Friday, October 11, 2013

Take Three: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 1, Episode 3 “The Asset” (B-)

I’m reluctant to give up on this show because I feel like I was too excited about it before it premiered and I’m still thrilled about what the concept could produce that I just want to stick around to see if it gets there. Unfortunately, it’s not getting all that much better just yet, and it continues to come close to delivering but fall short in the end. I almost didn’t recognize Ian Hart, who has starred on TV shows such as “Dirt” and “Luck” before, as Dr. Hall, who got caught up in the ideology of preventing mass chaos and destruction that he was a bit too alright with the collateral damage that would result from his preemptive actions. Sending Skye into the field was a bold move, and it seemed for a stretch that it wasn’t going to pay off when she destroyed the listening device during her meeting with Quinn. It doesn’t make much sense to me that someone like Skye would make a fake case against S.H.I.E.L.D. when what she was saying is actually what she believes, which suggests her game really is a long one. Though she’s not too capable of defending herself, nearly getting choked out before being rescued by an all-too-invincible Grant, she did do a good job of getting inside and then bailing by jumping rather bravely into the water below. Seeing Coulson in the field was decently engaging, and he continues to be the show’s most consistent and magnetic character. I’m still holding out some hope for the rest of them.

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