Constantine 1×07 ‘Blessed are the Damned’: Guiding, judging, damning

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So have Chas and Zed ever been in the same episode together? It kinda seems like John’s become too much for them to handle and they’re tag-teaming. Look, I get isolating the characters to explore more of their history, but clearly that’s not happening here, so why not just put them together? We’re more than halfway through the season and we still haven’t seen the whole gang together. Come on. That being said, I’d have to say that ‘Blessed are the Damned’ is a marked improvement. The story was slightly more original, Zed had a little more personality and they’re finally starting to link the show together, courtesy of the little teaser at the end.

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Let’s focus on the positives.  Usually I like to point out the many (and there are so very many) flaws, but there are quite a few good things about Constantine as well. This episode featured a faith healer who suddenly gets actual magical powers! Once again John & Co. put their sleuthing skills to use and track down the source of his power. There’s an interesting bit where John gets Zed to hum the tune of the enochian chant, and they get a response. Never seen that before. Of course, John makes it sound a little less cool when he calls it echolocation. Hopefully little details like that come back, with a little more explanation.

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They did quite a bit more world building in this episode, which definitely helps us see the future for this show. It becomes far less concentrated and episodic. We now know that in the world of Constantine, magic gone wrong leads to ghouls. Fortunately the ghouls revert back to their normal selves once magic has been set to rights, probably not the one John beaned with a bat though.

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I rather enjoyed Manny’s presence on the show this week. I, much like John, am glad that he finally decided to take some action. His talk with Imogen revealed far more than all his previous appearances combined. The war between heaven and hell, the angels’ psyche and Manny’s own personal fascination with humanity, it was all very illuminating. This can’t be said for The Rising Darkness, which remains to be an afterthought.

Unfortunately, what’s good about Constantine is what’s good about other similar shows. We’re seven episodes into the season’s 13 and little progress has been made since the first episode. What did you think?

Yeung Wing

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