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

Wednesday 16 October 2013 by

Agents of SHIELD, Joss Whedon, Channel 4, Marvel, Clark Gregg, TV show, PilotOkay, this definitely has to be my favourite episode so far. There’s so much here to play with you wouldn’t believe! Reports are that the series is losing viewers left, right and centre, but there is definitely a certain amount of just-stick-with-it, because Whedon is the master of making good (early episodes of Dollhouse were pretty lambasted at the time). I personally really enjoy it – and no it isn’t Avengers Assemble mark two, but it doesn’t need to be, nor should we expect it to be.

Welcome to episode three of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – episode three – The Asset

*mild spoilers alert*

This week our team of agents aren’t searching out brand new alien technologies or powers. This time they’re on a mission to retrieve one of their own – Franklin Hall (played by Ian Hart).

Kidnapped by the rather bleugh baddie Quinn (played by David Conrad), Hall is tasked with creating a super-machine that distorts gravity using the special substance gravitonium (Marvelites start getting excited, because by now you should recognise the name Franklin Hall AND the appearance of gravitonium).

There are yet more allusions to Coulson’s resurrection when he makes more than one mention of how he can’t remember to disarm a gun – because surely it was just muscle memory!? Whedon is really teasing us with this – and if I’m honest I don’t think season one is going to the bearer of the Grand Reveal…

But what about our other heroes? We still don’t know if Skye is really a mole – she certainly plays both sides of the coin very well. And I did enjoy the fact she was flummoxed by a locked door (Whedon: the master of the trope-break). Agent Ward is getting better, ever so slowly, but his doe-eyes at Skye is getting a bit tired. And Melinda May’s request to come back to the front line was so predictable it was cringe-worthy.

The best of the bunch was Ian Hart as Franklin Hall. He might not say much overall, but when he does you listen. Coulson and Hall’s face off is brilliantly done, and you really do feel for both sides. The fact that Quinn gets away is an afterthought in my books, and to be honest I’m not fussed if he does decide to make a reappearance, because he was very vanilla.

But the best bit of this episode was its development as an origins story. Here’s the geeky part: those in the know will realise that Franklin Hall and gravitonium have appeared in the Marvelverse before – and right at the end of the programme, it’s revealed that Hall’s plunge in to the swirling gravitonium has not killed him (it’s rare that these kind of things do in the Marvel Universe), but turned him in to supervillain Graviton. I CANNOT WAIT FOR GRAVITON TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE!

Rating, Four, Review

What did you think of episode three? Have you stopped watching?

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