Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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

TV REVIEW

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

SEASON FOUR, EPISODE ELEVEN- "WAKE UP"

Tonight's episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." felt all over the place. We saw May still struggle with being freed of Aida's grasp. We saw more of the fake May struggling with her identity, she thinks she's real, but she's beginning to understand that she is not real. There was a Sokovia Meeting that was really a espionage meeting that goes terribly wrong. But hey, Dr. Radcliffe gets taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.

Its a meaty episode, lots going on. But like several other episodes of this show, for some reason, it struggles to balance multiple episodes. This is odd since this isn't the first show to do that. "Game of Thrones" proves time and time again that they can balance multiple storylines every episode. So why does "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." struggle to balance say, two or three storylines in an episode. Why does it feel disjointed instead of feeling natural. Does the problem lie in the writing? I am not entirely sure. The Sokovia Meeting where S.H.I.E.L.D. is trying to spy on Senator Nadir is interesting. It drew genuine tension from its situation and from its characters. Parminder Nagra, who plays Senator Nadir proves each week that she is a perfect snarky villain. I just couldn't stand that this bit of story basically went nowhere. Daisy is trying to prove her legitimacy and sign the Sokovia Accords, a step to making S.H.I.E.L.D. relevant and legitimate. S.H.I.E.L.D. knows that the senator is shady though, and they are going to spy on her. She knows they are coming, which means someone is leaking information to her. What could have made for a juicy story goes absolutely nowhere. Nobody in the sting gets into any real trouble, and nothing moved forward. Its an odd storyline, and I didn't get its inclusion.

The really cool stuff was the fights between May and Aida. The real May tries to escape once again from Aida's clutches, and the fight between the two is actually pretty cool. Aida is like the Terminator though, she just keeps coming back and coming back. But May sure does hold her own against the angsty robot. She is still unable to be free from Aida's clutches. Fritz starts to suspect that Dr. Radcliffe is up to something bad, so he is able to successfully get him apprehended. Not before fake May goes to talk to him though, she knows she's not real but Dr. Radcliffe has programmed her not to want to find the answers. Its a heartbreaking revelation, and I am left guessing how this part of the story is going to wrap up. Had the story focused mainly on this story, it probably would have been a better episode. Especially since the episode ends with the real May being further buried in a dream state and Senator Nadir secretly working with Dr. Radcliffe.. (Its kind of hinted at that it was Radcliffe that gave the leak to the Senator, but its never confirmed.) They are talking about a "Superior," but who is this person/thing?

It would also be a stronger episode overall if there wasn't so much listless, melodramatic romance. Ok cool, Mack and Yo-Yo are sleeping together, but will that lead to anything? It just seems like they use each other for release, not that interesting. Maybe it will become more, but its a coy revelation so far. There is also a slight hint that May and Coulson are romantically involved. God, I hope not. Why can't they just be close friends? A romance between those two sounds forced at best, and totally un-needed in the show. We already have a sweet romance between Fritz and Jemma, is that not enough?

An up and down episode overall. I hope the show can finally learn how to handle multiple stories at once or lose it all together. It will benefit the show tenfold. What did everyone else think?

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