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

Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 17 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled Turn, Turn, Turn“. Okay so after a good returning episode last week, we finally have the episode that ties into Captain America: The Winter Soldier and obviously if you have seen the film recently, then you know that the actions of that film have ramifications that should effect this show too. So how has this week’s episode fared? Read on and find out. Spoilers to follow yo!

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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

Coulson and his team find themselves without anyone they can trust, only to discover that they are trapped with a traitor in their midst.

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What I Liked

Damn, this was some good stuff. This episode featured a lot of tension, character development and good story details with genuine twists that some wouldn’t see coming. While this isn’t my favourite episode, that would still be “T.R.A.C.K.S.” for me, however I would say that “Turn, Turn, Turn” is the best episode of the series so far.

So since a lot of stuff went down in this episode I’m just gonna go through a few highlights below:

  • Coulson Don’t Trust No Man: Poor Coulson, this guy is in freak out mode. Not only does he think that May is a traitor to his team (and he totally treats her like a criminal), but he then starts to suspect that Fitz and Simmons are possible people under suspicion too.
  • Hydra Lives Within S.H.I.E.L.D.: So just like in The Winter Soldier, Hydra decides to come out of the shadows and become known within S.H.I.E.L.D. which obviously causes confusion and fear within the our team and makes you look at everyone at the Hub like they’re all dodgy. It made for some tension and moments of uncertainty.
  • Victoria Hand Is Bad… But Then She Isn’t?: So at the end of “End of the Beginning” it looked like Hand was the bad guy and wanted Coulson and his team dead. Even in this episode she looked like she was part of Hydra, spouting all that talk of join Hydra or die to Agents Simmons and Triplett. But in the end she was just undercover, she was one of the good guys after all. Colour me surprised. I seriously thought she was Hydra, but I am kind of happy to know that she was good, it was a cool switch around from the writers.
  • Melinda May Still Shines Under Pressure: Poor May. Since the beginning she’s been my favourite character because of her kick ass martial arts skills, mysterious past and silent but dangerous nature. She’s gotten better and better with time. So it pains me to see her under suspicion from Coulson, that being said, with her reporting to Nick Fury on that private line on the Bus, Coulson has every reason to not trust her. The fact that she not only knew about Coulson’s recovery, but been reporting to Fury from the beginning and assembled the team instead of it being Coulson was an insane revelation.
  • Agent Garrett is Actually The Clairvoyant?: So this was again a bit of a surprise. My man Garrett, who I’d really gotten to like in the short time he has been part of the show is actually one of the bad guys. To be honest I should have suspected it, but I did like how his character has gone from being a cool recurring SHIELD agent to a pretty important bad guy. Now while Coulson accused him of being the Clairvoyant, he didn’t say that he specifically was, so there may be a chance that he’s just an accomplice working for the real man in charge. But hey I guess we’ll see in episodes to come.
  • Agent Ward is Dodgy After All!: This was the real game-changer. I know that Ward was under suspicion last episode, but I thought that he was too plain and nice to be a bad guy. But damn I was so wrong. Ward you cheeky bastard, you hid in plain sight, acted all boring, got some creditability in the last few episodes and now you’re a bad guy? You shoot two agents and Victor Hand, and you’re working for Garrett? You punk. But hell this makes for some really good story material. I can’t wait for Coulson and the team to find out and see how this affects Coulson and Skye especially (Coulson totally gonna feel like a fool for focusing his hate on May when it should have been directed over at Ward yo).

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What I Disliked

Now for what I didn’t like and while my problems with the episode were minor at best it is still worth talking about. Firstly this episode was meant to tie-in with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and while it did just that, I was hoping for more than just the Hydra infiltration and a small mentioning of Nick Fury’s [apparent] death and S.H.I.E.L.D. falling apart. Also I was a bit confused about the timing of this episode and where it takes place in relation to The Winter Soldier. I think because this episode took place right after the last took, the events of this episode must have taken place during the night when Cap and Black Widow discovered Arnim Zola, then recruited Falcon, then took Hydra and Cap destroyed the Helicarriers. Outside of those nitpicks it was a great episode.

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Conclusion

In conclusion “Turn, Turn, Turn” is probably the best episode of the series, it involves a lot detailed story elements from both the recent Captain America film and this TV series with many twists and turns. While I expected a bit more ties to The Winter Soldier film, the episode was definitely smart and thrilling and shows us that AoS has evolved since its inception into a good TV which long-term fans are getting the best out of.

Rating: 8.5/10 (The smartest, most thought-provoking episode yet)

So what did you think of “Turn, Turn, Turn“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 18! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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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.

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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.

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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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