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

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, time to talk about some Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with season 3, episode 10 “Maveth“. So here we have the mid-season finale and after a pretty good episode last week, how did this one fare? Well 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

S.H.I.E.L.D battles Hydra head-to-head, which sees Coulson and Fitz take the ultimate risk while Daisy and the Inhumans try to keep Hydra at bay.

What I Liked

Let’s start with the stuff on the blue planet. A lot of stuff went down in this desert wasteland. Ward along with Fitz and some other Hydra agents went on the hunt for the ancient Inhuman and on their travels some interesting stuff happened like:

  • Fitz attempting to take out Ward, which didn’t work out
  • Fitz and Ward finding Will and allowing the fancy astronaut man to be their guide
  • Will and Fitz teaming up to escape Hydra surveillance
  • Coulson waking up on the planet after hitting his head and tracking down Ward and the others
  • Finding out that Will died and that the person that Fitz had been interacting with was the ancient Inhuman
  • Fitz shot down Will with a flare gun, but the creature escaped
  • Coulson finally getting to fight Ward in hand-to-hand combat

Seeing Coulson acting take out Ward with that brutal hand to the chest was pretty dramatic and impactful, and I’m glad that it was done. Ward had left a trail of pain too great to be left alive, and while a more flashy death would have been cool, the slow and personal approach that Coulson used left an impact for sure. I also liked the additional mythology added from Will (aka the ancient Inhuman) about the old society that was taken out and seeing that decayed city and Hydra statue in the background was nice as well.

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Back on Earth there was plenty to enjoy like:

  • Mac really owning his leadership role as acting director, making those tough decisions and when things were getting crazy, he still had Daisy by his side as his partner
  • The beginning of the Secret Warriors with Joey and Lincoln going into the field and using their abilities (hats off to Joey for melting those bullets!)
  • Simmons let Lash out and he took out loads of Hydra agents and Inhumans, madness!
  • Both Lash and Gideon Malick escape which was good (especially for Malick because I thought he’d get killed off given the rate of bad guys that get axed super quick on this show)
  • Oh and Ward is back, but obviously is being controlled by the creature, so how much of his personality will remain? And what new abilities or motives will the Inhuman parasite bring to the table in the latter half of this season? I guess we’ll found out next year.

There was also a lot of great humour from Joey asking questions about abilities or Hunter’s explanation about SHIELD plans changing on the fly or May’s line about her not being afraid went Lincoln said that everyone felt like Joey did. These were really awesome lines of dialogue, oh and how cool was Coulson’s Tatooine line when he was on the blue planet? And in the end while a bit formulaic, it was great to see Mac and Daisy return to the plane along with Coulson and Fitz, oh and the slow motion moments of celebration between the characters was great, well besides Simmons, and that look that Coulson gave Fitz at the end of the episode, that was pretty emotional like he was saying, “The stuff that happened on that planet, I did what I did and we will never divulge those events to any of our friends.”

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What I Disliked

I was a little gutted that Andrew’s appearance in this episode didn’t really go anywhere, after being absent for a little while he was found, had a quick interaction with Simmons before being released, then turned into Lash and killed Hydra agents and suspended Inhumans before escaping off-screen. I had just hoped for something more with that character. Also when everyone was together at the end of the episode I didn’t care for Daisy and Lincoln kissing as I still don’t buy that relationship at all and I was also gutted when Simmons completely dismissed Fitz and went straight to the flying container to look for Will, and only after she found out he was gone, she accepted Fitz’s hug, proving that her feelings for Will were stronger than her connection to Fitz. I seriously think Fitz needs a new love interest because the people of this show really like making him suffer in the friend zone for some reason.

Conclusion

In conclusion “Maveth” was a pretty solid episode with a lot of plot points from the first side of season 3 taking shape with the mystery behind the monolith, Hydra’s agenda, Coulson’s revenge and the origins of Secret Warriors finally coming together. While this mid-season finale wasn’t as mind-blowing as I had hoped, it certainly had some

Rating: 8/10

So what did you think of “Maveth“? Did you enjoy it or were you unimpressed? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you next year when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns in March, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, time to talk about some Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with season 3, episode 9 “Closure“. So how was this week’s episode? Well 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 vendetta and plan for revenge against S.H.I.E.L.D. brings the team to their knees, and Coulson proves he will be willing to do anything to settle the conflict.
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What I Liked

Well bloody hell, that was certainly an episode and a half. So much hate, suffering and death in this episode, man I frigging loved it. The first seven minutes was full of tension drama and action and what followed only got more interesting, and while the episode wasn’t perfect there was so much to love.

