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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Beginning of the End” Review

Good day to you ladies and gents of the interweb, after all this time we’ve come to the end of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with episode 22 entitled Beginning of the End“. Ever since the introduction of Hydra things have definitely been heating up in the story department and AoS has hit its stride, can it continue into the final episode and gives us a satisfying conclusion? Read on and find out.

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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.

The Plot

Dark secrets are revealed as Coulson and his team put everything on the line to stop Garrett and the forces of HYDRA.

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What I Liked

All I have to say is thank god they didn’t mess this episode up. The season finale of AoS was not only good but it was also one of the best episodes of the series. This was some solid TV here and I feel like there was loads to love in this episode with the various story plot points, different emotional moments, character development and cool action sequences. There is just an immense level of satisfaction you get as a viewer as so many of these different plot points and characters finally come together in an epic kind of way and still leaves so much more to be followed up on in the next season. I think this episode has a lot of the best moments of the entire series, the humour finally works most of the time, Coulson finally feels like the guy us fans fell in love with in the films and the set ups for the future are pretty cool.

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Here’s some of my highlights:

  • Fitz and Simmons Under the Sea: Honestly this was my favourite part of the show. There is just something about people who are the imminent danger who also confess their feelings for each that just gets me every time. After seeing these two get dropped in the ocean that there’d be some danger and drama, but I didn’t expect it to play out like that. For a minute it looked like things were completely hopeless, then the two find a way out, but then that glimmer of hope is ruined when Fitz says that only one of them can leave alive. Having Fitz ready to sacrifice his life for Simmons shows just how much he cares and how courageous he is too, but we also see how much Simmons cares for him saying that she didn’t want to leave him. Also Fitz finally told Simmons how he felt, THANK GOD! Dude finally grew balls and it worked so well in that scene. Both Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecke’s acting was incredible and very believable, the moments between those two were very emotional.
  • The Return of Nick Fury the Badass: Ah Samuel L. Jackson, you’re just one of the best guys ever and seeing you return in this episode just makes me smile. His return was just incredibly badass, coming down to save FitzSimmons in the ocean was cool. Also seeing him and Coulson together on-screen was beautiful and the two had great chemistry especially when they were talking during Garrett’s mad speeches and I’m glad that Coulson got to address his whole revival with Fury even if it was done mainly off-screen. Then there’s the moment when Coulson was appointed new director of SHIELD which was a powerful and important moment, I loved Fury’s words about taking time to rebuild and that he’d still be everywhere.
  • Garrett’s Grand Day Out: Garrett in this episode pretty much sounded crazy with all his talk of the future, ruling the world and monologuing while people aren’t really paying attention. Also seeing him kill one of the military guys was so brutal and badass and then there’s the moment when he knocked the wind of Coulson, kick ass. And of course there’s that moment at the end of the episode when he just rises up and gets that armoured suit and looks like he’ll return as a villain, but then is blown into oblivion by Coulson. That was totally unexpected and frigging funny as hell.
  • Action Galore: This episode went pretty hardcore with the action with the hand-to-hand combat and fire fights, from Coulson and Triplett’s assault on Cybertek to May vs. Ward and then seeing Garrett in action too. Seeing Coulson and Triplett together was great, the way they were vibing while taking on the bad guys was awesome. But what was even cooler was May and Ward going at it, that fight was really dynamic, there was wall-crashing, makeshift weaponry and some brutal punches and gets delivered, best part was when May shot Ward in the foot with a nail gun, badass!
  • Agent Koenig, Yay!: Man after seeing my boy Patton Oswalt get taken out a few episodes ago I never expected to see him again, but the moment when he appeared again gave me an immense amount of joy. But what’s even more interesting is the fact that this guy must be one of the life model decoys, his lines of dialogue were exactly the same, however this Agent Koenig had a different name. Robot!
  • Raina Knows Skye’s Father: Besides Raina’s conversations with Garrett that suggests she’s more than just a human, knowing that she actually knows Skye’s father who is some dodgy, bloody-handed man sitting in some dimly lit location makes for me so excited and curious to know who it is. I have no idea, however I am sure that the dude is dangerous and is probably come into play as a villain next season and at least we know where Raina’s alliance lies too.

