Violet recaps Season 1 Episode 11 of Constantine, titled A Whole World Out There, where some college kids dabble with a ritual for out of body travel, and Constantine visits his old friend, Ritchie! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts about the episode.
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Episode Recap of Constantine, Season 1 Episode 11: A Whole World Out There
This episode begins with four college kids performing some kind of seance type ritual inside of a mausoleum. Suddenly, they open their eyes and find themselves separated from each other in a strange house. A man frantically approaches one of the girls and asks her to hide him. Meanwhile, a menacing looking man walks up behind the other girl, and when she notices him, she screams. Then they all wake up in the mausoleum.
At Constantine’s mill house, Manny appears and suggests that Constantine help out a friend in town. Constantine goes to the local university and sits in on his friend Ritchie Simpson’s class, which the college kids from the beginning of the episode are in. As Carter, one of the guys from the seance, leaves class, he sees the menacing man in a reflection. Then suddenly he finds himself transported to that same house, and the man suffocates him with a plastic bag. Back in the real world, is collapsed on the ground, not breathing.
Ritchie isn’t very happy to see Constantine. As they talk, Adam, the other guy from the seance, calls to tell Ritchie he won’t be able to make it to office hours because his friend Carter suddenly died. In Adam’s room, one of the girls from the seance sees a reflection of the menacing man in the mirror, and quickly closes the door. Meanwhile, Constantine tries to get some info about Carter’s death, and swipes a policeman’s notepad.
Constantine insists that they need to talk to Adam, so he and Ritchie go to the candlelight vigil for Carter that night. Adam isn’t around, so they talk to Lily, one of the girls from the seance, who saw the menacing man in the mirror earlier. She tells them she and her friends were just having some fun at the cemetery.
Constantine goes alone to investigate the mausoleum, but before he enters, Manny makes an appearance, and then they both enter. Manny suggests that Constantine guide Ritchie back into action, then he disappears. Constantine finds some green gunk on the floor. Then he speaks some words, and sees some hieroglyphic markings on the floor.
The other girl from the seance, Miranda, is alone in a dance studio practicing ballet, when she suddenly sees the menacing man in the mirror. She is then transported to the house, where she sees the frantic guy that had approached her friend Lily. He tells her she needs to open the door quickly – and shows her that he doesn’t have any hands.
Constantine returns to report his findings to Ritchie – that it was an Egyptian ritual for out of body travel. Ritchie realizes that a certain journal is missing, that of Jacob Shaw, a man who was in a hunting accident awaiting trial for murder that fell into a catatonic state, and died a few weeks later. The theory is that his consciousness traveled to another dimension and stayed there to escape his fate. They realize that Adam, who is Ritchie’s teaching assistant, must have taken the journal.
Adam and Lily are unable to reach Miranda. Adam is afraid that her consciousness might be back in that house, and he wants to go back there in case she’s in trouble. Lily wants no part of that, and goes to the dance studio to look for Miranda.
Ritchie tells Constantine about Shaw’s theory that if you’re killed in another dimension, then your body here suffers the same form of death. Ritchie is worried about the Rising Darkness, and doesn’t want anyone else to fall through the portal. Constantine assures him that they’ll find Adam.
Adam goes alone to the mausoleum and performs the ritual. When he arrives in the house, Miranda is right in front of him, which a pole sticking through her stomach. Just then, Lily enters the dance studio and finds Miranda laying on the floor bleeding. Constantine and Ritchie enter the mausoleum and find Adam in a catatonic state. Meanwhile, the menacing man, who reveals himself to be Jacob Shaw, finds Miranda and Adam, and begins slicing at them with his knife. Back in the mausoleum, cuts appears on Adam’s arms, and then his neck.
The next day, Ritchie tells Constantine that Miranda’s dead body was found in the dance studio. He feels guilty about what has happened, but Constantine reminds him they have work to do. However, Ritchie says he knows what Constantine pretends not to feel, because he’s feeling it right now.
Constantine and Ritchie visit Lily in her dorm room and give her the bad news about Adam. She says that she told Adam not to go back to that house. Ritchie and Constantine want to know what house.
Meanwhile, at that house, Carter, Miranda, and Adam are wondering why they’re still there, knowing that they died. They figure it’s because Shaw still wants them there. Just then, Shaw enters the room and welcomes them. He says that he is going to choose a weapon, and they’re going to run – and he will find them. Adam hypothesizes that since Shaw built this place, it’s Shaw’s reality, but since it’s not Adam’s reality, that Shaw can’t hurt him there. Shaw takes a sledgehammer and smashes Adam’s legs.
