Agents of SHIELD
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review - Episode 4: Eye Spy

Bob "MovieBob" Chipman | 16 Oct 2013 15:15
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  • Incidentally: Hm. Exploding ocular implants, you say? Y'know, we still don't know exactly how Nick Fury lost his eye...
  • Another reference (from Skye) to Coulson's curious interest in "really, really old things." This time we got a blink-quick glimpse of his personal memorabilia shelf, a snap of which I've included which seems to have been built for freeze-frame clue-hunters. I'd be especially interested to know what those two stone tablets are depicting, or what era that pilot's helmet is from. Geez, what if I turn out to have been right?
  • Shippers? Start your Tumblrs! Our post-credits stinger has Fitz and Skye trying to use the x-ray camera tech to cheat Ward at cards, with Fitz awkwardly bowing out when Skye reminds him that the trick will allow her to see through his clothes. Since Fitz was acting like a 12 year-old who just found dad's Playboys around Skye as early as Episode 2 and since this is, after all, a Whedonverse-adjacent series, don't be surprised if the Nerd Boy has crush on Hot Girl, Nerd Boy asks Nerd Girl for advice, Nerd Girl is devastated by realization that Nerd Boy doesn't view her as a romantic prospect routine is right around the corner.

CRAZY FANBOY THEORY FOR THE WEEK:

So, then. The all-but inevitable appearance of an evil counterweight to S.H.I.E.L.D seems all but ready to rear its head. Who will it be? Well, assuming for a moment that they aren't just going to make up a new one, here are the Marvel baddie outfits who might fit the bill.

HYDRA
You'll remember these guys from "Captain America." The show has already established that the organization survived both the "death" of The Red Skull and also the defeat of Nazi Germany, so it wouldn't be a stretch for them to show up.

ADVANCED IDEA MECHANICS (A.I.M.)
In the comics, A.I.M. is the secret postwar incarnation of HYDRA. In the movieverse, they were Aldrich Killian's outfit in "Iron Man 3," but there's no reason they couldn't reconstitute - or have had a bigger handler all along (oh, please, please let Trevor Slattery do a cameo on this show!)

THE MAGGIA
The Marvel Universe version of The Mafia, basically. Believe it or not, there was a period when it was considered really poor taste to include the actual Mafia in what were still seen as kid-targeted stories, so Marvel had to call their mobster characters' organization something else.

NATIONAL FORCE
Neo-fascist organization, run by Doctor Faustus. Minor S.H.I.E.L.D and Captain America enemies in the 70s, but came back as a big part of the "Death of Captain America" storyline in the early 2000s.

THE SECRET EMPIRE
Basically another HYDRA, but without a set-in-stone ideology. Also, they wear silly red full-body cloaks.

THE SERPENT SOCIETY
A vast and powerful organization of snake-nicknamed supercriminals, perennial enemies of Captain America and S.H.I.E.LD throughout the 1980s. No relation, believe it or not, to COBRA - even though Marvel was publishing the G.I. Joe books at the same time. Incidentally; these guys, HYDRA, A.I.M. and a few other groups are all actually part of one even bigger organization simply referred to as THEM and led by yet another time-displaced Nazi, Baron von Strucker.

NEXT WEEK:

"The Girl in The Flower Dress" will send The Agents to Asia to investigate a man with fire-generating powers. Kwan Zhao? or maybe Sunfire?

Bob Chipman is a film critic and independent filmmaker. If you've heard of him before, you have officially been spending way too much time on the internet. Recently, he wrote a book.

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