Tuesday, April 21, 2015

TV REVIEW: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (EPISODE 17, SEASON 2)

TV REVIEW
 
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
 
EPISODE 17, SEASON 2- "FRENEMY OF MY ENEMY"
Well its been awhile since Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) and Director Coulson sat down with each other in good faith. But with rival S.H.I.E.L.D. factions, living on the run and limited resources and people, Coulson has no choice. He tracks and finds Ward, desperate to get another foothold on HYDRA. Coulson sees that despite all that has happened, there is still good in Ward. He has left HYDRA and has started a life with Agent 33. So there is a small part of him he can still trust. Coulson offers that if Ward can get him to HYDRA, he will let Ward walk away. He will wipe his mind of his worst memories and only allow the good person left in him to live.
 
Ward and Agent 33 still have custody of Suni Bakshi (Simon Kassiandis), whom they took from the United States Army a couple episodes ago, and are allowing Coulson to use him to get to HYDRA. This means putting Coulson's team in contact with Dr. List (Henry Goodman). If you saw "Captain America: The Winter Soldier), you know who Dr. List is, he's the guy Strucker spent most of the time talking to in the mid-credit scene of that movie. It seems Dr. List is assisting HYDRA in collecting superpowered people (hence why we also saw Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in that mid-credit scene). Coulson is ready to lay waste to even more HYDRA personnel. All the while the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. is onto him. And this real S.H.I.E.L.D. has now won over Melinda May, who spills the beans on Jemma giving the Toolbox to Fitz for save keeping. It seems May is now wondering about the lies and truths of Coulson, and she is genuinely curious. It definitely doesn't help that once Jemma hacks into Deathloks vision system that May clearly sees Coulson and Ward standing arm and arm...
 
 
Ward and Coulson helping each other again was actually a hit for me personally. Just when I was getting bored of Ward altogether, the show gives him something cool to do, and quickly lays down more drama between the rift between S.H.I.E.L.D. factions. The part of the episode that ran slow for me was the stuff on the Afterlife. For a place of safeguard for people with extraordinary powers, it is some of the most boring material so far. Simply because not much goes on there. I sighed of relief once Skye took her father back to Earth, hoping to reconnect with Coulson and crew, unbeknownst of all the craziness going on. Skye, her father, Coulson, and HYDRA all meet in the same place, for one cool shootout. Sadly, it seems Skye ends up right back where I hope she wouldn't and that's too bad.
 
Still though a solid episode, and it seems next week is going to begin dipping into what is ahead of us in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." The Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. faction story is amazing, but did we get into the Inhumans stuff a little too soon?


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