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

Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 16 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled End of the Beginning“. All I can say is FINALLY. AoS has had the most fragmented and awkward run of any TV show I’ve seen in recent history and it has been hard for fans and casual audiences to keep connected to it. But hopefully with this episode things will get back on track.  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

Agents Garrett and Triplett are back to help Coulson’s team track down S.H.I.E.L.D.’S nefarious enemy – the Clairvoyant. But will Deathlok destroy them all to protect his master’s identity.

SAFFRON BURROWS, TITUS WELLIVER, MAX HERNANDEZ

What I Liked

Well overall this was a good episode, it definitely picked up the pace on some of the plot points of previous episodes and things feel like they’re finally going somewhere. I also like the whole more active approach to this episode, the hunt for the Clairvoyant has squads of agents going out into the field, Deathlok attacks people and there are several twists and turns in the plot that keep you guessing. Ah man because I’ve seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier my suspicions about this show are going crazy about the true enemy behind the shadows but I cannot disclose that information yet. 😛

Story-wise there’s a lot to look at so I’m just gonna highlight a few points below:

  • Garrett and Triplett hunt for Deathlok: I like how Agents Garrett and Triplett are on the move trying to find Deathlok, it is a nice way to keep the characters relevant and it also shows that S.H.I.E.L.D. haven’t forgotten about the dude and are actively searching for him.
  • Deathlok is back and more dangerous: So we see Mike Peterson as Deathlok is not only sporting some new armour, but he has an armoured wrist rocket shooter now? Nice. While the uniform could look a little more intimidating the dude is definitely dangerous and more machine than man, I just want to see him mess some more people like Agent Blake.
  • The hunt for the Clairvoyant begins, ends and begins again: So Skye comes up with an interesting pairing system with certain amounts of info given to each pair to try and find the main bad guy. Except when we find a vegetated man who says he is the Clairvoyant it seems a little too easy, unfortunately the guy is shot by Ward before any more information can be obtained (which was a shock). That being said I knew that it wouldn’t be that easy to find the main enemy of this show, plus Coulson brought up the point about the screen having the same works as the wheelchair guy, who is to say he wasn’t just reading them?
  • Coulson thinks Ward is the traitor: I didn’t expect Coulson to pick on Ward as the secret Clairvoyant, but I guess he’s emotionally fueled at this point and wants answers so if the enemy is someone within S.H.I.E.L.D. then he’ll probably look towards someone on his team. I knew it wouldn’t be Ward and I’m glad he defended himself aggressively because it makes him look less suspicious.
  • May looks like the traitor: Obviously when Fitz found May’s secret phone line on the Bus we knew shit would go down and for a while she did look really suspicious while chasing after Fitz going to gun him down. Obviously Coulson and Skye get her at gunpoint and try to pry information from her. With not willing to give up her info she’s looks even dodgy than before. But obviously when the Bus is rerouted and we see who is controlling it at the end we see that May doesn’t look like she’s as close to the Clairvoyant as one would first believe. (And thank god coz I love her and I don’t want her to be the bad guy)
  • Victoria Hand looks bad now: So yeah at the end of the episode we see that the bus has been redirected by Victoria Hand’s people at The Hub and she says that she wants everyone on-board killed except for Coulson because she wants to take him out personally. Man there are things related to Captain America 2 that I really want to talk about here but since American audiences still haven’t seen it I cannot divulge my suspicions yet. 😛

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Character-wise I love how this episode basically summoned several characters who transcend the MCU from the films, One-Shots and the TV series, having the cast interact wit each other the way that they did was awesome and created some great interplay between some of these people who had never interacted before. Having Agents Sitwell, Blake, Garrett, Triplett and Victor Hand together along with Coulson and Melinda May was special for me. To see all these characters together made the show feel more important and interesting, plus it’s just funny to see the funny conversations that come from conversations like Garrett talking to Coulson or Skye or Hand, the dude is hilarious and I love Bill Paxton as this character. Coulson starts to get aggressive in this episode as well as Ward, both were awesome, seeing Melinda May in this tight situation made for an interested temporary bad-guy moment for her, also any time Agent Sitwell is around I smile and having Agent Blake return was great, I love his witty and snarky remarks, but his conversation with May was the best.

What I Disliked

So what did I not like about this episode? Well firstly Deathlok didn’t get to do that much besides fire a few rockets and run away. Seeing Skye officially become an agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. was inevitable but I’m still not overly keen on her being on the team. Also this episode left me with more questions than answers just when the episode was getting more interesting too. But that’s pretty much it.

B.J. BRITT, BILL PAXTON, CLARK GREGG, MING-NA WEN

Conclusion

In conclusion “End of the Beginning” is another good episode, it takes several plot points from previous episodes and starts to put them at the forefront of the story. There are great twists and turns and with the great ensemble cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe things are really starting to feel connected and reflective of the Captain America: The Winter Soldier story themes too. While I wanted more Deathlok and there were more questions than answers in this episode, it is still in the better batch of episodes and I can’t wait to see how things transpire in the weeks to come.

