Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “Nothing Personal”

The show’s villains: Ward and Deathlok. Nothing Personal should be the episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in which the pace and tension is fired up; preparing the audience and the characters for the season finale. After several strong, suspense-filled episodes, Nothing Personal should be the episode in which everything is … Continue reading

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:- “The Only Light in the Darkness”

Amy Acker’s Audrey: a strong performance in an otherwise empty episode. Procedural genre television shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. typically follow conventions established by the trailblazers of the genre (such as The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Supernatural/science fiction TV shows utilise many character archetypes, motifs and themes again … Continue reading

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:- “Providence”

This beautiful poster was created to promote the episode. A bizarre amount of effort for such a trivial instalment. After the fairly impressive episode Turn, Turn, Turn, Providence, the most recent episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., feels somewhat empty. So many Earth-shaking revelations, intriguing plot-twists and complex character developments were … Continue reading

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:- “Turn, Turn, Turn”

Agents of HYDRA This review contains spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Turn, Turn, Turn may be the first ever episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to feel like something other than the extraneous baggage of a larger, better story. The entire premise of the show is that it takes … Continue reading

TV: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:- “End of the Beginning”

J. August Richards as the tragic villain, Deathlok. After a long and mostly disappointing season, The End of the Beginning is the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that sets the stage for the finale. With only a few episodes remaining after this, the stakes are being raised significantly- as … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “T.A.H.I.T.I”

T.A.H.I.T.I. is the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to follow on directly from the last, becoming something akin to the second episode of a “two-parter”. At the end of the previous episode, Skye (Chloe Bennet) was left mortally injured by the villainous Ian Quinn (David Conrad). As a result, … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – T.R.A.C.K.S.

Stan Lee, creator of the S.H.I.E.L.D. comic books that inspired the TV show, cameos in this episode. The idea behind T.R.A.C.K.S., the most recent episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. certainly has potential for interesting television. After an initial chaotic event separates the main characters, the episode follows each of them … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Seeds”

The good part of the episode: the Mexico City chase scene. The most recent episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Seeds, is a mixed affair. The episode is divided into two subplots; one of which is fairly interesting and well-written. The second subplot is indicative of everything that is wrong with … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “The Magical Place”

Skye (Chloe Bennet) dresses as May (Ming-Na Wen) in this confused and meandering episode. The episode The Magical Place marks the return to TV for the troubled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Since the show’s pilot episode, it has struggled to connect with audiences (as evidenced by its lower-than-expected ratings in the … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “The Bridge”

Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Mike (J. August Richards) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has had a very difficult season. Time and again, the show has failed to find a coherent tone or a captive audience (in the US, ratings for the show have steadily declined since the Pilot). Between the poor … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Repairs”

   The shadowy figure haunting the S.H.I.E.L.D. team Almost all science fiction television shows attempt a “horror episode”; a stand-alone story in which the main characters are thrust into a plot that echoes the conventions of a horror movie. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. attempts its first horror episode with Repairs. Whilst … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.- “The Well”

The mysterious artefact that sets the episode in motion…  The Well is the most competently written and well made episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so far. Until this episode, the show has grappled with an inconsistent tone and lazy writing. Whilst The Well is far from perfect television, it does … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “The Hub”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to try to build an identity for itself in the most recent episode; The Hub. After the sentimental and corny tone of the last episode, this is certainly an improvement (if only a slight one). Unlike the previous instalment, the emotional stakes of this episode feel … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “Fzzt”

The only thing that’s tragic about this “sad” episode is how badly it fails. Fzzt is the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to be aired during the release of a Marvel Studios film. Since S.H.I.E.L.D. is set in the same fictional universe as the Marvel films, it is perhaps … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Girl in the Flower Dress”

  Girl in the Flower Dress is the first episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to progress the show’s overall plotline since the pilot. Various plot points that haven’t been addressed for weeks are quickly resolved or developed further. More significant events happen in this single episode than in the past … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Eye Spy”

 The dramatic opening sequence. Eye Spy is the most consistently good episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so far. The episode boats an interesting premise, genuine emotional stakes, strong acting and much of the tension and suspense that was missing from the last episode. However, it retains many of the faults … Continue reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “The Asset”

Dr Hall’s gravity device. The Asset, the third episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is the first to feel utterly unnecessary. Nothing truly significant takes place and nothing important is revealed. That’s not to say that the episode isn’t fun or exciting; merely that for the first time, the show feels … Continue reading