Hayley Atwell

Conviction S1E1 “Pilot” (Sky Living)

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convictionConviction is a brand new television series from ABC Studios, but the main problem is that you’ve seen pretty much exactly the same thing on TV hundreds of times before. Like a piece of pre-fab, flat-pack furniture, it’s been quickly and efficiently assembled but the result is a bland piece of furniture, one of thousands of identical units to be found in the corner of living rooms across the country. You can practically hear the show’s production team reading the instructions out loud which tell them to insert tab A into slot B to construct the show’s format.

If you want to know, the premise is as follows: brilliant defence attorney Hayes Morrison is appointed (somewhat against her will) to lead a ‘conviction integrity unit’ charged with investigating past prosecutions to insure that the right person is indeed in jail. For some completely arbitrary reason, the case of the week is allocated only five days which means that the show gets to artificially amp the tension with a ticking clock countdown before they are forced to move on. Read the rest of this entry »

Agent Carter S1E1 “Now is Not the End” (Fox)

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carter-logoApparently there was never meant to be TV spin off series for Agent Carter, Captain America’s World War 2 love interest played by Hayley Atwell in the two feature films starring that comic book hero. But fans loved Carter in the movies, and so somewhat grudgingly Marvel decided to make a short mini-series to placate the fans wanting more of Carter’s solo adventures. Rather embarrassingly, what they ended up with was a show that to a large degree eclipsed Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, the still-struggling prime time series that is supposed to be the main television representative of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – not just in terms of popularity among the fans but also in critical acclaim, too. Whoops. What an ‘unfortunate’ problem for Marvel to stumble into… Read the rest of this entry »