Howdy ladies and gents, time for my late review of episode 5 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled “Girl in the Flower Dress” Now I know this is another late review but in the week when this aired on TV I had left my laptop in another city so I couldn’t talk about it right away, plus uni has been eating up my time really. All I can say now is sorry and that no matter how late I am, I will always make time to talk about this show! Anyways let’s talk about this episode!
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 Centipede returns and kidnaps another gifted man in Hong Kong, so S.H.I.E.L.D. tries to track them down. Also, the secrets about Skye and her activities outside of the group are revealed which lead to some interesting results.
What I Liked
The plot was nice, it was one half Chinese magician and his fire powers and the other half was Skye and her secrets and lies finally being fully explored. I feel like there was a nice balance between coming back to previous story elements (Skye’s double-crossing and Centipede) along with the new things introduced in this episode (Scorch, his powers being needing for Centipede’s experiments).
As for the cast I think we can see the regular cast members outside of Clark Gregg and Ming-Na Wen starting to fall into their roles a little better. Agent Coulson is still great as always, what I really appreciated in this episode was his action scenes, sense of humour, but most importantly his sense of justice and perceptive nature. As laid black as he’s been in this show its great to see him be more authoritative and badass. Melinda May was also great in this episode was she was not only kicking ass but also being very serious in regards to Skye’s situation and having her talk with Coulson afterwards.
I’m also actually starting to like Agent Ward these days. This is probably because of his increased time with Skye, but I feel like he’s a much better character than before showing the audience that he has emotions, that he can be a bit fun and when he’s serious it’s for good reason (and not because his face froze that way in the wind). And speaking of Skye, while I wasn’t too keen on her character in this episode, I do feel like she was fleshed out a hell of a lot more which made her more three-dimensional. It interesting to learn more about her history, why she does what she does and see who she was involved with prior to this point in the show. It was also good to see the return of Dr. Debbie from the first episode and see what she was up to, though I guess she’s no longer of any use as she was burnt to death (gutted for her but I won’t miss her that much).
As for the guest stars in this episode, Louis Ozawa Changchien was great as Chan Ho Yin aka Scorch. I liked his character, I mean his story is one we’ve heard before, but I like stories about people who do wish to be recognized for their skills and when shit gets a bit crazy for him later on you can sort of see why it’s happened, because he had felt that way for a while. Ruth Negga is another interesting addition to this episode as Raina, the hot mysterious lady in the flower dress who we find out is a member of Centipede. I like her sly nature andI can see her returning in future episodes as key person in this dodgy organisation.
Presentation-wise I liked the change of scenery with the episode being set in Hong Kong and while we didn’t get to see much of it, the place did look pretty. The action in this episode was nice with some decent chase scenes on-foot and in cars, some nice hand-to-hand combat was on display which I liked and Scorch’s fire abilities looked pretty cool especially after he got powered up.
What I Disliked
As for the stuff I didn’t like there were a few bits and bobs. Firstly Skye, what a bitch. No offence to people who like her but this whole double agent business makes her an extremely hard person to get attached to when she stabs all our good guys in the back. I thought we were over this a while ago but now that her trust in her team has been brought to the forefront of the story again I dunno if I can trust her myself (and that bugs me because I really did start to like her). Then there was Scorch who was taken out in this episode and I was gutted because I really would have liked to see more of him, his fire abilities were kick ass. And again I have to go back to Fitz and Simmons who have to be the least developed characters in the show, they have nothing to them besides their knowledge, they’re just there as window dressing.
Also this episode reintroduced Centipede and their little operation to make their own super-powered people, but my issue with them is their lack of previous. Are they the main enemy of the show or just one of a few/many. Also if they’re such a hardcore evil organisation then how comes its taken them so long to act? I know all plans don’t take action straight away but it feels like their not as active as they should be if they’re meant to be a force to go up against S.H.I.E.L.D. Also are they a short-term or long-term adversary? So many questions I have.
In conclusion “Girl in the Flower Dress” is another good episode for this show in my opinion, it continued the more serious tone while establishing continuity with elements that took place in previous episodes. Now people have complained that this episode was boring, dull, uninteresting and cliché, and while I can kind of understand some of those thoughts in regard to Scorch’s character and his motivations once he becomes a fiery mess of a man, I still feel like this was better than at least two of the current five episodes that exists.
While the episode wasn’t prefect by any means it was again one of the better episodes which I hope sets the show for better times ahead.
Rating: 8/10 (A fine episode that had a good focus on characters new and old)
So what did you think of “Girl in the Flower Dress“? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya again for episode 6! 😀