Howdy ladies and gents, time for my review of episode 7 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled “The Hub” So after a pretty darn good episode last week, we’re now getting into the rhythm of the show and I think things can only got up from here right? Read on and find out my thoughts on this week’s 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 episode Ward and Fitz team up where they must use their unique traits as they are sent on a classified mission in South Ossetia. Elsewhere being Skye and Simmons, concerned about being left in the dark about the mission involving their teammates go on the hunt for information behind Coulson’s back.
What I Liked
Secrets and lies! That’s what this episode was about and loved it. Conspiracy, deceit and truth, those are key features in all media related to the thriller genre and that’s the kind of stuff I wanted and expected from this show in the beginning and I’m finally getting a sense of that in “The Hub“.
The beginning of this episode started out nicely with Coulson looking like he was in a pinch, only for it to be partly set up with anther agent in on the mission, and that exit was pretty cool and funny at the same time.
I found it really interesting to how S.H.I.E.L.D. operate at Level 8, where the risks are really high, where there is no extraction, where missions for Black Widow and Hawkeye go down. It seemed pretty dangerous and the fact that Ward and Fitz were in this potential no-win scenario definitely added tension.
I really liked the look of the Hub, this S.H.I.E.L.D. location reminded me of when we first got our look at the Helicarrier from The Avengers, that sense of authority, importance and cool happenings all going on at once, this felt like the kind of places this show should be showing off and it also felt like something out of the MCU films or comics too.
The cast really are starting to come together and feel like a team, even characters who were dull or ignored are finally showing some more layers and personality. I am of course talking about Ward and Fitz. Having those two team up seemed very random and out of place, but because they were alone together we got to see their relationship grow, see them have to rely on each other and we also got to see how useful and confident Fitz can be when he needs to be which was much-appreciated. Simmons was also great in this episode, besides seeing that her concern for Fitz goes a little ways further than friendship (at least that’s how I see it), we got to see her rebel a bit and try her hand at being sneaky when helping Skye try to hack S.H.I.E.L.D. files. She fails miserably when confronted by Agent Sitwell and even stuns him, it is hilarious. Also having some girl time with Skye and Simmons was refreshing, humourous and different from the normal pairings we’ve had previously.
This episode also marked the return of Maximiliano Hernández as Agent Jasper Sitwell, who like Agent Coulson, has been making movement’s since Thor and has appeared many places since. His character was still cool and his interaction with Coulson and especially Simmons was great. We were also introduced to another comic character in the form of Victoria Hand played by Saffron Burrows. Hand is the director of the Hub and has a high level of authority over the missions that go on there, she’s confident, stern and doesn’t smile that much. She’s the kind of people I’d expect to run into in this organization and she’s very secretive, saying that the operate the way they do for the sake of the mission and hides information the people who are involved (even Coulson, which led to some really heated conversations between them). She’s cold, but very interesting and I hope she returns in later episodes.
We also got learn more about the secrets relating to both Skye and Coulson. So Skye is related to SHIELD via an agent eh? Interesting, I’m curious to see what kind of dirt May and Coulson dig up. However I’m more intrigued by Coulson’s backstory. He also seems to be questioning himself, he mentioned Tahiti again in this episode again, and then there’s that mysterious ending where he wants to look into what happened to himself but he’s restricted from the information. Creepy and dodgy stuff there. Is he a robot? A clone? Or some other kind of replica? Bloody mysterious yo! 😄
What I Disliked
As for the stuff I didn’t like, it was small but noticeable. Firstly, that introduction, while it was fun to see Coulson in danger, I feel like the situation was handled a little too easily. Secondly, Skye, argh, she’s a character who is at the very least interesting, but how does she get around doing bad things and still get away with it? Someone tell me why she shouldn’t get more than just a simple scolding? The same thing could be said for Simmons as she should have gotten in some form of trouble for attacking Agent Sitwell too, do bad deeds go unpunished around here?
In conclusion “The Hub” is a pretty good episode and one that I’ve kind of required since the series started. While I don’t think it packs the emotional punch of the last episode, it had the right balance of seriousness and humour, plus it certainly has a more SHIELD-like presence. It was all about trust, secrets and dealing with authority and system protocols. Having Ward and Fitz alone together was great and the inclusion of Agent Sitwell and Victor Hand definitely made the episode feel more integrated to the films and comics in a less forced way. AoS is still moving on up and I like it.
Rating: 8/10 (Another solid episode with the kind of spy and mystery stuff I’ve been wanting from the show)
So what did you think of “The Hub“? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya again for episode 8! 😀