Here’s what you need to know about the latest episode of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Sorry for the delay. Experienced a few technical difficulties this past week.
- A S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist named Franklin Hall was kidnapped while being transported in a secret semi-truck. Coulson realizes that this had to be an inside job. At the scene of the crime, Simmons finds some interesting effects triggered by an electromagnetic field, with a small device at the center of it.
- Dr. Hall’s kidnapping was orchestrated by man named Ian Quinn, who owns a mining operation operated out of the Republic of Malta because no international group can touch him there. He’s brought Dr. Hall in because he’s discovered a rare element named Gravitonium. It loading into tiny devices is what actually helped kidnap Hall. Quinn offers Hall the opportunity to research and invent without restrictions. Hall agrees.
- Coulson figures out where Hall is, and they form a plan to break him out. This involves Skye infiltrating a party at Quinn’s villa, and Coulson and Ward infiltrating once the site’s defenses are down.
- Skye plays the role well, but eventually gets discovered by Quinn. She lets him know that S.H.I.E.L.D. got to her, and exactly what they’re doing. But then, she completes her mission, getting Fitz access to the computers to shut down the barrier so that Coulson and Ward can enter.
- Coulson finds Hall, and discovers that he wanted to be abducted so that he can stop Quinn and his gravity controlling device. But to do this, Hall is going to bring Quinn’s villa, and everyone on it, down with him. Hall doesn’t want S.H.I.E.L.D. having access to the Gravitonium either. After a long confrontation with the large gravity device starting go out of control, Coulson causes Hall to fall into the device, stopping the reaction.
- The Gravitonium is stored in a secret vault, but we see a hand coming out of it.
The show really needs to quit spoiling things in the damn trailers. Maybe the impact of Coulson making a decision to seemingly kill Hall would have had an impact if I wasn’t expecting it to happen the entire episode because they teased it as a villain’s origin story. It didn’t really have an emotional impact. We hadn’t seen Dr. Hall be a good person for whom we should feel sympathy for, and only heard it from FitzSimmons. That’s a thing called “telling” instead of “showing,” which is generally frowned upon. Next, there’s no surprise to it, so we don’t even get the shocking moment of the transformation.
I also think they’re playing with the “Skye betrayal” thing to often. First, they introduced that she may way to early. Next, if you tease that she’s going to betray them often, it’s not going to have any impact should she actually do it. When the decision is finally made, you’re likely to have the reaction to the show finally deciding, rather than a reaction to what actually happens. Like, you don’t really care what happened, you’re just thankful that something finally happened. I imagine that is not the reaction they’re aiming for.
On the bright side, I did like the subtle thing they did with Coulson this week. When Ward was training Skye with disarming a man with a gun, he talked about how it should become muscle memory. Later in the episode, Coulson tries to breakdown a handgun, but has some difficulty. He comments that it used to be muscle memory, but he must be rusty. The other option, is that this isn’t Coulson’s former body. What it is, there’s no telling.
Still one or two episodes away from really judging the show and its cast. See you “next” week.