TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 6

Sunday 10 November 2013 by

Agents of SHIELD, Joss Whedon, Channel 4, Marvel, Clark Gregg, TV show, PilotLots of people have been very opinionated about this episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, when Fitzsimmons really get to stretch their legs and attention moves away from Skye (who’s still in the bad books). With a flagging audience, did it keep our attention?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – episode six – FZZT

*mild spoilers alert*

When a pillar of the community (boy scout leader, volunteer fireman, general all-around good guy) is found dead, there are a few questions that arise; namely, why was he floating?

An ‘electro-magnetic anomaly’ is the culprit – causing a car battery to shoot out of the engine and the victim’s brain to be thoroughly fried. A curious wound on his head is their only clue.

As the team begin to investigate, another guy turns up dead (and floating) – this time a farmer. Now they’re looking for a rather dangerous killer with electro-magnetic abilities that are looking suspiciously like lightning storms (Marvelites collectively hold their breath – could this be the moment Thor makes his TV debut?)

It turns out the two were both volunteer firemen, and were in New York when the Chitauri (see Avengers Assemble and the alien invasion that flattened most of New York) attacked. Could our creepy killer be targeting people who were in NYC?

Well… not quite. Turns out the firemen had retrieved a Chitauri helmet as a souvenir (why would you do that!?) and inadvertently activated an alien virus by polishing it. Yup. The team were up against electro-magnetic germ warfare that made the brain implode.

Upon the death of the third (and seemingly final) victim, the team are charged with moving the highly dangerous helmet to the “Sandbox” (a S.H.I.E.L.D facility for contagious and dangerous stuff). There’s a lovely scene here between the final victim and Coulson, where once again we tread that shaky ground near the truth of what really happened to him (I’m dying to find out still).

But it’s not over. Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) accidentally got zapped, and now she has two hours to figure out how to cure herself before her brain electric shocks her (and drops the plane out the sky).

Can she do it?

Well, of course she can. But not before some lip-trembling and heartfelt confessions and overdramatic gestures of heroism happen.

How do I feel about this whole episode? Hm. I’m sort of divided on this one. It had all the makings of a great episode, and in many respects lived up to expectations, but when we discover that it’s a bit of rust and not a Big Bad that’s zapping people? I sort of felt a bit deflated. Perhaps I was wishing too much for a Thor appearance, but at the very least some electro-magnetic psycho would have been better… But I’ve definitely got more affection for Fitzsimmons than before. I’m just cautious with all the disappointment surrounding the series that we’ll find the series ending before we get the answers about Coulson, and before they really get a chance to flex their TV-muscles.

Rating, Review, Three

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