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Saturday, November 15, 2014
JASMINE's THOUGHTS on Constantine Season 1 Episode 4 "A Feast of Friends"
About the Show
Based on the wildly popular comic book series Hellblazer from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, "Criminal Minds") 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, and he'll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line, Constantine will use his skills to travel the country, find the supernatural terrors that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows... maybe there's hope for him and his soul after all.
The cast also includes Harold Perrineau (Lost) as Manny and Charles Halford (True Detective) as Chas.Writer Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist, Dexter) serves as executive producer with David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises). Constantine is produced from Bonanza Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The show is based upon characters published by DC Entertainment.
Well, the suspense/horror element is very much prominent in each episode I have watched so far. In this fourth episode, we are introduced to one of many of John's "friends," Gary Lester (Jonjo O'Neill), who was part of the Newcastle crew. Staying with the theme of the "rising darkness", John sets out to help his friend recapture a demon that was inadvertently unleashed. Moreover, I enjoyed that mystical element when John approached another friend to find out what kind of demon he was dealing with, to find out how to defeat it.
I really loved how this episode had "heart." Even with John's hard exterior he shows everyone, he does have a heart and conscience, This was evident since the start of the series in regards to what happened in Newcastle and Astrid. Apparently, each episode has implied John's struggle in dealing with what happened in Newcastle. I guess, in a way, it reminds the audience that he, too, carries a burden that he hurts from. In this episode, A Feast of Friends, we are reminded of the reason why John insists on working alone. He does care! He knows and his friends know what evil they are dealing with...and they know sacrifices are always made, as we have seen in this episode.
This episode brought tears to my eyes. Underneath that hard, gruff, and sarcastic exterior, John has a heart that he keeps hidden. Even to the end, John never leaves Gary's side. Again, John is burdened with the sacrifices his friends make for him in this dark underworld of the supernatural. And...I'm loving it!
Constantine continues to bring on the suspense, horror, mystery, and mysticism of the supernatural/paranormal to the small screen that keeps it interesting. It is apparent that each episode is connected in one way or another. We are definitely getting to know more and more about John Constantine, his past, present, and future! Not only that...we got to see more of what Zed's gift is. Again, the introductions to these characters continue...alongside with the "cases" John has to investigate. I am still curious as to who and what Chas and Zed's parts are in this series. I am definitely intrigued with these characters, and would like to know more about them and their connection with John.
This is definitely a TV series that is a must see!