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Demon Chas08    295

SYNOPSYS:

 

CONSTANTINE AND PAPA MIDNITE MUST JOIN FORCES TO LAY TO REST A DEADLY THREAT – EMMET SCANLAN AND MICHAEL JAMES SHAW GUEST STAR – In New Orleans, Constantine’s (Matt Ryan) unusual knowledge of a string of crimes gets him into trouble with Detective Jim Corrigan (guest star Emmett Scanlan). He must form an unholy alliance with Papa Midnite (guest star Michael James Shaw) when a voodoo ritual to help people communicate with their dead loved ones takes a deadly turn. Charles Halford and Angélica Celaya also star.

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Red    467

The weird audio editing makes the first two seconds sound like a rap beat :D

 

papaMIDNIIIIITE

Awesome sauce. But you could have included the vocals and rhythm up until "killing spree". John has good flow.

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Demon Chas08    295

Daniel Cerone@DanielVCerone 7h7 hours ago

Friday's episode is our homage to urban legends, but not once do we talk about urban legends. See how many you can spot in ep. #Constantine

 

 

Is Eddie Campbell in the house?

 

And Azzarello's Iceman (though the winters down South vary)?

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Demon Chas08    295

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And the show's the 2nd most trending topic on Twitter tonight surpassing the Bill Cosby debacle and last night's How to Get Away With Murder mid-finale.

 

 

EDIT: 3 hours on and its still no.2 in Twitter trending. How's that for breaking the internet?

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A. Heathen    1,131

I had some notes, the lack of undo button on my tablet means they are lost.

Tsk.

 

In summary:

Quibbles:

I wish that Chas had been the grounded Chas of the comics. I think they have absolutely nailed his personality, but he's magical Kenny.

Also, he's DCU52 Chas, which I guess is DC's right, as long as they realise we have something of more appeal to Hellblazer fans here.

 

One of the things I have not enjoyed about Zed is the constant expression of concern on her face. There was less of that today, but the idea she's troubled is established now so ease off. More of that asexual flirting and we'll be in X Files territory.

 

That bloody map was back. Although they have diminished its importance a little.

My main complaint is the bag of magical James Bond style devices used. Although I laughed when John brought out an old-fashioned crow bar :-D

On reflection this is clearly because Constanteen used magical James Bond devices in the film. And by my reckoning there are approximately 40million people who have seen the film (not a mathematical figure) so I guess we can't demand all the things that 40,000 comics readers might want.

 

And ewwww cats.

 

Otherwise:

Continued upward trend for me - especially for the ongoing story.

I very much liked the way the three ghost stories were established and the personalities of the ghosts and their mourners was conveyed efficiently.

 

Zed's visions are a much better way to convey the story along than the map, and I like that she's getting stronger.

 

The introduction of Corrigan gives me a great deal of hope for the future - as long as the Dark DCU (I am dropping the Justice League Dark contrivance from now on) is a spin off. The final scene with Zed and Jim was eerie. And of course moved Zed's tale along. Looks like we're getting a Resurrection Crusade here from the clues so far.

 

Papa Midnite is a damn fine take on the character. He has honour, he is confident based on experience. And he talks to his dead sister's skull.

 

"Turn down that bloody reggae will you?"

And glee as Constantine uses proper escapologist technique rather than magic.

 

I was worried that the "banter" between Midnite and Constantine was going to veer towards that campy "I am better than you" but this was portrayed as PM being barely tolerant of JC's dabbling and lack of respect, and JC thinking he knows better and using Harry Potter Latin. The movement from John barging in on the Voodoo Dance Scene (tm all voodoo films ever) to uneasy partnership was smooth. And later, I liked that Constantinian magic failed again. But actually because they'd misunderstood where the cause of the ghosts lay.

 

 

Their final scene together here showed to me why the writers get Constantine.

It was set up that Constantine might want to talk to his Mother (without ladling on the back story), we've already heard why he might want to do something about Astra. But as it turns out he wants information about the impending doom aka The Darkness.

And he gets unexpected info (judging by his look of regret) about someone close to him.

 

There seems to be a buzz growing about the series.

My timeline is obviously tainted by Hellblazer nerds and people involved in the programme, but several friends unconnnected with the comics have been enjoying the series.

 

Now, how did that Syfy motherlode effect viewing figures?

Do I have to come over to America and slap everyone upside the head?

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A. Heathen    1,131

That's not the only smoking scene, but it was exquisitely placed immediately after the opening theme.

 

I actually missed it, but noticed the one where John uses his fag to light Papa Midnite's fire.

(Not in the Take That! sense <shudder> leave that to the slash fiction kids.)

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Gwilym    330

Papa Midnite wears the BEST CLOTHING

 

If they ever do a crossover with Hannibal my eyes will corrode from sheer tailoring excellence

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Demon Chas08    295

Papa Midnite wears the BEST CLOTHING

 

If they ever do a crossover with Hannibal my eyes will corrode from sheer tailoring excellence

 

Shit, I think I found my new Unbound Doctor cosplay idea. One more colorful jacket and its smooth sailing

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JohnMcMahon    562

I really enjoyed that, probably my favourite episode so far!

 

My main complaint is the bag of magical James Bond style devices used.

 

Ade echoing the only issue I had with the episode there, the bracelet was naff and I'm already bored of John's infinite supply of oh-so-helpful magic shit. Even as a grumpy, fuck the New52, sort I liked how they handled the Spectre stuff at the end. The Constantine/Midnite interaction was excellent, Papa nailed our boy with some pretty good verbal shots.

 

Some comic's based speculation on the prophesied betrayal, [ Spoiler : well it's the Resurrection Crusade, innit ? ].

