AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
SEASON FOUR, EPISODE THREE- "UPRISING"
Up to episode three, I was very impressed by this new season so far. But if you recall my first review of the first episode, I was scared that the show would revert back to its own ways. I figured ABC would learn from their mistakes, they are losing viewers, got dumped to a timeslot that usually means death to a show. Yet, all "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." wants to do is reuse plots? Why? Do they want their show to get cancelled?
Tonight's episode began at a party in Miami, we see Yo-Yo is at a bachelorette party and a guy there is showing off some sleight-of-hand tricks. Then suddenly the power goes out. Then it happens in Los Angeles in the middle of Ghost Rider and Daisy's story. When S.H.I.E.L.D. begins to investigate, there are videos sent all over the world, the blackouts are from an apparent Inhuman group that wants the government to drop Inhuman registration or they will keep blacking out cities. When I heard this, I want to be honest, my heart sank. The S.H.I.E.L.D. lore in Marvel comics is so rich. This spy agency doesn't just battle HYDRA and they don't spend time documenting and registering Inhumans. There are loads of international evil organizations and supervillains to form a season on. I mean this is a show about a espionage organization for crying out loud. Why the need to keep recycling old material? The entire episode hinges on this "Inhuman uprising."
So relief I felt, when it was revealed that the Inhuman uprising was rouse, and that somebody is manipulating the media to believe that Inhumans are behind it, when in actuality, humans are going door-to-door to murder Inhumans in cold blood. This group of humans are the Watchdogs from last season. The domestic terrorist group that killed Inhumans. But this time, the Watchdogs are on an international scale, somebody on the inside is feeding them registration information from the Sokovia Accords. Who is behind this? Obviously its somebody big in the government. There is a representative introduced this episode who is speaking out against Inhumans. And the big sting scene before the credits rolled was the lady talking to a mysterious voice about even though S.H.I.E.L.D. stopped the EMP used to blackout the cities, 17 Inhumans were killed. Then she leaves but talks to someone off-screen. It is then revealed that the person is frozen, looking like he had a bad encounter with the terrogen mists. Looking like Han Solo in Jabba's palace.
Who is this woman? Better yet? Who is that guy? Did he nearly die from the mists and that is why this woman is vowing to kill Inhumans? Is he alive? Is a dead character from last season? Okay, I am still invested in this season. Thanks "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." But if this turns out to be something to do with HYDRA, I vow to stop watching your show. Everything about this show shouldn't hinge on two things, its boring and tedious and unrealistic. You can do better.
But, S.H.I.E.L.D. revealed themselves to the public! Daisy and Ghost Rider beat up some bad guys together! Jemma and Radcliffe saved May from her psychosis. Sadly, those three subplots end with a whimper instead of a bang. So much was crammed into this episode that some subplot threads felt unearned. How can you ramp up tension of killing May when you making it clear she won't die? How are we to believe that public opinion will dramatically change just because S.H.I.E.L.D. stopped a few domestic terrorists? Why should I care if Ghost Riders brother doesn't want Daisy to be around him? You have twenty-two episodes to play these stories out, so why bulldoze through anything? I kind of wish that the entire episode hinged on Coulson and his team fighting the Watchdogs. Leave the Ghost Rider/Daisy stuff for later. I guess I don't mind the May/Jemma/Radcliffe storyline coming to a close, because honestly it didn't mean anything. It wrapped up before it began, so really what's the point? This show needs to drop the un-needed fluff that will only affect two episodes and keep the ship sailing towards the big storylines. There is no drama and tension over a problem amped to feel like a major subplot, only to be fixed the next episode. Stop it, its unnecessary.
But, it looks like Ghost Rider isn't an Inhuman, that's the least they could do.
I will say this too, the edgier, grittier version of this season is leading to some big surprises. I like that part of the show. I mean, Fritz out of everybody put a knife through a person's hand and punctured it all into a piece of wood to keep from escaping. Fritz everybody, Fritz! It is starting to take a Netflix Marvel tone, which isn't bad. So people hoping for a more violent, harder intelligence organization will be pleased.
What did everyone else think?