Monday, March 21, 2016

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

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 3, Episode 11 “Bouncing Back” (B-)

It’s been three whole months since this show last aired, giving its companion series “Agent Carter” a chance to air its second season. Last I remember, most of our characters were away on a distant alien planet, and they managed to make it back, but not without allowing a very dangerous ancient inhuman to escape with them. The fact that it/he has taken the form of Ward just makes his existence all the more terrible, and it seems that he’ll be a threat not just to the good guys but also to the likes of Gideon Malick and Mr. Giyera. The team was in many different directions this week, with Coulson and crew trying to get information out of Werner only to realize that he really was suffering as a result of what he was recalling. Mac made himself a new friend in the form of Elena, and I liked that their communication was so limited because they didn’t speak the same language, with Mac using his knowledge of Spanish from restaurant menus. The freaky cops capable of stopping people in their tracks with their eyes were intense, and it’s a good thing that they didn’t use Bobbi or Hunter as a victim of their shows of force. The state of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been considerably elevated by the authority of the President, played by William Sadler, who has essentially given the green light for the organization to keep doing what it’s been doing unofficially with his private approval. As much as the two of them butt heads, Talbot is actually a great choice to supervise Coulson since he’s a good and incorruptible soldier who understands the importance of the work that has to be done.

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