S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Patriot

by Alan Rapp on January 19, 2017

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Patriot
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Patriot television review

An assassination attempt on Director Mace (Jason O’Mara) leads to the Director, Coulson (Clark Gregg), and Mack (Henry Simmons) being cut-off by the rest of the team and hunted by former Hydra agents. The return of (a well-funded but even less impressive version of) Hydra feels like a bit of a step back for the show. However, the episodes does include one important twist which will shake up the S.H.I.E.L.D. hierarchy and return Coulson to his rightful spot in calling the shots. As for Mace, even if his abilities were cooked-up in a lab, the man knows how to frame and sell a story. It doesn’t look like the public face of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going anywhere anytime soon.

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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Broken Promises
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Broken Promises TV review

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. puts its Ghost Rider storyline behind as it moves forward with S.H.I.E.L.D. dealing with an out-of-control Aida (Mallory Jansen) who has replaced May (Ming-Na Wen) with an android, attacked and murdered agents, and invaded S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters to get its hands on the Darkhold. Things don’t go exactly as planned for the android, who faces Mack (Henry Simmons) and all his anti-robot wisdom (from years of sci-fi movies), but the episode’s closing scenes show this storyline is far from over (and the android isn’t the one behind the search for the Darkhold).

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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Good Samaritan
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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Laws of Inferno Dynamics TV review

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hits the halfway point of its season with “The Laws of Inferno Dynamics” which wraps up the extended arc featuring Ghost Rider with a final confrontation between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) and the increasingly powerful Eli Morrow (José Zúñiga). The dire situation does call for S.H.I.E.L.D. to put all its meta-human resources in the field, and while Daisy (Chloe Bennet), Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley), and the Director (Jason O’Mara) each have a part to play, in the end it comes down to Coulson (Clark Gregg) buying Robbie enough time to end the situation. The episode also has a odd piece of fan service with a mention of Ghost Rider’s previous host, which doesn’t seem to track with S.H.I.E.L.D. not knowing (and not believing) the truth about how Robbie’s powers work for almost the entire season. While a nice nod to fans, the scene seems completely out of place (as does the team’s bitch session about their boss in the middle for prepping to save Los Angeles from nuclear destruction).

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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Deals with Our Devils
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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D - Deals with Our Devils

Following the explosion in the lab, Coulson (Clark Gregg), Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), and Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) find themselves out of phase with our reality and presumed dead. “Deals with Our Devils” is an interesting episode as nearly every scene is shown twice, first from the perspective of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents working the case, and second from the ghostly pals trying to figure out how to make contact. In the end it’s the combination of two of the seasons new pieces, Aida (Mallory Jansen) and the Darkhold, which are put together to get Coulson and Fitz home. However, as we see in the epilogue, just because she’s and android doesn’t mean Aida will be immune to the book’s dark influences. Has the team created an even bigger threat?

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  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Good Samaritan
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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Good Samaritan

After weeks “The Good Samaritan” finally reveals the origin story for how Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) became Ghost Rider. With a small cameo from the previous agent of vengeance (sorry, no Nic Cage) we witness Robbie make his deal with the Devil in mostly off-screen and completely underwhelming circumstances. It’s certainly not worth the wait. Just as disappointing is the episode’s twist make the ghostly scientist victims rather than the true evil behind the experiment (which raises all sorts of plot issues given their actions over the previous weeks). Adding to the tension is the new Director’s (Jason O’Mara) decision to try and bring Robbie and Daisy (Chloe Bennet) which puts him at odds with Coulson (Clark Gregg)… and the fate of the world.

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