For anyone who has ever seen The Exorcist, or read any sort of books (including the Bible), its a dangerous thing when a person's body is paid a visit by a malevolent spirit or demon. However in the case of tonight's episode, the possessions in question come from a source closer to home. John and Chas journey to Birmingham, Alabama, to look into a case of children going absolute mad and then murdering their parents.
A topic like this is one that's very messy, kids and parents and the issue of possible trouble in the home-life. John pulls out lots of magical tricks in order to understand the why of the matter.
We see a lot more of John's softer side, since the victims of the evil in the episode are kids and families. The character has always had a rough edge, but when it comes to the issue of innocent people and forces from beyond, Constantine shines out like a beacon of hope for those in need.
There was also a very lovely Easter Egg from the DC world that stood out like a giant sore thumb tonight. Read on for more information.
Sword of Night
The Sword of Night is a powerful magical blade, belonging to DC Comics character Nightmaster aka Jim Rook. Rook was a singer back in the real world, until he found himself transported to the land of Myrra, where he took up the Sword of Night in defense of the people of Myrra against all manner of wicked foes that would see to do them harm. The Sword not only warns the holder of imminent danger but also can force a person to speak the truth.
A particular quote from the episode, of how Jasper Winters hideaway is a treasure trove of magical objects. So far in every episode of the show there have been countless references to DC Comics and its various magic using characters, some more obvious (like the Sword) others less so. The overall effect that has on viewers (and DC fans in particular) is that the world of Constantine plays home to a vast number of characters who use or have come into contact with magic. That means a lot more possibilities to bring in characters both good and bad for future episodes is present.
Overall, an excellent episode tonight. Lots of heavy drama and dialogue, lots of great spooky vibes with more to come as the season progress's. Matt Ryan is fitting into the role of John Constantine like a pro and he has definitely been doing his homework on John's mannerism and behavior. High marks for tonight's episode, here's hoping that next week's is just as great.