Firstly let’s talk about Ward, that guy is just bad. He’s irredeemable now. The guy killed Rosalind right in front of Coulson just to hurt him and get his attention, then allowed Simmons to get tortured and after all these years separated from his younger brother, he was still trying to justify his twisted actions. The man is evil, relentless and his thirst for vengeance against Coulson and SHIELD has never been stronger to the point where he’d dismiss Gideon Malick’s larger plans for Hydra just to settle a score. I loved Brett Dalton in this episode, he really excels at being the villain, but I hope Ward does get killed because after all this there’s no way he could be kept alive.

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And then there’s Coulson, damn, he had a pretty hectic episode. Firstly him and Rosalind are reconnecting over dinner only for her to be killed and when Ward let’s Coulson know that he did it, man the hunt is on! After Coulson fought his way out of Rosalind’s apartment and got extracted by Mac, he acquired Bobbi and Hunter to go on a secret mission to take out Ward. Coulson was so aggressive and badass in this episode, whether he was fighting Ward’s men, throwing phones, choking Hunter, capturing Ward’s younger brother Thomas for insurance or jumping out of a plane into the portal to the alien planet, he was totally driven and operated on terms that the regular Coulson wouldn’t have. I also loved the conversations Coulson had with the original team members about Ward, trying to gain intel on his previous interactions to see if it would provide useful information for Coulson now. Whether it was Daisy describing how she could understand Ward because of his history or Fitz saying that he used to just stare at him, a lot of those accounts were nice throwbacks to season 1 but also illustrated how creepy and troubled Ward really was.

In addition to that I really liked Malick in this episode, he’s really started to step up in this villain role. He’s made orders and he has control of everyone, except Ward. I liked how Ward called out Malick on his manipulation tactics, but it was also fairly impressive how Malick was able to get to the core of Ward’s actions, make him realise how inferior they were and show him that if their plans with the recovery of the Inhuman from the alien planet were successful, then Hydra would allow Ward to do whatever he wanted in a position of power. Malick is power-hungry but he isn’t stupid and he knows that pointing Ward in the right direction would be the right move considering his skill set.

Beyond that there were other great parts of the episode like:

  • Fitz and Simmons getting captured by Hydra: I felt bad for these two, they can never catch a break. First they got captured, then separated, both of them were subjected to conversations with Ward, Simmons got tortured and they got a quick heart to heart moment before Fitz decided to got to the alien planet. Oh and Fitz telling Malick to “Piss off.” was awesome. 🙂
  • Mac, acting director of SHIELD: As much as I like Mac, he’s never had a significant role in the show since he was controlled by the Kree temple in season 2, so to see Coulson give him the responsibility of being director while he was out was awesome and allowed him to make tough decisions and shift into action mode when things looked bad. Oh and that speech he gave to the team (including Joey and Lincoln) was awesome.
  • Back on the alien planet again: So after a good few episodes we’re back on planet Blue with Ward, Fitz and some other Hydra agents, I wonder how long it’ll be before Will or the Inhuman appears? Coulson’s recklessness has cost him as he fell down a hill and knocked himself out on a rock, who knows when he’ll wake up or if anyone will find him?

What I Disliked

Firstly I am sad to see Rosalind go, she was awesome and while I understand reason why she was killed, I do feel like it was still a bit too soon and if she had been fleshed out a little more her death would have been a bit more dramatic. Also her associate Banks was taken out in this episode too which also sucked. Banks was a pretty plain character from the beginning, and while we’ve gotten a few interesting tidbits of info about him, he was never a fleshed out character so for him to go just when I thought he’d actually start getting some screen time felt like a wasted opportunity.

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Conclusion

In conclusion “Closure” was a pretty satisfying episode with a great focus on Ward and his villainy, Coulson’s hunt for revenge and Malick’s plan to get back to the alien planet. There was plenty of action, drama, tension and intrigue in his episode and while there were a few hiccups along the way this was certainly a memorable episode for the series.

Rating: 8.5/10

So what did you think of “Closure“? Did you enjoy it or were you unimpressed? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next episode review!

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Many Heads, One Tale” Review

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, time to talk about some Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with season 3, episode 8 “Many Heads, One Tale“. So how was this week’s episode? Well 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

Dangerous facts about the ATCU are discovered by the team; Ward’s plans to take down S.H.I.E.L.D. do not go as expected.

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What I Liked

Well damn, this was a great episode. There was a lot to love and while there was a fair amount of detail to take in, all of it came together in an interesting way.

