We found out what—or rather who—was the source of the rising evil in Constantine’s season—but perhaps its series—finale. I won’t spoil it here in the review, but I can’t say that it surprised me as much as Constantine wanted.
I did like the reintroduction of Jim Corrigan. He figures in the greater DC Comics Universe but his first appearance occurred before we started our Constantine secrets page, so we’ll discuss him more there. We also get an interesting—if not a little unbelievable—love triangle between Corrigan, Zed, and John. I don’t think the show earned such a triangle, but should Constantine get renewed for another season, this arc could have legs.
Speaking of renewal, there still isn’t word one way or the other as to whether or not Constantine will see a second season with NBC. If I was a Magic Eight Ball, I’d say, “All signs point to no,” but I liked the single finger salute Constantine gave its network on the way out. The network warned the show to never have a scene with John smoking. Up to this point Constantine tiptoed around its titular character’s habit. This episode saw John sparking one every chance he could get.
I haven’t mentioned the finale’s main plotline. That’s because it fell a little flat. The villain of the week rapes and murders young girls—which has the requisite level of creepiness for Constantine—but there are so many other story threads that get shoehorned into this episode (the love triangle, the source of the rising evil revealed, and the return of Papa Midnite) that we don’t get enough time with it. For me this cram-session tracks, because Constantine originally thought it had 20+ episodes, but it only got 13.
Verdict: Constantine showed that it has enough for a second season should it get picked up for a second season with NBC or if it transitions to another network.
This episode of Grimm reminded me a lot of last week’s episode of Arrow. A lot happened to correct needless entanglements, so the characters can progress and advance the story toward a definite goal. Grimm has had movement but that movement at times felt more like several people in a rowboat, rowing in opposite directions.
The Wesen of the week worked. Not only did its powers lend themselves to an arsonist, it forced team Grimm to do a little detective work, which is always a good thing. We also got a tip of the hat toward an earlier Grimm baddie, too. Monroe faced the Bauerschwein, pig person, that killed his best friend in season one. In short Bauershwein and Blutbad, wolf person, don’t get along, so Monroe—who has faced discrimination of the highest order this season—had to face his own prejudices, and I loved that angle.
I also liked how team Grimm took down the Wesen of the week. We don’t see Super Soakers as a lethal weapon too often, and Grimm doesn’t take itself so seriously that Nick wouldn’t place the kid’s toy beside a morning star and a broadsword as one of a Grimm’s weapons of choice. But the single development that did the most in giving Grimm its direction was the battle between Adalind and Juliette.
This episode illustrated Adalind’s greatest weakness: she has no subtly. She depends entirely on brute strength, but with Juliette as the most powerful hexenbeist in the land, Adalind will have to grow as a character. That might make her more watchable. On the same token, the damage left in the two hexenbeist’s wake led to Juliette coming out of the Wesen closet to Nick.
Verdict: This entertaining episode could get Grimm going in the right direction.
“The Millie-churian Candidate” explored Millie and Louise’s sick relationship. It isn’t just Millie with an obsession. I loved the clever and subtle point so much that I got a little disappointed when the episode closed with explaining the conceit in great detail.
Louise has a knack at getting her way. She talks at people whether they’re beefcake bouncers or a towering teen like Logan, but she works best one-on-one. Millie garners the support of their fellow Wagstaff schoolmates. Millie gets away with stalking Louise, and every time Louise fights back, Wagstaff chastises her for doing so. This only causes Louise to act out more. This week’s episode showed Millie and Louise at their psychotic best when Millie runs for school president just so she can make Louise her besty for life.
Eventually, Louise thwarts Millie by buying into Millie’s campaign promise and that forces Millie to show her true colors. I loved how the two play off each other, and this is another example of how Bob’s Burgers has developed characters over the course of several seasons. I just wished there wasn’t a big reveal at the end.
An explanation comes by way of a third presidential candidate telling us how he set up Louise and Millie to fail. While I liked how Henry—and welcome back to the show, Henry—plays the two against each other, his putting too fine a point on Louise getting just as crazy about Millie as Millie is about her went a little too far.
Verdict: Another solid episode to a great season of Bob’s Burgers.