Okay, was anyone else having serious Fringe flashbacks while watching this episode?
From the way it was shot to the style of the music, everything about this episode’s cold open, which was really shot on location in Stockholm (way to splash the cash, ABC), was pure Fringe. By the ending of it I half expected that show's title sequence to kick in followed by a scene of Walter in his lab trying to create chocolate flavoured trees. Man, I miss Walter.
Déjà vu aside, this was an improvement over last week’s effort. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may not be improving by major leaps and bounds, but I am starting to feel like the writers are moving in the right direction. When I wasn’t getting distracted by Fringe comparisons and gross moments involving human eyeballs (seriously, guys, if you want me to keep watching every week no more of that please), I noticed that many of the problems viewers have been having with the show’s characters were being fixed. Fitz and Simmons no longer talk over each other at warp speed. Skye’s general Skye-ness is being toned down making her less annoying. Ward is being allowed to be funny. May is getting to do more than being a stoic badass and could possibly be the first member of the team to realise all is not well with Coulson.
From the moment it was first announced that Coulson was to be the star of this series, fans have been pondering how exactly that could be possible. It is a question that has plagued us for months, but it is not a question that anyone in the show has been asking. They all accept the official line that his death was faked. And why would they question it? These guys work for a covert spy organisation. Someone faking their death for the sake of a mission is probably a weekly occurrence.
Besides, it's not like anyone on the team knows Coulson that well. Skye is a newbie, Ward has worked alone most of his career and FitzSimmons have been stuck in the lab. May is the only one who appears to have any kind of history with him, but from their interactions I doubt they were ever BFFs. Akela is the first character we've met who knows Coulson well enough to notice something is different about him. She is first character to finally ask the question we've been asking. Will May shrug off Akela’s question or will she too start to question the circumstances of Coulson’s survival? The show needs to make some traction with this plot thread. We’ve been given nothing but breadcrumbs so far. It’s time we were at least given a slice.
So who was it that got Akela and unlucky former MI-6 guy to break into that room and catch a look at whatever it was that was written on that wall? Was it the same group who turned Gunn into Super-Gunn? It could be this Rising Tide group that Skye works for? Or maybe it's S.H.I.E.L.D.'s nominal foe from the comics - HYDRA (which is not an acronym, but in fact evidence that bad guys can’t use a shift key).
I wouldn't love it if that group was finally brought into the series. Every good fictional secret agency needs an evil organisation to do battle with. James Bond had S.P.E.C.T.R.E. (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), the men from U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) had T.H.R.U.S.H. (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity), Maxwell Smart had KAOS (what do you mean that isn't an acronym?), and Sydney Bristow had…on second thought, let’s not talk about Sydney Bristow’s enemies. There are too many and I don’t have all day.
Intel and Assets
--Even with the lights out and a gun pointed at her head, I still think May would've won that fight.
-- I liked Akela and hope we get to see her again. Maybe we can have a scene where she and Nick Fury compare eye-patches.
--Seriously, I cannot stress just how quickly I will drop this show if there are any more gross eyeball scenes. No more, please. Ever!
--When I first saw those guys in red masks I thought they were creepy. Then I found out what they were really for and thought they were a bit silly.
Coulson: "Does she still say bang, when she pulls the trigger?"
Coulson: "Between Facebook, Instagram and Flickr, people are surveilling themselves."
Skye: "With many filters to choose from."
May: "Bus to Short Bus."
Ward: "Go for Short Bus."
Coulson: "Next time I'll decide what we call ourselves."
Coulson: "I prefer you not call me Phil."
Skye: "Okay, you’re the boss, A.C."
--No, don't do that.
Three out of four still attached prosthetic eyes that could explode at any second.
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