John Constantine is a self-proclaimed “exorcist, demonologist, and master of the dark arts.” Because of a botched exorcism, during which the innocent soul of a nine-year-old girl was dragged off to Hell by a demon, Constantine’s own soul is forfeit; yet John continues his reluctant and resentful battle against evil to protect the innocent. Constantine is joined in his fight by his indestructible colleague Chas, mysterious angel Manny, and beautiful, naive psychic Liv, who is new to the world of the occult.
Based on DC Comics’ Hellblazer, Constantine is essentially a cut-rate version of CW’s Supernatural with a British accent. Demons, magical spells, and bloody violence are par for the course: the first episode showed John undergoing graphic electro-shock therapy; rotting, eyeless corpses vomiting blood; demons literally dragging people off to Hell; bloody, scarred zombies à la The Walking Dead; and Chas being graphically impaled through the chest by a metal pole. Constantine also throws around a fair amount of profanity, though much of it is British slang like “bloody” and “bollocks.” While adult fans of the comic and the supernatural horror genre may enjoy the show’s occult emphasis and gory special effects, Constantine is not recommended for younger teens or children.
Constantine premieres Friday, October 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC.
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