Friday (TV) Review: Constantine

My rating 4 of 5 stars

The latest in the comic book adaptations, Cnstantine is based on the DC comic Hellraiser. Quoting the official show description:

Seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight – or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind. But when demons target Liv, the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her.

The show stars Matt Ryan as Constatine, Charles Halford as sidekick Chas, Harold Perrineau as the angel Manny, and Angela Celaya as artist/psychic Zed.

I am not a follower of the comic, although I was familiar with the premise, so I can’t speak to the show’s faithfulness to its origins. From what I’ve gleaned reading online, it is, for most, “faithful enough.” At any rate, it is still a pretty good show. Ryan is good as Constantine, showcasing the rather sarcastic wit of the character well, and can be effective when in his occult master role. The dynamic between Constantine and Chas is well-played, and Zed is developing a mystery of her own.

The stories can be a bit uneven, but the humor laced throughout helps smooth things over. Special effects are nice, and add to the dark, creepy atmosphere. Most episodes are fairly densely packed wih action. There is an arc to the storyline intimating a rising darkness that Constantine must battle, but the individual stories are closed out each week.

It’s not perfect, but few shows are in their first season. They are still finding their stride, and fleshing out characters. I hope NBC does give them a chance at another season.


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