TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 4
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – episode four – Eye-Spy
*mild spoilers alert*
Agent Coulson’s past really does have a habit of coming back to haunt him – from Commandant Reyes in episode two, to our latest victim, a S.H.I.E.L.D agent turned rogue.
The episode begins with creepy, red-masked, briefcase-wielding men in Stockholm, and a woman who – through a mystery of her own – manages to pick the one with the briefcase of diamonds and leave them all in a bit of a mess.
It turns out that the woman was a protege of Coulson’s, who disappeared on a mission and seems to have turned in to a rather unpleasant thief. Coulson decides it’s high time they bring her in – without letting the top guys know. I will admit that I think I prefer it when our team are working at the edges of the rules – S.H.I.E.L.D aren’t the nicest of agencies, let’s face it, and the idea of “sticking it to the man” whilst still saving the world just really appeals to me.
Akela (played by Pascale Armand), it transpires, is not good-turned-bad at all, but good-turned-controlled-by-a-robotic-eye-that-could-blow-up-if-she-disobeys. This is where the techie stuff comes in. Skye discovers the video feed for the eye, which means she can hack it, which means they can reroute it to some rather dashing glasses.
Akela is soon brought in by newly-returned-to-the-field Agent May, and Agent Ward is left with the task of donning the glasses to take over the current mission from Akela until they can figure out how to stop the failsafe activating and killing her once her “handler” knows she’s captured.
We end up switching between the two big scenes – Fitz and Simmons trying to remove the robotic eye (gross) and Ward and Skye trying to complete the mission without breaking too many rules and without letting on that Akela is no longer the one carrying it out.
There are massive hints at a Big Bad – Vanchat. This is the second time the name has cropped up (the first was Agent Ward retrieving alien technology from him, and now Akela disappeared during a mission to “take him down”). Could he be behind this? Well… we’re left guessing, because even Akela’s handler is under the control of a robotic eye (he’s less lucky with the triggering of the failsafe).
This was a highly entertaining episode, with the script back on form and Ward beginning to gain some traction as a character. It’s hard to keep up with all the techie details, but it’s smoothly glossed over for action scenes and world-building. Our pointers to it not all being quite right with Coulson are growing in frequency, so I think there’s going to be a shoe-drop moment soon (I hope, because I’m dying to know). However, with confirmation that this is going to be a full-run 22-episode season, I may be totally wrong.
What did you think of episode 4?