 

On ratings...

 

The surprise of the night was actually over on NBC with sometimes flailing freshmanConstantine (1.1/4). After taking a big dive last week on a night of ostensibly less competition the demon detective series based on the classic Hellblazer DC Comic series jumped up an undeniably impressive 38% among the key demo. Maybe it was because the show is starting to resemble the comic more, but only was that the bestConstantine has done demowise since the 1.4 of its October 24 debut but, with 3.5 million watching, it is the best the series has done viewership since then too.

 

http://deadline.com/...imm-1201292984/

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A. Heathen    1,131

That's the obvious answer.

[ Spoiler : If they weave it with American Gothic (Brujeria and Invunche in the Mexico episode???) and have Zed ahem, join her family, betray Constantine and then go back his team, we have a nice ending. ]

 

Anyone want to know the Easter Egg I spotted (after Twitter prompts from the man who puts them there)

Or would you like to play along.

 

Here's one that has me puzzled at the moment

https://www.flickr.c...ge/15662898488/

 

[ Spoiler : A sword and cross clenched by a hand, and four blue gems.

Any ideas? ]

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seventhcircle    582

i think it was a really good episode, still the last one was better, at least as a standalone. the magical wristwatchcrystalthingy was... ugh. too much gadgets, but they needed that to explain, how chas could find that ghost. still meh. i still need time to accept the spectre coming into constantine, not as a cameo (like dr mist) but seemingly as part of the story. i still don't like immortal chas.

 

apart from that. great great episode. character arcs and overall season arc driven forward. i loved, LOVED how they added depth to the papa and the actor nails all his lines. corrigan, i do not know enough spectre to know if they hit they hit spot on, but the writers certainly made clear he has some unexplored issues (alcohol...), that he is a good guy and i loved the acting of the man. really i mean papa and corrigan have both great chemistry with john (the actors) and watching them doing their job was really nice. chas and zed still fall off a bit imo, but they get better every episode (again i mean the actors). as a standalone the story was a nice little tale, pinning multiple references, did not waste to much time on stuff that has already been done and got meta enough to tell something decent. also worth mentioning: the supporting cast was like miles ahead of that of episode two.

 

conclusion: second best episode so far. gave it a six (based on what i said, that ep4* will be know treated as a reference 7).

 

ok here is my theory on the betrayal:

  • i expect the rising darkness arc to being laid out already already when the first episode was filmed
  • there is no evidence to suggest that liv would have had the same backstory as zed -> zeds backstory is not connected to the season 1 arc
  • chas will under no circumstances betray john
  • that leaves manny. i like that guy no bit, mind you.
  • manny has an interest in john, that has yet to be explained
  • he is most likely to play his own game. an angel that betrays john would only fit to a hb based show.
  • the only thing so far manny has done, is to try to get johns trust. ergo he wanted john to be involved in the darkness stuff, because john can add something, that manny needs.

EDIT: 3 hours on and its still no.2 in Twitter trending. How's that for breaking the internet?

 

was that global or 'just' nationwide?

 

Shit, I think I found my new Unbound Doctor cosplay idea. One more colorful jacket and its smooth sailing

 

if that is you on that profilepic in your twitter, you could very well pull off an excellent hb issue 1 papa cosplay.

 

Dangerous Habits

 

ok keep that promise and i am all yours, mr cerone.

 

*woops meant ep4 not 3.

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Demon Chas08    295

i think it was a really good episode, still the last one was better, at least as a standalone. the magical wristwatchcrystalthingy was... ugh. too much gadgets, but they needed that to explain, how chas could find that ghost. still meh. i still need time to accept the spectre coming into constantine, not as a cameo (like dr mist) but seemingly as part of the story. i still don't like immortal chas.

 

apart from that. great great episode. character arcs and overall season arc driven forward. i loved, LOVED how they added depth to the papa and the actor nails all his lines. corrigan, i do not know enough spectre to know if they hit they hit spot on, but the writers certainly made clear he has some unexplored issues (alcohol...), that he is a good guy and i loved the acting of the man. really i mean papa and corrigan have both great chemistry with john (the actors) and watching them doing their job was really nice. chas and zed still fall off a bit imo, but they get better every episode (again i mean the actors). as a standalone the story was a nice little tale, pinning multiple references, did not waste to much time on stuff that has already been done and got meta enough to tell something decent. also worth mentioning: the supporting cast was like miles ahead of that of episode two.

 

conclusion: second best episode so far. gave it a six (based on what i said, that ep3 will be know treated as a reference 7).

 

ok here is my theory on the betrayal:

  • i expect the rising darkness arc to being laid out already already when the first episode was filmed
  • there is no evidence to suggest that liv would have had the same backstory as zed -> zeds backstory is not connected to the season 1 arc
  • chas will under no circumstances betray john
  • that leaves manny. i like that guy no bit, mind you.
  • manny has an interest in john, that has yet to be explained
  • he is most likely to play his own game. an angel that betrays john would only fit to a hb based show.
  • the only thing so far manny has done, is to try to get johns trust. ergo he wanted john to be involved in the darkness stuff, because john can add something, that manny needs.

EDIT: 3 hours on and its still no.2 in Twitter trending. How's that for breaking the internet?

 

was that global or 'just' nationwide?

 

Shit, I think I found my new Unbound Doctor cosplay idea. One more colorful jacket and its smooth sailing

 

if that is you on that profilepic in your twitter, you could very well pull off an excellent hb issue 1 papa cosplay.

 

Dangerous Habits

 

ok keep that promise and i am all yours, mr cerone.

 

National.

 

Aw, cheers! I'd definitely rock the tophat :hattip:

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