Can I just get my favourite part of out of the way… Fitz and Simmons, they kissed! YAY! 😀 I may sound like the biggest girl ever, but you don’t know how long I’ve waited for this moment. With the recent events involving Simmons and Will on the mystery planet I believed that Simmons’ heart would remain primarily to her space lover, but no, in this episode these two confronted each other about not only the awkward nature of their relationship, but their long-term feelings for each other and it was handled with drama and realism. Fitz highlighted that he felt inferior, that he was angry, but also that we was helping because he’s a good guy and wants Simmons to be happy. But Simmons was pissed because she knew how complicated this situation was and didn’t want to hurt Fitz or Will. But Fitz did the most manly thing ever, smashed right out of the friendzone and kissed his girl and it was the most satisfying moment on this show for ages. Even though Simmons still has feelings for Will, ignoring Fitz is no longer an option. Looks like we have a love triangle on our hands people. 🙂

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I also have to touch upon Coulson and Rosalind, after those two slept together they’re pretty cozy together and Coulson’s showing her around the base, and while they’re together, Coulson’s organised his squad to infiltrate the ATCU and find out what they’re hiding. I like how after all this flirting, smiling and sizing each other up, Coulson confronts her about who she really is and it totally catches her off-guard. In the end we find out that Rosalind really was a good guy and had been played by Gideon Malick the whole time who had been using his position in government to further his operations at Hydra and manipulate the actions of the ATCU. I did feel bad for Rosalind when Coulson interrogated her and she did seem genuinely hurt and upset at Coulson’s accusations. While Coulson did come across as a bit mean, he had told Daisy beforehand that he had his emotions in check, so while he does care for Rosalind, he’s been smart enough to keep his emotions and trust in check. I hope that after the Hydra and Malick reveals that these two can still be on good terms going ahead.

Oh and how cool was Ward in this episode? Brett Dalton just excels at being the bad guy when given the right material and man he was on fire. This week we learnt he was not just after SHIELD but also after a vault left by Baron von Strucker and when Malick doesn’t want to play ball, Ward beat up and tortured Malick’s men for info, then got on a plane where he scared a pretty air hostess with a whisper, made a funny announcement on the intercom and blast a hole in the plane to parachute down to a specific location. This man got around and was so suave and devious about it, he’s clearly resourceful, unpredictable and dangerous, traits that Gideon seemed to like enough to allow Ward to join him and disclose the location of Andrew, and when they can come face-to-face Ward relays Hydra’s new plan and his plan to torture May through Andrew well.

Now let’s talk about the Hydra revelation. Not only had Malick been operating in the shadows via the World Security Council, but that Hydra have been operating in the shadows for AGES prior to their first major appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger. It was kind of creepy to see that evolution of that goat logo transform into the Hydra logo, and about Hydra’s history sending people through the Monolith and looking into gaining superpowered items was very intriguing.

In addition to those major aspects there are a few thing worth mentioning like:

  • Bobbi and Hunter Infiltrating the ATCU: At first I didn’t recognise these two when they came in, but after I recognised them I loved every second of their screen time. Anytime the SHIELD team go undercover it is a good time full of humour, surprise and potential threat and that certainly apparent here. I LOVED Hunter, whether it was his clothes or usual funny personality, he was great to watch. And after they got found out it was super fun to see Bobbi duke it out with a magnetic man with her own magnetic batons.
  • Lincoln and May: I was surprised that after all the evil-looking glares May gave Lincoln at SHIELD HQ, in the end she wanted to find a way to apologise to him for what Andrew did as Lash.

What I Disliked

There wasn’t much that I didn’t like besides some of the way the action was shot for Bobbi’s fight with the magnetic batons, it looked a little cheesy at points. But that’s my minor nitpick.

Conclusion

In conclusion “Many Heads, One Tale” was a really fun, epic and intriguing episode with all sorts of drama, action and revealed mysteries that make this show worth watching. Things are shaping up nicely with the stories and character development, and hope it’ll continue up until the mid-season finale.

Rating: 8.5/10

So what did you think of “Many Heads, One Tale“? Did you enjoy it or were you unimpressed? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next episode review!

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Agents of SHIELD “Chaos Theory” Review

Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, time to talk about some Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with season 3, episode 7 “Chaos Theory“, so after last week’s very special Simmons-based episode does AoS continue it’s good streak? Well 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

As Daisy and the team try to protect Inhumans, a shocking truth is revealed about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s biggest enemy; with Fitz’s help, Simmons recovers information that could get them back through the portal.

What I Liked

Well damn! This was certainly a memorable episode and I actually liked it quite a bit. There was a lot of great conflict, drama, action and revelations that went down and while I can see some people not agreeing certain things that went down in this episode, at the same time I think some will be interested to see where things go in future episodes.

