Saturday, October 19, 2013

What I’m Watching: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 1, Episode 4 “Eye Spy” (B)

It’s not quite there yet, but this was definitely a substantial improvement on what we’ve seen so far. What made this episode work, for the most part, was the fact that the primary plot of the episode had to do with someone with a definite but uncertain supernatural ability, who had the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on her tail and managed not only to have a connection to Coulson but also turned out to be acting against her will because she was being controlled by the people who put a camera in her eye. The episode started off in a creepy way because of the many masked men who were walking all around Stockholm, and it’s the sure sign of a show about superpowers when they’re the ones who get taken out when a subway car goes dark. Akela is a great example of an abandoned agent left to fend for herself who has detached from the mentality of the organization, and who couldn’t possibly go back to regular field duty because of all that she’s endured. Watching Coulson advocate for her and encourage her to do the right thing was interesting since he lost his life and is now back in some form or another, unaware that he’s gone through even more than anyone else. FitzSimmons made a decent crack surgery team, while Grant and Skye, with their dueling quips and sexual tension, were an effective field squad. This team may just come together after all, and this show might prove to be worth watching.

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