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What I Disliked

Well as for the stuff I didn’t like as usual its nitpicking at best but it is still stuff worth mentioning. First and foremost, WHERE’S MY GRAVITONIUM? Annoyingly my Gravitonium was once again just side-lined and wasn’t used for anything. Now I understand in the grand scheme of things there’s not really as place for the stuff especially the way the story was going and I’m glad Quinn still has it, however the fact that it was introduced in episode 3, left for ages, rediscovered in episode 18 and then has no major development in the season at all is really disappointing for me considering the source material it’s based on. One other thing I had hoped for was more of a showdown with Garrett, now don’t get me wrong, what was on display was cool, but I had just hoped for more. Also is it wrong that I wanted either Fitz or Simmons to die in this episode? While I love them as characters, I like it when shows take risks and kill main characters because it really adds drama.

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Conclusion

In conclusion “Beginning of the End” is a great episode and is a very good end to this series. This episode had a great combination of action, drama and foreshadowing and it was handled smartly. There was so much to like and appreciate like the small character moments with Fitz and Simmons, seeing May unleashed her fury on Ward, John Garrett’s crazy yet awesome speeches and the return of Nick Fury. While there are still some questions left unanswered, overall this was a strong episode and I can’t wait to see what happens in season 2.

Rating: 9/10

So what did you think of “Beginning of the End“? Was it everything you wanted, were you disappointed or did you want more? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for my season review! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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LATE Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Ragtag” Review

Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 21 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled Ragtag“. I really have to apologize again for the late review on this, but I have had the most hectic time at university recently, it’s really hard to balance between the blog and my work and not procrastinate. 😛 Anyways, AoS has been on a hot streak of recent, can it continue to keep up that momentum. Read on and find out.

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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.

The Plot

Ward’s betrayal and HYDRA’s shocking secrets are revealed as Coulson’s team goes undercover on a mission that leaves no one unscathed.

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What I Liked

This episode was really cool, I loved the non-linear approach and overall the information presented was really unexpected and insightful relating to Grant Ward and John Garrett which makes them even more interesting than ever before. While Coulson and his crew have their moments to shine, this episode definitely makes the bad guys come across on a more engaging level.

Here’s my episode highlights:

  • Back in the Day with Ward and Garrett: We have gotten hints at what Grant Ward’s past was like and have been getting little tidbits of information from Ward about how Garrett found him and basically made him who is today and in this episode we found out why. The flashbacks in Ward’s life are very interesting, insightful and badass with going from wimp to a man in a considerable amount of time and its all thanks to tough love of John Garrett. Garrett’s dialogue is amazing, its like he’s the Emperor from Star Wars seducing Ward to the dark side and its awesome. From the being in prisons in prison to being left alone in the woods to fend for himself, Ward’s had it rough. It’s no wonder he’s become the person he is today. Another interesting element is how the events in the past crossover into the present where Ward and Garrett are squabbling like an old married couple lol.
  • Coulson and May Undercover: Finally May and Coulson are back together and its awesome once again. Firstly seeing May smile so much is both unnatural and funny and Simmons’ comment about May not looking over 30 was great. Having them undercover and trying to talk smart under the guidance of Fitz and Simmons was funny especially when they started arguing. Outside of the awkward meeting with the Cybertech people, we got some more funny moments involving May and Coulson with a man in an elevator and a scene when May knocks out a guy in a hallway and still has to time to catch a phone receiver and adjust her glasses (so cool).
  • Checking out the Old-School Tech: The moment when Triplett busts out his grandfather’s old spy equipment was awesome, from Coulson and Triplett having nerdy conversations to Fitz setting the curtains on fire, it was fun and hilarious. To see the individual items and their different uses was great and like Skye said it was straight of a comic book. These small moments of nostalgia and throwback to the comics is what makes this show work.
  • Garrett’s Dying and is the first Deathlok?: Garrett’s such a bastard and he knows it, he’s running around, smiling and at first he has good reason to. Deathlok’s creating havoc for him on the news, Raina is close to recreating the serum that saved Coulson and Skye and his plans are moving ahead without problems… That is until he starts dying. The dude had a dodgy accident years ago that left him messed up, unfortunately the tech keeping him alive isn’t enough as his organs are giving out. Oh and by the way Garrett is the first Deathlok! What? Yeah, because of an incident many years ago he’s been and the reason he’s been after Coulson for so long and crafting the Centipede project is because he wishes to save himself and craft a super army for Hydra. Well we see Raina gives him the serum and Garrett has a crazy fit, but looks like he survives and he looks crazy and excited at the same time.
  • Fitz and Simmons are Going Under: Our two favourite smart people attempt to infiltrate the Bus where Garett is only to be intercepted by Ward. And our man Fitz has a great moment where he short circuits Garrett’s tech with an EMP device that leaves Garrett in dying state and his dying wish is to have Fitz and Simmons taken out. Our two scientists attempt to escape, but then Ward chances them into a corner. Fitz attempts to salvage their friendship but Ward ends up ejecting Fitz and Simmons into the ocean. Nooooo!

