TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 17

Tuesday 29 April 2014 by

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

I think you may have to have seen the second Captain America film to fully understand this particular episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, but I’ll give it my best shot…

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – episode seventeen – Turn, Turn, Turn


You’re definitely going to get turned about in this episode… there’s no way you’ll be able to figure out who is real S.H.I.E.L.D agent or not. Because S.H.I.E.L.D has been infiltrated by Hydra, and the old enemy is at last rearing its ugly head (remember that dramatic ending last week? That was Hydra making an entrance). Between Garrett, Hand and Coulson, you don’t know where to look and who is on which side.

This is a fairly intense episode, with a lot going on and not a whole lot of explanation (this is where the prior knowledge might come in handy) – and you’re going to have to watch carefully to get an idea of what’s coming.

Hand is pretty much awesome in this – no matter what side she’s on – and I was desperately hoping that Garrett and Trip were nice guys because I still want to see a lot more of them. I think Trip in particular might have a much larger part in the series as we go along now, and with the result of this episode I am keeping all fingers crossed.

And then came That Ending.

That was… unexpected.

I’m not a fan – I think this might be a bad move by Whedon and Gang; but who am I to judge because Whedon never really makes a mistake that doesn’t turn out to be a brilliant twist in the end (Buffy’s younger sister, anyone?) But it still doesn’t make me like it anymore. Can’t we just have moody, slightly stiff, Ward back? Slightly (really) evil Ward isn’t as fun. I did kind of see it coming when they failed to explain how he freed himself from getting the proverbial kicked out of him, but even so. I preferred Hand being evil if we have to choose.

This episode is particularly high-octane, action-heavy and punchy with the emotions. I’m kind of exhausted after watching it. And I am going to have to watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier now because there was a lot of this I really didn’t understand. Like the episode that features the second Thor film, you have to be up-to-date and in-the-know to get some of the intricacies.

Apart from that, this has to be one of my favourite episodes of the season… so far.

5 Houses

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