Rating: 8/10 (The hunt for Deathlok and the Clairvoyant make for an interesting episode yo)

So what did you think of “End of the Beginning“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 17! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Yes Men” Review

Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 15 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled Yes Men“. Now this is an episode fans have been waiting for, you have not only the return of the lovely Lady Sif but also another Asgardian who is related to Enchantress, you can’t go wrong with that kind of additions to this who right? 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

Lady Sif from Asgard has traveled to Midgard (Earth) on the hunt for the deadly fugitive Lorelei, who has the power to enslave men’s minds. To stop her from building an army and terrorizing the realm, Lady Sif must join forces with Agent Phil Coulson and his team to track her down.

JAIMIE ALEXANDER, CLARK GREGG

What I Liked

Well episode was certainly interesting. We got action, Asgardians, character development and some secrets were let out of the bag. As I’ve said before this show is definitely getting better as it is really starting to dive into some cool and interesting territories with the stories and characters that are being introduced.

What really struck a chord with me was the theme of relationships. Because of Lorelei’s presence presented some intriguing and surprising scenarios for several of the characters in today’s episode. Seeing the bikers, Ward and even Fitz under her control was mental and funny at times to. One thing that got me was Lorelei’s conversations with Sif, at one point Lorelei gives the impression that she once had the control of a man Sif desired, is she referring to Thor? I would love to know.

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Outside of Lorelei, we also start to see some traction on the story involving Coulson and his search for the truth behind what he saw in the Guest House. His meet up with Agent Sitwell was a nice brief little encounter, I also love how Coulson said that Tahiti “sucked”, that was funny and he even probed Sif for questions about the creatures from the nine realism she has seen. It was interesting that she mentioned Frost Giants as the only one’s who have been to Earth. Guess that gives us a bit of clarification as to what that blue guy in the tube could be from the last episode (even though I don’t think it looks like a Frost Giant). And at the end of the episode it seems like he finally told Skye about what’s happened recently and now he’s ready to break the rules and find out what the deal is. I love this. It perfectly ties-in with the themes introduced in The Avengers and are now being brought to light in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Something tells me that there will have to be some sort of crossover or connection here. Oh and I love how May overheard Coulson’s conversation with Skye and is telling the higher-ups that Coulson’s become self-aware, so not only has May been in on Coulson’s incident but she’s been lying to him for AGES, surprised? Yeah I am and it is good shit.

As for the characters they were great. Firstly Elena Satine as Lorelei was great, she was the gorgeous, soft and yet so dangerous woman who could command men and dump them whenever she was done with them. I love how strong she was physically and mentally, she also seemed like she could fit into the Thor films just fine. Also I loved her screen time with Ward, they made a nice pair even if it was just mind control, and DAMN who knew she was such a freak in the bedroom? That was unexpected but totally awesome lol. Another great performance came from Jaimie Alexander as Sif, she is STILL the most amazing woman ever and I love her. But outside of that she was still badass and gave us some funny and quite endearing moments like when she described her thoughts on Jane Foster taking Thor away from her. That was the first time that’d be explored before so it was interesting to see her divulge that information.

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The regular cast was pretty good too. Clark Gregg is really starting to add some dimensions to Agent Coulson as he is becoming a lot more fierce, aggressive and developing layers especially with all the fear and secrecy his been hiding. Ward is definitely becoming moe and more likeable as he has a personality, smiles and seems to get a lot more screen time, his confession scene was definitely surprising as he admits that he had feelings for someone on the Bus and it wasn’t who some had guessed. Also Melinda May was great as we got to she just how much she actually felt for Ward, having him under mind control opened up some interesting story dynamics for her  as someone who has never had a thing for him, but just might feel something more than we had anticipated, possibly even jealousy. Simmons was awesome this week, while she was mainly caring for Skye, she wanted to pursue the G.H. medicine and get help from the higher-ups with Coulson denying her request, but this time Simmons put her foot down and confronted Coulson in one the coolest moments ever, so heated and tension-heavy. Fitz was nice, I like how he hadn’t gotten over what he saw in the last episode, but he was even funnier when he was love-struck over Lorelei, his lines were frigging funny and seeing run around after Simmons was jokes too. What a plum. Oh and by the way Skye is awake and still cracking jokes, however she seems to have matured and become less annoying so that’s always a good thing.

What I Disliked

Now for the stuff I didn’t like. I was just a little annoyed that the fight between Sif and Lorelei wasn’t a bit longer and done with a bit fancier choreography. But other than that I’m okay with the episode as a whole.

MING-NA WEN, BRETT DALTON, IAIN DE CAESTECKER

Conclusion

In conclusion “Yes Men” is another really strong episode, the inclusion of Lorelei and Sif add some great comic book elements, creates some interesting scenarios for the key characters and help flesh out the Marvel Cinematic Universe in new ways. While it wasn’t as awesome as “T.R.A.C.K.S.” I still consider it to be one of the higher tier episodes if this series. P.S. sorry for the slightly junkie review, but there was a lot to talk about.

Rating: 8.5/10 (The Asgardians bring some interesting fun to this episode)

So what did you think of “Yes Men“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 16! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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