Monday, March 16, 2015

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

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 2, Episode 12 “Who You Really Are” (C+)

I’ll admit that I get a bit lost and tune out to a degree whenever Asgardian mythology is invoked. I much prefer unexplained superpowers to alien deities, and I like it also detracts considerably from whatever minimal seriousness this show still possesses. I didn’t even recognize Lady Siff from an episode right around this time last year, “Yes Men,” and I noted in my review of that episode that I didn’t remember her from “Thor.” I suppose it’s fitting, therefore, that she couldn’t even remember herself in this hour. I did, however, recognize Eddie McClintock, who was the star of Syfy’s “Warehouse 13,” a show often similar to this one in terms of its supernatural content and general style, as Vin-Tak, the villain-turned-hero-turned-villain-again. What never makes much sense to me is how humans manage to hold off superpowered aliens. I understand that Skye bests all, and that even without wanting to, she could still eradicate everyone in her midst. Bobbie, on the other hand, shouldn’t be able to fight Vin-Tak simply by arming herself in both hands, though maybe it’s her banter that distracted him enough for our team to prove victorious. The cat is out of the bag in regards to Skye’s transformation, and, in a change from the status quo, Simmons has reason to be angry with Fitz for hiding the truth and manipulating the results to try to protect Skye’s secret. Where this team goes from here is unknown, and with more and more people learning about Skye each episode, she and the team won’t be safe for long.

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