Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 16 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled “End of the Beginning“. All I can say is FINALLY. AoS has had the most fragmented and awkward run of any TV show I've seen in recent history and it has been hard for fans and casual audiences to keep connected to it. But hopefully with this episode things will get back on track. So how has this week’s episode fared? Read on and find out.
Agents Garrett and Triplett are back to help Coulson’s team track down S.H.I.E.L.D.’S nefarious enemy – the Clairvoyant. But will Deathlok destroy them all to protect his master’s identity.
What I Liked
Well overall this was a good episode, it definitely picked up the pace on some of the plot points of previous episodes and things feel like they’re finally going somewhere. I also like the whole more active approach to this episode, the hunt for the Clairvoyant has squads of agents going out into the field, Deathlok attacks people and there are several twists and turns in the plot that keep you guessing. Ah man because I've seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier my suspicions about this show are going crazy about the true enemy behind the shadows but I cannot disclose that information yet. :P
Story-wise there’s a lot to look at so I'm just gonna highlight a few points below:
- Garrett and Triplett hunt for Deathlok: I like how Agents Garrett and Triplett are on the move trying to find Deathlok, it is a nice way to keep the characters relevant and it also shows that S.H.I.E.L.D. haven’t forgotten about the dude and are actively searching for him.
- Deathlok is back and more dangerous: So we see Mike Peterson as Deathlok is not only sporting some new armour, but he has an armoured wrist rocket shooter now? Nice. While the uniform could look a little more intimidating the dude is definitely dangerous and more machine than man, I just want to see him mess some more people like Agent Blake.
- The hunt for the Clairvoyant begins, ends and begins again: So Skye comes up with an interesting pairing system with certain amounts of info given to each pair to try and find the main bad guy. Except when we find a vegetated man who says he is the Clairvoyant it seems a little too easy, unfortunately the guy is shot by Ward before any more information can be obtained (which was a shock). That being said I knew that it wouldn't be that easy to find the main enemy of this show, plus Coulson brought up the point about the screen having the same works as the wheelchair guy, who is to say he wasn't just reading them?
- Coulson thinks Ward is the traitor: I didn't expect Coulson to pick on Ward as the secret Clairvoyant, but I guess he’s emotionally fueled at this point and wants answers so if the enemy is someone within S.H.I.E.L.D. then he’ll probably look towards someone on his team. I knew it wouldn't be Ward and I’m glad he defended himself aggressively because it makes him look less suspicious.
- May looks like the traitor: Obviously when Fitz found May’s secret phone line on the Bus we knew shit would go down and for a while she did look really suspicious while chasing after Fitz going to gun him down. Obviously Coulson and Skye get her at gunpoint and try to pry information from her. With not willing to give up her info she’s looks even dodgy than before. But obviously when the Bus is rerouted and we see who is controlling it at the end we see that May doesn't look like she’s as close to the Clairvoyant as one would first believe. (And thank god coz I love her and I don’t want her to be the bad guy)
- Victoria Hand looks bad now: So yeah at the end of the episode we see that the bus has been redirected by Victoria Hand’s people at The Hub and she says that she wants everyone on-board killed except for Coulson because she wants to take him out personally. Man there are things related to Captain America 2 that I really want to talk about here but since American audiences still haven’t seen it I cannot divulge my suspicions yet.
Character-wise I love how this episode basically summoned several characters who transcend the MCU from the films, One-Shots and the TV series, having the cast interact wit each other the way that they did was awesome and created some great interplay between some of these people who had never interacted before. Having Agents Sitwell, Blake, Garrett, Triplett and Victor Hand together along with Coulson and Melinda May was special for me. To see all these characters together made the show feel more important and interesting, plus it’s just funny to see the funny conversations that come from conversations like Garrett talking to Coulson or Skye or Hand, the dude is hilarious and I love Bill Paxton as this character. Coulson starts to get aggressive in this episode as well as Ward, both were awesome, seeing Melinda May in this tight situation made for an interested temporary bad-guy moment for her, also any time Agent Sitwell is around I smile and having Agent Blake return was great, I love his witty and snarky remarks, but his conversation with May was the best.
What I Disliked
So what did I not like about this episode? Well firstly Deathlok didn't get to do that much besides fire a few rockets and run away. Seeing Skye officially become an agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. was inevitable but I'm still not overly keen on her being on the team. Also this episode left me with more questions than answers just when the episode was getting more interesting too. But that’s pretty much it.
In conclusion “End of the Beginning” is another good episode, it takes several plot points from previous episodes and starts to put them at the forefront of the story. There are great twists and turns and with the great ensemble cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe things are really starting to feel connected and reflective of the Captain America: The Winter Soldier story themes too. While I wanted more Deathlok and there were more questions than answers in this episode, it is still in the better batch of episodes and I can’t wait to see how things transpire in the weeks to come.
Rating: 8/10 (The hunt for Deathlok and the Clairvoyant make for an interesting episode yo)