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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review - Episode 10: The Bridge

Bob "MovieBob" Chipman | 11 Dec 2013 14:43
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PARTING OBSERVATIONS

  • The teaser for the show's return in January shows both Coulson and Ward up and about, so there's that. Is Mike also alive? That probably depends more on whether or not people were genuinely glad to have him back this time, but Pepper Potts survived a much worse would-be death while goosed-up on a much less advanced version of Extremis, so...
  • Sure, I feel bad for Ace, Mike's (potentially) orphaned son. Yes, becoming a foster-parent herself would be a sensible segue for Skye and her issues. That said... please do not let this be a way to get The Agents also carting a precocious kid sidekick around with them.
  • For awhile now, it's seemed like a big thing the show might be building toward (apart from the CENTIPEDE storyline) could be the breaking-up of Coulson's team with an increasingly corrupt/shady main S.H.I.E.L.D. Agency, which would make sense both within the series itself and as a build-up to the "S.H.I.E.L.D.-going-wrong" stuff in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If Coulson is going to stay gone from the team for at least a few "we're on our own now" episodes, look for more of that - probably in the form of Saffron Burrows' returning Victoria Hand character.
  • It's probably too much to hope for, but wouldn't it just be great if, in the course of answering "What happened to Coulson?," the January return also just up and told us who CENTIPEDE is, what they're actually up to and who The Clairvoyant is? They all seem to be connected, and it'd be nice to get that particular mystery settled (with CENTIPEDE now onhand as a recurring bad guy sans the question-marks, of course) so the show can put its mystery-focus squarely onto the more main-cast-centered "Who is Skye's mother?" angle.

CRAZY FANBOY THEORY OF THE WEEK

The Clairvoyant doesn't show himself and possesses abilities that supposedly appear psychic even though psychic phenomena are on S.H.I.E.L.D's "doesn't exist" list. (Hm. Remember how the "mystery thing" what we now know to have been CENTIPEDE was trying to steal in Eye-Spy turned out to be a math equation?) One possibility: A mind that computes and calculates so precisely that its predictive abilities might as well be clairvoyant. A kind of human supercomputer, in other words.

Y'know who fits that bill rather nicely, along with traditionally having been the slave-turned-master of a renegade super-science outfit? George Tarleton, better known as MODOK.

I'd have mixed feelings if this actually turned out to be true. On the one hand, MODOK is pretty ridiculous looking even by the standards of the rather ridiculous-friendly Marvel live-action fare so far; and additionally he'd be really expensive to execute as an effect on a TV budget for anything more than a brief appearance. MODOK is nominally interesting as a character, but if he's not going to be a giant deformed human head floating around with stubby little arms and legs sticking out largely without purpose I just don't see the point.

On the other hand... no matter what he looks like, I really want to see various actors have to explain, with a straight face, that this creature's name is an acronym for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing.

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. Aside from his work at The Escapist, he wrote a book and does a videogame criticism show.

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