Constantine 1×13 “Waiting for the Man”: I don’t play if I can’t win

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After an inconsistent season, Constantine is finally over. It didn’t quite feel like a finale, although that was to be expected due to the lack of a running plot. ‘Waiting for the Man’ had its moments, and occasionally, Constantine‘s busy episodes work well. This wasn’t one of them. Without sufficient build up and character development throughout the season, its ‘twists’ are more like random plot points than actual plot twists.

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Chas didn’t show up again, which definitely detracted from the finale-feel of the episode. I can’t even remember what lame excuse they gave this time. The actual reason for his absence? To bring back Jim Corrigan from earlier this season. Writers shouldn’t have to write people out of the story in order to introduce other characters. It’s clear that they’ve no idea how to write in order for all the characters to work together (or against each other). I really have to give props to Matt Ryan for carrying the entire season. It seems as if he’s the only actor who’s able to have any chemistry at all with the other actors.

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The most confusing part of the whole episode has just got to be Manny. As a last minute twist, he releases Papa Midnite from police custody and reveals that the brujeria work for him. Is this a bluff? Is he a bad guy? The possibilities are endless. And possibilities are good things! But the thing is, it doesn’t feel organic. When you reveal that a good character is secretly a bad character, this fact needs to hold up during the second watch. And I simply don’t think Manny does. Sure, he’s shown a fascination for humanity, but not on a ‘I command the brujeria’ level. I mean, he’s basically a poor man’s Castiel. And quite frankly, we can’t be sure that he is one of the more lenient angels when the only other angel we’ve seen is a fallen one. Especially with his shenanigans last week, I simply can’t take the idea of an evil Manny seriously. It seems like a last-ditch effort at originality, and a cheap way to keep viewers curious. Long story short, I’m not a fan of what they’ve done with Manny.

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Source: NBC

This week’s story was about how this incredibly creepy man has three undead child brides and is working on a fourth. It just seems as if Chas would have been a really good fit for this story on account of how his daughter is roughly the same age as this week’s victim. But no, instead we have Jim Corrigan who contributed nothing to solve the case. His sole purpose was to make Zed all confused due to her visions of him being dead and add some romantic tension that wasn’t there and quite frankly, wasn’t needed.

Constantine‘s fate is yet to be decided. The series has a lot of potential but whether it gets picked up for another season or gets cancelled, both decisions wouldn’t surprise me. What did you think about Constantine? Would you like it to be picked up? Let me know in the comments below!

Yeung Wing

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