Agents of Shield: The Only Light in the Darkness

by: J.D. Cook

Agent’s of Surprises! Ok well maybe the episode didn’t have that many twists and turns but it was full of narrative driven goodness! We got to see the Cellist (Amy Aker) Coulson (Clark Gregg) mentioned way back in the Avengers! Doesn’t that seem like a long time ago now? Time sure is full of wibbly wobbly space time stuff…to quote Dr. Who, to which there was a reference in this week’s episode. See it all ties together…just like time!

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I enjoyed discovering that Agent Triplett (B.J. Britt) was in fact the descendent of Gabe Jones (Derek Luke) who fought with Captain America as one of the Howling Commandos. We also got yet another super villain added to the show in the form of Blackout (Patrick Brennan). Although he’s not really an A list character, I always enjoy seeing the Marvel Cinematic Universe expanded. Plus he was a villain in an old PlayStation game I loved called Iron Man and XO: Man of War in Heavy Metal. This is more than likely where my love of Iron Man came from as I recall loving to play as him partially because I could shoot his Uni-beam out of his chest piece.

Anyway the real gut of the episode was waiting for the Agents newfound base to go bottoms up. Sure enough Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) decided to leave the team since Coulson wasn’t treating her as part of it anyway. Then Ward (Brett Dalton) revealed one of his many faces…since he’s Hyrdra and a traitor…that’s a ‘double’ double meaning for you right there! He shockingly snuffed out Patton Oswald. I was surprised because almost every episode Bill Paxton was in I assumed he would die but the thought never crossed my mind with Oswald. Thankfully Skye (Chloe Bennett) managed to figure out Ward’s true nature but decided to go with him anyway, presumably to figure out what he was after. I get the logic but I feel like things would have turned out better for everyone had she just hit him with the Night Night gun and tied his lying ass up.

While this was happening Coulson was protecting his cellist from Blackout but because everything’s got to be difficult when it comes to love on television he decided to let her keep thinking he’s dead instead of telling her he’s alive…yeah Coulson that’s cool just let her keep dealing with the pain of you being dead. If this was a party of some kind that would be a text book party foul…I guess it’s just a love/television foul since it’s not a party though. Then good old Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) decided to take a page right out of Coulson’s book and stayed silent on his secret love for Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) which is just going to allow Agent Triplett to hook up with her. Come On FITZ! Why are the smart ones always so aloof when it comes to these things!?

Anyway it was a great episode and this show is just consistently surprising and exciting me! Bring on next week!

Previous Episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Episode 18: Providence
Episode 17: Turn, Turn, Turn
Episode 16: The End of the Beginning
Episode 15: Yes Men
Episode 14: T.A.H.I.T.I.

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