Let’s start with May and Andrew. Man, these two went through a lot this episode. We not only got to see more of their trip to Hawaii via flashbacks, but we also got to see their current relationship get fractured and fall apart (potentially for good). On one hand we had Andrew, who we know is Lash now, and just seeing him around Coulson and Daisy watching and contributing to conversations about Inhumans felt awkward and wrong because you knew that the guy was dangerous. And on the other hand we had May who learnt from Werner about Andrew’s monstrous secret, clearly distraught and wanting clarification she goes back to HQ does some digging and when she finds out where he is she goes after him. What follows is just some crazy and emotional stuff from Andrew’s visuals of killing Joey to Andrew shooting May with an icer (mad man!) to with Andrew’s flashback on how he became an Inhuman via Jiaying’s booby-trapped book to the moments between May and Andrew before Coulson came in. Ming-Na Wen really killed it in this episode, we rarely get to see much visual emotion from May and you could tell that this was a situation that was hurting her so much. She couldn’t stop him after he transformed but she did put him in containment and even after that she looked devastated by the whole ordeal.

I also liked how a lot of characters and storylines started to converge in this episode, unlike season 1 and to a lesser degree season 2, this season is really moving quickly with its stories and isn’t wasting time with its mysteries and reveals. In just a few episodes Lincoln was on the run and now he’s come back into the fold (for good reasons) but it looks like he’s joining the crew now after the ordeal with Lash. Werner has come and gone, Coulson and Rosalind have hooked up (it was inevitable) and Lash has dispatched loads of people, taken on Lincoln again and been subdued by May with the help of SHIELD and the ATCU. I just hope that this quick pace won’t ruin certain upcoming stories that require a slower pace. Then there’s Fitz and Simmons and Bobbi and Hunter. I didn’t care much for Bobbi and Hunter relationship stuff, and the more they talk about protecting each other, taking out Ward and their feelings, the more I think they’ll leave the show for that Most Wanted show that was announced earlier in the year. As for FitzSimmons, those two, their drama is subtle but still ever so real. With Fitz he had to go through  Simmons’ experiences via the images and videos left on her phone, you can see that this guy still loves this girl from the way he listened to her recordings, watched her videos and when he aggressively knocked the stuff off the table after seeing Will and Simmons together. And seeing them together conversing while watching the sunrise, that was cute and I feel like things aren’t completely over between them romantically (or at least that’s what I’m hoping haha).

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There were some other elements of the episode I haven’t mentioned that I appreciated like:

  • Rosalind and Daisy: I liked how both of them were against each other arguing the pros and cons of handling Inhumans from their own points of view, and then to see Daisy save Rosalind later on, damn, that must be a sign of trust between them now.
  • Phil and Rosalind: So this couple have been teased for a while but I guess it’s come to pass and I do like it, even if the circumstances aren’t exactly genuine. When Rosalind asked Coulson if she’d buy him a drink, I knew exactly where it was going. The same sort of situation happened with May and Ward back in season 1. Now Rosalind thinks she’s playing Coulson, but someone online suggested Coulson’s actually playing her and that he’s just playing along which if that ends up being the case then I’d be so happy because I don’t want him being played.
  • Oh hey Joey: Yeah Joey’s back, haven’t seen that dude in ages, was starting to think he’d become irrelevant for the forseeable future, but apparently he’s fine and he’s been learning to control his abilities. He doesn’t just melt things, he can craft and shape metal now. I’m glad he didn’t get taken out by Lash because there’s definitely potential for him.

Oh and finally there’s Ward and Malick at the end of the episode, both of them discuss the loss of Werner and Ward states he’s not interested in him and wants to take out Coulson to eliminate SHIELD altogether. However Malick says Ward has to think long-term and we find out that he’s been in cahoots with Rosalind Price! Shit son! Clearly this means that Malick must have been one of the people in attendance of the meeting with the president that Coulson missed, and Rosalind is sneaky, deceptive, no-trusting lady that I think we all believed her to be towards the start of the season. This also lends credence to the talk online that Malick is the same character he was in the World Security Council in the Marvel films and has secretly been Hydra all along which makes his character so much more interesting.

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What I Disliked

The drama between May and Andrew felt a little generic at times as did Andrew’s needs to take the lives of other Inhumans (another reason I don’t think Andrew should have been this character). In addition to that I was annoyed with how simple Lash’s action scenes were, he didn’t seem that tough, sure he could take gunfire and hit pretty hard, but didn’t seem very threatening or scary. I hope he’ll be more intense and scary later on. Oh and I’m starting to dislike Lash’s look more and more, I feel like the make-up on his face and body could have been better and the CGI during the transformations lacks a certain level of detail.

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Conclusion

In conclusion “Chaos Theory” was a pretty good episode with some solid drama and action, however there were a few issues with Andrew/Lash’s motivations and fight sequences which held the episode back for me.

Rating: 7.5/10

So what did you think of “Chaos Theory“? Did you enjoy it or were you unimpressed? Whatever your thoughts are, be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next episode review!

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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