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Review: Constantine: “Non Est Asylum”

Constantine had the best premiere of all the new and old comic book shows this season. The main character easily carries the show, the plot is very engaging and the overall premise looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. Maybe it helps that I’ve never seen an episode of Supernatural, or any of the TV shows that owe their origins to the original Hellblazer comic, but I really enjoyed ‘Non Est Asylum’ and will definitely be tuning in to more Constantine. Of course, maybe it also counts against me that I’ve never read a Hellblazer or Constantine comic, and actually enjoyed the 2005 Keanu Reeves movie, but that should just be water under the bridge at this point, right? Pretty please?

TV Rating: 8/10 – Very Good.

This new show on NBC has some real spooky legs. There’s a certain wicked energy at play here that I like. This pilot episode is half-horror movie, half-supernatural adventure, with a hero who fits into both. That sounds like a solid premise for a TV show to me. Throw in a dash of superhero – even if lead character John Constantine doesn’t exactly fit that definition – and you’ve got the makings of a pretty good show. If Supernatural can last for 10 seasons, surely Constantine can find a way to show them how it’s done. Granted, it doesn’t have a Sam and Dean, but who needs pretty boys when you’ve got a hardass like John Constantine? He’s just about the No. 1 thing this pilot got right!

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Looks Like That Constantine Show is Happening Too!

I am generally pessimistic when it comes to movie and TV show adaptations of comics. Mostly because anybody can name-drop a famous property online just to get the publicity and the never mention it again. The Internet may claim that Power Rangers is going to get a movie reboot, but I won’t believe it until I see it. Likewise with all of these sequels to 20-year-old movies being announced. Or the apparently nine movies DC Comics has in some form of production. Heck, I still don’t think that World of Warcraft movie is going to come out, and they’ve almost finished filming.

But I guess it seems that Constantine TV show is going to be real. NBC put out a trailer this weekend.

I never read Hellblazer and I actually kind of liked the Keanu Reeves movie. So while I don’t have any particular interest in this show, I’ll probably watch it because of its roots. That’s the kind of geek I am. The trailer looks pretty cool, with its magic and specters and the like, but something about actor Matt Ryan as John Constantine doesn’t sit right with me. He seems too young to be this world-weary. And that outfit looks more like cosplay than something an actual person would wear. But I think he’s got the attitude down right.

So maybe it’ll be a good show!

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