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"Blessed Are the Damned" is the seventh episode of Constantine. It aired on December 5, 2014.

Synopsis

While in art class, Zed has a bizarre vision of snakes that lead her and John to a small town where a preacher has mysteriously gained the ability to heal his congregation.[src]

Plot


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With Chas tied up on a personal matter, John enlists Zed to help him investigate a preacher in a small town who was bitten by a rattlesnake and died, only to revive with the power to heal the sick. John's investigation leads him to an angel named Imogen who was attempting to ferry the preacher to the other side when he removed one of her feathers and caused her to fall to Earth. With Manny unwilling or unable to lend a hand, John and Zed hurry to retrieve the feather and return it to the angel before she dies. Meanwhile, the people the preacher has been healing suddenly start becoming ghouls, bent on murdering and drawn back to the preacher and the feather. Zed feigns interest in a baptism to pickpocket the feather back while John attempts to keep the hoard of ghouls at bay. In a fit of guilt, the preacher confesses to John that he killed someone and was damned, causing John to realize that Imogen is an angel from Hell. Zed returns the feather, allowing Imogen to fully cross over to Earth. John erects a spell that contains her, but she is too powerful for him to defeat. John finally convinces Manny to intervene, which he does by possessing Zed and ripping out Imogen's black heart, killing her. John seals the heart away for safe-keeping, but Manny warns him that the walls between Hell and Earth are thinner than they've ever been before and things are going to get much worse.

Trivia

  • The title reflects the beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount.
  • This episode features Juliana Harkavy who would later reappear in "Who Are You?" as Dinah Drake who would go onto be a series regular in Arrow seasons 6, 7, 8. She would also play the earth-2 version of her character in season 8 as well as appearing in season 4 of The Flash and seasons 3 and 5 of DC's Legends of Tomorrow
  • Zed learns about Manny in this episode.
  • At the end of the episode you see Constantine set Imogen's heart next to a golden mask. The mask is called the "Medusa Mask" and is worn by the DC villain known as Psycho Pirate who made his debut in Showcase #56 (May 1956). The mask is used to control people's emotions through the same "channels" that the various Lanterns' rings do.

Goofs

  • Constantine says the preacher "was bit" by a snake, which is an Americanism. The character's English; he should have said "was bitten."
  • Manny says that angels die and their souls are extinguished. For a series which relies so much on Enochian and Kabbalistic lore, this is surprisingly quite wrong. The lore states that the difference between angels and humans is the fact that angels, while they do have spirit - the "essence" of God - unlike humans, they do not have a soul. This is supposed to be part of the reason for Lucifer's jealousy over humans and which led to his fall.

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