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Other things to note was the interesting points are the small conversations, like the ones between Raina and Deathlok, Ward and Raina or May and Simmons. Both are insightful and give us more to look forward to in the future. What really stands out is the fact that a place in China, where Skye was found was attacked and the people massacred by monsters, however the monsters were apparently Skye’s parents? What the hell? Now this show needs to stop messing me around and give me answers! I want to know what makes her so damn special! And what the hell was up with that ending? Centipede soldiers are back and ready to take out Coulson’s team? Madness. Cannot wait to see how they get out that one.

What I Disliked

The one thing I wasn’t keen on was how this episode tried to make me feel for Ward. Now I’m not sure if that was the writer’s intention, but it sure felt like the people behind this show was trying to get us to feel for Ward and make him seem like he’s still got some good in him by showing him struggling to kill the dog in his past or not shooting Fitz and Simmons in the present. Some people may want Ward to be good, but I don’t. The dude’s bad, he’s been part of Hydra for a long time, he’s killed, he’s a bad guy and I like it this way. Makes him way more interesting and fun. I want him to be bad and have no redemption, because if he doesn’t change his ways and gets back on to the team then that totally defeats the 180 he did in “Turn, Turn, Turn“, leave him evil!

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Conclusion

In conclusion “Ragtag” is a great episode and probably my favourite since episode “Providence“. The heavy focus on Ward’s backstory was great as it allowed us to learn much more about him and his history with Garrett (who was still a badass back then too lol) and seeing how it connected to modern-day Ward and Garrett was kick wonderful. On top of that there was a lot of interesting discoveries made in this episode and a some great set-up towards the season finale. There are still many questions left unanswered and many things that need clarification, I hope that we’ll get the answers.

Rating: 8/10

So what did you think of “Ragtag“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 22, THE FINAL ONE YO! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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LATE Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Providence” Review

Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 18 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled Providence“. So it seems like AoS struck gold last week with “Turn, Turn Turn” with most people really loving the episode and believing that AoS has finally becoming the show they wanted in the first place. So how has this week’s episode fared? Read on and find out.

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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.

The Plot

With Colonel Glenn Talbot now on their trail, Coulson and his team seek refuge in the last place anyone would look, where they begin to uncover S.H.I.E.L.D.’S most dangerous secrets — secrets that could destroy them all.

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What I Liked

For me this was another solid episode, it picks up right where we left off before and weight of Hydra’s infiltration of SHIELD in the last episode can definitely be felt here as there are actions and consequences taken for both the good and bad guys. Trust seemed to be a key feature in this episode, it was really about knowing who is telling the truth or who is lying, knowing who to believe or who distrust and just having faith in general. I liked all of that stuff and then some.

Now let’s talk about my personal highlights:

