Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 - Episode 3 "The Asset" Review

channel: ABC

creators: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen

starring: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge

genre: Action | Comics | Procedural | Spy

first aired: October 1, 2013

based on the Marvel Movie Universe

With the third episode comes the show's first origin story for a super villain and one that is comic book related. Maybe not one of the most known villains, but it is something of note. Yet, with the introduction of one villain, the inclusion of small moments of character interaction and some comedic banter that is always being thrown around. Are audiences still thrilled that this show exists?


Set in the Marvel Movie Universe. The biggest superheroes may not being saving the planet on a daily basis. S.H.I.E.L.D. though is there to handle the less cataclysmic threats. Assembled is a new team within S.H.I.E.L.D. and led by Agent Coulson. Ready to move on new possible heroes or villains that may pop up. While at the same time hunting for the bad guys that have diabolical plans that they will want to set into motion.

episode synopsis:

An attack on a S.H.I.E.L.D. transport that held a valuable asset. Leads the team into a scientific evil organization that doesn't want play by the rules S.H.I.E.L.D. puts. The team still slowly getting past their differences now have to slowly become veteran operatives. Because most are still very much new to the spy game and their allegiances will come into question. 


In particular this episode showed that there is room for character development. Its just never enough to the end all procedural/CSI nature this show is striving for. As if all the Marvel fan boys since their childhood were fans of "Law and Order" type shows. Something that I will not stop saying with each episode that comes out. That this is still a show made for the wrong audience.

Once more does this show with its nature of bookend episodes. Have a mystery that needs to be solved. Sadly each mystery seems to require a tech solution and the tech team. Which are the weakest links in the show. They are uninteresting, annoying and sorry to burst their bubble. They aren't exactly Downey or Ruffalo types that explain tech blabber eloquently and with style. Moreover some of these episodes need to have mystery or cases that are initially solved or brought on by soldier type scenarios or personal vendettas. Because this show needs to soon start getting interesting.

Eventually this episode actually pulled out a interesting villain, continues the subplot of a SHIELD agent with iffy motives and had a somewhat better second half of the episode to the first. Why? Less tech geeks, actual villain making that leads to serialized storytelling later on and more personal moments for the characters that this show can't forget in having. 


This episode wasn't that bad in the respect of a procedural. It gave more time to the characters, felt more in touch with its superhero world and laid the ground for future stories and sub-plots. The problem is that it focuses too much on the elements that make a procedurals bad. Which are too many to list. If anything this show needs look at the series that have perfected the formula of procedural/serialized entertainment. Look no further than "Burn Notice" or "Arrow" and then this show could have the hope of big audience numbers and continued admiration.

Personal Rating: 

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review by Paul Katsaros

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