Constantine 1×08 ‘The Saint of Last Resort’: No price is too high to save the innocent

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Okay, exactly how many people were involved in this Astra business? I get that exorcising a demon is going to take a whole team of people, but surely there has got to be a better way to introduce a new character? It seems as if they’re intentionally keeping us in the dark about the Astra Incident just so they can keep referring to it.

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What’s great about this episode of of Constantine is that for the first time in the whole series, we see that it’s part of a bigger picture. The Rising Darkness is not just an obligatory footnote at the end of each episode anymore. The brujeria is the cause of The Rising Darkness. The invunche and Resurrection Crusade (which sounds like a great band name) are also…somehow involved. Quite frankly, although I’m glad that the content is becoming more original, it’s slightly overwhelming for it all to hit us in the face all at once. It shows a clear lack of planning. Instead of slowly introducing and teasing out these features, they were all dumped on us this week.

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I’m really starting to take issue with Zed now. She wasn’t all that great before, but she never quite messed up. John has banned her from participating in this week’s adventure so she can recuperate from the fallen angel debacle. John asked her to do one thing – stay in the house. And of course, she doesn’t. And she didn’t even have a good reason to leave! Also, if you just had a freaky vision of the guy you’re on a date with, would you really bring him home with you? Into your house? Show him where you live? Come on. The writers are seriously copping out, furthering the plot by making the heroine dumber. Oh yeah, what happened to all those booby traps and protection spells? What about that anti-gravity trap?

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This week’s episode was pretty creepy and straightforward. Its real purpose was to show us more of John’s past by reuniting him with an old flame, Sister Anne Marie. Chaz was also present – which is the extent of his appearance this week. So many spooky scenes this week. That flesh/skin fruit. The invunche which is so creepy looking I don’t even want to describe it. Here’s a tip, don’t look it up. And there’s also something kind of disturbing about the way Lamashtu held the dead chicken, thinking it was a real baby. If there’s anything that Constantine consistently does well, it’s their spooky scenes. They’re really fond of the bird’s-eye view shot. Maybe it’s a reference to a greater being watching the events unfold?

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I usually find cliffhangers a little bit of a cheap way to make viewers watch the next episode. However, in this case, it was a welcome change. For a horror series, every episode’s been ending off a little too neatly. The thing is though, I don’t think anyone is really worried for both John and Zed. This is the last we’ll see of Constantine till next year. I’m not sure if the cliffhanger was strong enough to keep you anxious for the next episode.

 

 

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