Tuesday, March 29, 2016

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 14, Season 3)



This week, we take a break from all the HYDRA action and focused on S.H.I.E.L.D. taking on The Watchdogs. The Watchdogs are a militant terrorist group that plans to rid the world of Inhumans, and they have a host of high-tech weaponry at their disposal. Worse yet, The Watchdogs are run by a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Yep, Titus Welliver returns to the show as Felix Blake, and this time he isn't on the good side of the fence. In the comics, The Watchdogs were a radical right-wing terrorist group and they best way to describe them would be extremist Donald Trump supporters. They were primary enemies of Captain America. In the MCU, they are a quasi-inspiration of the Friends of Humanity or The Purifiers who targeted mutants in the comics. But since mutants are not available to the MCU at the moment, it seems the MCU is using Inhumans to fill that void.

This was a pretty action packed episode, and it fleshed out Mack as a character. We meet Mack's younger brother and because of Mack's occupation as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, he barely gets to see his brother. On a weekend that was supposed to be for themselves, Coulson pulls Mack in order to get the jump on The Watchdogs. This brings in a family drama dynamic, but it was fresh to see them make Mack a bigger part of the show. Which I hoped would happen in the absence of Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse.

I really liked Titus Welliver as Felix Blake in the one-shot "Item 47" and on his episodes of this show. But I really can't stand that he's a bad guy. And after it was revealed that he is working as a pawn for Gideon Malick, it seems safe to assume that he won't make out of this season alive. That's too bad, Welliver is an incredibly talented actor that I feel could have added to the richness of this show. But he does have a lead starring role for a show on Amazon, so perhaps he is too tied to that. Its good to have some closure on whether or not he survived his encounter with Deathlok from season one. I just wish he was a hero and not a villain. Even if he does get a change of heart by the end of the season, I am willing to bet he bites it.

There was an interesting subplot involving Lincoln and Coulson. Lincoln really wants to be considered a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, but Coulson doesn't believe he's ready for that yet. He proved a few episodes ago that he is not willing to always listen to orders, as he nearly killed Absorbing Man. He is starting to prove now that he can be valuable as a teammate and that he really can listen well. The show is playing with the Spider-Man complex, of responsibility of power. Its an interesting dynamic.

Oh, and that shotgun axe? Awesome!

What did everyone else think?

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