Constantine S112 Angels and Ministers of Grace


Old Curmudgeon
Jun 25, 2014
Pittsburgh, PA
Chas having to stab himself in the leg was kind of funny. I like that Zed can see Manny now and I thought they had a couple of nice moments together. Looking forward to the return of Papa Midnite next week.

The Bluestocking

Bloody Mary in Blue
Feb 20, 2014
The Afterlife
Constantine really is pulling it together as a series.

I like that Manny's given a bigger role to play as the series develops and now that Zed can see him too, he feels more real.

Sadly, after the next episode, we're at the mercy of NBC as to whether we get to see Constantine develop into its full glory. :( It should be able to give Supernatural a bloody run for its money and then some if NBC stays the course.


Former mod
Dec 28, 2000
Manchester, UK
Good ep! Liked Manny being pinned down and made to experience life as a human for a while (and getting lucky!!) "I wish I could page you when you're an angel" was a great line! Zed seeing Manny is awesome, hope Chas doesn't feel left out!

Appreciated the misdirect with the angry patient being innocent and the friendly doctor being the villain. This show needs to continue, it could be blossoming into something really great!

Brian G Turner

Fantasist & Futurist
Staff member
Nov 23, 2002
I thought this episode lacked character, and flirted too much with B-movie horror. The doctor being responsible was a nice twist, but at what point did this doctor decide to change into completely different black clothing whenever the body transformed?

Grounding Manny just played a trope we've seen far too many times in too many different programs and films.

There were a few episodes in the middle of this season where Constantine had character-driven human stories behind them, and they worked well. But Zed is still more walking plot device than a character with drives, motivation, and conflict. The episode with Chas's past was great because it made him human - but now he's passive again, and exists to slightly forward the plot. John Constantine is a great character, but he needs a cast around him to bring out conflict between them - they've done that nicely with some of the Newcastle characters from the comics - so why can't the writers do the same with Zed and Chas?

I'd love to see Constantine succeed, but as I've said before, this series needs to distinguish itself in its own way, and stop trying to be a shadow of Supernatural.

We've had some really good episodes, but the show is still inconsistent, lacking character development arcs, and most of all, lacking a background story - 12 episodes in and "the rising darkness" is nothing more than an empty catchphrase.
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