Constantine, Episode 11 “A Whole World Out There” Broadcast on January 30, 2015
Written by Davita Scarlett & Sneha Koorse
Directed by Tom Wright
Four teens have broken into a crypt in a graveyard with an old tome that they believe will allow them to travel to other dimensions. They recite two passage and they’re transported to different locations in a large house: the living room, a den, the kitchen, and a room with hooks and a bloody table. As each explores their area a young man appears before one of the girls, begging her to hide him, while another looks in a mirror and sees a tall, spooky man emerge behind her. She screams and all return to the crypt. “What was that?” Cue opening title sequence.
Inside the millhouse, Constantine is getting hammered. John’s pity party is interrupted by Manny’s arrival. The angel wants him to check the scrye map. “Even God rested,” John replies. Manny tells him a nearby friend needs him, so John goes to a local college where he makes his presence known to Ritchie Simpson after his tape recorded class lecture ends, flirting with a student while Ritchie closes. Meanwhile, one of the teens from the opening is walking across campus and looks into a glass door and sees the spooky man smiling at him. The boy is instantly transported back to the house where he’s stalked by the ominous man. A plastic bag goes over his head and he’s suffocated. Back in the real world, he’s collapsed in the quad as students surround him. Cue first commercial break.
This was not a great episode. The plot involving the killer in the house was rote. If you’ve read/seen any horror fiction in the last ten years, you’ve encountered this plot before. However, the scenes involving Ritchie and John are spectacular. John is always at his best/worst when he’s with someone he’s burned in the past, and Ritchie is a survivor of the infamous Whitechapel affair. I loved how Matt Ryan and Jeremy Davies played off each other and they were able to communicate so much with a just a look to each other. After Ritchie goes Neo from The Matrix, the last act of the episode propels what’s gone before into the stratosphere. The special effects take a huge leap and what the pair discuss seemed like a classic Hellblazer comic book. There’s a really nicely directed scene where one of the characters is in a dance studio and the villain appears. However, William Mapother was wasted in this episode, and his exit is unbelievably poor. For fans of gore, there’s a particularly graphic death for one of the male students that actually got me to swear in surprise when it happened. This was just a hodgepodge of an episode.
The good: John and Ritchie, the return of Jeremy Davies, and the last act.
Fun lines: “Nice landing,” “I’m not exactly a ‘guiding light’ now, am I?”, “Why can’t you do it?”, “An ‘Elvis Lives” kind of theory?”, “Is that what we are now, John?”, “I know your secret,” and “Nifty. Very nifty.”
The bad: The first three quarters of the episode, the villain, the students, the explanatory dialogue between the students and the villain.
The final line: A cliché thirty minutes before getting to an excellent final act. Not great. Overall grade: C-