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LATE Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Seeds” Review

20 Jan

Howdy ladies and gents, time for my review of episode 12 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled “Seeds” I know this review is a bit late but I’ve had a bit of a crazy week going to the cinema so forgive my lateness. Okay so AoS is back and while not necessarily getting too much better, it’s still making baby steps, so is the latest episode good or bad? Read on and find out.

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As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.

The Plot

In this episode while investigating a problem at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, Coulson and Melinda turn up unexpected information about Skye’s parents.

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What I Liked

Okay now this is better. This episode provided me with the kind of stuff I like in terms of a decent TV show but also good superhero stuff too. There was themes of secrets and lies, loneliness and misguided judgement and it came together well with some good action and cool foreshadowing.

There was a lot to like in this episode like:

  • Coulson trying to get over the fact that he’d been lied to and trying to figure out whether S.H.I.E.L.D. had done anything else to him
  • Seeing this loner kid Donnie, a smart yet lonely kid who you thought was good but is in fact bad/misguided
  • Coulson and May going on the hunt for one of the agents involved in Skye’s past
  • Having Fitz and Simmons return to their place of learning be all popular and what not

The cast seems to be on-form with highlights coming from Coulson, May, Fitz and Skye who I actually didn’t hate this week, yay! Seeing the return of Ian Quinn (David Conrad) was nice not only for the sake of continuity but also because we know he’s still in the picture. He’s still as suave and doing dodgy dealings in the background but he is still a treat too. Also Donnie Gill (Dylan Minnette) was a nice addition to the show, I liked his sympathetic backstory and how an accident of his own doing caused him to change his outlook on the world. I know of his comic book origins and thanks to the way the story goes down it has set him up perfectly to come back as a villain.

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There were also some great individual moments. Before we found out about Donnie’s questionable actions, his conversations with Fitz was genuinely touching and I loved how they were having their nerdy conversations. It seemed like they could become friends. Also that point where Coulson and May were in New Mexico talking in the car where May was doing all the talking was strange, so much so that Coulson called her out on it. That small moment when Skye’s with Ward and is looking at the list of agents who had died and she mentioned Bucky Barnes, nice. But it was the point when May said bluntly that her and Way were having sex that threw me off and had me laughing. The timing on that was great. Also when May and Coulson talked to Richard Lumley about his past involving Skye was pretty interesting and unexpected. Does she have powers? If so that’d be awesome and would make her character a lot better. Coulson’s talk with Skye was pretty dramatic and worked pretty well and his following conversation with May where he gave a decent monologue about Skye and her reason for staying because her story wasn’t over, really liked it.

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The action was pretty cool with some badass fighting from May and Lumley whose skills in combat her nicely choreographed in the alley way and the crazy storm created from that machine where the plane had to be lowered and lifted from the storm was good.

And the foreshadowing got me excited too, firstly I knew that Donnie was gonna get powers from that lightning attack, it seemed too convenient for that to go unnoticed and then having Ian at the episode say that he’s in contact with the Clairvoyant relying a message to say hello, crazy stuff man. How far does this Clairvoyant’s hand reach? I’m intrigued.

What I Disliked

Now for the stuff I didn’t like. The only major thing I wasn’t keen was the ongoing look into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s organization. In the films the organization is secret and only shows up when needed like in Thor, the post-credits scene in Captain America and The Avengers, in this show S.H.I.E.L.D. are becoming more and more open, like there is nothing secret about them. This academy does seem very secret, spy-like or out-of-the-ordinary (besides all the smart kids and their fancy devices). It just seems like there’s nothing hidden in this organization to me and that creates a big contrast from what I’ve seen in the films and in the comics.

Conclusion

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In conclusion “Seeds” is a pretty good episode in my opinion which focuses on secrets, mysteries from the past and dangerous situations that are born out of misunderstood people. While it wasn’t an all-round perfect episode, it was the best one I’ve seen for a while and I’m curious to see where this show goes thanks to the revelations that went down in this episode.

Rating: 8/10 (A very good episode filled with action, drama and consequences)

So what did you think of “Seeds“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 13! :D

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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3 responses to “LATE Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Seeds” Review

  1. filmiccornucopia

    January 21, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Great write up :) I’m so behind with AoS – I can’t wait to catch up. I wish they’d put it on Netflix!

     
    • Hypersonic55

      January 21, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks man and yeah make sure that you do eventually, things are starting to get interesting. And yeah I think that’d be convenient if it ended up on Netflix at some point.

       
  2. sidekickreviews

    January 22, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Hello there, great review! This episode is a step in the right direction … as long as the next one isn’t a step back. :)

    I like that Fitz & Simmons are popular at their former school too. I never thought they would be famous but it makes sense. The nerdy conversation between Fitz & Donnie was nice. There’s some luck involved with Donnie’s plan to lure Fitz to the academy, freeze himself, and then get the information he needed but because there are good characters moments and it’s fun, it wasn’t an issue for me.

    I didn’t know Donnie was going to get powers but when he got zapped I guess I should have known better. I like the expression Donnie had when he iced the window at the end; it’s starts off like he’s amazed then realizes all the things he could do with these powers to get what he wants.

    So it looks like Clairvoyant is the big bad of the season; maybe this person will be mentioned in Cpt. America 2? Edison Po was jailed but they could have broken him out any time. I wonder if Raina getting captured was all a part of the master plan?

    Now that you mention it, the way SHIELD is portrayed as a not so/secret organization is confusing. The TV show doesn’t treat them as a covert agency. In the previous episode, Skye broke into that dude’s house and introduced herself as Melinda May from SHIELD. It appears the general public recognizes the authority of SHIELD but why reveal the name of a spy agent instead of making a name up? I get that it’s a character moment for Skye still …

    No worries if you are too busy to comment back. :)

     

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