Constantine: Quid Pro Quo Review

Chas faces a parent’s worst nightmare when thousands of people across Brooklyn slip into a mysterious coma, including his own daughter; and it’s up to John to figure out how to awaken the victims of this evil force.

The Rising Evil continues to create chaos in John’s world, and this time it brings their personal lives front and center.

  1. Felix Faust – It’s nice to see him make the transition to live-action. Though, he really doesn’t do much in this episode, and it seems like he is done by the end of the episode. But this is a comic book show so who can say for sure!
  2. Chas has a family, who knew! I guess it isn’t that surprising but he spends so much time with John and Zedd that I never actually thought he had a family. And to be fair, the point of this episode was his family-life broke down because he spent so much time following John around. Granted that is for a huge reason which is that he believes he owes Constantine a huge debt.
  3. Chas’ debt is the fact that Constantine accidentally (?) put a protection curse on him so that when he was in a bar fire, he was the only person of 48 to survive. And as part of the curse, he absorbed the life of the other 47 victims so he can die 47 times before he is dead for good. By the end of the episode, he uses it in a spectacular manner twice, and is down to 29 lives when all is said and done. Constantine - Season 1
  4. While I like that the last two episodes have kind of gone away from the “Demon of the week” trope for the most part, this episode just felt like it was missing some vital elements. I think because Felix Faust didn’t really have a grand scheme or ambition. He just wanted power that he had and Constantine and Chas wanted Chas’ daughter back. There was a means to an end, but nothing tying Faust into something larger.
  5. 10 episodes in and I’m still none the wiser on what this “Rising Evil” is and what it actually does. Somehow, the Rising Evil allows Faust to get actual powers that makes him a legit threat to John. Is it because he made a deal with demos? Is it because he is able to tap into a new source of power? Does he have a devil’s feather? I honestly don’t know and since this show is wrapping up in 3 episodes, I hope it isn’t forced.
  6. While she is in this episode, Zedd gets benched for most of it. We do learn that there is a limit to her powers or that she is knocking at unfriendly doors at times. Though, she seems fine by the end of the episode.
  7. It’s so weird how use to death, Constantine and company are that a man is magically set ablaze and they are more concerned with who the voice was. Live and let die, I guess.

Nearing the end of season 1, and it feels like Constantine still hasn’t found its footing. It doesn’t know how to balance all of its characters nor make a compelling personal drama week to week. At least, we got an answer to one question this week. But we got several more questions!

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