Howdy ladies and gents, time for my review of episode 4 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled “Eye Spy” Now I know I was late for episode 3 review but now I’m back on track in regards to the UK air dates of the show. We’re now on the 4th episode of Marvel’s current live action TV show, is it making progress or is it not getting any better? Read on and find out!
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 the team tries to track down someone down who is now stealing valuable information. Former agent, Akela Amador is moving from place to place stealing from others and leaving a lot of death in her wake and since Coulson knows Akela he wishes to investigate.
What I Liked
The plot was decent. I really liked the beginning of the episode, it was super freaky, mysterious and quite dark, just the way I like my TV. There was also a very twisted, serious and creepy nature to this episode that hasn’t been apparent beforehand and this is something I wholeheartedly welcome. There is also the history and conflict that comes with Akela that puts Coulson at odds with his team. The whole field trip moment for the group in the van in Sweden was fun and it was nice to see more collective scenes of the group.
I really that the cast have properly come together, while not fully functional, there is an improved connection between the group and there’s also some great moments individually too. Firstly Clark Gregg is still awesome as Phil Coulson, as usual he’s cool, funny and we also got to see more of his caring side in regards to his former protégé.
As for the rest of the group their really starting grow on me. Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May was wonderfully in this episode, I thought she was very cool, calm and collected and I loved how she was questioning Coulson’s, it shows how she has her own code of conduct and I appreciated seeing more dialogue from her. actions and how she got back into the action too. Brett Dalton continues to be a much better character because of his more central role, I thought he was useful, a much more credible member of the group and 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 also feels less annoying as Skye and more useful for using her hacking skills and helping the team out.
I also liked Fitz and Simmons a lot this more in this episode, I can never separate them because they’re always together, but as a pair they’re still lively but not as annoying as before. I feel like they’re more practical and their humour flows a bit more naturally rather than being forced. And lastly Pascale Armand as Akela Amadour is probably my favourite guest character so far, Armand seems like a capable actress as her character has a very good skillset, is smart, determined and deals in dangerous situations. Akela is the kind of person I would hope that the group would come across more often.
The sense of humour is still intact with some funny lines from many of the characters, most of it is dialogue-based but it definitely has moments whether it is the whole team or just a few people that trigger moments of laughter. One conversation in particular between Skye and Coulson was especially nice:
Skye: “So you asked how she could have cracked the system. I have a pitch, but its way outside the box.”
Coulson: “I live outside the box.”
Haha classic Coulson response.
What I Disliked
As for the stuff I didn’t like, well, there wasn’t that much out it really. I guess the only thing that I didn’t like is that one of the twists kind of made the episode not as epic or emotional as it could have been.
In conclusion “Eye Spy” is by far my favourite episode so far, what we got in this episode was some proper decent storytelling and character development. The darker tone was a welcomed change from the normal light-hearted and sometimes silly nature of the show, seeing more danger, having more history for Coulson and seeing more of the team dynamic was what made this episode really work. I hope that this is sign of things to come in the series and that this level of consistency is continued.
Rating: 8.5/10 (A great episode thanks to a more serious tone and a fine story involving people past and present)
So what did you think of “Eye Spy” 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 5! 😀