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“Eye Spy” Plot Development! Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm by Amanda Andonian


After last week’s episode, when Agent May committed to being an active member of the team, I was really hoping to see The Calvary kick serious ass in the fourth episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Although I was a bit disappointed on that front, I also felt like the show finally started to pick up and meet some of the expectations surrounding this latest Joss Whedon venture. Though it still has a few kinks to work out (most notably the bland and boring duo of Skye and Ward), “Eye Spy” was an episode worth watching.

The introduction of Akela Amadour showed us a different side to Coulson as he had to confront some of his mistakes of the past. It also further increased the tension between May and Coulson, who have been at loggerheads almost constantly since he recruited her to go back into the field. Since I find their dynamic the most interesting relationship by far on S.H.I.E.L.D., it was definitely a welcome plot development. Akela’s x-ray vision was a pretty neat trick, and the story behind her “defection” from S.H.I.E.L.D. was an unexpected twist in her character. Instead of being an almost unstoppable foe, she’s just an agent who’s in way over her head. I hope Coulson is right and that the higher ups go easy on her, because I’d love to see more of Akela in future episodes, especially given her past with Coulson.

Which leads us to the mystery of Coulson. Akela asks May what “they” did to him, then hurriedly saying never mind when she realizes May has no idea what she’s talking about. In evert episode, we’ve gotten little hints here and there that Coulson isn’t quite what we think he is. First, Agent Maria Hill lets slip that he can never know what really happened after he “died,” then it seems like Coulson’s memories of Tahiti are little too rosy, and last week he seemed to have an inordinate amount of trouble with his gun, commenting to May that he must be rusty. My money’s on him being a Life Model Decoy, but at the same time, that might be a bit too easy an explanation.

As for the more comedic and campy aspects of the show, it does seem like Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has managed to tone it down a little. I’m still not a huge fan of Ward and Sky, no matter how much vulnerable backstory or “witty” quips they have. Until we get a little more depth out of those two, their one-noted-ness will drag down every scene they’re in. The writers could have done so much with the scene where Ward had to “seduce” a Russian guard, but they took the easy way out, and he just bludgeoned the guy into unconsciousness.

Fitz and Simmons still baffle me somewhat—they’re pretty much the same character, right? I know that their fields of study are different, but so far their contributions have been completely in tandem, begging the question of why there are TWO nerdy scientists on the plane. Although I adore their accents, the constant handwringing and sudden bursts of technological epiphany wore thin after the first episode. I’m dying for the writers to do more with these two than have them serve as a techy deus ex machina every week.

Like it or not, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is here to stay, but I think that I might actually start enjoying it more from here on out. Who else watched the episode tonight? What did you think?

Eye Spy: B

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 1 Episode 4, “Eye Spy,” aired on ABC October 15th, 2013 at 8/9c.

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