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REVIEW: Constantine 1×09 “The Saint of Last Resorts, Part 2”

This is one of the funniest shows that I have watched in a while. Some people awaited the shows return anxiously. I…am not one of those people. In fact, I was upset when I woke up this morning and realized that I had to watch “The Saint of Last Resorts, Part 2.” If you enjoy the series then I am glad. I hope someone is able to get some enjoyment out of this.

Constantine (Matt Ryan) struggles after he is possessed by a demon, whom John had forced to possess him, and his friends attempt to help him. That’s it. That’s the episode, with the exception of one scene in which Zed (Angélica Celaya) escapes from her kidnappers. About half of the scenes in this episode involve the characters asking each other how they will save John. Over and over again they ask each other this, just rephrased each time.

Then Manny (Harold Perrineau) wags his finger at John, telling him that he messed up. He mentions (twice) that John should have asked for help, even though Manny always tells him that he can’t interfere with human problems. Though, he clearly can interfere. He killed the fallen angel just a couple episodes ago and stated that he would get in trouble for it. We never see what this trouble is. He did not simply help save their lives, he murdered another angel, but as far as we can tell he is still fine after his punishment. So he would not have faced any disciplinary actions for helping John in the last episode, but he chose not to help him and instead scolds him after he makes his own choice. Yes, John’s actions caused the deaths of multiple people, but that is also Manny’s fault.

The premise of the episode is too silly to be taken seriously, though the same thing should be said about the special effects, writing, and acting. Zed’s kidnapper is annoying and the scene in which she escapes is ridiculously predictable. The dialogue throughout the episode is also bad. In this one scene she tells her kidnapper she learned a few magic tricks from John. She did not use any magic…she just kicked the man used her fists to subdue him, which does not require magic.

The Tempter, the one who had tempted Adam and Eve, is in this episode for  some reason. You’d think that  a character like that would be important, but he gets killed off pretty easily. The guy has been around for thousands (thousands?) of years, but he dies almost immediately after being stabbed just once. The show often does stuff like this, adding religious trivia randomly.

There is only one thing in this episode that is clever.  Zed and Charles (Chas Chandler) have to get into prison in order to rescue John. That isn’t the clever part. The clever part is when Charles is unable to get past the guards. He punches one in the face, and is then swarmed by guards, and brought inside the prison.

Final Grade: D+

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Nick Doblovosky