Agents of SHIELD
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review - Episode 20: Nothing Personal

Bob Chipman | 30 Apr 2014 12:30
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Parting thoughts

  • Now that's a proper reveal. It's unexpected (yet makes perfect sense,) it fits with character and it reinforces overall theme: Turning against S.H.I.E.L.D. secret-keeping is literally Coulson turning against himself.
  • Speaking of reinforcing a theme: Ward ribs Hill about being promoted as "eye candy." It occurs to me: Between him, Garrett and Brock Lumlow in Winter Soldier, S.H.I.E.L.D. could've rooted out HYDRA if only you could randomly test for "douchebag tendencies." It also slyly reminds us of how in-plain-sight Ward's cover was - the lone square-jawed Johnny Handsome "conventional" action hero type on a team of nerds and weirdos led by the in-universe version of a hardcore Marvel fanboy? Of course he was the bad guy!
  • So, the T.A.H.I.T.I. serum may or may not make you go nutty if you don't mind wipe after, but that doesn't seem to have been the case with Skye. Add that to the "Skye is already part alien" evidence pile.
  • Coulson almost tells Hill to say "hi" to Iron Man for him, but remembers that everyone still thinks he's dead. At some point, they're going to have to address whether that's still the case now that Black Widow has dumped the entirety of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secret files into the public internet.
  • Yes, there's a Marvel character called Man-Thing and yes, the name used to cause "issues" when paired with one of Marvel's '70s book-naming schemes. He's also the sort of thing (re: a swamp-monster) who'd make a nice filler-episode cameo of this series, assuming they can afford the monster FX.

Next week

In "Ragtag," Coulson and company are going undercover again; but the meat of the story looks to be finally revealing the abusive childhood that informs Ward's psyche. Damn it. They probably are going to try redeeming him in some way. That'll be a mistake, from where I sit.

After that is the season finale, "Beginning of The End," about which everyone has remained tight-lipped save Samuel L. Jackson's revelation weeks ago that Nick Fury will make an appearance. If I'm a betting man, I'd imagine Fury's role will be handing Team Coulson a new mission as an off-the-book "secret" version of the now-defunct S.H.I.E.L.D., giving them a Season 2 status-quo similar to the previous one but (presumably) with the added detail of also having to dodge law/military opponents like Talbot.

Incidentally, at this point I'd be fairly surprised if there wasn't a Season 2. Fandom opinions aside, its ratings are consistently above-average (for ABC, at least) and more importantly the network's Disney overlords would likely rather keep a mildly-successful show (that they've already hired actors and built sets for) on the air for at least a respectable two seasons than deal with the inevitable "Uh-oh! A Marvel Studios project finally failed - what does this tell us??" trend-pieces.

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