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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review - Episode 3: The Asset

Bob "MovieBob" Chipman | 9 Oct 2013 16:03
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As the episode wraps, Skye decides she wants to fully commit to becoming a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent and Agent May decides to re-activate herself as a combat-ready operative. Curiously, there's no final stamp put on FitzSimmons' affection for Dr. Hall, despite that being the original impetus (or part of it) to go after him in the first place. Instead, we get a stinger of a human-like hand emerging from the Gravitonium sphere just after it's locked up in a S.H.I.E.L.D. vault, so that anyone watching who has never heard of Graviton won't be confused when Hall shows up again toward the end of the season.

PARTING OBSERVATIONS

  • Quinn's plan for snatching Dr. Hall from the truck at the start? Bust-up the truck and its support-cars with gravity power, then send in a team of armed mercs to rip the thing open using a big yellow power-shovel which they rented from a cowboy using bars of Tanzanian gold. "Preposterous" seems to be the default direction for the series when it comes to action scenarios, which makes a certain amount of sense for a project that's basically NCIS with superheroes by way of James Bond.
  • Borrowing the "good" stuff from comic-books means you inevitably end up borrowing some of the "dumb" stuff. Case in point? What TVTropes calls Reality Unless Otherwise Noted." S.H.I.E.L.D. has flying cars, semi-sentient drones, alien/Asgardian technology and (maybe) robot duplicates; but meanwhile Skye's official combat-training primarily involves hanging a punching-bag in The Bus's cargo bay
  • Something I missed from last week: Apparently Melinda May's nickname as a field operative was "The Cavalry." In the comics universe that was the name of a short-lived D-list hero team consisting of (and I'm not making any of these up) Thor Girl, Crime Buster, Red 9, Ultra-Girl and Stunt Master. Things fell apart when Thor Girl turned out to be a Skrull imposter. So there's that.
  • Ward says that standing up to his bad older brother was his defining moment. Since cryptic references to his family history were made as early as the pilot, it feels safe to assume that said brother was "mean" to more than just his brothers - and standing up to him probably involved more than just knocking him down on the playground. Thus, it also feels safe to assume that this brother will turn up as a baddie at some point.
  • Skye is an orphan, apparently, which means a family wasn't part of whatever identity she implies that she erased from existence before. Which probably means she did something (or is hiding from something) on the not-good end of the spectrum.
  • A running "bit" for the second half of the episode is Coulson having difficulty reloading his gun, which confuses him. At least three characters (himself included) passingly refer to this specifically as Coulson being rusty. You don't say.

NEXT WEEK:

In "Eye Spy," the Agents will confront a rogue former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent (Pascale Armand) who is apparently a former trainee of Coulson's.

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