Howdy ladies and gents, time for my review of episode 3 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled “The Asset” Now I know I’m technically late, but in the end I’m gonna have to be review each episode no matter how later I’ll be so let’s get going!
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.
In this episode Dr. Franklin Hall has been kidnapped and it is down to Coulson and his team to rescue him. What follows is a trip to Malta, some undercover work and some mysteries and secrets that’ll be revealed.
What I Liked
The plot was decent and I liked the beginning of the episode and how mysterious it was with all those cars and trucks being blown away, and seeing the mysterious element gravitonium come into play and how it related to Dr. Hall was intriguing. Oh and the post-credits scene while I kind of saw it coming does leave some cool ideas for the future episodes especially if you know the comic book source material. 🙂
I believe the cast have slowly improved was all really good and I got to like them fairly quickly. Clark Gregg doesn’t need to be talked about as Phil Coulson, he’s always awesome. Coulson’s personality and choice of words is great and funny. Brett Dalton has finally become a bit more tolerable and developed as Grant Ward, we learn a little more about his backstory and because of his interaction with Coulson and Skye it leads to a more interesting. Chloe Bennet as Skye was a lot more useful as the undercover agent who helped the group infiltrate a high security location and it was also good to finally get some backstory out of her.
Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May is still pretty nice, a lot of people dislike her because we don’t know much about her but I think that’s one of the more interesting things about her and while she wasn’t kicking ass in this episode she was still fun to watch. I also liked Fitz more in this episode because I feel like he a little more pro active and had a funny scene involving his choice of words. Ian Hart was good as Dr. Franklin Hall giving us a character who while smart was also crafty and sympathetic and I also liked David Conrad as Ian Quinn, he was a suave kind of man with big ambitions but bad intentions and I liked his personality.
The action in this episode was pretty good, we got to see more of Agent Ward’s combat skills when he took out a fair few dudes and the crazy gravity-shifting sequence will Coulson and Dr. Hall was different and interesting and of course it reminded me a bit of Inception.
What I Disliked
As for the stuff I didn’t like, well, even though the story was good and engaging at points, it was also kind of boring and I wasn’t overly fussed about what was going on, I had to watch the episode twice to get into it. Fitz and Simmons haven’t changed that much and while they happen to be slightly more involved in the plot thanks to Dr. Hall, they haven’t really become any more interesting than usual, they really need to step up. I also missed seeing Melinda May dishing out the pain this week, yes that is a nitpick.
In conclusion “The Asset” is a decent episode, however there were a few dull moments and a layer of information that prevented it from feeling being better than I had hoped. This episode wasn’t as fun as the last and it still hasn’t found its feet yet, however as we have found in the last two weeks, there’s more set up, mystery and foreshadowing for the future of the show. I just hope it finds its formula sooner rather than later.
Rating: 7/10 (A decent episode with some great action and character development)
So what did you think of “The Asset” and how do you think Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. faring at the moment? Are you still watching or have you given up? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya again for episode 4! 😀