Thursday, November 10, 2016

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

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 4, Episode 6 “The Good Samaritan” (B)

This episode filled in two seemingly unrelated but important origin stories, leading to a major reveal at the end of episode that changes things in a big way. The Lucy we got to know back when she was still solidly alive – and solid in form – was far kinder and more pleasant than the ghost of a person we’ve come to know. Of course we should only get to see that in an installment when Robbie flamed on and obliterated her from existence, ending her revenge tour in favor of his own similar pursuit. Finding out that both Robbie and Gabriel died after being shot up by hitmen hired by Lucy to take out Eli compounds their story considerably, and at least the presentation of the devil in all his flaming head form fit in much better than I had expected it would for this show. We saw a formidable display of unmatched power from Robbie when he needed to get out of the containment module, hulking out and then punching his way out before nearly choking out Director Mace, who immediately stepped into action to take him on after making a much more diplomatic if equally forceful entrance onto the bus to find the two wanted fugitives. Gabriel being able to talk his brother down is a good thing, and hopefully that can help turn his dark side into a more controllable force. The news that Eli started the whole nightmare and wanted the book so that he could have all the power for himself is worrisome, and that big explosion that happened at the end of the episode seems to have had consequences that could mean trouble for a few of our friends, namely Coulson and Fitz. Simmons’ mystery assignment is intriguing despite her lack of enthusiasm, and let’s hope it’s for something good and not a nefarious purpose.

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