TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 12

Thursday 3 April 2014 by

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

Yeah, we’re still on a frantic catch-up (only, what? two episodes behind?) … But what have we been missing in episode twelve of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – episode twelve – Seeds

Time to ramp it up a notch… because revealing that Coulson had a machine tinkering with his brain when he was meant to be dead wasn’t enough.

When students at the science S.H.I.E.L.D academy narrowly miss getting frozen in a swimming pool, Fitz, Simmons, Ward and Skye are despatched to find out what’s going on. In the meantime, haunted by his newfound memories, Coulson finds himself a mission tracking down the truth behind Skye’s parents and her abandonment at an orphanage by S.H.I.E.L.D agents.

This two-pronged storyline has worked well in the past with this programme, keeping you engaged and entertained without stretching your mind too much. This time? Too much.

These are both perfectly strong plotlines all of their own and could have done with dedicated episodes – especially the one about Skye’s past.

If I’m honest, the whole academy thing didn’t really entertain me that much – it was clever and did a lot of the showy-off stuff the programme is so good at (and the ending is an ideal set up for future baddies) but, a superstorm? It’s not really the kind of enemy we’re used to the S.H.I.E.L.D heroes fighting, and let’s face it, they don’t really fight it at all. It’s a bit of a nonentity, although I can see its attraction.

The plotline about Skye, however? Brilliant. It has the heartwrenching sadness, the tingling mystery and the teeth-gritting drama of a brilliant storyline you can really invest in. It reveals a little and makes you question a lot. Plus, May and Coulson have to be one of my favourite double acts – they even out-double-act Fitz and Simmons. I also love the fact that this isn’t another secret to keep, Coulson instantly tells Skye and lets her make her own informed choice. It’s a startlingly fresh addition to what is essentially a formulaic action, good vs baddies series.

So in conclusion? Another medium-quality episode with more fizz than pop. But still heaping on the potential with a ladle.

Rating, Review, Three

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