AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
EPISODE 6, SEASON 2- "A Fractured House"
Just like the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it seems that they are just as determined to get great actors for their television shows as well.
Tim DeKay guest starred on tonight's episode as Senator Christian Ward. Yep, that is right, by telling from the last name, Senator Ward is the older brother of Grant Ward (Brett Dalton). After an attack on the U.N. by HYDRA agents posing as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Senator Ward is fast-tracking a bill which will give all nations a license to kill a S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel around the world. The general gist of the entire episode is Bobbi Morse (Adrian Palicki), Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) and Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) go to learn more about the weapons these faux-S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are using while Director Coulson (Clark Gregg) tries to strike a deal with Senator Ward about dropping the bill for custody of his brother.
My girlfriend introduced me to a little show on USA called "White Collar," that was my first experience watching Tim DeKay as a performer. I have loved every episode of "White Collar" and I find DeKay extremely talented. The character of Senator Christian Ward is nothing like the character he plays on "White Collar." There is a ruthless determination to his character's motives, and I am still trying to decipher who will be the bigger manipulative character, Christian Ward or Grant Ward. DeKay displays great energy and chemistry opposite of Clark Gregg, and I hope we lots more Senator Ward, even though this episode pretty much confirms that more is coming.
There are some more good moments between Fritz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). It seems through what has been happening for these two characters personally, Fritz and Simmons are beginning to become more and more interesting. There is a friction that is beginning to rub onto this once bubbling friendship. Fritz blames Simmons for leaving him, even though she found it to be her duty. One thing is for sure from this episode, the dynamic between Fritz and Simmons won't be the same as season one, and that maybe a good thing. Adrian Palicki does great work as Bobbi Morse once again, proving that there is plenty of room for two badass chicks on this show. There is a great action scene at the end of the episode that weaves between a fight Agent May is having while Bobbi and Lance Hunter are fighting. I must also share that Palicki has wonderful chemistry with Nick Blood. I am starting to really dig Nick Blood, and it seems that Marvel and ABC are learning quickly from their mistakes of last season, they are making their new characters instantly interesting. That can only lead to some cool developments in the future.
There are a couple good things between Skye (Chloe Bennett) and Grant Ward. I will say that I am a little disappointed that Ward has escaped custody whatsoever and is once again at large. I knew in the back of my mind that this would happen, but that doesn't mean I wanted it to happen. I found Ward much more interesting as a Hannibal Lecter type character, but I am curious to see where his character goes from here and how this will affect Skye in the future.
Oh, and the exclusive scene for "Avengers: Age of Ultron?" We pretty much see all of the footage from the exclusive trailer that got leaked last week. There is a funny scene at the beginning where each Avenger is trying to lift Thor's hammer, while failing. But I laughed when Captain America came the closest to lifting the hammer. Other than that, its all the same. I did like the small glimpse into the "Agent Carter" mini-series we will see in January.
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is definitely benefiting from being a "one story as series" show than a "Monster of the Week" show. I hope this keeps, because this is turning into better than good TV.