The newest episode of Agents of Shield was interesting for a couple of reasons. My favorite of which was that Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) story is slowly starting to simmer with progress. I’ve made no secret of my belief that Coulson is in fact a life model decoy that will play into Avengers: Age of Ultron somehow, possibly as Ultron himself or the Vision. In this episode Skye (Chloe Bennet) jokingly said, “It’s like he’s been replaced with a robot version of himself”, in reference to Coulson when he tightened up in the capital building of S.H.I.E.L.D, the Hub. There are a few different moments in the show where more is hinted at and I’m really hoping that plot thread is unraveled by the season’s finale. Skye’s back story was also a central theme in the episode and my friend believes she will be revealed to be Jessica Drew a.k.a. Spider-Woman at some point in the future. I’m not really up on that character but after doing a bit of research it certainly seems like an interesting and extremely feasible possibility.
Now while those were the parts of the episode that really interested me the main plot of it revolved around Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Ward (Brett Dalton) in the field being hilarious. This episode was definitely one of the funnier ones to hit the television so far. I did have some minor issues with the episode though. Last week’s episode, F.Z.Z.T., focused on Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and this week on Fitz. It just seemed a bit too formulaic for my taste. I mean those are probably my favorite characters on the show but I think I would have liked a break from their stories to focus in on a slightly different character this week. Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) hasn’t been featured much of late and I’m wondering why that is. It’s also becoming clearer that Shield is less and less noble and Melinda May might just be a Shield operative in place to keep Coulson in line. Fitz does get major bad ass points in this episode for rigging up a ‘vibration gun’ that blew up enemy weapons. That was mighty cool.
Ok last thoughts before wrapping this up. Coulson has obviously caught on to something as the end of the episode showed him calling about his vacation in Tahiti only to discover he wasn’t cleared to learn of his own recovery. He also didn’t raise the issue with Director Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) yet which means he has lost trust in him or suspects a conspiracy and doesn’t want anyone to know he suspects anything yet. In the comics Fury is pretty notorious for being machiavellian but he’s never downright evil so my guess is Shield has been infiltrated by evil forces which will come into full combat with Captain America in his sequel. I think it would be pretty cool if Agents of Shield ends with Coulson’s team on the run from Shield in a cliffhanger that is resolved when they emerge to help Captain America in The Winter Soldier. Maybe that is just wishful thinking but since Netflix signed a monster deal with Disney giving them exclusive rights to distributing their television programs I’m wondering if Agents of Shield will be anything more than a one season adventure. Only time will tell.
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