TV Show Reviews
"Constantine" review by Suzanne
Premieres Friday October 24 at 10/9c on NBC
I've never read this comic book, so I didn't really know
what the show was about beforehand. It's a horror or
supernatural show. Matt Ryan plays John Constantine, an
exorcist of sorts. He's able to communicate with demons and
angels, and save people from being possessed or killed by
demons. He has some powers and skills that allow him to do
this, aided by some good friends with their own powers. In
the pilot, he's checked himself into a mental hospital
because he's tormented by the fact that he somehow managed
to let a little girl be dragged into Hell, damning himself,
I'm guessing it must be difficult to make a supernatural
show nowadays and make it seem really fresh and original
because everything seems already done, thanks to great shows
like "Supernatural", "The Originals" and "Vampire Diaries"
as well as many past shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
and "Angel". Parts of this reminds me of all of those shows.
Indeed, Ryan's voice sounds a lot like Joseph Morgan
(star of "The Originals"). So much so that it's eerie.
He has a really good intensity and attitude. Like
"Supernatural", you know someone is possessed when their
eyes turn black; angels may or may not be good guys; demons
can be warded off with drawing special symbols and signs;
etc. Like "Angel", Constantine is told that he may be
able to redeem himself and avoid going to Hell. A lot of the
show also reminds me of the short-lived Scifi Channel show
"The Dresden Files" (which I loved!).
This is not to say that the show is completely
unoriginal, and I'm sure that a lot of things that seem
derivative come directly from the original comic book, or
they all ripped off some movie in the past that I haven't
seen. That doesn't help, though, the feeling that we've seen
this all before. The story is a good one, but just a
little bit uneven. The special effects, acting, makeup, and
all that stuff is really good. I did enjoy the pilot. I just
need to watch more to decide whether it's going to be as
good as the other shows mentioned here.
NBC publicity is making a big deal out of pairing this on
Fridays with Grimm, which also returns the same night. They
did that last year with "Dracula", too. I hope this show
fares better than that one did. I hate to think that there
can be such a thing as too many comic book shows or too many
supernatural shows, but it's possible that this is one too
many. Let's see what happens...check it our for yourself.
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