possessed by a malevolent spirit hellbent on murdering parents. Sound familiar? Probably because it’s been done thousands of times before. And for good reason too, there’s something about scary children.

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Perhaps it’s the contrast between innocence and horror that’s terrifying. If you saw something that looked horrible and was evil and stuff, it’d be scary but in a sort of expected way. But seeing something innocent and typically harmless as the source of evil, it’s pretty disconcerting. So it doesn’t surprise me that they capitalized on that. What did surprise me is how they didn’t take advantage of the Halloween factor. The only reason they set this during Halloween was so they could have an extremely high budget haunted house.

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Zed wasn’t present for this episode due to ‘art class’. God forbid ‘The Rising Darkness’ should get in the way of your hobbies. As it turns out, this episode was originally supposed to be the second episode in the series, which makes sense considering all the references to the pilot. The fact that this season is in such disarray speaks for itself. But come on, you could have thought of a better excuse than ‘art class’. Conveniently enough, this was the one episode where Zed’s presence would have actually contributed. One quick vision and they would’ve divined the spirit’s name and banished it within the first 20 minutes.

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Manny showed up in this episode too, and gave us a little more information on why he’s so…to put it kindly, unhelpful. Basically all he can offer is guidance, so if he could start doing that, it would be great. It’s fascinating to think that he’s been with John all through his life. Is it a hint that there’s like some weird prophecy about ‘The Rising Darkness’ and how John’s the ‘chosen one’? Hey at least it’s something more than the regular cursory mention of the big picture we’ve been getting. We also see a little more of John and Chas’ relationship as well, which is definitely a plus. This show really needs more personality.

One thing that Constantine does well is its spooky shots, though to be fair, I’m quite easy to scare. Still, I’m sure that we all felt at least one chill during the episode. I mean, when John licks the wall? Yeck.

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