Constantine 1×09 “The Saint of Last Resorts, Part 2”: Bloody John Constantine, center of attention again

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Things were looking up for Constantine in the last episode – the show not the character (actually things were looking pretty bleak for John Constantine). It was getting to be a little more original, a little more exciting and a little more ‘big picture’. Unfortunately all this was thrown out the window within the first five minutes of this week’s episode.

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We last saw John left for dead in the sewers with what looks like a creepier, evil version of Babyface from Toy Story. In his desperation, John summons a demon (Pazuzu) into his own body. A demon-invunche showdown sounds pretty wicked right? Unfortunately, this confrontation proved anticlimactic as they basically stared each other down and the invunche ran off to terrorize another part of Mexico. Really? This is the creature deemed ‘unstoppable’?

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The rest of the Resurrection Crusade and Rising Darkness hullabaloo is left on the back burner as they try to exorcise the demon from John. It’s pretty standard stuff. Demon commits acts of evil in John’s body. John struggles to regain control. Friends step in. Demon spews hurtful words at them but hey, sticks and stones right? There’s nothing openly wrong about this, it’s just nothing we haven’t seen before. Throw in the fact that at this point we haven’t made much of an emotional connection to these two dimensional characters, all suspense is gone because we simply don’t care enough. The episode’s only saving grace is Matt Ryan who is the only person giving their character any depth, not to mention he is a pro at summoning spit.

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Zed also manages to foil her own kidnapping fairly easily. I find it strange how she could so easily touch John while he’s been possessed by a demon and not get some psychic backlash. We very almost saw her and Chaz team up to save John for once, but then here comes Sister Anne Marie. With all the talk of needing ‘faith’ to save John, I was afraid that once again Zed would be the magical solution but thankfully it didn’t go that way (although they did rather exploit the women a little in this episode, what with the naked Sister con and Zed turning into Julia Roberts circa Pretty Women).

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The creepiest creature from Planet Creepy made an appearance only to be killed after about three minutes of screen time. His only purpose was to force Sister Anne Marie into using the spear on him instead of (conveniently) killing John. Seriously though, I hope The Tempter comes back because what a darn waste.

Last thing I’d like to mention – what the hell Manny? Maybe John didn’t ask you for help because you have repeatedly told him so. Why did John turn to the dark side? Because it worked.

 

Yeung Wing

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  • Guest

    So, as a review… what did you think, Yeung Wing? Sounds like it’s certainly not “gotta watch it” television…

    • Yeung Wing

      I would say, don’t watch it if you haven’t got much time on your hands and want to make every second of TV count. Otherwise, Constantine isn’t too bad as a bit of filler TV. Thanks for asking!

  • Kit Ryan

    You would have convinced me not to watch it, if I had needed any convincing… but I didn’t. It’s no wonder Entertainment Weekly named this one of the three worst shows of 2014.

    • Yeung Wing

      Did it? Geez. I’ll admit that it isn’t the worst show, but considering the potential and expectations, it’s certainly the most disappointing show. Thanks for your comment!