TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 18

Thursday 8 May 2014 by

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With S.H.I.E.L.D disbanded, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D doesn’t have much left to talk about. You’d be wrong…

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – episode eighteen – Providence

*Lots of spoilers!*

I can’t help but feel a little disappointed with this episode. After the explosive excitement of the previous week, this felt a little… anticlimactic.

With S.H.I.E.L.D in pieces, and effectively finished, Coulson simply can’t accept it’s over and is looking for an answer. Instead, he discovers hidden coordinates left in his S.H.I.E.L.D badge by Fury, and takes the whole team off to the middle of nowhere to find out what is going on.

Meanwhile, Ward is being a HYDRA baddie with his new boss Garrett, whilst still trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the others. Can I just hold my hand up here and say categorically NO to Baddie Ward? I don’t like him. There’s something creepy about him (intentional or not, it’s too much) and this whole double-agent thing is just too slick to feel genuine. Also, his Baddie Face seems to just be a variation of SMUG. Even Raina feels a bit freaked by the whole operation (potential defection to S.H.I.E.L.D?)

There are a few odds and sods going on in this episode, that are worth noting because they will crop up again in the next few episodes, I’m sure… the first is:

What did Ward and Garrett find in the basement?

I’m inclined to think it’s simply the gravitonium (remember that?) but knowing Whedon, we’re in for a much bigger surprise.

And also:

What’s in the secret base in the middle of nowhere?

We should be nervous that Fury has to hide things from S.H.I.E.L.D. After all, he hid what he did with Coulson, and that’s just plain gross. Are there more aliens in the basement of this one? The sweet and slightly bumbling Eric Koenig (played by Patton Oswalt) seems too innocent for a S.H.I.E.L.D agent… what’s the betting he’s hiding something big?

But other than those burning questions, this episode does very little for me. Rather than keeping up the momentum of before, it’s like they’re giving us a nice-and-easy round up to let us catch our breath, rather than trust us to keep up. I’d rather have been left breathless!

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