Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Turn Turn Turn Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The spoiler warning above is more sarcastic than anything because unless you placed yourself in the dome of silence this past week (and extra points if you GET that reference) you know it was damn near impossible to avoid spoilers about this week’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the internet and social media has been abuzz with rumors and spoilers regarding the tie-ins between the latest Marvel Comics film the latest episode of MAOS. So was it the “game changer” that ABC promised or just a lot of hype?
This week picks up where last week left off…Agent May is being held at gunpoint by Coulson after her secret phone line was discovered by Fitz. May discloses what we all suspected, that the line was a direct connection to Nick Fury so she could monitor Coulson and report back. When Coulson has her call Fury though, a voice on the end tells her that he is dead! Ward is locked up aboard the plane under suspicions that he might be working with the Clairvoyant and their plane has just been hijacked by remote control by Victoria Hand who orders her agents to kill everyone on board except for Coulson when the plane lands at The Hub. You had to pick-up on and listen to what Hand said very closely.
The first half of the show was like a game of tag as we moved from one red herring to the next in the quest to find out who was the real Clairvoyant. I was waiting for Gary Moore to come out and ask for the real Clairvoyant to please stand up (and yes that’s another old reference). Skye cracks a communication signal which reveals that S.H.I.E.L.D.’s arch foe HYDRA is behind everything. The plane lands in the hub under fire from S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Coulson, Fitz, Skye, May, Ward, and Agent Garrett (Paxton) are able to slip out of the plane. While their group now concludes that Victoria Hand is part of HYDRA, Hand implicates Coulson as the one who has flipped. Unfortunately Garrett overplays his hand here, insisting that they shoot Hand dead on the spot which of course catapults him to the top of the suspicion list.
In typical comic book villain style Garrett shoots off his mouth too much, revealing details about which he could not possibly know. With his cover blown, Garrett and his men battle with Couslon, May and Fitz. Garrett is apprehended and the Hub is safe, but we learn that several other S.H.I.E.L.D. bases have been taken over HYDRA. Hand has Garrett transported to The Fridge and Ward volunteers to accompany her…which immediately sets off more alarms. Aboard the plane, Ward kills two agents and then puts three bullets into Hand.
So was this the game changer that ABC hoped for? I’m not sure it changed the game but had the rest of the season been as intense as the last several episodes I dare say the ratings would not have dropped each episode. As I write this I have not seen the ratings for last night’s show but it would be a major disaster if the ratings don’t see an upturn after all of the promotion.
Garrett turning out to be HYDRA was not a surprise and that’s one issue I had…Paxton is so used to playing slimy characters that you just expect it. So while the writers didn’t exactly hit a home run they are on third base with no outs. One note to be aware of is that Skye downloaded all of the top secret data from the plane onto a hard drive and gave it to Ward. There was no mention that it was ever returned to her so we must assume that Ward still has it and will turn it over to HYDRA superiors. There are still plenty of questions to be answered but the show is going in the right direction. And how cool was the HYRDA logo at the end!
Mania Grade: A-
Episode: Turn Turn Turn (Season 1, Episode 17)
Starring: Clark Gregg. Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Bill Paxton, Saffron Burrows
Written By: Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen
Directed By: Vincent Misiano
Studio: ABC Studios, Marvel Television, and Mutant Enemy