I had lukewarm feelings towards the recent episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There were parts of it I really liked, but overall, it had too much of a similar vibe to last season’s climax. It just felt rehashed and lazy, which is exactly what I was afraid of when we began delving into the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.” storyline. But I can at least give the show credit for trying. (spoilers ahead!)
The entire episode mixes in flashbacks from the day that S.H.I.E.L.D. fell (the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier) into the current events going on. It was nice seeing Lucy Lawless return in the flashbacks as Agent Hartley, and we got to see her take part in her trademark bad-ass scenes. Aside from this aspect, I wasn’t a fan of the flashback strategy used during the episode. It slowed down the present storyline and was more frustrating than entertaining. It reminded me of the way that Arrow frequently intermingled flashbacks into its episodes, which I never really liked.
Skye is still in her safe-house, attempting to gain full control over her powers. At one point, Gordon, the eyeless Inhuman, finds her and they have an interesting conversation. Gordon elaborates on the Inhuman powers and how they affect everyone differently. He also extends a welcome to Skye to join him, but she initially rebukes his offer.
Back at S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson finally realizes something is up with Mack. Just on a side-note: the more and more I watch Henry Simmons develop, the more I wish he was cast as Luke Cage. I wasn’t too impressed with his work in the beginning but he’s grown on me. But back to the matter at hand: Mack and Bobbi place a special device in Coulson’s model of Lola that would track Vibranium, which somehow led them to something called “Fury’s Toolbox.” We don’t exactly know what is in this item, but it supposedly will help rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. back to its glory days.
At first, I had high hopes for the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.” concept. I thought it could turn out to be something new and entertaining. Unfortunately, it looks like nothing more than a simple reboot of the HYDRA takeover from last season. Who the hell are we supposed to trust now? Mack and Bobbi are definitely not evil, but I don’t trust Gonzalez (Edward James Olmos) one bit. He claims to be fighting for the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.”, but there is something about him that makes me think he’s up to no good.
I just hope that there is some big reveal at the end of the season with this storyline. I don’t want it to conclude with “oh, the ‘real S.H.I.E.L.D.’ people were actually evil. The end.” That is way too simple and too much of a cop-out. There better be a damn satisfying conclusion to this otherwise tired and worn-out plot. I don’t see why the whole show couldn’t just focus entirely on the Inhumans aspect. That would probably be much more entertaining (and have a more satisfying conclusion) than this “real S.H.I.E.L.D.” nonsense.
So apparently the main focus of S.H.I.E.L.D. at this point is to find Skye. They track her whereabouts and go to the cabin to retrieve her. Bobbi and another S.H.I.E.L.D. agent attempt to subdue Skye, but, in a moment of panic, she accidentally triggers her powers. She shatters a nearby tree, causing a large pierce of wood to severely injure a Red Shirt – I mean random S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Skye calls for Gordon, who teleports her away while Bobbi can do nothing but watch.
The end of the episode features Coulson (who escaped the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” clutches) on a beach, meeting with Hunter. They agree to partner up so that they can save their captured friends.
The conclusion felt all over the place. I believe there are only two more episodes left in the season, and possibly the entire show since there has been no news about a renewal. Let’s pray the show goes out with a bang.
Final Grade: B-
+ It was fun seeing Lucy Lawless return!
+ Some cool action scenes, including a fight between Bobbi and Agent May.
+ The effects of Skye’s powers were neat.
– The ending was cluttered and all over the place.
– I hate Edward James Olmos’s character and I don’t trust him one bit.
– I’m already tired and annoyed with the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.” storyline.
– What is in Fury’s Toolbox?
What are your thoughts on tonight’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? What do you think the show is leading up to? Leave us your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter!