With the recent release of the newest episode and myself being forced into a very short hiatus to catch up on some work I finally managed to take some time and watch that what I have missed of Constantine. In my opinion, it is a great show with darker elements that some TV shows are too scared to show. While, yes commonly, the episodes do end up in a happy ending, which is a bit off when looking at the original comics, but is a choice to keep people invested that no matter how much Constantine’s ego gets the better of him he’ll still do the right thing in the end.
Even if I believe that Matt Ryan is an incredible Constantine and I hope to see more of him, the show’s ratings have sadly been slipping for quite some time now. Even the newest episode has decreased in ratings, which makes some fear the fact that NBC might be considering cancellation of the series. While #SaveConstantine has been going around since it was announced that the series would not get nine additional episodes and will end after 13 episodes, many still fear the fate of this show. To help boost the interest behind the show they are even going as far as to release two episodes early on at specific universities to try to reach their audience through personal interaction.
Furthermore, the show has been facing some issues overall as its original time-slot was changed shortly after the winter hiatus to help boost ratings, but there has been fluctuation constantly over the past ten episodes. Still, to fans of the original comics, the series has been quite a delight as many elements from the original comics are used in the show. We even got our first look at a classic DC villain with the arrival of Felix Faust in “Quid Pro Quo.”
So, why is this show struggling as much as it is? Could that be the result that Constantine is supposed to be a reluctant protagonist, who people come to love and hate? Well, he is quite similar to what Dr. House once was and the even tries to show his humanity by the actions he does and his relationship with Chaz. Is it maybe his usage of Christian or more demonic elements that make people feel uneasy watching the show? In one way this could be a reason, but the show tries hard to balance the elements as much as possible, especially avoiding the obvious symbolism beyond interesting trinkets. There are many elements that could be used as a reason on why people just don’t watch this show, but we will sadly never truly know where the problems are.
So, after all that why am I saying the things I am? Constantine might not be the best show for NBC, as its elements strongly remind me of something Supernatural does. Using demonic or angelic elements as a part of its storytelling, but just with a very different cast of characters. I must note though this connection is more on the basic notion of both shows. Still, Constantine is of DC or Vertigo comic origin and might find a great place as the darker side of the universe CW has been building up with other DC properties, Arrow and The Flash. Now, with the show running for a season and not building up any true connections, I am sure the writers would find an effective way to connect it, as even Supergirl will supposedly have a connection even if it is being broadcasted on CBS.
What do you think? Do you want to see Constantine return for a second season on the CW? Do you thinkit works better on its own? Voice your opinion in the comments below!