TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 20

Tuesday 20 May 2014 by

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

Catching up with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D again and there’s nothing quite like reaching number twenty out of twenty-two episodes to concentrate on the task at hand…

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – episode twenty – Nothing Personal

*Lots of spoilers!*

Another hurrah (so soon!) for the return of Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill in this not-quite-penultimate episode of season one. Nothing Personal is going to hit you rights where it hurts – there’s so much going on you’ll get whiplash trying to get it all, and Team Whedon is at last using all their might to get you completely and emotionally drained.

Can you tell I enjoyed this episode much more than the past few?

This time, Skye is working to buy some time from Ward so that Coulson and team can catch up, meanwhile Coulson is trying to work out what happened, and May is asking Hill for help.

Going in to too much detail here would take away from the high-octane brilliance of actually watching it. Trust me: we’ve got betrayals, heroes, sneaky tactics, a couple of good explosions and a flying car. Oh, and another piece in the TAHITI puzzle. This is a good’un. The only spanner in the works was a lacklustre performance from J. August Richards, playing Mike Peterson/Deathlok – though this can be forgiven for stoicism in the face of enslavement rather than wooden acting.

Skye, Coulson and Fitz all give outstanding performances – Fitz losing his cool with the realisation that Ward has betrayed them was suitably heartbreaking, and Coulson and Skye’s calm under pressure, with a bubbling fear under the surface, meant that their scenes were some of the best all season.

Yep, I really loved this episode!

I have a lot of love for Smulders too, so it’s always a pleasure to see her return as sharp-witted, badass Hill. I think she was underplayed in the films, so it’s nice to see her get a chance to stretch her acting legs in the TV show. Hopefully she will get the chance to transfer it to the big screen.

The end of the episode finishes with a slight lull in the action, but not in the emotion. Nothing quite like discovering the TAHITI project was your own fault- and Coulson’s understated “oh” kind of summed it up… that was a curveball. For something I thought was all but sewn up and we wouldn’t hear from again, I have just realised (late to the party) that this is going to be an ongoing thread. Not that I’m complaining!

All in all, an action-studded episode that sped us along the plotline to what will be sure to be a tasty ending.

5 Houses

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