By Roel Fiala of www.geekedoutnation.com
When a protected S.H.I.E.L.D. asset, Dr. Franklin Hall, better known in the comic book continuity as Graviton, who has the ability to manipulate gravitons, is abducted it is up to Coulson and his team to find said abductee. With that being said, this episode introduces the first Marvel comic book villain, hopefully not the last, in the television series rather than being put into film. Not really knowing a lot of this comic book villain but including this villain into the series shows that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has a game plan and are executing it beautifully. specifically in regards to antagonists and plot. Not only is it opening up to numerous possibilities for fan boys to geek out on but it continues to further expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What got me very much immersed in to this episode was the characters; such as Ian Quin, portrayed by David Conrad. A very complex character at start however he’s represented as an idealistic individual proving to be force with good intentions, similar to that of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yet, the characters that pretty much steals it is Agent Ward, portrayed by Brett Dalton, and Skye, played by Chloe Bennet.
Last review, when I was complaining about how there was not enough character development well this show has proved me wrong. By far, Agent Ward’s backstory, though short lived proved that the most simplistic moments tend to be the most effective. As well as, Skye’s backstory, though seeming cliché or “seen that before”, it works. Demonstrating the troubled childhood aspect of both characters this episode made me very empathetic and understanding to both these individuals. Fictional characters with relateable persona’s and back-stories which is why I love watching television shows and films,
In summation, the hype over Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is now wearing off and slowly and unknowingly feels as if this show is starting to back peddle. The humor at first and currently is an asset to the show however there is only so much humor that can be tolerated with each coming episode. Also, the references to the cinematic universe are becoming very much annoying, I understand the purpose but it can be executed in a more subtle and simplistic fashion. Hopefully, in future these problems can be solved and the show can pick up momentum. On the other hand, the positives; introduction to the first comic book villain is by far a big thumbs up for me. By this introduction it gives hope that there is more villains to come; hopefully maybe the Wrecking Crew or maybe some hints into a super-villain team-up (quite a stretch though). And my favorite; character development. Annoying as it may sound character development, in my opinion, is by far key to make viewers support the show. Being able to create and portray characters that others can relate too, idolize and hero-worship over is what makes a show significant and relevant into society and pop culture. Very much understandable that something fictional does not have to be realistic but making it believable outweighs the entertainment factor, in my opinion.
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