Constantine: More Monsters Than You Can Shake A Stolen Baby At

Marshall Lemon | 13 Dec 2014 11:00
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"The Saint of Last Resorts" lets Zed shine while Constantine is away, and finally tells us what the rising darkness is.

For weeks now, Constantine has used the phrase "rising darkness" to explain away why so many spirits, demons, and monsters are causing trouble over a short span of time. So far, it's been an excuse to make Constantine something of a supernatural police procedural - John and Zer consult their bloody map (literally) to see where evil of any sort can be found and stomped out.

But there's really no effort made to actually explain why the darkness is rising, or what it has to do with Constantine himself, or Zed's visions. It's just a thing that's vaguely working in the background as an excuse to have adventures. And it's only now that I'm starting to realize that's a little disappointing. Sure, Constantine has been doing some solid monster-of-the-week work, but without some mythology episodes locking things down it didn't go anywhere.

"The Saint of Last Resorts" is the episode that completely turns that dynamic around, and not very subtly either. The big answers Constantine has been seeking are dropped like bombshells in the middle of the episode, and even then in a way that's only tangentially related to the monster he's facing. Combined that with a side-plot about Zed with more twists than Constantine's investigation, the episode has a somewhat disjointed feel, like it keeps trying to drag us away from what's actually interesting.

But on the other hand, this is technically "The Saint of Last Resorts: Part 1", so there's a pretty good chance everything hasn't tied together yet. Not to mention that the core monster is super cool, Constantine uncovers uniquely creepy magic, and the show finally does something great with that magic house it's been sitting on since the show began. Part 2 might prove "Last Resorts" is a story that really pushes the boundaries.... or it might be about a second biblical creature that crawls around like a skinned chicken. Could go either way.

Want to decide for yourself? You can watch the episode from NBC's official Constantine website or services like iTunes. If you missed last week's review, check out our take on "Blessed Are the Damned" -- or check out all of our Constantine reviews.

With Zed still recovering from the events of last episode (apparently letting a psychic grip a fallen angel's heart has side effects - who knew?), Constantine elects to give her some time off when an old ally calls for help. Although former ally would be a better description - Anne Marie was the one who introduced Constantine to magic when he was a young boy seeking an escape. But she was also around for the Newcastle incident, at which point she wanted nothing more to do with magic or Constantine and became a nun in Mexico. But when a supernatural creature slaughters a mother and steals her newborn baby, she knows Constantine is the best hope for the child's survival.

But wait! Zed doesn't get a pass during this episode. Before leaving, Constantine tells Zed that he'll put the magical locks on the door, and warns her it's safer to stay put until he's back. But this is a horror show so of course she doesn't listen, she needs to pick up more art supplies! While out, she bumps into Eddie, the nude model from last week who's still hoping to get that drink he asked her about. But Eddie doesn't have the best of intentions: he's actually trying to keep her in one place long enough for the enemies from her past to catch up with them.

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