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Sunday, November 9, 2014
JASMINE's THOUGHTS on Constantine Season 1 Episode 3 "The Devil's Vinyl"
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.
Into the third episode and it is still full of surprises. Constantine is on another case in Chicago, this time, as they follow the map Liv left behind. The horror/mystery element still is ever present in keeping me interested. Still being the start of a new series, we are still being introduced to this supernatural world where Constantine continues to investigate these "odd" happenings while saving others from the "darkness".
In this episode, a cursed object/artifact is in question, and Constantine is in a race to find it before it takes more souls. Of course, Zed shows up to "learn the ropes" since she is gifted, and she wants to learn about her ability. Not only that, we are introduced to Constantine's "frenemy" Papa Midnite portrayed by Michael James Shaw. We already got the impression that Constantine knows many people, good and bad...even demonic and angelic, since he is deeply involved in this "world". It's apparent that Papa Midnite is up to something...which won't bode well for Constantine.
With the mention of "The First of the Fallen," it just adds to the demonic backdrop of this "darkness" that is spreading that was mentioned in Episode 2. I'm already intrigued with the mystery, this episode just added to the intrigue.
I just love how Matt Ryan brings this character to life and so animated as well, which I found was hilarious in the scene that Constantine is covered in blood, naked working on a "spell". Matt Ryan continues the wit, sarcasm, and humor of his character. However, the show seems to be taking its time in introducing all the aspects of who and what Constantine is all about, including all the "players". I think we need it to pick up a bit more. I would have liked to see more of Chas and Zed in the forefront, and not the background. They have their stories to tell, too, in regards with their relationship/association with Constantine. It has already been established that they are constant companions of Constantine...that we need to see more of as well.