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  • Episode: F.Z.Z.T. (Season 1, Episode 6)
  • Starring: Clark Gregg. Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Benne, Elizabeth Henstridge
  • Written By: Paul Zbyszewski
  • Directed By: Vincent Misiano
  • Studio: ABC Studios, Marvel Television, and Mutant Enemy
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: F.Z.Z.T. Review

They should have called it Fizzle

By Tim Janson     November 06, 2013

They should have called it Fizzle
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Quick show of hands…when Agent Simmons (Henstridge) jumped out of the S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to save her teammates, who was hoping she would really die?  My hand is raised.  Oh look, I don’t have anything against the character.  In fact, Simmons finally showed a bit of character this week aside from the slightly daft scientist she’s been portraying.  But having one of the main characters would have gone a long way to giving Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. some serious street cred.  Instead, we got the weakest episode thus far.

Titled “F.Z.Z.T.” the episode would have been more aptly named Fizzle.  Not even longtime Hulk villain ZZZAX could have injected any energy into this silly episode about a contaminated Chitauri helmet which makes its victims heads explode in a sudden burst of electrostatic energy.  Actually if their entire heads exploded it would have made the episode much better than just having a small, bullet-sized wound in their temple.  Is this Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. of Team X-Files?  Episode scribe Paul Zbyszewski got his start writing for the game show “The Weakest Link” which is amusingly appropriate as he is definitely the weakest link among the show’s writers thus far.

When S.H.I.E.L.D. is called in to investigate a series of these mysterious deaths, Agent Simmons contracts the virus.  She is quarantined aboard the team’s plane and Coulson is ordered by Agent Blake (Titus Welliver) to dispose of Simmons by tossing her off the plane in order to save the rest of the team.  Coulson pretends to not hear Blake in a plot device that is far over-used.  Simmons and Fitz rush to try to find a cure for the virus which eventually leads to Simmons’ suicidal sacrifice attempt and eventual mid-air save by a sky-diving agent Ward after Fitz gets the anti-serum to work.

As stupid of a villain as ZZZAX is I was praying for him to show up and be the source what is causing the deaths.  I mean he even has a history with S.H.I.E.L.D. and MODOK.  This is the kind of throw-away episode that has to be avoided in the future.  The writers need to look at how Supernatural handles these types of episodes.  Quite often that show’s self-contained episodes which stray from the main plotlines are some of the best episodes of the season.  The team’s attempts at humor by mocking how Agent Ward talks came off completely forced and unfunny.  

And then we have Agent Coulson’s dilemma.  We’ve wondered from the beginning if this is the real Coulson, a life model decoy, a clone, or something else. The secretive hints at what happened to him after being killed by Loki has been the show’s biggest mystery.  And yet this week they try to explain Coulson’s feeling that something is wrong as being a result of his near-death experience.  I was expecting Roma Downey to pop up for his “touched by an angel moment”.  So is that it?  But clearly back in the pilot episode Agent Maria Hill hints at something more mysterious about Coulson’s resurrection and says that he must never know.  So what the hell?  And look, enough the Chitauri, Captain America and Iron Man mentions.  We get it.  Now let’s start forging your own path.
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WarCry 11/6/2013 8:46:54 PM

 Most of the complaints I read about the show is that there aren't ENOUGH direct connections to the rest of the Cinematic Universe.


This review is bogus, in my opinion. This episode was quite possibly the strongest to date. Did I really think that Simmons was going to die in the 6th episode? Not really, but since it's a series overseen by Whedon, I wouldn't completely write off the possibility. He has a habit of killing characters unexpectedly.

Every complaint in this review is completely contrary to the vast majority of opinions I've seen on this show. Most of the people commenting on are of the mind that this was the episode we've been waiting for on this show. Either this reviewer is wrong, or the greater majority of fans online are all wrong. 

SarcasticCaveman 11/6/2013 10:05:28 PM

 Yeah, sorry Tim, I'm with WarCry here.  I think the show is doing a fine job.  I find it interesting that you compared it to Supernatural, which you are still giving mostly ALL A's to this season.  I've been a fan of Supernatural from the start, but I wouldn't even give every episode this season an A, if any of them.  If you just don't like "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", fair enough, but it's like you're not even giving it a chance or grading it fairly in the slightest.

samson 11/7/2013 1:48:00 AM

 This show has a lot of potential. But, it just isn't there, yet. Although, I feel this the strongest episode to date. It was almost good. Just not quite up to snuff. I'm hoping it will remain on long enough to find its footing and live up to its potential.

hanso 11/7/2013 2:48:05 AM

 In Janson's defense, he has been pretty solid with his grades and I believe said this show was the best thing since slice bread comicbook wise when the pilot aired.  So I think he likes the show and just calls it like he sees it.

Having said that, I find the show to be weak sauce and the Avengers mention should be turned into a drinking game.  I think Ill stick around for next week to see how they deal with the Thor 2 aftermath, and if that doesnt do it Ill stop and comeback later to see if the storyline is leading into Cap 2.

SarcasticCaveman 11/7/2013 3:08:25 AM

 Which comes out first?  Cap 2 or Guardians?  I don't recall.

SarcasticCaveman 11/7/2013 3:13:36 AM

 I think more people should keep in mind that this is also a first season, only six episodes in.  The first seasons of Buffy and Angel weren't fantastic either, and not every first season can be Firefly, but I already think the show is better and more interesting than all of Dollhouse.

hanso 11/7/2013 3:21:21 AM

 Capt 2 drops first, April next year.  Guardians drops next August.

masbro76 11/7/2013 3:47:28 AM

Bad review, It deserved a C or B. And the show gives referance to the Chitauri, Cap, and Iron Man because the show is a spin off from that universe, HELLOOO!! That is what gives the show some strenght, this was not its best episode, but definitly not its worst.

Not many shows are this good in there first seson, but this show is!!

Dazzler 11/7/2013 3:51:31 AM

I was wondering who the villain was in this one, ZZZAX would have made perfect sense, wence why he was not in the show.  I think the theme for the series is missed oppuntunities.  I still don't get what the show is trying to do except make a money grab for Marvel comics fans.  They better learn quick.  And explain Coulson's death or it's a write off show.  

doublec 11/7/2013 3:58:58 AM

 I, too, thought this was the best episode yet. It was the first episode I was truly involved in as opposed to just watching. I'm not sure there is a consensus at all, even on the part of the show's staff, just exactaly what we're looking for here. Is it scifi, a superhero show, or a spy show? 
And after this episode I am just full-out in love with Agent Simmons. Who thinks she's for all the world Hermione as an adult?

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