NBC’s Constantine showed a lot of promise – even if the premiere (which we gave a B) was long on mood but short on scares. The intervening three episodes ranged from moments of genuine scares and wit to moments that showed more than a hint of softening from the comics – necessary for it to run on network TV but keeping it from ever quite soaring.
This week’s episode, A Feast of Friends, is more of the same even as it continues on the story that comprised the early issues of Hellblazer from the ‘80s.
His soul is damned to hell, he’s been locked up in a mental hospital and demons insist on possessing people to pay him a visit on here on Earth. Aw that’s just a typical day at the office for a seasoned demon hunter like John Constantine. Matt Ryan (No not the Atlanta Falcon’s football player. That would be another show entirely.) stars as John Constantine from the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC comics. Matt’s version of Constantine is a departure from the movie version Keanu Reeves made famous with his dirty blonde hair and British accent. Like both the movie and comic version of Constantine, Matt’s version will also be a smoker. Yes you heard me.
While American Television has strict rules about portraying smoking on TV, Constantine is a smoker even if we never get to see him take a drag from an actual cigarette. I had a chance recently to chat with Matt about this and his take on playing such an iconic comic book character. Full interview after the jump!
John Constantine is a bit of a tosser – he’s arrogant, sarcastic and tormented. His soul damned to Hell for overreaching and failing to save a young girl, he needs redemption more than most. When an old friend’s daughter is targeted by a demon from the Inner Circle, Constantine – prompted by an angel who goes by the name of Manny – attempts to make good on a promise to protect her.
Like the character, Constantine (NBC, Fridays, 10/9C) is a series that’s a bit conflicted. While it tries to capture the essence of the character, it also has to live on network television. It works more often than not – and shows promise for the future as a companion series to NBC’s surprisingly long-lived cult hit, Grimm.
Constantine (NBC, Fridays, 10/9C) is a dark supernatural series based on the continuing adventures of anti-social, chain smoking anti-hero John Constantine from the DCD comics Hellblazer and Constantine. Based on the series pilot, I’d have to say they got it right, for the most part (network policy on smoking means some creative workarounds).
NBC has released a new teaser that highlights Constantine’s moral dilemma. Check it out after the jump. Constantine premieres on Friday, October 24th.
John Constantine is piece of mystical work. He’s rude, callous, and not quite the master of the mystic arts his card makes him out to be – though he still may be all that stands between us and Hell taking over the Earth.
In advance of the Constantine series premiere, NBC has released a look behind the scenes of it’s newest darkly magical series. Check it out after the jump. Constantine premieres Friday, October 24th (10/9C).
NBC has released the first photo of Matt Ryan in character as John Constantine. The series is based on the DC Comics character who first appeared in Swamp Thing in 1985. He is not a typical hero, being sarcastic, cynical and reluctant – but if he absolutely has to, he can get the job done. Which is what you want in a con-man-turned-occult-detective.
Check out the photo (in the context of the press release) after the jump. It looks good.
When I first heard that Criminal Minds was getting a spin-off, I was appalled. I remain baffled that a series that is so misogynistic could be so popular. If the screener for Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior [CBS, Wednesdays, 10/9C] is any indication, it is a better show – at least in terms of misogyny, or the lack of same.