Wednesday, January 28, 2015

063: Constantine 1x10 "Quid Pro Quo" - No Faustian Bargain Jokes? Huh.

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In this episode:
  • You WON'T find any Faustian bargain jokes, or any references to Dr. Faustus. I know. Color me surprised, as well.
  • You WILL, however, find our discussion of Constantine 1x10 "Quid Pro Quo," including our love for all things Chas, recycled stories (and the subversion thereof), the TV portrayal of Felix Faust, and many, many tangents.
  • All in all, though, we really liked this episode. W00T.
  • Everything is Chas and nothing hurts. Well, actually, if you're Chas, everything FREQUENTLY hurts, but--you get what I mean.
  • We have a few digressions, including one on the use of various names for zombies on The Walking Dead.
  • Zed did things, too! Now if only they were character-developing things.
  • We appreciate the writers taking time away from the ~*Rising Darkness*~ myth-arc to spend some time on one of our favorite characters.
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Somehow I misheard the medium Fennel's name as "Fennelly," so I misname him throughout the episode until Fio finally corrects me. Mea culpa.
  • Thanks to everyone who has been sending in suggestions for what we should discuss in the interim between Constantine and Hannibal! Keep 'em coming; we've got plenty of time to fill.
  • Alina: I completely forgot about your question about Constantine in the hanged man's pose until after we recorded. However, looking back at a screencap, I think the argument can definitely be made.
Music:
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "Cat's in the Cradle" - Harry Chapin | YouTube | iTunes |

(Header image taken from http://screencapped.net/tv/constantine/thumbnails.php?album=16&page=6)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT063/AMOT063.mp3

Thursday, January 22, 2015

062: Constantine 1x09 "The Saint of Last Resorts: Part 2" - We're Back! A Constantine Story



SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x09. 

In this episode:
  • Welcome baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!
  • Constantine picks up from the hiatus by immediately resolving the cliffhanger it left us in.
    • Seriously, it takes less than three minutes. I don't feel like this counts as a spoiler, it takes up none of the show's runtime.
  • They still haven't come up with a better name than Rising Darkness™, by the by, so if you're looking for that... this doesn't have it.
  • Zed, though! And Chas! They actually have things to do! Guys, things really happened for real in this episode!
  • There's also momentum and themes, this is uncharted territory for Constantine. Ian and Fio talk about this for a little and come to a resolution of cautious optimism when it comes to the show moving forward.
  • There's a bit of meta-commentary about the actions the characters take and how they're driven less by the character themselves and more from the needs of the writers' room.
    • On the exact opposite end of the spectrum, we discuss the growth of Anne Marie's character in this episode and how she should probably hang around for the immediate future.
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • If any of our listeners are nearing college age, you're welcome. Do your best to find a library that has an account, because it's an amazing resource. If any of our listeners are of college/grad school age, we're assuming you're already super familiar with the OED and will stop patronizing you.
    • Or maybe we won't? Is it part of our charm?
  • Also there are some wacky tangents about Gotham and the Librarians and a whole mess of other stuff, so you'll find "...but Constantine, though" becoming a pretty common refrain over the course of the episode.
Music:
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "Welcome Back" - John Sebastian | YouTube | iTunes |

(Header image taken from http://screencapped.net/tv/constantine/albums/uploads/Season%2001/con109/normal_con109_1437.jpg)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT062/AMOT062.mp3

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

061: Constantine 1x08 "The Saint of Last Resorts" - Praising the Flesh Tree

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Well, that was...unexpected.

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x08. Additional spoilers for Serenity (2005) and Red Dragon (2002).

In this episode:
  • Fio has returned to discuss Constantine 1x08 "The Saint of Last Resorts," including the exploration of Zed's backstory, the Rising Darkness reveal(?), and TREE MADE OF FLEEEEEEEEESSSSHHHHH \m/ .
  • Subbing Zed into the series in the repilot had its problems, and in hindsight the cracks are really easy to spot.
  • The source of the Rising Darkness™ is revealed! And...it's not as effective as it should be.
  • Locke & Key Digression (because Fio will always go out of his way to namecheck Ksenia Solo)
  • Fio and Ian will be accepting applications and donations to their new organization, People for a Better Usage of Chas Chandler. (Only joking. Please don't send us applications.)
  • Also, what we plan to do (or not do, as it were) over the break. While we're at it: when does Constantine come back?
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Happy holidays!
  • Highlights from Fio's timestamps:
    • The fact that we don’t really have a face to pin the rising darkness on is an issue for this show. This danger is being caused by a shadowy cabal, however they don’t feel oppressive or powerful enough to be a real threat, given that Constantine seems to solve all of the problems caused by the rising darkness tidily within nice 45 minute chunks.
    • As I was typing that you said “General spooky shit is happening. Why? Who knows.” Which sums up the philosophy of this show pretty well.
    • I get really uncomfortably excited about that skin tree.
Music:
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "Raining Blood" - Slayer | YouTube | iTunes |

(Header image taken from http://screencapped.net/tv/constantine/thumbnails.php?album=14&page=11)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT061/AMOT061.mp3

