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TV Review: Constantine S1E2 The Darkness Beneath

CONSTANTINE-First-Official-Image1Deep in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania, John is the small mining community’s only defense against an ancient Welsh spirit. In the course of protecting these isolated innocents, John finds a vital new ally in a mysterious young woman named Zed.

Only two episodes in and Constantine has already had a shake up, dropping it’s leading lady for a new mysterious woman familiar to fans of the comics series. Also not present is Chas, which makes me wonder how much he’ll be a part of the series. It also made me wonder why there wasn’t a reshoot of the pilot episode. I have no idea if the average person would think this.

The overall episode is pretty meh, with Constantine running around trying to figure out what’s going on in a town. It’s a little bit X-Files, with a demonic bent. This could work long term, especially with a team dynamic.

But, many of the issues from the first episode remain. The episode doesn’t go quite far enough, but is better. I think the bigger issue is the shift in characters from the first episode. It indicates to me that the series doesn’t know what it wants to be. Further, the end of the first episode hinted to expect one type of series, and now we get something else. Generally, the second episode leaves me with similar impressions as the first. There’s potential here, but it needs a strong creative team and vision behind it. Right now, I’m not seeing it.

Overall rating: 7