TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 9

Wednesday 4 December 2013 by

Agents of SHIELD, Joss Whedon, Channel 4, Marvel, Clark Gregg, TV show, Pilot

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – episode nine – Repairs

*mild spoilers alert*

This episode sees the suspected arrival of a telekinetic. Hannah (played by Laura Seay) is a devout Christian, a health and safety officer, and suspected by the whole town to be responsible for the accident at the local particle accelerator complex (think Hadron Collider) which caused four deaths.

Coulson and team are called in to collect and assess the situation (read: is telekinesis real), but things go wrong quickly as a police car is thrown at them. Hannah is sedated by the cold and focused May (who, it seems, it doing the dirty with Ward – definitely saw that coming) and brought on board.

But what is Hannah’s explanation for the exploding tin cans, petrol stations and aggressive police cars? Demons. She blames herself for the deaths, and thus thinks she is being punished. Skye, who is wholly unimpressed with May’s blank attitude, begs to help.

But then strange things begin happening – are we seeing a ghost, a demon, or something more easily explained? (When I say easily explained, I mean easily explained within the Marvelverse). Well, this strange appearing-and-disappearing man is desperate to get a hold of Hannah, and brings down the plane just to prove it.

Cue May saving the day, and thus redeeming herself in Skye’s eyes (although it’s Skye who figures out the real reason for the man being there – cue some deep-and-meaningful metaphor about relationships and such).

I loved the insight to the backstory to May, but without it giving away too much and leaving you with plenty of questions to be getting on with. Starting as part of a prank played on Skye by Fitzsimmons, the story grows little by little, until Coulson reveals a tiny bit of the true story that leaves you even more bewildered than before.

But what this episode did spectacularly was the humour. There’s nothing quite like banter and one-liners delivered with style, all by torchlight. The group are perfectly balanced now and you feel you are joining in with a family – including the bickering and practical jokes and secrets.

Forget monster-of-the-week, what gives this series the power it has is its characters, as is proven week on week. Suddenly, May is the centre of attention, and for someone so reticent, she makes a pretty good protagonist. I am starting to really love her – even if she is boinking Ward (I would have thought she had better taste, but then Ward is the serious, damaged type that is so attractive to other serious, damaged types).

So it turns out telekinesis isn’t real, but portals between worlds are, and our poor poltergeist is nothing but a tortured soul trapped between the two. This is an episode with a moral to it – a thinly veiled message to tortured souls all over, including our ass-whipping pilot. Will we be seeing more of May’s back story?

Rating, Four, Review

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