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13 “Waiting for the Man” (Constantine season 1) [SPOILERS]


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So this is it. Maybe.

The last episode of Constantine‘s first series has come and passed, and still no news on its future. And in this case, I suspect, no news is probably bad news.

As someone who has enjoyed the series, and who has a deep love for the source material, it pains me to think that this series hasn’t measured up. It hasn’t been bad, and has had a great many excellent features, but some of the competition it was up against was in a different league.

It may yet be that NBC decide to give it another chance. Or another network sees the potential and decides to take it off NBC’s hands. Or, this may be the only series we get to see.

Let’s hope, then, that its final hurrah is a good one.

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12 “Angels and Ministers of Grace” (Constantine season 1) [SPOILERS]


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This is the second to last episode of Constantine‘s first and, as it stands, only season. There’s no news yet, that I’ve seen — at least not official news. The rumour mill has been in overdrive. Some are saying that it’s been cancelled, which is not surprising, but not yet verified.

One of the more interesting rumours is a potential move to SyFy, and a rebranding as “Hellblazer”. Which, again, is unverified, but I’d happily take that as a solution.

I’m still not sure what will happen, but another network adopting it can’t surely be ruled out. I do think that NBC would be making a mistake to axe it prematurely though. Perhaps I should write to the BBC… They could return it to its proper, British setting.

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11 “A Whole World Out There” (Constantine season 1) [SPOILERS]


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I genuinely expected the preface for my review of the latest episode of Constantine to be a eulogy. But somehow, despite being on life-support, against all the odds, the patient is still alive. Indeed, there’s a petition which has been started to try and persuade NBC to relent and give the show the second series that it, on balance, (probably) deserves.

I’ve signed, of course. I’d sign purely to keep Matt Ryan in a job (in this job), as the most authentic Constantine I’ve ever seen.

At time of press said petition had 16,597, so still a fair way short of the 100,000 target. But fan campaigning saved Farscape, bringing it back for the triumphantly brilliant Peacekeeper Wars. Then Firefly fans jumped on the bandwagon and got Serenity made. And both of those shows had already been sent to the great studio in the sky.

So can fan activism save Constantine from the axe in the first place? I have to believe so…

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10 “Quid Pro Quo” (Constantine season 1) [SPOILERS]


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I think it’s definitely arguable that last week’s Constantine heralded the beginning of what the show should have been from the very start. The biggest shame of all is that it has come so late in its first season. Had it been doing this sort of thing from the very beginning, the axe would definitely not be floating over its head.

And believe me, there is an axe. It has yet to fall, and there is still the chance that it may not, but on balance I think that Constantine is for the chop.

Which, as I say, is a shame. But that’s where we are.

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09 “The Saint of Last Resorts: Part Two” (Constantine season 1) [SPOILERS]


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It feels like absolutely ages since Constantine finished before Christmas, and another age since the new year before it started. Quite why, I’m not sure, but who cares now, because it’s back!

I had hoped that by the time it returned to screens, it might have been saved from renewal purgatory and been renewed for a — deserved, in my opinion — second season. Sadly that doesn’t seem to have happened, and there are only three episodes left of this season, so to coin a peculiarly British phrase, we’re into squeaky bum time.

But never mind that for now. I have a new episode to review.

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08 “The Saint of Last Resorts” (Constantine season 1) [SPOILERS]


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It struck me watching this week’s episode of Constantine, that I don’t actually know how many episodes of the series there are. To my knowledge it hasn’t been renewed for a second series, and reports had said that there would be 13 episodes. If so, that means that there are another five episodes to go.

Which makes the pacing of the series seem a little odd.

The rising dark has been simmering away in the background throughout, and presumably is going to be a big part of the season climax. So a little more detail being fleshed out might be about due. Just saying.

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07 “Blessed are the Damned” (Constantine season 1) [SPOILERS]


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I’m not quite sure, following my intro to the review of the last episode of Constantine, of whether to celebrate that it hasn’t been cancelled yet, or get annoyed that it hasn’t yet been renewed for a second season.

Grateful, perhaps, that the series exists in any form at all. Perhaps.

It might seem a little dated in ways, but actually they’ve struck a fairly good note. The episodic format feels like it’s leading into something greater somewhere down the line. Which brings me back to whether it will get the chance to take us that far…

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06 “Rage of Caliban” (Constantine season 1) [SPOILERS]


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There has, I will admit, been some worrying news coming out around Constantine.

I make no secret if the fact that I have been enjoying it, so I’m disappointed to read that NMC have stalled production of the show. It is, they insist, not a cancellation, but I am worried nonetheless. New TV series are birthed into a cut-throat world, and the networks’ axes don’t always fall fairly. Just ask Farscape and Firefly.

So, if Constantine ever needed to pull an A+ episode out of its pocket..

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05 “Danse Vaudou” (Constantine season 1) [SPOILERS]


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My reading of the Hellblazer comics is actually quite limited really. I read — and loved — the “Original Sins” collection, and have read odd other instalments. I am, though, better versed than many viewers will be in the backstory.

For many, their primer will be the Keanu Reeves film, which although I quite enjoyed it, is a poor introduction for the comics or anything really based on it. It’s not just that Reeves performance completely differs from the magician of the comics (It might be that Shia LaBeouf¬†is in it… -Ed), but that so many things differ that it is hardly the same thing at all.

One thing, though, it did get right: the sense of heaven above, hell below, and the Earth in between. It’s a battleground, and we’re just the civilians caught in the crossfire.

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04 “A Feast of Friends” (Constantine season 1) [SPOILERS]


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The name of this week’s episode set off alarm bells in my head as soon as I read it. For anyone who hasn’t read the comics, the first storyline features a hunger demon on a rampage…

Given how closely the series has cleaved to the feel and character design of the comics, I have been keeping an eye out for developments like this. Introducing Zed as the female lead was a big red flag that they intended to head down the same — or similar — narrative path as the source material.

So what would “A Feast of Friends” be a reference to, then?

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