Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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

TV REVIEW

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

SEASON FOUR, EPISODE THIRTEEN-"BOOM"
Well, tonight's episode was kind of interesting.

John Piper-Ferguson plays Terrance Shockley, a henchmen of The Superior, who we met last episode and has been leading a faction of Watchdogs with Radcliffe. The Superior took a peak inside the Darkhold and found out they need an Inhuman to test their evil doings on. Radcliffe has terrogen crystals just sitting in a fridge, so The Superior sends Shockley over to Senator Nadir to test if she is an Inhuman or not. This erupts a giant explosion, and we find out that Senator Nadir is killed. Well, that's one way to get rid of a antagonist that I enjoyed rooting against week by week. Off and gone, like a fart in the wind? I figured she was going to play a big role in this later half of the season, but I guess not. I hope The Superior is a better villain, so far he's a typical spy bad guy that we've seen done to death at this point. Really nothing special so far.

It is revealed that Shockley caused the explosion, and that he is in fact an Inhuman. Shockley has the power to force himself to explode and also can allow himself to reanimate again, so he can blow himself up whenever he decides to do so. There was a character in the comics named Nitro, who had the exact same power, so I wonder if Shockley will eventually be going by Nitro by the end of the season. In the comics, it was Nitro blowing up Stamford, Connecticut, defeating a bunch of C-list superheroes, that forced the United States to sign the Superhuman Registration Act. This act made every superhero in the Marvel universe register with the government and become government employees, so that they could oversee if everyone was ready for crime fighting. Some heroes supported the act, others didn't. Sound familiar yet? Yep, you guessed it. Nitro pretty much started the Marvel Civil War in the comic books! (The comic book Civil War is very different from the movie Civil War.)

Shockley still doesn't like Inhumans, he offers his services to The Superior and they create a trap to capture several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in order for them to give up Coulson. The Superior blames Coulson for so many terrible forces coming to Earth and plans to do something terrible to him. We can only find out next week. As Daisy battled Shockley, Mace was captured by the Superior. Mace was making a diversion so the rest of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents could escape. But not before Daisy trapped Shockley in what looks like a giant pokeball. So S.H.I.E.L.D. captured Shockley, and Superior captured Mace. The fight between Daisy and Shockley was ultimately uneventful, and Daisy had the upper hand pretty much the whole fight, nothing too special there.

There was a side story of Mack and Coulson in Europe, finding a person connected to Radcliffe. What they find is a woman who is played by the same actress who plays Aida. It the woman that Aida is based on. Her name is Agnes, and she was once romantically involved with Radcliffe until he ran off on her. Agnes is recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. to draw Radcliffe to her in order for Coulson to capture him. He wants May back really bad, he's almost desperate at this point. But when Agnes confronts Radcliffe, he only swoons her back. And talks at great lengths about "The Framework," which May is trapped in right now. Agnes goes with Radcliffe. Aida is not too happy about it, she doesn't like she was modeled after somebody, and I admit, I will be interested to see where this storyline goes now. Agnes died in "The Framework" and Aida took her necklace and put it on. It's an ultra-creepy scene. It left me wondering though, is May going to make it out of this season alive? I am beginning to harvest some doubts on that.

Another up and down episode, but this one came much closer to working overall than the last few. I hope this season can end on a high note.

What did everyone else think?



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