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This Week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Mockingbird Vs. 'Whiplash'

Bob Chipman | 29 Oct 2014 12:00
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The Senator Ward angle, on the other hand? More interesting than successfully-implemented, but pretty interesting all the same. The basic dynamic (both brothers claim that the other is "the real evil one," and that the other is a dangerous psychopath) is loaded with potential, but the reveal was bound-up in a too-cute-by-half editing gimmick whereby two conversations that seemed to be happening at the same time turned out to be past/present cause and effect scenes instead. Clever, but it didn't add much. Frankly, I was much more interested in General Talbot's attitude change since last we met him: He doubts that the U.N. attack was really S.H.I.E.L.D right off, and shakes May's hand at the end of a fracas.

Also of note: The burgeoning friendship(?) between Fitz and Mack continues to be an interesting side-story, particularly in the way that he confront Simmons in this episode - basically flat-out telling her that her presence isn't helping because she makes him feel self-conscious about the man he used to be instead of figuring out how to excel at his present situation. Still not sure where they're going with this, but if they keep it up this could turn into the most interesting relationship on the series.

Finally, as for Brian Van Holt as "Tattoo Guy" in the stinger? (The one after that terrific Age of Ultron clip? See below...

PARTING THOUGHTS

  • Oh hey! Something I missed from last week: During what turns out to be the end of her tenure at HYDRA, Simmons is briefly seen analyzing some sort of "milk," which she has only been told originated from a specimen named "Bessie." Believe it or not, this is a reference to an actual Marvel Comics character called The Hellcow, a cow who was bitten by Count Dracula and became a vampire. Aren't you glad you know that now??
  • In case you missed it, Marvel's now fully-revealed "Phase 3" plans included a feature for The Inhumans scheduled for November 2018. Of all Disney/Marvel's poorly kept secrets, at this point the poorest might be that The Inhumans - as a concept - are joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in order to serve as an alternate-backstory for characters who would otherwise be called Mutants (read: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.) Since this means it's likely that the subspecies will be revealed before Avengers: Age of Ultron, I'm just going to start assuming that Skye, Raina and The Doctor are Inhumans until it's proven otherwise - remember, this season will be concluding right around the time Age of Ultron hits theaters.
  • RELATED: Our Inhumans Crash Course.

  • So, at some point May and Mockingbird have to fight, yes? Yes. Let's just not have them be fighting "over" Hunter - that's so lame.
  • Y'know what would've been nice? If Ward could've gotten out of those handcuffs by some means other than the dislocated-thumb trick we've seen a million times already.
  • So who is the guy getting The Words of Creation tattooed all over his body? No idea. The actor's name is Brian Van Holt, and his character is already identified as Sebastian Van Holt, but nothing else is known. Some places online have named him as "Carver" for reasons I'm unable to divine, but for what it's worth there's a Marvel Comics Carver who's a Morlock (homeless underground-dwelling Mutant.)

Bottom Line: Convoluted but fun, buoyed by strong action scenes.

Recommendation: It feels like Agents is gearing up for "things you'll want to know for the movies" territory, so if you're a Marvel fan and not already onboard it's probably time.

NEXT WEEK:
Nothing! The show is taking a week off so ABC can run a Marvel 75th Anniversary puff-piece. Agents will return on November 11th with "The Writing On The Wall," which promises to out all of Coulson's secret-keeping as the team hunts for a serial-killer who's been leaving alien-writing on the bodies of his victims.

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