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 | Spy
first aired: October 23, 2013
based on the Marvel Movie Universe
Finally an episode of SHIELD that is interesting as it deals with superhero abilities and superheros in a superhero world. It also kind of continues a previous story thread of a larger organization and finally gets a bit more personal. This grows my interest into the show not by a whole lot, as there is still a lot more the show has to be done and I sadly know that the next episode might return to its usual mediocre, impersonal and procedural type episodes.
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 then 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.
A SHIELD protected individual, gifted with the power of flame casting. Is captured by a secret organization which the SHIELD team have dealt with in the past. This time their lead to the secret base and culprit. Will come from someone close on the team and finally put light to her motives and answer the question of where her true loyalty lies.
Finally and I mean finally the two British Tech geeks speak about something else than tech jargon in this episode. They actually have a conversation about a character's trust and backstabbing. This might seem like nothing, but until now I didn't think they were useful at all. If the show can show them as the emotional ones of the team. With the bigger heart and code of values. That will distance themselves from their closed up roles of tech geeks and make them more of human beings.
Moving on to the real reason why this episode works so well and is the most enjoyable of the season. Is that we finally get personal with the characters. It's a story about them and how they have blindly trusted each other. Not thinking it possible that backstabbing could be in order or that second chances are out of the picture. These are the stuff that audiences care about, so they can in turn care about the characters. We want to know what makes them tick and what are their motives. Because until now the team were pretty much paper thin when it came to character traits, motives and ambitions.
Furthermore the plot of a super powered individual gone bad. Is silly, fun and a bit campy in a way. The jokes about his name, his incredibly dumb ambition to be somebody only makes me hope he can return as a stupid maniacal villain for some mega-boss.
This was by far the best episode of "Agents of SHIELD" this season. It got personal, it was character based, it had jokes that were well placed, its superhero plot also was one of the more interesting of the season and it changed the roles of several characters in a better way. However that doesn't mean this show is changing route and heading in a more fruitful direction. It's still under par in creating positive expectations and has a long way go to call it a fan favorite show.