Monday, December 19, 2016

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

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 4, Episode 8 “The Laws of Inferno Dynamics” (B+)

As this show wraps up the first part of its season before a shorter winter hiatus than usual, I’m glad to see that one of its primary plotlines has now been fully resolved and we’re heading into more compelling territory for the future, which is good since I was considering giving up on this show due to the direction it was headed. Eli was a formidable threat with immense power, and his ability to create water was a dangerous sign of what he might be able to do given the opportunity. Fortunately, Coulson was there with a quip about getting a girlfriend instead and helped to compel Robbie to break free and then dispense with his power-corrupted evil uncle. I like seeing Yo-Yo in action, and it’s nice that she and Mac have finally expressed their feelings for each other. This new superpowered team is cool, and the best part is that they’re supported by Mace, who more than made up for his secretiveness with his total honesty. Explaining Daisy’s presence as a long-term undercover job was brilliant, and now she can be a bona-fide member of the team again. Sponsoring Holden’s work in-house seemed like a positive step, but it appears that Aida’s ability to feel pain has led her to evolve to the point of snapping an agent’s neck and knocking May out, begging the question of just who it is that is sitting and enjoying a drink with Coulson. I guess we’ll find out when the show comes back in January!