Agents of Shield, Season 1, Part 2 (Episodes 9-15)
Warning: Minor Spoilers!
The show’s second batch of episodes fixes a few of the problems i had with it’s opening salvo. May’s character finally gets some development in Repairs and her relationship with Agent Ward is refreshing (mainly because they didn’t go down the obvious route of pairing him with Skye). The characters seem to be much more vulnerable (one gets shot, two get brainwashed by an Asgardian, one captured by project centipede etc.) which adds some much needed tension into the show. The introduction of John Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Agent Triplett also adds some welcome fresh faces to the cast, with Paxton in particular showing great promise.
The show could still use a few more decent villains, although Deathlok poses a physical threat he isn’t that interesting as a villain. Lorelei was a good guest villain and as an Asgardian with power over any man she wishes posed a credible threat to the team. We got some movement on the mystery of Coulson’s resurrection and the Clairvoyant, but the show isn’t moving as quickly or throwing in as many twists as, say, Arrow. A few too many episodes feel like their setting up future episodes rather than moving the plot along, hopefully the final third of the season will improve upon this.
Here’s my ratings for each episode:
Repairs – 4/5 – May is finally a good character!
The Bridge – 3.5/5 – Some good action scenes but lacking that moment of greatness.
The Magical Place – 4/5 – So that’s what happened to Coulson? Interesting!
Seeds – 4/5 – A great Fitz/Simmons episode.
T.R.A.C.K.S. – 3.5/5 – Too gimmicky with it’s use of flashbacks, but otherwise good.
T.A.H.I.T.I. – 4/5 – Bill Paxton! Just the shot in the arm this series needed!
Yes Men – 4/5 – Lorelei is a great villain (and a fairly hot one too)! Sif is a bad-ass guest character. The episode was good as well. Can we have more Asgardian women on the show please?
Overall the series is becoming more consistent but still hasn’t had any stand-out episodes yet – but the introduction of John Garrett and the increasing mystery of the Clairvoyant show promise for the final run of episodes.
Next Time: A crossover with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the Clairvoyant is finally revealed, along with a treacherous team member…