  • Coulson The Believer, Coulson The Crazy: Another episode, another time you feel for Coulson. This must be his most emotional episode yet. Even after Hydra has brought SHIELD to the ground he is still a firm believer in the organization that he worked for and you want to believe in him and hope that his instincts are correct, but with all the recent happenings it is hard to ignore how questionable he looks. It also doesn’t help when he finds coordinates on his S.H.I.E.L.D. badge that he believes to be Nick Fury even though he is assumed dead at this point. He still goes after this supposed rendezvous point anyway even when his team questions him. His strong belief that Fury is reaching out to him makes him look crazy and delusional especially when Melinda May and other members of the team question his actions. This leads to one very emotional speech when they get to their location in the middle of nowhere and Coulson proclaims that they are still agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and that it carries weight, seeing the anger and desperation in his eyes in painful and saddening, but amazing thanks to the acting of Clark Gregg. Thank god Coulson wasn’t wrong though lol.
  • Fitz The Jealous One: Ah man poor Fitz, this guy has it bad. Last episode he almost got killed, now its back to him losing his friend to another man again. So here we have Fitz clearly aware of how much Simmons is attached to Triplett and clearly he’s annoyed, so he makes glares from the background and tries to contradict Triplett just to look cool in front of Simmons which is admirable but foolish. But the worst part for him is when in the woods he tells Simmons that he doesn’t want things to change between them and she says it’s too late for that, us audience members knows she’s referring to the new Hydra threat, but Fitz sees this more as the end of their potential relationship and the start of hers with Triplett. Our man is losing and you can’t help but feel for him. 😦
  • Garrett and Ward, Partners in Crime: Man these two look like they’ve been teaming up and doing stuff like this for years, not surprising considering how long they’ve known each other. These two have a great repore with each other with some funny lines of dialogue and good screen chemistry. I love the way they operate, their infiltration of The Fridge was cool and even more impressive is when Ward has to go back to Skye and create a believable story, so Garrett beats Ward up to make it look like he was in a heavy fight. That scene was just brutal and just shows how far they are in sync, its mad, but smart at the same time.
  • Grant Ward is SO Bad: Man this dude is dodgy. Ward is really playing up the fact that he is bad guy by busting Raina out of jail, hanging with Garrett, pretending to care for Skye and still pretending to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in general. This guy is so full of trickery. I liked both of his insightful conversations with Raina and Garrett, with Raina we discover that he got his former team’s trust by saving Simmons and sleeping with May and befriending Skye by being her superior officer. And with Garrett we find that he didn’t want Skye to be shot in the way that she did, but Garrett says that while he understands why Ward likes her, he says not to forget the mission and why he was doing it in the first place. We also learn that he’s been on the bad side since before joining Coulson’s team and that he really has been pretending the whole time, this makes Brett Dalton much cooler now.
  • Raina’s Back: So we catch up with Raina who has been stuck in jail making paper flowers (which doesn’t make her look weird or crazy at all), but then she’s sprung out by Ward and meets the famous Clairvoyant only to find out that is Garrett, but also that he has no special powers. Naturally she’s confused, cheated and disappointed by the events that take place between her, Ward and Garrett, but when she’s told that she’s needed for the centipede project again with all the resources at hand, she seems to fall right back into play again. I did miss this character and her odd yet calm demeanour and the fact that she may be able to solve the mystery behind Coulson’s death with all the samples that Garrett stole intrigues me.
  • The Return of Ian Quinn and the Gravitonium: Ah Ian Quinn, how I missed you. So after being busted out of jail, Quinn has no kind words for Garrett, rightfully so considering all the crap that Garrett did to him. But then when Garrett presents Quinn with the Gravitonium you can see that the dude is pleased. And rightfully so, when Grant and Ward found that special something at the bottom level of the Fridge I prayed that it was the Gravitonium and thank god it’s returned. Its been ages since it was last seen and if its come back into play now then there must be plans for it, I just wonder if that doctor is still in there.

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Other things I observed was the inclusion Patton Oswalt and Adrian Pasdar was great as Agent Eric Koenig and US Air Force Colonel Glenn Talbot (especially Oswalt he was hilarious). Koenig also let’s Coulson know that Fury is still alive and that only he can know about it (outside of Captain America, Maria Hill, Black Widow and Falcon). Agent Triplett is definitely sowing up a bit more and making himself known among the group, even if Fitz doesn’t like him and we also learn that Coulson plays Call of Duty, damn he just gets cooler al the time. And silly little Skye has her school girl crush on Ward, not knowing that she finding information to the enemy and that he’s just faking emotions! At least I hope he is and there’s no redemption for him.

What I Disliked

There wasn’t much I disliked this time around, I guess the only thing I would have wanted was more Gravitonium. 😛

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Conclusion

In conclusion “Providence” is another good episode. It puts the Hydra threat at the forefront and shows Garrett and Ward making movements and assembling their big guns by grabbing key characters and items from previous episodes. On top of that we ee that even though Coulson and his team aren’t necessarily an official organization anymore, they are still a team and still believe that there is hope.

Rating: 8.5/10

So what did you think of “Providence“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 19! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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