Let’s talk about TV series: this new one was already famous even before the actual teaser. It’s “Constantine”.
Anyone remembers the movie with Keanu Reeves? That’s right. And it’s even better: John Constantine is actually blonde and with a trenchcoat (and who am I to ignore a series with a trenchcoated handsome guy?)
The series is based on a comic series of DC called “Hellblazer”. John Constantine, the protagonist, is a cynic, snarky anti-hero who is also a master in occult and magic. He has a smoking addiction and… lots of sarcasm.
In this pilot, we see Constantine (Matt Ryan) being pulled in a world of Demons and Angels and supernatural creatures again, after he decided to put himself into a mental hospital to forget something really bad: the fact that he couldn’t save a little girl from Hell’s damnation after she was possessed by a demon.
Constantine receives a message and decides to get back to “work”. He needs to save the daughter of an old friend, Liv (Lucy Griffiths). For an unknown reason, a demon is trying to kill her. So, John steps in and informs the girl: her father, whom she thinks died when she was little, was actually a medium and died just a year ago. After convincing the girl, they work togheter to send the demon back to Hell. But that’s just the beginning: seems like something big is coming for John and Liv.
Well, what do I think?
I like the resemblance with the original character: maybe the actor is a lil bit younger but that doesn’t hurt, does it?
I like the supernatural atmosphere and the snarky attitude of Constantine. He’s a man who has seen many bad things and isn’t pulling up a face of happiness or solidarity: he just doesn’t care. And it’s part of the charm.
I did like the presence of POC, like the angel who warns and follows John and Astra, the little girl, even though they don’t have a preminent role for now.
What I did not like was that all the people who were possessed at some part of the episode were all women, in contrast to the team of “experts” of the occult who all seem to be men, and I don’t get the reason behind this choice. I still don’t know how to categorize Liv: she seems to be part of both worlds. I hope that in the next episodes we’ll see more women in the part of the supernatural hunters, and less in the part of the passive possessed body.
I understand it’s just a pilot, so they needed the story to be quick and interesting. It’s actually at a very fast pace, and hopefully the next episodes will be a little bit slower (I don’t mind some simmering 😉 ).
I loved some references in the images, like the fire behind the angel or the faces of demons on the wall in the dark alley.
In conclusion, it seems a nice show, with some problems that can be fixed in the long run.
I’d say you should give it a try, especially if you’re a fan of supernatural, occult and snarky characters.
I’m looking forward to see the next episode, airing on 25th October (my birthday!).
See you soon, John Constantine.
The awkward geeky girl