So whenever there’s a new show, I give it a three episode test as to whether or not I’ll keep watching it while it airs, or even at all. The pilot episode always gets the most leeway. Studios are usually busy trying to cram in as much as possible, so I never have high hopes for the first episode of a new series. The second episode, I expect to have a bit more story, and by the third I need to be invested in the characters, or I’ll just wait to binge. With Constantine, I wasn’t wowed by the pilot, but I watched the second episode and was more impressed, both by the individual plot, and to how it’s contributing to things over all.
The second episode (The Darkness Beneath) seemed like it was cramming less in plot-wise, and more in character-wise. This, for me is actually great. The first episode already set things up through angelic interactions to have a long story arc, so having some monster of the week episodes along the way, where we get to know the key players is great.
In this case, we got to know Constantine a bit better, and got to meet Zed, a woman with psychic abilities. She’s been drawing Constantine, and now she’ll be helping him fight evil. In this case the evil was a group of spirits of dead miners who’d been forced to do the bidding of a wicked widow. The witch’s powers have been stronger than usual, because of the aforementioned building long term story arc.
Now of course the only downside to having a long term story arc laid out is that you tend not to fear for the main character. So it’s no surprise that everything is resolved by the end. However, I love serialized shows, so it’s a bit of a wash, and I’ll keep watching.
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