Constantine (2014–2015)
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Based on the wildly popular comic book series "Hellblazer" from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark ... See full summary »

Director:

Neil Marshall

Writers:

Daniel Cerone (developed by), David S. Goyer (developed by) | 5 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Ryan ... John Constantine
Lucy Griffiths ... Liv Aberdine
Charles Halford ... Chas Chandler
Harold Perrineau ... Manny
Jeremy Davies ... Ritchie Simpson
Lisa Darr ... Liv's Mother
Miles Anderson ... Dr. Roger Huntoon
Victor McCay ... Security Guard
Julia Lehman ... Talia
Bailey Tippen ... Astra Logue
Daryn Kahn ... Max
Leon Lamar ... Old Man
Mark Ashworth ... Nervous Man
Sallye McDougald Hooks Sallye McDougald Hooks ... Nana (as Sallye Hooks)
Stephen Paul Astor Stephen Paul Astor ... Assistant M.E.
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Based on the wildly popular comic book series "Hellblazer" from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the good fight - or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he's decided to abandon his campaign against evil until a series of events thrusts him back into the fray when an old friend's daughter becomes the target of superhuman forces. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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16:9 HD
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In his closing narration, Constantine comments "...I'll drive your demons away, kick 'em in the bollocks...". "Bollocks" is a vulgar British term referring to the testicles. See more »

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Manny: [inhabiting the body of a bartender] Cheers. Interesting coincidence. Ritchie had to drive twenty blocks out of the way to pass Edgewood Avenue and stumble onto that crime scene.
John Constantine: Mm. He made me pay for gas.
Manny: You scared her away.
John Constantine: Kind of the point, mate. I work better alone.
Manny: You failed to grasp the stakes here, John. Liv's power is valuable.
John Constantine: So is her life! If Liv was gonna join our fight, she had the right to see the risks for herself. All I did was... give her a choice. Which is more than Astra ...
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Alternate Versions

The ending of the original version of the pilot (which was leaked onto the web) differs in a number of ways from the transmitted one, mostly to accommodate the removal of Liv from the series, after the writers decided that she was too passive a character:
  • In the transmitted pilot, the demon possessing the security guard ultimately takes the form of Constantine himself; in the original pilot, he retained the security guard's body.
  • In the original pilot, Constantine asked Ritchie to drive Liv to a crime scene in order to galvanize her desire to help him. In the transmitted version he does it to scare her off, or at least to warn her of the dangers she faces.
  • In the original pilot Liv does not return the amulet to John, nor does she mark on the map where other events are likely to take place.
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Ring of Fire
(uncredited)
Written by June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore
Performed by Social Distortion
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A Promising Start
31 October 2014 | by dramafreak42See all my reviews

Pilot episodes can be tough to judge a show by, especially in terms of the structure of the episode. Because so much has to be introduced and explained, the first episode may not be representative of the flow of the show down the line. However it is a good means of judging the characters, and on that front there's a lot of promise in "Constantine." The show follows the comic book character of the same name, an exorcist and battler of demons. At the start of the show he's checked himself into an asylum, not because he fears that the demons and spirits he sees aren't real, but just because he's desperate to forget them and he figures drugs and electro shock might do the trick. The universe has other plans though, and he's soon on the road to try and save the daughter of an old friend.

Matt Ryan definitely looks the part, but he also nails pretty much everything about the character. He's world weary, yet has a strong moral compass. You get the sense that he wishes he could just ignore the things he sees wrong with the world around him, but something inside him won't let him just walk away, and that annoys him. He's not out to impress anyone and yet maintains an effortless sort of swagger. He knows what he's confronting is dangerous, but he's also seen it all before. So he's flippant while still making the hazards seem genuine.

Another thing this show does well is make it clear that just knowing Constantine is practically a death sentence. Seriously, if you see this guy coming up to even say "hello," just run the other way. He means well enough, but the world he treads in is so dangerous and follows him everywhere he goes. It's something that's important to the character and how he operates and is well conveyed in this first episode.

The actual "case" he works in this episode isn't really anything special, but it's about what you'd expect in a pilot episode. It gets the job done in terms of showing the sorts of things he deals with, and it has enough moments that let the audiences in on why Constantine is the way that he is. The female character who he's protecting isn't much more than serviceable. Thankfully after the test screenings she was written out of planned future appearances. The way in which she's removed from the show is a touch ham-fisted and awkward, but it gets the job done and has her still fulfill the function she was going to be needed for.

Whether or not this will be worth tuning in for on a regular basis is going to largely hinge on the next couple of episodes. It's a world and a character worth spending time with, so the question is whether or not the stories being told are any good. And that is not yet entirely clear.


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