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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Constantine: Angels and Ministers of Grace


After the slightly bonkers brilliance of last week's Constantine episode, Angels and Ministers of Grace was a slight slip back towards the sub-Supernatural, 'monster-of-the-week' format that bogged down the early episodes.

Manny The Angel appears to John, directing him towards a hospital where he'll find a woman struck down with a mysterious condition. In the process he torches the "scrying map" - which he calls a 'crutch' and says John needs to rely more on signs such as Zed's visions.

Unfortunately, once team Constantine arrive at the hospital and find the woman with black veins, Zed has a vision and then collapses.

Subsequent medical tests reveal she has a brain a tumour - which may be the source of her visions (or the cost of having them?).

John is mightily pissed off at Manny for refusing to remove Zed's tumour and traps Manny in a mortal body, forcing the grounded angel to help him track down the source of the magical ailment plaguing the other woman.

There's a degree of misdirection in Angels and Ministers of Grace, but ultimately the script - despite some flashy magic and angelic manifestations - feels quite pedestrian. Even Zed's condition has that inevitable feeling of 'been there, done that' (I mean, you just have to look at The Librarians to see another character having useful visions because of a brain tumour; it's as though a brain tumour has become the 'must have' accessory for visionaries this year!)

Given that this is the penultimate episode of the season, on balance it would appear that the weaker episodes are outnumbering the stronger ones and I'm not so sure that the show actually merits a second season now.

It would seem NBC are having similar doubts about the show's future as well.

Next week, as well as the finale of Constantine, sees the return of The Flash and Arrow to British TV (<happy dance>), but still no news yet as to the fate of Agent Carter ("the best show you won't see on UK TV").

The Agent Carter debacle is made even more ironic by the recent interview (below) with stars Hayley Atwell and James D’Arcy discussing the positive fan reaction to the show and its Britishness:


Of course, in the States, Agent Carter only has a few more weeks to run then Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. resumes its second season.

God knows when it's coming back to Channel 4 in the UK! Hopefully March, but April wouldn't surprise me... or even May. I guess we'll just have to be thankful if it returns at all...


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