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.
  • 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.
  • 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 |

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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 |

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