Tuesday, September 29, 2015

TV REVIEW: "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (Season 3, Episode 1)



I love September for many reasons, and one of them is the return of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." The show has begun its third season tonight, and you can expect full coverage of the entire season here on this blog. The show takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it shares continuity with the Disney Marvel movies, so that is why I like to cover the show here. Here is a recap of tonights episode.

The first scene that opened the first episode of this third season begins with ruin. Something is ripping up downtown Seattle, and much like the beginning of the series, we find a seemingly normal man running scared. This man is Joey (Juan Pablo Raba), and Joey has taken a few too many fish oil vitamins, and he has unleashed his inhuman powers. If you remember from the ending of the second season back in May, S.H.I.E.L.D. stopped the evil Inhuman siege, but the terrigan crystals (the elements that unleash the powers in all Inhumans) fell into the water, unleashing the terrigan mists into the ecosystem. That effected the creation of the fish oil and Joey is just one of the ever increasing group of people who are discovering they are Inhuman. Every time Joey touches medal, it pretty much self-destructs and he is accidentally causing lots of havoc in the city. This is met with an armed government response, one that does not mind using lethal force. The killing of Joey is thwarted by S.H.I.E.L.D., in particular Daisy (Chloe Bennett) and Mack (Henry Simmons). They take Joey to a safe house and break the news that he is part-alien.

This already feels like its going to be an entirely different style of season compared to the previous two seasons. Yes, it seems like it will still be pretty spy heavy, which I love. But this is going to feel different. The show has slowly and surely been working in its more comic book elements, and I think its starting to payoff in a big way. It doesn't feel forced, because we are now used to this world, and we have now become very immersed in the Marvel world. I like the idea of S.H.I.E.L.D. trying to find the Inhumans and help them develop and control their powers. I also like that the government response isn't HYDRA, but a team put together by the President. It seems our government is getting tired of all the recent superhuman activity going on at home and abroad, and since much of the world still sees S.H.I.E.L.D. as a threat, a new government response is put into affect to protect the world from the Inhumans. It looks like the show is already planting seeds that will be a precursor to "Captain America: Civil War" and that's really exciting. Overall, I really dig the science fiction fun going on in this first episode, but the spy fun has remained intact.

I liked the subplot of Fritz (Iain De Caestecker) who is traveling the world for something. You may also remember that the big rock under S.H.I.E.L.D. oversight swallowed Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge) whole at the end of the season finale. Fritz is traveling the world to find an artifact that will hopefully open the rock and get Jemma out. Its eating Fritz from the inside that Jemma disappeared and its some of the very best acting Caestecker has done so far. Fritz and Jemma have been the heart and soul of this team, and I like that they have been given something to do.

I also liked seeing Lincoln again (Luke Mitchell), who Daisy met at the Inhuman haven last season. Even though he's not really apart of the team yet, its clear he will be. But his brief scene allows us to meet Lash (Matt Willig), a huge monster of a Inhuman, and it seems he will be one of the big bad's this season. He's hunting other Inhumans for a mysterious purpose as of now, but he's put a thorn in the side of Lincoln, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the new governmental team created by the President. We are told that the terrigan mists not only got spread into the ecosystem, but also could have effected the life under the sea. It definitely looks like Lash is some kind of fish guy, and it will be cool to learn more about him.

So far, I like this new direction the show is taking. I am instantly pulled back into this world after a long hiatus and I am eager to see what's next. What did everyone else think?

1 comment:

  1. This was a really good episode. Action, story, jokes. Nice misdirect with the armed guys, I was hoping it would be s.w.o.r.d. but nope it's Advanced Threat Containment Unit, ATCU (which sounds too much like CTU, "we're running our of time!"). maybe they will turn into sword. They mentioned pym technologies. & Rosalind knew about Tahiti, "it's a magical place."

    Quake is really good at her powers now & that flying prison cell was pretty cool, but not as cool as their enormous new jet. Even though I was hoping for more Deathlok, Lincoln is ok "you should be afraid of me." Is Simmons on the Kree homeworld? Where is she? The monolith is not the black vortex. Lash seems to be going after nuHumans just like he did in the comic book.

    That grlpwr scene where Mockingbird called in Mack just so they could show us that she already knew all that stuff about guns was obnoxious. I was as annoyed as he was.