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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

056: Constantine 1x03 "The Devil's Vinyl" - Captain Research

Constantine (2014) Screencap
How could this show be anything but delightful.

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x03

In this episode:
  • Discussion of Constantine 1x03 "The Devil's Vinyl," including plottiness, the introduction of Papa Midnite, serialization vs. villain of the week, and what we want to see more of.
  • We also have several digressions where we talk about the way other shows (including The Flash, Sleepy Hollow, and Doctor Who) handle storytelling, but it's all relevant. Really. We swear.
  • Ian's still not sure about Matt Ryan's acting, but it may be more of a problem with the writing.
  • What do the writers hope to accomplish with the storytelling in this series? (Spoiler alert: It's probably something to do with making money.)
  • How can they earn the narration that they're including at the end of each episode? Should they just chuck it altogether?
  • They're starting to show some cinematic flair. MOAR.

THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Apologies once again for the lateness of this episode. We'll do our best to keep you apprised on Tumblr and Twitter if it happens again.
  • Once again, here's a link to the Halloween-themed episode of Lag Time Podcast. We discussed gameinformer's Top 25 Horror Games of All Time, I retold my P.T. story, and much fun was had. Also, MAJOR SPOILERS FOR AMNESIA: THE DARK DESCENT.
  • I wanted to use "Money, Money, Money" by ABBA for the outro, but I couldn't find our copy of ABBA's Greatest Hits. Woe.

Music:
  • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
  • Outro music: "Money" - Pink Floyd | YouTube | iTunes |

(Header image taken from http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view-screencaps.php?tv-show=constantine-2014&episode=s01e03)

http://archive.org/download/AMOT056/AMOT056.mp3

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

055: Constantine 1x02 "The Darkness Beneath" - The G-Word

Constantine (2014) Screencap

SPOILERS UP TO (and including) CONSTANTINE 1x02

In this episode:
  • Discussion of Constantine 1x02 "The Darkness Beneath," including racism, shirtless Matt Ryan, and ethics in gaming journalism storytelling.
  • Yeah, we weren't happy with the portrayal of a Romani woman, the use of the G-word, and everything wrapped up in that. To say the least.
  • We liked Zed, though!
  • Urban fantasy and supernatural dramas on TV
    • If NBC's Constantine hopes to last in the modern market, they're going to need to figure out how to set themselves apart.
  • Constantine, Supernatural, Sherlock Holmes, and tracing the effects and responsibilities of adaptation
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ADDENDUM:
  • Between both of us being sick, me having a cough, the episode's problematic material getting in the way of the plot, Fio's computer crashing, Fio's microphone giving him issues, and (most heinous of all) the recorder cutting off our goodbye's at the end, I completely forgot to mention that I was on another podcast last week!
  • Some of you may recall Kenny from our Horror in RPGs episode. I had the pleasure of joining him and his co-hosts on the Halloween-themed episode of their podcast, Lag Time. We discussed gameinformer's Top 25 Horror Games of All Time, I retold my P.T. story, and much fun was had. Also, MAJOR SPOILERS FOR AMNESIA: THE DARK DESCENT.
    • Also-also, I wrote the music for their intro and outro, the latter of which can be found as a full-length song here on iTunes.
  • From Fio's timestamps/notes: "I’m talking about miner ghosts, how did we not mention Scooby Doo? That sounds exactly like a Scooby Doo episode."
    Music:
    • Intro music: "This is My Design" - original song, music by Ian. More on this as it develops.
    • Outro music: "Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners" - Foo Fighters | YouTube | iTunes |

    (Header image taken from http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/view-screencap.php?tv-show=constantine-2014&image=s01e02_292)

    http://archive.org/download/AMOT055/AMOT055.mp3