Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TV REVIEW: "AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 4, Season 2)

EPISODE 4, SEASON 2- "Face My Enemy"
Well, this week's episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was fun due to the fact we got to see Director Coulson (Clark Gregg) dance.
On a completely different note, this fourth episode continued to flesh these characters out as humans. Last season, each of our heroes mostly left each episode unscathed. (Except, of course, the episode when Skye got shot.) It seemed as if this group would fall in the same camp as Roger Moore when he was James Bond, as in they would never get hurt. It never really seemed that Coulson's group never got in serious danger until the end of the season. This season, the threat of danger is everywhere. When Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) was captured, tortured and almost brainwashed by HYDRA, that was a tense moment. We have never seen this group in much peril before, and it was nice to see them generate some real tension in the show.
Coulson and May go undercover at a fundraiser party, they pose to pay a fund for a church that has been mysteriously destroyed. But what Coulson and May are really after is an old painting that has alien writing on the back of it. This is the same alien handwriting that Coulson obsessively drew into the walls at the end of season one. It is also the same handwriting we saw on the 084 that got Isabelle Hartley (Lucy Lawless) killed in episode one of this new season. Finally, it seems whatever alien race this is, it is somehow connected to what brought Coulson back life, as well as a link to Skye's (Chloe Bennett) past. Its going to be really interesting to see how these next two or three episodes pan out for the series, and how we finally learn more about this mysterious alien race.
Whatever this handwriting may mean, it is important to HYDRA as well. Daniel Whitehall (Reed Diamond) was equally obsessed with the object from episode one, and it may also have something to do with why Whitehall is still alive and has not aged since WWII. Hence, May got captured and Agent 33 (Maya Stojan) goes undercover as May. (Using the same face device Black Widow used in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier") Agent 33 also leaves Coulson's team for dead.
I appreciated this episode because it is starting to bring Fritz (Iain de Caestecker) front and center. He is starting to come out of his defensive shell, he starting to feel like a part of the team again. When Coulson's team is jeopardy, it is Fritz that saves the team. I also liked that Caestecker shares great chemistry with Nick Blood and Henry Simmons, and I liked that we are starting to learn more about Blood's Lance Hunter and Simmons' Mack. I think Blood and Simmons' characters are beginning to get fleshed out more, and I like that. I am glad that they are not just barred at the sidelines.
This episode was also an interesting showcase for Skye. It seems that even though we may have had her character figured out, she may pull a 180 on us all. It seems that what Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) told her last week got to her head. Will Skye attempt to break Grant Ward out? It is possible. Will she leave the team go look for her father herself? That is possible too. I like that season two is creating new horizons for its characters, new and old. It seems that even though we may seem like we know these characters, we might not at the same time. This will only lead to another unpredictable finish to this second season.
 Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you thought of tonight's episode.

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