Constantine 1×12 “Angels and Ministers of Grace”: If this is my gift, I’ll put up with the pain

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Constantine really stepped up their game this week. For once, there wasn’t any half-assed reason why one member of the gang wasn’t available to fight evil. Everyone was involved in the story and contributed. Yay! It still didn’t quite feel like the penultimate episode of the season (and possibly series) but it’s still a step up.

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The theme of this episode, second chances, could’ve been explored better. Isn’t this what John’s been yearning for the whole time? Redemption? There was so much potential there. But I guess it kind of fits in with John turning Manny into a human being temporarily. You’d think angels were more infallible but this act definitely pushed the episode into all the right directions. For the longest time, Manny was this harbinger of doom. A creature with unfathomable power who refused to assist John (who is basically assisting him) at all. Making him mortal gave Manny insight to being a human. We see now that his reluctance to help John stemmed from ignorance. We also get to see him be super awkward and have unexpected sexytime with the nurse – levity that actually works.

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We find out Zed had a tumor this episode. But what’s not clear is whether the tumor causes her visions, or her visions caused the tumor. I have to give the writers credit because Zed’s tumor didn’t make her more relatable (or pitiable), her reaction to it did. Whether it came from a bad place, a good place, whether it causes her pain, all she wants is to do some good in this world. Before, it’s been all talk since John’s the one who has to do most of the sacrificing (with regards to working the cases). But this time we see a willingness to suffer in Zed, and she won a few points in my book. I really enjoyed Zed and Manny’s interaction this episode. Her being able to see Manny was the highlight. It was confirmation that there is some good in this world and that Zed’s fighting for the right side.

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Chaz is basically a human guinea pig at this point. I didn’t realize that his extra lives meant super-healing as well? The thing about powers without any definitive limits, it’s sort of a crutch for the writers because they’re able to throw in whatever they want and as viewers we’re like, ‘I guess it could kind of work…’

Not everything in this episode was legit. Once again there were some confusing plot holes. Why would those that have been killed by the Black Diamond-possessed person also have dark matter in their hearts? Why does the first victim come back to life? No mention of The Rising Darkness besides Manny burning the scrye map because it was ‘a crutch’. Frankly, I’ve no idea what the finale’s going to be about considering the arbitrary nature of the series. Are you all excited? Let me know in the comment section below!

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