I’m one of those weirdos who found Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. more interesting earlier in the season when it was a befuddled mess than I do now that the Hydra cat has been let of out the bag. It’s been pretty standard action-adventure fare, and last night’s was more of the same.
Oh, boo-hoo, sensitive young man with crazy-top-level hand-to-eye coordination from an evil family, taken under the wing of an amoral bad-ass and turned into a killing machine who still has feelings and won’t kill a dog… or his friends on the say-so of his wakadoodle father figure.
Oh, boo-hoo, FitzSimmons aren’t dead; they barely fell 20 feet into the ocean, and Fitz has got a WWII radio beacon in his pocket that looks like a quarter.
Oh, boo-boo, time for the quippy one-liners: “I just want my plane back” “Secret doors are kinda my thing” “Get ready for a large file transfer” (using Windows gnar-gnar) and whatever Skye said about “hate fu.”
Oh, boo-boo, treasure chest full of vintage spycraft that, while awesome from a story and prop standpoint, was obviously a set up for this summer’s Agent Carter.
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s a little ironic that I’m not feeling Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now that it’s got good.
Some stuff I did like, though:
• I love Fitz, now. He was sort of the goofy dope of the team. Sure, he had that great mission with Ward, which explains his disbelief at Ward being Hydra, but he was always used as as the head of the Exposition and Comic Relief Department. But after Ward brings them both back on The Bus, he turns bad-ass and fries Garrett with the hand-held EMP.
• Which reminds me, everyone knows I love Deathlok, and making Garrett Deathlok 1.0 is awesome. I did freeze-frame the scene where Coulson and May are riffling through the files looking for my name, I gotta admit.
• When Raina basically tells everyone Skye is Pink Kree (or maybe one of the Inhumans) and the civilians don’t see it. Marvel is brilliant at getting the mutants in without using the “M” word.
…and speaking of stuff that is obvious to us that no one else sees, it’s clear that since Skye is an alien, and the “jesus juice” that brought back Pheels is Kree blood distillate, and Garrett is covered in sparkly Uni-power, and come on, Guardians of the Galaxy is coming out in three months…
…we’ll be seeing S.W.O.R.D. sooner rather than later, I’m thinking.