Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been called a disappointment by most comic book fans, and I can see why. The first few episodes were serving up foreplay to a pre-ejaculatory audience. However, the tenth episode, “The Bridge,” did a bang up job of tying the previous nine together, and tonight’s episode, “The Magical Place,” built upon that nicely.
As the team searched for a kidnapped Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), we finally learned the secret behind Coulson’s resurrection, and I have to say, much cooler and darker than that dude on the cross. Well, okay, not darker, but definitely cooler. I don’t want to give away what happened so definitely tune into the episode to find out. Trust me, it’s worth it.
Skye (Chloe Bennet) was a total bad ass this episode, after Agent Rhymes with Punt (Saffron Burrows) has her kicked off the plane. Hacking, carjacking, pretending to be May, Skye was the star of this episode, an honorable mention going to Agent Ward’s (Brett Dalton) abs.
Speaking of Ward, I think slowly, but surely, they’re de-Rileying him. Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans know what I mean, and are probably having some PTSD at the mere mention (for that, I am sorry). Ward was sincere in his devotion to Skye, (Emotions! It has emotions!), and more importantly, shirtless. More shirtless Ward please, maybe even make his uniform a speedo?
Melinda May is the most interesting character on the show, and Ming Na is hands down the best actor/actress. She plays May’s stoic nature while at the same time letting us know there’s more underneath. Her “You don’t have to assume the worst of me” line showed that she does care about her team, despite appearances.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D had a slow start, but it’s starting to come together. If you gave up on it, I would suggest coming back. I would hate to see this become another Firefly.
One more thing. Joss Whedon, if you’re reading this, don’t kill Raina (Ruth Negga). She’s an interesting character. Reform her maybe? Thanks.
Best Aspect: Skye. I mean it, I really love that she’s no longer the Penelope Pitstop of S.H.I.E.L.D
Worst Aspect: Victoria Hand (Agent Rhymes with Punt real fictional name) The whole episode, I wanted May to physically kick her off the plane.
Best Line: “David thinks you’re a jackass” It doesn’t read well, but Chloe Bennett’s line delivery was hilarious.
Antonio Shanks is the newest addition to the TVSource Magazine team. He’ll be covering sci-fi and supernatural dramas including Almost Human, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Being Human.