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Constantine - (S01E02)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy . Drama . Action & Adventure . Fantasy . Horror

Deep in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania, John is a small mining community's only defense against an ancient Welsh spirit. In the course of protecting these isolated innocents, John finds a vital new ally in a mysterious young woman named Zed.

Episode Title: The Darkness Beneath
Airs: 2014-10-31 at 08:00 pm
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The latest comic book adaptation to hit TV, NBC’s Constantine is a nifty spookfest with dark humor and some genuine chills.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    A near-perfect companion piece to the similarly creepy-quirky Grimm, this lavish adaptation of the DC Comics Hellblazer series is the freakiest and most stylized fantasy pilot since Sleepy Hollow, and Ryan's instant grasp of this cocky but battered hero will make it easy to forget that Keanu Reeves ever went there.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    Ryan, a Welsh actor little known on these shores, is the best thing about the pilot. Second best are some genuinely creepy special effects and scares, but the plot itself is a muddle.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Falling somewhere in the middle of the dark/light scale between Gotham and Flash, tonight's promising premiere boasts a few good jolts, a welcome bit of visual flair, and an appealing star turn from Welsh actor Matt Ryan, who conveys just the right mix of tortured soul, biting wit and hunky hero.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    The series looks and feels appropriately ghoulish with a couple of good gotcha moments and excellently rendered scary creatures prowling the shadows, in between clunky expository passages.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    There's the structure for a sturdy but unremarkable supernatural procedural (and companion piece to "Grimm"), but in the pilot, at least, producers David Goyer and Daniel Cerone aren't aiming for much more.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Zach Hollwedel

    Not only does it promise scares, but it looks good, moves quickly, and uses effects well and wisely. In a market that's rapidly growing, Constantine does a commendable job distinguishing itself.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Robert Rorke

    If you’re not already a fan of the story, Constantine has some kinks to iron out before the unenlightened will willingly follow this master of the dark arts.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Constantine doubles down on both shape-shifting and puzzlements. Its whiz-bang-boom special effects also might serve as ample enticements for viewers who don’t much care whether anything makes any real sense.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Constantine seems like a good fit tonally for Friday night companion series “Grimm,” but Constantine will need to more clearly establish its world--and the rules of its world--and better define its characters if it hopes to become a fanboy favorite.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    The pilot is very spotty.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Patrick Kevin Day

    As the title character, Matt Ryan is great as the world-weary, faintly sleazy, self-proclaimed exorcist, demonologist and master of the dark arts.... Less successful is the story.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jason Hughes

    There's a fun dynamic between John and Chas that is yet to be explored, while we haven't even met the third member of our trio yet.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    He’s another reluctant antihero battling supernatural terrors that, with the help of some whiz-bang special effects, are all style and no substance.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    A sometimes sharp but painfully predictable Constantine premieres Friday night.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    The new show is a perfectly adequate, even above-average example of the genre, but at this late date, it’s hard to stand out from the crowd.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    The best thing about the new NBC series, Constantine, which is based on The DC Comics "Hellblazer" series, is that its hero has a roguish sense of humor

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    There’s good stuff in the pilot--the special effects, for one--and not-so-good stuff, leaving the question up in the air about whether writers David Goyer and Daniel Cerone, who developed the series, can make the fixes necessary to do justice to Hellblazer.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    The wildly uneven Constantine premiere is a decidedly mixed bag of magic tricks. It's moody and mysterious. It's also muddled and meandering.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Messy pilot that doesn't offer enough backstory, or reason to care all that much about Constantine.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Dalene Rovenstine

    A well-stubbled Matt Ryan works hard to charm with womp-womp wit.... A wan female sidekick comes and goes. But the cockroaches impress. Good luck giving a damn about the rest.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The series--adapted by Daniel Cerone with an assist from genre specialist David S. Goyer--nearly chokes on its mythological mumbo-jumbo, and frankly, yelling at demons in foreign tongues seemed a whole lot scarier back when “The Exorcist” first turned heads.

    Variety Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    The problem is that, as executed, the show seems stuck a creative netherworld all its own, somewhere between straight-faced action epic and snarky, quip-filled, Buffy the Vampire Slayer–style near-parody — and because it doesn't have the artistic chops of a Buffy, or a Sleepy Hollow, for that matter, it all comes across as calculating and insincere,

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    The turns of the convoluted plot and the thick-as-a-brick backstories of the largely dull, undetailed characters are all that seem to matter to the show's writers.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Matt Ryan plays title character John Constantine, and he gets an incomplete on his acting grade because he has so little legitimate material with which to work.

    New York Daily News Full Review

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