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

060: Constantine 1x07 "Blessed are the Damned" - Goosing the Tension

Constantine (2014) Screencap

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x07

In this episode:
  • Vic returns to join Ian in discussing Constantine 1x07 "Blessed are the Damned," including the preacher, the angels, the skeptic, and--wait, is this a folk song?
  • We thought the preacher was handled well in this episode--although we were a bit confused about who the woman with him was for a while.
  • Also, we were fans of the ghouls, although neither of us recalled that was what Constantine called them while we were recording.
  • Throughout the episode, we hit several topics about the series overall: how to do adaptations, wardrobe selections, and utilizing characters to their fullest extent.
  • Also-also, Vic points out how this episode works as great metacommentary for the writing on the show.
 THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Hey, we're on time this week!
  • Thanks again to Vic for filling in.
  • I'm just gonna go straight to the highlights from Fio's timestamps:
    • An easy excuse for genre shows, making up reasons that one character can’t solve the problem. Like, what was up with that necromancer in the Hobbit that meant that Gandalf couldn’t just snap his fingers and fix 90% of the problems?
    • Vic is referring to Metron, one of Jack Kirby’s new gods, not the Metatron
    • Don’t we get enough stuff about fallen angels with the goth dark angel oc everyone made when they were 13? Or was that just me?
    • OH MY GOD THAT EPISODE OF COURAGE IS AMAZING
Music:
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "Evil Angel" - Breaking Benjamin | YouTube | iTunes |

(Header image taken from http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view-screencaps.php?tv-show=constantine-2014&episode=s01e07)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT060/AMOT060.mp3

Thursday, December 4, 2014

059: Constantine 1x06 "Rage of Caliban" - This Angel Character

Constantine (2014) Screencap
C'mon, NBC. You know you ship it.

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x06

In this episode:
  • Christina joins us once again!
  • Discussion of Constantine 1x06 "Rage of Caliban," including its original placement as episode two and how the move affected the episode and the season up until this point, John and Chas getting some bonding time, Manny and his obnoxiously cryptic ways, and the Creepy Kid Checklist™.
  • We spend a good amount of time just talking about the series as a whole before getting into the specifics of this episode.
  • We're really interested in seeing how next episode goes, especially when it comes to exploring Manny's character.
  • Please give us the Newcastle incident. PLEASE.
  • Also, we would really appreciate it if Constantine was portrayed as bi. For a variety of reasons.
  • This episode basically handed an easy parallel to the writers between the case of the week and Constantine, but the writers really failed to capitalize on it.
  • We also make several digressions while making comparisons, including ones into FOX's Gotham and--of course--NBC's Hannibal.
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Once again: apologies for the lateness.
Music:
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "Cherub Rock" - Smashing Pumpkins | YouTube | iTunes |

(Header image taken from http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view-screencaps.php?tv-show=constantine-2014&episode=s01e06. I'm sorry; I was originally just looking for a good picture of John taking the sword away from Chas so I could make a joke about backing away from character development, and then I saw this one.)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT059/AMOT059.mp3

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

058: Constantine 1x05 "Danse Vaudou" - The Rising Darkness

Constantine (2014) Screencap

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x05

In this episode:
  • Discussion of Constantine 1x05 "Danse Vaudou," including the introduction of Jim Corrigan, Chas and Zed getting to do stuff, and ALL THE PLOT POINTS.
  • And...uh...yeah, that's about it. There's a lot happening on the surface this episode, but it doesn't really present many opportunities to dig deeper.
  • We briefly discuss Constantine's future, and who we think could appear.
  • This week's Deadshirt Is Watching... , featuring Julian Ames' review of "Danse Vaudou."
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Yeah, so this was a short one. Enjoy my own riff on the whole "rising darkness" theme this season--it's a work in progress, but I felt like tacking it on since this episode was so short.
  • Podcast buddies Anglo-Filles have just released an episode discussing fall TV, including their own thoughts on Constantine.
  • Friend of the podcast Cleolinda Jones and Emily Whitten (foresthouse) have inherited a podcast! We wish them happy podcasting, and may the avocado be ever in their favor.
  • Happy Thanksgiving, to those celebrating it! To those not celebrating it: Happy Thursday! 
  • EDIT: Tumblr user and long-time listener fool-errant provided some background on voodoo as it was portrayed in this episode. Thanks!
Music:
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "The Rising Darkness (Acoustic Demo)" - original song, music & lyrics by Ian. Work in progress; more on this as it develops.

(Header image taken from http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view-screencap.php?tv-show=constantine-2014&image=s01e05_514)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT058/AMOT058.mp3

Thursday, November 20, 2014

057: Constantine 1x04 "A Feast of Friends" - The Sacrifice, Father?

Winner of the contest for "Least Effective Golden Corral Commercial"

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x04 and SLEEPY HOLLOW 2x07

In this episode:
  • Discussion of Constantine 1x04 "A Feast of Friends," the turn towards gray morality this episode seems to promise, the expanded universe of Constantine's aforementioned magical friends, and the show's continuing attempts (both effective and not) to carve out a distinctive presence in the subgenre of the Supernatural Procecdural.
  • We cover the differences between the first issue of HellBlazer (upon which this particular episode is based) and the episode itself and discuss what we think the writing staff intended by the changes they made to the end of the story in particular.
  • Ian's dad references the story of Abraham and Isaac. It's a pretty deep cut.
  • Chas and Zed still haven't really been given a chance to spread their wings. Neither has Manny for that matter, and he's the one with actual wings.
    • Look, all of the interaction with our guest-compatriot Gary this week was really solid, but if you want us to feel for the actual recurring characters on this show you're gonna need to give us more to work with, guys.
  • The hunger demon was a really unique monster-of-the-week and we hope to see more like it in the future if the show really wants to make its mark, though it seems like some of the effects were a bit clean and there were some opportunities that were missed. 

THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Again sorry for the lateness of this particular episode. Fio has some life-things going on at the moment and time is in a bit of a crunch.
  • Here's a link to the Escapist review Ian was talking about.

Music:
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "Maneater" - Hall & Oates | YouTube | iTunes |

(Header image taken from http://screencapped.net/tv/constantine/thumbnails.php?album=7&page=2)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT057/AMOT057.mp3