Howdy ladies and gents, time for my review of episode 10 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled “The Bridge”. Man I’ve left this show for SO long its been ridiculous. After uni work got crazy and I started watching Regular Show, all of my other TV shows took a back seat. But now I’m ready to review the final episode of this show for 2013.
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 Agent Coulson takes the war the war back to Centipede and this time he brings Mike Peterson for some super-soldier support. As they get closer to the truth, startling secrets are revealed.
What I Liked
Firstly the introduction to the episode was pretty cool, with the break into the prison with the super-powered men coming into the prison to bust out the prisoner, Edison Po. I also liked the sense of continuity between this episode that a few of the others before, bringing back important people from the past as well as finally bringing back Centipede into the forefront. The action was nice, the fight scenes were nicely choreographed and it was great to see more of May kicking ass as well as Ward and Mike. While not too much advanced, there were some unexpected twists and turns and near the end some unlucky events go down in regards to Coulson and Mike which I did not see coming which gave the episode some dramatic weight.
In terms of characters it was great to see the return of Mike Peterson (J. August Richards), he’s definitely changed/upgraded since the first episode, now he wants to do right by the team after their last encounter and I feel like he did well using his stabilized powers to take on the other Centipede guys. Also it was nice to see the return of Edison and Raina, both seem like dangerous people and have some mysterious and intriguing personality traits. Edison Po seems like a shady guy, but what’s even more interesting all his talk about the Clairvoyant, I really wanna know who it is.
The usual crew was all on good form though some stuck out more so than others. Simmons is still gorgeous and she had some funny scenes along with Fitz when talking to Mike in the lab. Melinda May and Brett Ward were really interesting as there was a bit of screen time devoted to the way in which they conduct themselves on and off of the battlefield. The sparing session between May and Ward was nice, you could sense the sexual tension and I liked their small talk to, so saucy. And that conversation they had after their scuffle with the Centipede dudes and May mistakes Ward’s saving her as an act of compassion only for him to tell her otherwise, was interesting to see her misjudge someone. May also just had some great other moments when confronting Skye (and making her cry, yay) and in those final scenes on the bridge too.
What I Disliked
Now for the stuff I didn’t like. It has been 10 episodes since Project Centipede were mentioned, I’m not quite sure if they’re an organization or something else, but the show seems to make them come across some evil force that should be feared and is making movements. However we have yet to see them come to the forefront of the series and reveal themselves or directly affect S.H.I.E.L.D. and of course in this episode they took Coulson away from the team, but Centipede is still a mystery and I believe the show still has a lot of work to do to prove that this group mean business.
Skye again was just the least useful character, she just sat there talking about her potential parents, got bitched at by May and even when she was helping out with the mission she didn’t seem as useful as everyone else. I just don’t care for her no more. Also Coulson as cool as he is as a character, he’s just not really as cool personality-wise as he was in the films, he just seems kind of dull and uninteresting. Unless we find out what happened to him soon, his credibility will diminish soon.
Oh and lastly I don’t feel like AoS has fully utilized the material at their disposal with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the wealth of comics to pick from to do with S.H.I.E.L.D., I seriously hope this show picks up the slack in 2014 or I may cry. :S
In conclusion “The Bridge” is a pretty good episode that brings a good few elements from their previous episodes and brought them together in a cool, dramatic and unexpected way. The return of Mike Peterson was cool, Melinda May was badass as always and the ending made for a good finish. AoS is still far from greatness and needs a proper hook, but so far it still is making a few good steps towards success.
Rating: 8/10 (An interesting and unexpectedly good episode)
So what did you think of “The Bridge“? Also what do you think of AoS so far? Are you still watching show or did you give up long ago? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 11 in 2014! 😀
January 1, 2014 at 8:26 pm
I like the series so far and I enjoyed the episode. It was good to bring Mike back, I think they should make him a regular! Liked the review!
January 3, 2014 at 2:46 pm
Thanks for commenting yo! Yeah I liked Mike’s return, it was lovely to see him again using his powers and hopefully he somehow survived that explosion (though that would seriously undercut the dramatic element that it left behind).
January 4, 2014 at 12:15 am
I’d rather they kill off Ward instead. He’s so dull. Would anyone miss him?
January 4, 2014 at 3:08 pm
Haha poor Ward, he gets love from no body. 😛
January 6, 2014 at 4:50 am
Hello there, even though there hasn’t been a new episode in a while I’m not super excited about it returning compared to other shows. I mean I want to know what happens to Coulson and if Mike survives the explosion but I don’t have a good sense of where this season is headed. Centipede vs SHIELD? I guess if the next batch of episodes pick up on what happened in the mid-season finale I’d be more invested.
As for this episode, I did like the twist at the end which you pointed out involving the switch between Coulson and Mike. Correct me if I’m wrong but I get the feeling you’re not too concerned if Ward is alive or not haha. I’m pretty sure he’s alive, maybe that’s why it wasn’t much of a cliff hanger.
I liked the return of Raina more than Edison. She’s plays her characters fairly well and I want see her meet the clairvoyant at some point.
If the writers can come up with an interesting twist for Coulson’s resurrection maybe he won’t be so dull for you. I do agree, we need some answers after almost half a season of teasing us.
Tapping into MCU and comic book material could rejuvenate the show if they can handle it right.
Overall, I liked a number of things in this episode and I enjoyed this mid-season finale even though there’s still room for improvement.
I’m glad you found the time to write up this review, it’s always nice to get your take on the episodes. Cheers!
January 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm
Thanks for hollaring back man 🙂
I hear ya about the return of the show, I mean I’m waiting Sherlock (that’s finally back on TV), The Walking Dead and Grimm is much higher on my priorities list.
When it comes to Ward I totally forgot to mention him in the review, totally forgot what happened to him until you mentioned it. I am concerned but not as much as with the fate of Coulson and Mike. I want the writers to either come up with something smart or bring back whoever worked on Buffy and Firefly, those lot will sort this show out.
AoS is a decent show but there’s no hook, nothing that makes it a killer watch like most other current TV shows. I really want this show to be as good as Boardwalk Empire, Community or Game of Thrones (I say those shows because those are the only shows I watch that are still currently airing).