My thoughts on Waiting for the Man #SaveConstantine
Season 1 / Episode 13
Waiting for the Man
written by Cameron Welsh
directed by David Boyd
“…we can all shape our destiny,
but none of us get to escape our fate.”
— John Constantine
So there is then — either the season or series finale of Constantine. If that’s the last we see of Con-Job on the small screen, then he left us on a bloody high note, for sure.
Not there weren’t a few hiccups along the way. This was an awfully big story to try and squeeze into forty-three minutes. As such, Vesta didn’t really hit the mark. Her reactions and motivations rang consistently false, through no fault of the young actress.
Waiting for the Man worked on several levels, however, not the least of which being that it was a terrific summation of the series’ themes, reconnecting with milestones littered in its wake. By tying all of these elements together, the show’s true identity finally took form and promised something even better for the future.
The question now is, will that future be played out on NBC as Constantine or on Syfy as Hellblazer, or will it instead be left to our fertile imaginations?
If I were to have my way, I like the Hellblazer option, so long as the budget doesn’t stray too far from what NBC was coughing up. Sure, a bigger budget would be nice, but I don’t see that happening, not with the numbers this show has generated.
Look, the cast is solid, the scripts have done nothing but improve week in and week out, and the look and feel of the series is just what this occult detective ordered.
And now, with the reveal that Manny has been the true force behind The Rising Darkness and the Brujeria are but pawns in his game, the stakes have been raised. He’s been manipulating John all along and now has his hooks deep into Zed. It would be a shame if we don’t get to find out what the Constantine brain trust has in store… Not to mention that the tv version of the Newcastle Incident is begging to be told.
So, now the waiting game begins. Back on NBC, shuffled off to Syfy, or snuffed out altogether?
Matt Ryan deserves another dozen episodes at least, especially now that he’s sporting a proper trench.
#SaveConstantine has never seemed a more apt hashtag.