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Constantine Episode 7 “Blessed are the Damned” Review
December 9, 2014 By Andy Meakin
After last week’s dip in quality (admittedly due to being aired out of sequence), this week sees not only a return to form, but perhaps the best episode of the season to date. A small-time preacher has a near death experience, comes back to life clutching a feather, and can suddenly perform miracles, growing legs back from amputees, restoring sight to the blind, and other such good deeds. However, something is amiss in the miracles, and a darker evil begins to manifest.
It is obvious from the offset that this epsilon will feature something of an angelic presence (the feather in the opening scene is a bit of a clue), which means more screen time for Manny who, to date, has barely had any impact on proceedings due to his non-interference rule. For an actor of the calibre of Harold Perrineau this has been such a waste, but this episode more than makes up for it and gives him plenty of moments to excel in. The episode also begins to push the main arc ahead again by bringing in a more celestial aspect, and referencing the rising darkness. Whilst the core set-up (preacher granted miraculous powers) is reasonably cliched, as we have come to expect from this show the tale takes a few nice twists and turns along the way to ensure it isn’t predictable.
Zed’s past is touched on slightly this week as her unease around religion surfaces, and she questions why she has her powers – are they good or evil? John’s answer is effectively that it doesn’t matter, just that they are useful, once more showing his manipulative nature towards even those close to him. Chas is sadly absent this week – off to sort out something with his daughter…I wonder if that will play into the next episode in the way Zed’s mysterious art class played into this? – but with Manny given so much space to grow, one of the gang missing isn’t too much of a problem. In fact, this switching and changing of support cast week on week works well for Constantine as it plays into John’s nature of not wanting to grow attached to anyone.
Speaking of John, as though in reaction to the comments regarding the dubious scouse accent of the character, there is a brief scene when he is asked where his accent is from this week to which he replies he is from Liverpool, but well travelled – a nice way to explain the somewhat wandering accent.
Blessed are the Damned is the official mid-way point of the series, and the show continues to grow in strength. The repercussions of actions in this episode should echo over the coming weeks, and hopefully build to something great by seasons end.
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