Day: 19/01/2015

09 “The Saint of Last Resorts: Part Two” (Constantine season 1) [SPOILERS]

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It feels like absolutely ages since Constantine finished before Christmas, and another age since the new year before it started. Quite why, I’m not sure, but who cares now, because it’s back!

I had hoped that by the time it returned to screens, it might have been saved from renewal purgatory and been renewed for a — deserved, in my opinion — second season. Sadly that doesn’t seem to have happened, and there are only three episodes left of this season, so to coin a peculiarly British phrase, we’re into squeaky bum time.

But never mind that for now. I have a new episode to review.

Read on…(and mind the spoilers!)

Southend Liberal Democrats have remembered there’s an election on…

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It looks like my friendly reminder last week helped: Southend Liberal Democrats seem to have remembered that there’s an election in May, and have selected Paul Collins as their candidate for Southend West — with only 109 days left until polling day…

Paul, some may remember, was a councillor for Westborough ward until last year, when he suffered a pretty heavy defeat to Labour’s Kevin Robinson. His was the name my little birds consistently brought back to me as the Lib Dem candidate-to-be — though, interestingly, Leigh councillor Carole Mulroney was also mentioned — and to be fair to him, he wasn’t a bad councillor. Certainly there was much on which I agreed with him during his time in the chamber.

But voters of Southend West would do well to look at Paul and his party’s rhetoric, and compare it to their propping up the Tories in government and voting for the bedroom tax; trebling tuition fees; slashing benefits for the disabled; and a host of other illiberal, unfair measures. They would do well to look at the Liberal Democrats’ record in government, and then go and vote for Labour’s Julian Ware-Lane, the real alternative to the Conservatives and David Amess in Southend West.

03 “Time and Tide” (Agent Carter season 1) [SPOILERS]

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It’s at this point that I start to wish I had seen more of Agents of SHIELD. It would be nice to have another Marvel TV series to make a comparison to.

Lacking such a comparison, I must examine Agent Carter on its own merits. The first episode had promise, but was a bit rough around the edges. The second one tightened the plot arcs up, but still left room for improvement. It falls, then, to episode three to get things running along a track which can sustain an action/SF show for at least one series.

From what I’ve seen so far, it does deserve that sort of success. It’s taking a side character from one of their tentpole films, and putting up a world of interest around her whilst at the same time giving colour to some of the in-universe history and filling the between-film blanks.

Yeah, I desperately want Marvel to work its magic and make a success of this.

Read on… (and mind the spoilers)