Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. This is the 22nd week and after some time away I’m here to talk about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Star Wars Rebels specifically because that’s all I’ll probably have to watch this week because of work. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀 Oh and careful for spoilers and bad language below…
Agents of SHIELD (Season 3) “Parting Shot”
Why Agents of S.H.I.L.E.D.? Why? You got me all emotional and I never feel that way in this show, until now. I have to admit that when AoS returned I wasn’t all that hyped and was still getting over the conclusion of Agent Carter, and while the last two episodes have been decent enough, the engagement and momentum that the show had running up to Christmas last year was gone, so I haven’t felt as compelled to watch as I’ve been with The Flash, Arrow or Grimm, but this week they delivered one of the most memorable episodes ages, and while that was primarily due to latter half of the episode’s story and plans for a future Marvel TV show, it was definitely one for the fans. This episode had some pretty solid story material with Gideon Malick, some interesting fight sequences with the shadow Inhuman dude, and political elements that again relate to some issues that may be brought up in Civil War.
But this episode was very focused on Bobbi and Hunter, and as the episode progressed I just knew from the interrogation scenes and the flashbacks involving their conversations and certain plot points, that this going to be set up for Marvel’s Most Wanted. When that show was announced it felt inevitable that Bobbi and Hunter wouldn’t be able to do both shows and would probably have to be written out of AoS, and I think the fans have been curious and cautious to see when this event would take place and sure enough with Bobbi killing the Inhuman politician and Lance looking suspicious by association there wasn’t going to be a good outcome for these two unless they quit and went off the grid. It was painful to see Coulson try to convince them to stay only for Bobbi to confirm that what we already knew, that they had to leave and Coulson had no power to help, which lead to the final scene at the bar… Christ. Just seeing the team silently watching from afar as the waitress brought drinks over, I really started to feel the gravity of the situation. Seeing everyone salute Bobbi and Hunter was a beautiful and truly heartfelt sendoff for not on the S.H.I.E.L.D. team but also the fans who’ve gone so attached. But I think Mac’s face said it all and how he didn’t drink and just kept looking at them like “I can’t do it, I’m not ready to let you go yet.” That got me right in my soul. That was probably the most emotional moment in the history of this show. Annoyingly Nick Blood and Adrianne Palicki have become one of the strongest aspects of the show with their contributions since the early side of season 2, they feel like family and the fact that they’re gone to make way for another TV just feels wrong, I mean who knows if Most Wanted will be successful or not? But regardless of that AoS really started to work as a more engaging show because of these two and now that they’re gone it’s gonna be hard to fill that void.
Star Wars Rebels (Season 2) “The Mystery of Chopper Base”
This week’s episode of Rebels was pretty solid. After what could be described as one the worst episode of the season last week with “The Forgotten Droid” we’re finally back on track with the Ghost team trying to set up a base for the rebels, monsters lurking around in he shadows and the prospect of Kanan and Ezra leaving the Hera and the others to take on the Inquisitors. The episode was about foreshadowing and letting the audience know that next episode will have some serious stuff going down and things may not be the same going ahead into season 3. Just small character moments like conversations between Kanan and Hera or Zeb and Ezra chilling and listening to rock music (which was really bizarre in the world of Star Wars by the way), these were the elements that let you know With Ezra and Kanan training and getting better, you know it’s only a matter of time until they have to put their skills to use to take on the bad guys along with Asoka, and it was fun to see these two training, but also just seeing those small moments with Ezra questioning Kanan about being his enemy or trying to use his Force ability to connect with the monsters only to fail, all the signs point to him going bad or at least getting more invested in the Dark Side. I also really enjoyed Hera in this episode, here we discovered that she realised the importance of Kanan and Ezra’s mission, but also how their need to leave will break up the family dynamic that they’ve formed, and potentially miss Kanan too. While this show’s never outright showed a love interest between Hera and Kanan its subtly been hinted at shown since Rebels started, and with the both of them holding each other during the sunset, it confirms to me more so than before that there must be some romantic elements between these two and I want to see that explored some more. The only issues I have with this episode was that no one addressed the female pilot that got taken out by the monster and why she pretty much died but Rex was kept alive, and the appearance of Chopper (I seriously don’t care for that droid). Overall a fine episode and I’m now ready for the doubled length season finale next week, bring on Vader! 😀
Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching too. Until next time, laters! 😀
March 25, 2016 at 3:35 am
Hey there! Great to get your thoughts on AOS, I feel pretty similar about it. Since they’ve came back from the portal, the show hasn’t been as compelling. Not bad, but not great. The Ward/Hive story line could be a good one, so far they are taking their time with it. I liked the send off for Bobbi and Hunter, it was an earned moment for them. I wasn’t that emotional about it myself. Maybe it’s because I knew it wasn’t a final goodbye. We’ll be seeing them on their own show which I have mixed feelings about because they are a great fit for AOS and add a lot to the team.
March 29, 2016 at 2:02 pm
Yooo man, it’s nice to know you’re still watching AoS because then I can still at least have minor discussions about it. 🙂 It’s interesting that you share my views about the quality of the episodes post mid-season finale. I really hope the Zombie Ward/Hive story pays off because so far it’s all talk and build up, but nothing is grabbing me at the moment. And yeah I never thought about it that the goodbye was just short-term because of Most Wanted and if show fails they can always be rewritten back into AoS. Again thanks for sharing! 😀