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Monday, January 19, 2015 - 19:33

Given that, so far, we've only been fed tiny morsels of information about who was present at the Newcastle SNAFU and the events that transpired there, it's only fitting that this week's episode should put a little flesh onto those bones.

Okay... Food analogies aside, this is probably one of my favourite episodes so far. It pits John, Chas, Zed and one of John's old friends, Gary Lester, against a particularly nasty foe. Gary, a recovering junkie, returns from a massive bender in Sudan with a captive hunger demon in tow. Obviously it doesn't stay captive for long and goes on a feeding frenzy, forcing Gary to seek out Constantine's help.

It's likely the fact that this episode is based so heavily on the first issues of the comic that explains why I love it so much, and, in a similar way to the comic, it serves to define what sort of person Constantine is and the lengths to which he'll go to ensure the success of his endeavours.

There are some very nice moments in...

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Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 21:40

Obviously, since last episode, John has managed to once again give Zed the slip. This minor annoyance prompts Zed to use her psychic artistry once again in order to track down John & Chas' batcave. A couple of Doctor Who references later and now that the gang's all back together, it's off to solve a mystery.

This week's conundrum seems to revolve around the coveted single from Misplaced Abortion which, having rendered Rich temporarily deaf in season five of Skins, is now hell bent on freezing Constantine's old pals to death and subverting innocent children. This is no odder than the actual plotline which has a recording of the voice of Lucifer wreaking havoc upon the world.

This episode finally introduces us to one of the character we've all been waiting for since the series started: Papa Midnite. And he was absolutely awesome. Major respect to Michael James Shaw for his interpretation of the role. I hope to see a lot more of him in forthcoming episodes.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 13:25

After a very brief 'previously...' segment and a similarly brief Mystery of the Week in the form of a detonating miner we're back in a dingy basement with John and Chas. The debate as to whether Constantine actually smokes or not continues as he carries around a lit cig with him for a while before Chas puts it out without it ever getting near his lips.

Following on from last week we get introduced properly to Zed, who appears to be some kind of psychic that has been compulsively drawing pictures of John. Comic fans should be pleased to see re-imaginings of classic Hellblazer covers around the room. I know I was.

Their initial meeting doesn't exactly go well with both of them pulling parlour tricks and John pulling a disappearing...

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 20:40

It finally arrived. We've been waiting for what seems like an eternity to see whether the small screen adaptation lives up to the pure awesomeness that existed between the covers of the much revered Hellblazer series, which ran for an epic 300 issues between 1988 and 2013. 

This version sees John brought bang up to date with a contemporary setting, although the storyline comes straight out of the very early issues of the comic. As a long time fan of the comic I was more than happy that they seem to be winding up to deal with the whole Newcastle/Astra/Zed/Nergal plotline from the off. Although a lot of it has been toned down for the TV audience it still looks pretty promising.

There are more than a few nods to the comic book audience with easter eggs such as Doc Destiny's helmet being casually picked up and waved around. Yup, one the most powerful objects in the DC universe had its very own cameo. Nice.

As for the characterisation of Constantine himself?...

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