First of all, let me apologize for my absence last episode, it was a very rough week. I’ll quickly go over “Eye Spy” in the next paragraph and then move on to “Girl in the Flower Dress.”
I was eagerly anticipating Jeffrey Bell’s solo episode. I loved the guy back in his ANGEL days and I was really looking forward to a TV vet in charge of the writing duties. Overall, it was a solid episode and it does seem like the show is starting to find its feet and settling on a slightly darker tone than the pilot, without being necessarily too dark or serious – I like it. I particularly enjoyed the opening scene and the SkyWard (yeah, it’s a thing!) team-up at the end. Was it me, or did Brett Dalton look amazingly like Clark Kent during those scenes? Anyway, so far and aside from the pilot, this is my favorite episode of the bunch.
Now, “Girl in the Flower Dress”. Mythology building at its (well, Agents of SHIELD’s, anyway) finest. We see both The Rising Tide and the unnamed Centipede organization from the pilot showing up. It’s nice to see the universe bulk up a little and it was an interesting set-up for future storylines. Good to see Melinda May in something other than her uniform, even if it’s in training sweats and I definitely want to see her and Ward as drinking buddies more often.
I’m glad the whole Sky-as-a-double-agent thing was done away as quickly as it was. It was, since day one, a stale and predictable storyline, and I find the new path they’ve put her on much more interesting.
“Scorch” felt a little like a rehash from the Mike Peterson character in the pilot, I wasn’t too happy about that. Sure, it’s the Big Bad’s MO, but still, I sort of wish they had approached it differently. How they dealt with him, though, was different. I really enjoyed the Raina character and I can’t wait to see what else they’ve got in store for her. That tag in the end really piqued my interest.
A couple of nags:
- That editing glitch in the make-out scene between Skye and Miles.
- Ward being made so easily by Miles (even if Skye had tipped him off).
- Miles. Annoying d-bag.
- I want more FitzSimmons. They were little more than walking exposition in this episode.
- Coulson’s constant weird arms-crossing.
- Coulson wasting all his tranq ammo when he clearly couldn’t even touch Tseng.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable episode. I like that they’re going for small spy-like stories rather than Earth-threatening ones. I have a feeling next episode (which airs in two weeks) is going to be a game-changer for this series. See you then.
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