In defense of second episodes:
It seems to me that a LOT of media critics are under the impression that they should totally understand what a show is about by episode two. I understand, but politely disagree. Sure, we should get a sense of the show…themes, style, etc. But at two episodes in, the whole point should be (I think) to have to still guess, to have questions. Why? Because when done right, questions get you coming back.
I bring this up because I read a few reviews for Constantine basically saying “Well, it’s a monster-of-the-week show.” Is it? I have no idea. Why do I have no idea? BECAUSE WE’RE ON EPISODE TWO! At this point, I can barely guess what’s going to come next. It seems clear that they’re building an overarching mythology, which is great. Give the world a sense of history, a flavor, etc. But does seeing an electro-demon in episode one and a dirt/knock-knock demon in episode two mean that we’ve cracked the code of Constantine? Surely not. I’m not saying it won’t be a monster-of-the-week show. All I’m saying is that I don’t know. I don’t want to know, not yet anyway. I want to explore this sandbox a little bit more. I want to see the hoodoo that Constantin do so well. And oh mama, do I wanna see more comic book characters crossing into the show. We’ve gotten John himself (of course), Chas, Ritchie Simpson and Zed so far, with Papa Midnight and Jim Corrigan on the way. Many a fan (Tony and I included) are clamoring for Zatana. And you know what? Swamp Thing. There. I said it. John was introduced in Swamp Thing. He’s had a bunch of run-ins with the Jolly Green Giant. So yeah, I want to see Swampy…hell, even pre-Swampy Alec Holland would be welcome!
I went tangential there for a second. I guess what I’m saying is, if we start to assume we’ve got this show all figured out, I think we’re selling it and ourselves short. My gut tells me twists and turns and big ol’ unexpected things are coming our way. I for one am gonna sit back, power up the old laptop and see where it leads.
I hope it leads to a swamp. To his swamp. Because he was a man. He knows the evil men do. Do not bring your evil here.