Constantine: The Devil’s Vinyl Review

  • Episode:  The Devil’s Vinyl (S01E03)
  • Review:  ★★★★☆
Manny, Constantine, Zed and Chas

Formula is what keeps TV shows running and on the air. Constantine is yet again following the formula, but this week it was actually a good thing.

A blues musician from the 30’s recorded a vinyl that has the first of the fallen’s voice on it, aka the devil.  What is meant by the “first of the fallen” is the devil.  The vinyl or acetate (as it’s referred to in the show) is procured by a woman who works for a record label in Chicago. Her motives are unclear why she’s getting this demonic item, but regardless you are not supposed to listen to it.

Of course an associate of hers listens to the album and kills himself directly after. This calls to the attention of Constantine. He has Zed use her powers with the blood map of America that they created in the first episode and they head to Chicago.  John discovers that vinyl is being traded to save the soul of the woman who found it.

Michael James Shaw/Papa Midnight

Enter Papa Midnight. Papa Midnight is a voodoo priest seeking power in Constantine’s world. He is John’s arch-enemy in this series. Papa sees the vinyl as an object of power. Constantine sees the vinyl as way to possibly save his soul. John never really says this in the show but he has an angel on his shoulder, literally. Enter Manny who was introduced in the pilot, but whose goals are still unclear. The funny thing with the supporting characters in the show is that Constantine seems to know everyone.

The vinyl is caught by a couple of Papa Midnight’s thugs who go crazy and play the record at a club. Constantine shows up there, finding dead bodies are lain everywhere in the aftermath of people going crazy.

What makes this episode better is the grittiness that it adds to the show. Like the scene with Constantine covered in blood performing a strange ritual.  The story was smoother and we become more invested in Constantine’s crusade. I can’t wait til next week to continue with him on this journey.

Manny/Harold Perrineau

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