Constantine (2014–2015)
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The Darkness Beneath 

Deep in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania, John is the small mining community's only defense against an ancient Welsh spirit. In the course of protecting these isolated innocents, John ... See full summary »

Director:

Steve Shill

Writers:

Daniel Cerone (developed by), David S. Goyer (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Matt Ryan ... John Constantine
Angélica Celaya ... Zed Martin
Charles Halford ... Chas Chandler
Harold Perrineau ... Manny (credit only)
Leisha Hailey ... Lannis's Wife
James Le Gros ... Ellis McGee
Michael McGrady ... Thad Bowman
Cullen Moss ... Owen
Carl Palmer ... Lannis Cadogan
Barrett Carnahan ... Nathan Bowman
Rich Williams ... Bartender Charlie
Jackson Beals ... Miner Ed
Dakota Hood ... Girlfriend
Bob Jennings ... Coblynau
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Deep in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania, John is the small mining community's only defense against an ancient Welsh spirit. In the course of protecting these isolated innocents, John finds a vital new ally in a mysterious young woman named Zed. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

As seen in his driving license, John Constantine's age is given as 10th May, 1982 (which puts his age at 32 at the start of this show). It is also the same year in which Sting played an ambiguously demonic con man in the film Brimstone and Treacle, which led to Moore creating the character of Constantine. See more »

Goofs

To distract the security of the mine, Constantine uses a nearby backhoe loader, dumping the rocks on its bucket. But the lever he uses to do that is hand break, not attachment control lever. See more »

Quotes

John Constantine: I suppose it could be liberating, to take a leap of faith... To shrug off the burden of proof, for the promise of hope. It takes trust to turn darkness to light. And those who trust, risk putting their faith in the wrong hands. For there are those who pray for you... and there are those who prey on you. And no matter how careful you are, sometimes you just can't tell the difference.
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The Weeping Song
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Performed by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
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Rinse and Repeat
7 November 2014 | by dramafreak42See all my reviews

After a fairly solid, if not entirely remarkable, pilot episode the show has already settled into a rhythm. And it's a surprisingly familiar one. The end of the pilot jettisoned the tacked on female cohort, only to have this next episode start with Constantine acquiring a brand new tacked on female cohort. Granted she's slightly more interesting than the last one, but it feels like a lateral move at best.

The show has also appeared to settle for a "monster of the week" style format. While it's the type of format that the character most lends himself to, I'm just not sure it's one that works anymore. This kind of show had its heyday back with X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Back then it was enough just to have a new weird occurrence or villain each week because it was stuff that by and large audiences hadn't seen on TV before. But between those shows and Fringe, Grimm, Supernatural and a half dozen others the format has really been played out. I don't think there's any supernatural threat that can be thrown at Constantine that audiences won't feel like they've seen somewhere before. It's the trap that "Elementary" fell into: sticking well conceived and well acted characters with run of the mill story lines (standard police procedural mysteries in that case) which didn't allow those characters to shine as they should.

What this leaves is everything hinging on the characters. Thankfully Constantine himself is still quite watchable and fun to be around. The new addition of Zed is pretty much a wash, she's got good chemistry but the character doesn't feel like she's adding much to the process yet. Personally I really would have liked to have seen Constantine hoof it alone, at least for a few episodes.

It's still a fun show, and it's hardly a waste of time. However it doesn't really bring much that feels really new or fresh. I'll continue to stick it out for now, but if this episode represents the standard of the show then I'm not sure I'll be around all the way through this season.


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