TV Review: Constantine S1E7 Blessed Are the Damned

CONSTANTINE-First-Official-Image1While in art class, Zed has a bizarre vision of snakes that lead her and John to a small town where a preacher has mysteriously gained the ability to heal his congregation.

Another solid entry in the shortish Constantine season. The episode again shows off the acting chops of Matt Ryan in the main role, and proves that he’s definitely a main draw for the series (and we’ll hopefully see more of him if Constantine were to show up in a DC movie).

The episode dives a bit more into some of the mythology of this world, and the fact that there’s angels and demons and what this means when it comes to religion for the world. All of that comes from Zed who wants to discuss it all further. It’s a short discussion, but is more so for the viewers than anything else, and much needed as I’ve wondered all of this myself.

Particularly solid on the episode is the last ten minutes or so. There’s a twist that’s really great, and one I honestly didn’t see coming. The ending was really solid, and makes things a bit clearer of where some folks align in the good and evil scale. It’s also a bit clearer as to what’s going on and what Constantine will be dealing with, and why.

Overall, the episode is a solid one, continuing a good streak for the series. As usual though, Ryan is the draw here, his portrayal is really spot on. The downside is the episode continues to tease the big bad at a glacial pace, something that needs to speed up a little bit, where the only movement occurs in the last minutes. What’s sad is, with some minor tweaks, the series can go from really good, to really great.

Overall rating: 8