TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 5

Saturday 2 November 2013 by

Agents of SHIELD, Joss Whedon, Channel 4, Marvel, Clark Gregg, TV show, PilotThe joys of being away for a weekend and coming back to a power-outage (which lasted about 48 hours) means this review is a little late in coming! But I have at last caught up with the latest episode, and boy has a lot happened…

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – episode five – Girl in the Flower Dress

*mild spoilers alert*

When a magician with pyrotechnic abilities (played by Louis Ozawa Changchien) is kidnapped by a mysterious woman in a floral dress (played by Ruth Negga), our agents have to move fast to find him. But how did the woman know about his powers, and how did she find him?

S.H.I.E.L.D once again find themselves on the wrong side of a hack – and immediately look at Skye. In a desperate attempt to move the blame from her, Skye tracks down the real hacker – Miles Lydon (played by Austin Nichols, who you may recognise as Morgan Earp from Deadwood) and the agents move in to capture him and find out what he knows.

But Skye isn’t being completely truthful – she and Miles are a lot better acquainted than she lets on, and this comes to be her downfall. Meanwhile, the Centipede from the pilot episode makes an unwelcome reappearance, as does the doctor, Debbie (played by Shannon Lucio).

At risk of giving the whole plot away, I’m going to stop it there. This is a great episode in terms of building the characters. Chloe Bennet is still on top form as Skye, and Clark Gregg as Coulson is still my favourite in the whole series. He shows utter disappointment and loss of faith in Skye, and Skye is devastated. The final scene, when all becomes clear about why Skye “infiltrated” S.H.I.E.L.D is almost heartbreaking, because Coulson’s battling his fatherly instinct with his loss of trust. A classic case of “I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed” perhaps?

The whole episode hangs its success on the power of the relationship between Skye and Coulson, and the brilliance of its script. The dialogue was on fine form this episode – quick-witted, emotional and revealing. Ming-Na Wen as Agent May is getting better each episode; I’m starting to like her, particularly her relationship with Coulson. If we look at the episode overall, not a whole lot goes on here – the action simply plays in to the drama of the character arcs. But with pithy script-writing and some grand reveals, you almost forget that there is meant to be a monster-of-the-week.

This is a great episode, with a brilliant leap forward in the plot to really entice the audience. Is Whedon getting in to his stride?

Rating, Four, Review

What did you think of episode five?

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