Constantine brings Ritchie and Lily to the mill house. He explains that mirrors are doorways to spiritual planes, but protections have been placed on all the reflective surfaces in the house. She picks up her phone to call her mom – and sees Jacob Shaw in the phone’s reflection, causing her to arrive in the house. She tries to leave through the front door, but there’s nowhere to go, just nothingness.
Lily runs and tries to barricade herself in a room. She finds Adam, who tells her about Shaw’s game, and says that she can still get out. Constantine convinces Ritchie that they need to go into the house together. Before they go in, they make a plan. Manny appears to watch over their bodies while they’re in, though Ritchie can’t see him. Then they perform the ritual.
Ritchie and Constantine awaken separately in the house, and soon find each other. They walk around looking for Lily, then come to a dead end. However, Ritchie believes that he can overwrite Shaw’s world. He is able to create a door, which they walk though. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to them, Shaw watches them from nearby. They enter a room and find a man hiding underneath a sheet, the frantic man that had approached Lily and Miranda in the house before. Constantine asks who he is, and where Shaw is. Then the man transforms into Jacob Shaw and introduces himself.
Shaw waves his hand and inflicts wounds upon Ritchie’s arms, and pins Constantine to the wall. However, Constantine tells Ritchie that this is Shaw’s reality, not Ritchie’s. He convinces Ritchie that his mind is greater than Shaw’s, and that Ritchie can beat Shaw. Ritchie looks out the window and sees the nothingness – then changes the world outside to include the sun and a green and flowery field. Ritchie makes Shaw disappear. Constantine and Ritchie run outside together, and their wounds disappear. Constantine runs back into the house and gets Lily. Adam, Carter, and Miranda stay behind inside the house while it collapses.
Ritchie makes Lily wake up, while Ritchie and Constantine are still in the other world. Ritchie tells Constantine that he’s going to stay behind, that he’ll build, create, and invent in his new world. Constantine tries to convince him to come back with him, but Ritchie would rather forget about the Darkness closing in on them, and doesn’t want to be afraid anymore. Constantine accuses Ritchie of running away. Then he wakes up. After a few minutes, Ritchie wakes up as well.
In class the next day, Ritchie decides to actually lecture, rather than play a tape of a lecture he recorded. Then he teaches about the concept of nirvana, and the fact that suffering is unavoidable. Meanwhile, Constantine goes back to the mill house and resumes what he was doing before Manny bothered him at the beginning of the episode: getting drunk.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 11 of Constantine: A Whole World Out There
I thought this was a pretty good episode with an interesting concept: an Egyptian ritual for a out of body travel, and not only that, but the ability for someone to create their own world as the destination. As a fan of the TV show Lost, it was nice to see Ritchie Simpson again, played by Jeremy Davies, who played Daniel Faraday on Lost, considering that we hadn’t seen him since the very first episode of Constantine. I had been hoping he’d be a more prevalent character, but no such luck, until now. The question is whether he will continue to have a presence on the show, or if he’ll only have a random recurring role. Of course, there’s only 2 episode left this season, and possibly 2 seasons left of the series if it’s not renewed, so that question may go unanswered, at least until Season 2, if there is a Season 2. It seems like if it were up to Manny, Ritchie would be more present on the show, since Manny is the one who encouraged Constantine to try to get Ritchie back in the game, saying that Ritchie was needed in the fight against the Rising Darkness.
Once again, the show made up excuses for the lack of certain characters, this time being both Zed and Chas. It’s so distracting when that happens, and makes it feel like a cop out. Especially after the last episode, where all 3 of them were working together, and now Constantine is all alone. I think this inconsistency of characters is one of the weaknesses of this show. I feel like it holds me back from getting too attached, since we don’t see the same characters consistently every episode. It’s like, if they’re lacking a certain character or two, they make up for it with a different character, like they did with Manny this episode, who we didn’t even see last episode. This juggling of a small number of characters kind of makes the show feel a little off to me. It looks like we will get a bigger dose of Manny next episode than we’ve ever gotten though. That must mean a lack of another character, however, considering how the show has been going up to this point.
But yeah, NBC has recently announced its early renewals, and while Grimm, which airs right after Constantine, got a renewal, no word yet on Constantine. There’s still time, I guess. Maybe the execs want to see how the show performs through the end of the season. Not sure how that’s going to go, though. I’ll keep watching through the end, of course, but at this point, I’m not keeping my hopes up.
Josh’s Thoughts: Constantine, Season 1 Episode 11: A Whole World Out There
Scenes from Constantine, Season 1 Episode 12: Angels and Ministers of Grace
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