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TV Nights: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #3

TV Nights: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Week 3

Episode “The Asset”
Original Airdate: 10-9-13

After a bit of a hit and miss start with a lot of setup in the first couple episodes, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Finally hits a stride in episode 3 which I thought should have been called “Gravity” especially due to the release of Gravity this past weekend and a lot of the subject matter in the episode, both literally and figuratively. There are plenty of special effects and action scenes, and most importantly there’s a lot of character development as well as some twists and turns in where the story is going. This episode really felt like it was hitting on all cylinders and it kept the humor up to boot. Really the only thing missing, which I didn’t even miss, was any sort of tie-in to the larger Marvel Universe. But an overall solid episode that I really have a hard time finding fault with except for a couple minor nitpicks.

Agents of SHIELD

It starts off with an great little hook concerning an important transport and apparently invisible attackers, and meanwhile Skye is reluctantly starting her strength training with Ward including a bit of back and forth between them. There is definitely something brewing between them and they are developing a stronger bond in this episode, but I’m not quite sure they’re going for a romantic relationship, which I’m all for. The not-romantic relationship, that is. The one part of Ward’s character that felt a little bit cliched was his “moment” where he talks about his older brother constantly beating him and his younger brother up, at least it wasn’t his alcoholic father. Skye also gets to share a bit of her past discussing her time with the whole foster parent roulette. Really, everyone in the main cast got a nice moment of character development aside from Fitz Simmons, I like the fact that Melinda May has lost her reluctance and is ready to get into action voluntarily instead of reactionary which has been the case up until now. Coulson also shows a bit of a weakness in his character which makes me wonder if there is a long term plan to get rid of him. Again.

It's the hero walk, down a runway, for no real reason.

It’s the hero walk, down a runway, for no real reason.

Once it gets into the heart of the actual story, as I mentioned there are a lot of twists and turns, including some questioning of Skye’s allegience and a nice villain of the episode who my wife well knows as Jennifer Love Hewitt’s husband from the Ghost Whisperer. I also thought the way the scientist was handled was something that reminded me of a great Whedonverse episode, not only that but the whole action scene with the gravity room looked amazing. And the final teaser which I’ll show with no explanation as I don’t think it’s a spoiler without any additional information is such a great comic book moment. It’s no Nick Fury, but it’ll do.

It's a wibbly wobbly ball of gravity wavity stuff.

It’s a wibbly wobbly ball of gravity wavity stuff.

MAOS Declassified: I get the strong feeling that I’m watching these a few days too late as they are generally a recap of the last episode with a bit of a sneak peek at the current episode. I may stop mentioning these from now on, unless there’s something worth mentioning, but it really is a lot of fun and I will be watching every week even if I don’t comment on it every week. This episode has a fun moment with the actress that plays Skye. Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.

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About Bubbawheat

I'm a comic book movie enthusiast who has watched and reviewed over 300 superhero and comic book movies in the past four years, my goal is to continue to find and watch and review every superhero movie ever made.

Posted on October 10, 2013, in TV Nights and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. This is the best episode of the season Bubbawheat, and Skye finally got to show what her character is made of. If you read my review today you’ll see there was a Marvel connection: Graviton!

  2. After this third episode I decided to call it quits on this show. The whole show just feels a little dated. Something that would have been good on TV 5-10 years ago. This episode could have been for any vaguely action/comic book based show. There’s nothing that makes it an Avengers/Marvel TV show for me. Maybe I’m just expecting too much!

    • Could be, it’s definitely not the Marvel Cinematic universe as a TV show, but I’m enjoying it so far. There’s always a chance that things will ramp up down the line and will bring people back.

  3. Glad to hear you’ve been enjoying it! I’ve got the latest episode on my DVR just waiting for my wife to get the time to sit down and check it out with me… because, surprisingly, she’s enjoying it too! It’s definitely NOT the MCU, like you mentioned in response to Jaina, but at the same time, it might be hard to capture that lightning-in-a-bottle in weekly, episodic shows like this.

    I’m waiting for some big plot twists and the introduction of more characters, like perhaps Luke Cage. I think after the Winter Soldier movie, you could absolutely see Anthony Mackie show up from time to time. Some of the characters from the show could use the “rub” by being a side-character in one of the movies, too. I’d like to see Fitz Simmons and the main agent guy (can’t recall his name, but he’s helping train Skye in field-work) in AVENGERS 2 somehow.

    • Yeah, I would love to see more tie-ins with some of the minor characters from the movies, though I’m not so sure I’d be for seeing Ward in Avengers 2. He hasn’t become all that interesting for me yet, he’s starting to, but isn’t there yet.

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