Friday, November 8, 2013

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

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 1, Episode 6 “F.Z.Z.T” (B)

The stakes were definitely high in this episode, and it was a much more internal hour than anything else, since we got to see the three doomed firemen but otherwise no one outside of our regular team. There’s an immense amount of flirtation going on within the confines of their traveling base, and though Fitz is doing his very best to impress Skye at every turn, it’s clear that his real relationship is with Simmons. Their back-and-forth banter is both entertaining and ultimately productive, and even though it was Ward who jumped out of the plane to go save her, Fitz was ready to take the dive and go rescue his partner. After revealing her true reasons for trying to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D, Skye has softened up considerably and doesn’t seem to have much of a purpose anymore, other than to impress Ward with her know-how in the field and to give hugs all around when others on the team find themselves less than able to be sentimental. The opposite is true for Coulson, who is determined to find out just what happened to him when he died and why he’s so different now that he’s been brought back. He’s definitely getting bolder, and hopefully his steadfast loyalty to his team won’t end up putting them in harm’s way. His boss, portrayed by the dependable Titus Welliver, doesn’t seem too happy with him, and he isn’t the least bit phased by the idea of butting heads with authority for the sake of being able to call the shots himself.

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