Synopsis: THE POWER WITHIN — When Mallus’ power over Sara (Caity Lotz) resurfaces, she unwittingly becomes the bearer of one of the Totems. Rory (Dominic Purcell) must conquer his dark side in order to wield his own Totem power to help save the crew. Meanwhile, Agent Sharpe (guest star Jes Macallan) notices that something is wrong and recruits someone unorthodox to help. Brandon Routh, Nick Zano, Maise Richardson-Sellers, Keiynan Lonsdale and Nick Zano also star.
Review: As with “Daddy Darhkest,” “Necromancing the Stone” was a preview of coming attractions. Viewers saw how John Constantine, played by the note-perfect Matt Ryan, would fit within the Legends’ ensemble permanently next season.
Before I discuss our favorite mage, however, I’ll deal with everyone else. I really appreciated how everyone got space in the story. Ray’s Easy Bake Cold Fusion Oven was the height of geeky awesomeness, and I couldn’t help but feel a bit insulted when Mick bailed, even when that was in character. I also really liked the character beats for Zari, Wally, and Nate. Yes, they were predictable, but not in a trite way. They were each predicated on internal logic. The highlight, though, was Mick wielding the Fire Totem. His entire arc across two series and four years informed his confrontation with Sara and was one of the character beats that justified this whole arc.
That brings me to the other character who justified this arc — John Constantine. We now know that the Mallus storyline is set up for whatever the writers are giving Ryan to play as a regular next season. I am one of many who cannot wait to see how this season and next play out. Regardless of the ultimate fate of his own show, Ryan as Constantine was gold on this one — an utterly natural addition to the Waverider’s crew. I loved everything from the glancing nod to the CW’s Triangle fetish, to Constantine lighting his cigarette with Mick’s Totem fire, to the budding bromance with Gary that I never knew I wanted.
Given what we’ve had so far, I’m very curious about the Constantine animated series that starts on CW Seed this coming Saturday, March 24th. Will it address plot threads from the NBC series, tie into Legends of Tomorrow, give us an original storyline, or somehow do all three over multiple short seasons? Whatever we’re given, Constantine has finally found a home!
Grainne Godfree, Morgan Faust