Tonight’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was yet another example of programming that started off slow but somewhat picked up by the end. I won’t lie: I almost fell asleep in the beginning because it was like watching a really boring episode of Dr. Katz. Fortunately, there was a huge turnaround in the last 20 minutes that renewed my interest. (spoilers ahead!)
Now that the cat’s out of the bag with Skye’s special abilities and her lack of control over her powers, the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. believes that she may need help. Agent May seeks help from her ex-husband, who is a renown psychiatrist and ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and asks him to speak with Skye and assist her with her issues.
Dr. Andrew Garner is played by none other than Blair Underwood, recognized for his outstanding work on L.A. Law. While Underwood does a decent job in his role, I barely felt any chemistry between him and Agent May. They were supposed to have been married, but I don’t see how they were compatible. Maybe the lack of chemistry was done on purpose to show why they didn’t stay together? Either way, I just didn’t buy into it. There was less chemistry between these two than with Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse.
Also, Underwood’s performance couldn’t save the first portion of the episode from being boring. It mostly involved his character evaluating Skye and trying to get to the roots of her powers. Like I said, I just didn’t care for this segment. I was more interested in what was going on with Cal and his gang of misfits.
Cal is recruiting other powered people on the “gifted index” to help in his fight against S.H.I.E.L.D. so he can have his daughter back. Among the soldiers he recruits are a bunch of nobodies like Wendell Levi and Francis Noche. However, two other characters, Karla Gideon and David Angar, play a major role in the Marvel universe, especially in regards to Daredevil. I’ve said it time and time again about how awesome it would be to have a bridge between this show and the upcoming Daredevil series.
The ending of the episode was the most entertaining for me. Coulson and co. face off against Cal and his small army, and of course S.H.I.E.L.D. wins. The only problem is that Cal is teleported away from the battle by the same eyeless man who rescued Raina last time. Cal is last seen in a room crying over his daughter and arguing with the eyeless man. I honestly have no idea where this storyline is going, but it better be good.
And let’s not forget about Agent Hunter, who was knocked out by Mack last episode when he discovered something fishy going on with Morse. As it turns out, Mack and Morse are working for another group who Mack claims is “the real S.H.I.E.L.D.” Once again, I have no idea what this is turning into, but I have my doubts. Are you saying that S.H.I.E.L.D. is once again being taken over by another group? Do we have a reason not to trust Coulson and his gang? I’m tired of it. Don’t repackage the HYDRA-takeover storyline from last season. Give us something fresh!
I’d put tonight’s episode on par with last week. Not spectacular, but somewhat progressive plot-wise. The season is coming to a close and things are falling into place. Let’s just hope Marvel has a strong end-game.
Final Grade: C+
+ Blair Underwood did a decent job as Dr. Garner even if his segments were boring.
+ Mack’s reveal of the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.” was unexpected and piqued my interest.
– I really hope that the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.” concept isn’t a re-hashing of the HYDRA scenario from last season.
– I didn’t sense any chemistry between Dr. Garner and Agent May.
– First three-quarters of the episode were really boring.
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