Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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

TV REVIEW

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

SEASON FOUR, EPISODE FIVE- "LOCKUP"
Its taco Tuesday! Well, I personally did not ingest any tacos today, but maybe you did. I know the characters on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." sure did. At the very least, they did at the prison Coulson, Mack, Quake, May and Ghost Rider ended up going. They planned to break Eli Marrow, Ghost Rider's uncle out of prison so they could help them locate the Darkhold, the mystical book that brought all these ghosts back to life, who are still possessing people in order to do their bidding. I am starting to get the idea that the Darkhold is what lead to Robbie Reyes becoming Ghost Rider in the first place, and if the commercial for next week is any indication, we will certainly find out next week how Robbie got his demonic powers. We also learn that the Watchdogs are recruiting from prison, as the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents found lots of inmates with the Watchdog tattoos. Lucy, the evil ghost lurking in the shadows, set a bunch of the inmates loose, which led to some big showdowns throughout the entire episode. While S.H.I.E.L.D. gets out all in once piece, Eli Marrow gets captured by Lucy. Man, all that effort for nothing at all!

There is also a another plot where the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Jeffrey Mace gets on national television to discuss S.H.I.E.L.D. and why they are seemingly protecting the Inhumans. He is debating against that US senator who is secretly working with the Watchdogs. She is trying to discredit the organization, asking why they would help Inhumans. Then Jeffrey Mace reveals that he himself is an Inhuman and that S.H.I.E.L.D. will remain legitimate. His national numbers skyrocket and he has Jemma to thank. Jemma helped him with the segment on TV and Mace got Jemma out of a particular lie-detector test. What did the test mean for Jemma? Will she have a closer relationship with Mace? Are Jemma and Fritz on the outs again? We will have to find out later.

Tonight's episode felt more like a filler episode more than anything. With each season of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." having over twenty episodes, you have a few of those filler episodes. Coulson's team infiltrated a prison and got Marrow out just for him to get captured again. At the end, it makes you say, what's the point? Sure, Jeffrey Mace told the world he's an Inhuman, but that literally could have happened at any episode. When the episodes feel like filler, that is definitely sucks for me. It seems that next week's episode will be a origin on Ghost Rider, and I can only assume that next episode will also feel like a filler episode. I wish this show could be a little more slimmed down. Keep it short and sweet, and to the point. On the other hand, I'll be interested to see how the Darkhold plays into "Doctor Strange" in a few weeks.

What did everyone else think?

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