Howdy ladies and gents, time for my review of episode 6 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled “FZZT” Now this show has been up and down in terms of its quality since its inception, I personally have liked this show, I just think it needs more of a solid direction. Does “FZZT” make give us a good episode or a bad one? 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 Simmons becomes infected with an alien virus after exposing herself to a group of people that have come into contact with a Chitauri helmet.
What I Liked
The plot was pretty good and while it didn’t feel as large in scale as previous episode, I liked the more intimate nature of the episode especially with the team. I definitely liked the beginning. Like “Eye Spy” this episode had an interesting, dark and creepy introduction that left you thinking just what exactly would unfold later on. The key thing that stood out in this episode was the improved screen time and character development for Fitz and Simmons. THANK GOD! These two have been the weakest links in Coulson’s crew and they really needed a moment in the sun and thanks to Simmons’ virus and Fitz’s attachment to her this lead to a lot more fleshing out of their history, their personalities and what each of them do in a moment of crisis. I think Elizabeth Henstridge got given some good material to work with and I actually felt for her when I thought she was gonna die and Simmons showed that she could also be pretty courageous too.
Outside of the character development for Fitz and Simmons, there were some great moments for Coulson which again related how feels different after the events in New York. It seems like even Coulson is aware how different he is and he’s starting to question his abilities and mentality. The scene when he was talking to the fireman was deep and then the moment with Melinda May when he was talking about his medical report were some of my favourite moments and continues to highlight Coulson as one of the best dudes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Melinda May was also good in this episode, again her role was slightly smaller, but I did enjoy her conversations with Coulson and that point near the end of the episode when she talked to him about being different, that was some deep stuff yo. Loved it.
Agent Ward was also pretty good as he was the only person giving Skye a hard time after the events of the previous episode, plus he skydived to save Simmons so that gives him points too. Oh and lastly Agent Blake, played by Titus Welliver was cool, I never saw him in Item 47, but I liked how his character was so stern and didn’t give a fuck about Coulson’s situation.
What I Disliked
And now for the stuff I didn’t like. Firstly I was annoyed with the fact that everyone was so casual with Skye considering that gravity of what she did to the group in the previous episode. I thought she was meant to be on probation, but everyone besides Agent Ward seemed to forget that. As dramatic as things got for Fitz and Simmons, for a while I couldn’t really feel worried for these two because of their lack of development. Also this show still seems to have a heavy reliance on references to other Marvel films like The Avengers, like it is too afraid to dive into other comic book source material or create stuff on its own.
In conclusion “FZZT” was a pretty emotional episode and much-needed one too. The show finally gave some spotlight to Fitz and Simmons and added a few layers to them which is something these two definitely needed if they wanted to stay relevant with the group. This episode wasn’t a game-changer by any means and there are still more room for improvement with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but so far the show is advancing in the right direction.
Rating: 8/10 (An emotional episode that gave good development for Fitz and Simmons)
So what did you think of “FZZT“? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya again for episode 7! 😀