Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Writing on the Wall

by Alan Rapp on November 13, 2014

in Television Reviews 

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Writing on the Wall

A self-imposed trip through Raina‘s (Ruth Negga) memory torture machine gives Coulson (Clark Gregg) some answers about the mysterious alien writing which has haunted him for months. It turns out, like Coulson, there are a group of T.A.H.I.T.I. patients out there brought back from the dead and mindwiped. One (Brian Van Holt), however, has rediscovered the writing and is brutally killing his way through the others hoping to discover its meaning.

The show’s meandering mystery finally leads to its first real answer as Coulson discovers the writing is neither language nor a map but a three-dimensional diagram of a city calling to each member touched by the alien blood. Given the revelation I’m feeling pretty good about my hypothesis of both Skye (Chloe Bennet) and the writing being tied to the Inhumans (which we’ve learned are getting their own movie in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe). It’s nice to see Coulson’s craziness finally go away (even if the scene is the definition of anti-climactic), but the mystery is far from solved as S.H.I.E.L.D. has no idea what the city is or where it might be located.

Ward (Brett Dalton) begins his own B-story this week delivering HYDRA agents to Coulson in an effort to win back the trust of Skye an the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. After spending several weeks showcasing the skill-sets of Hunter (Nick Blood) and Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) the show takes a little too much pleasure in making both look like amateurs compared to Ward. More interesting than the B-story is a single line of dialogue between Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Mac (Henry Simmons) foreshadowing the possible return of a non-braindamaged Fitz sometime this season.

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