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Going to “The Hub!” – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm by Amanda Andonian

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Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I was pleasantly surprised by the episode’s depth of feeling and change of pace for the characters. This week, on “The Hub,” we finally get to see an actual S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, and Skye gets more screen time (boo!). On the plus side, continuing from last week’s events, Fitz’s character continues to develop as he and Ward go on a mission together to defuse the MacGuffin of the episode.

Getting in some quality bro time, Ward and Fitz predictably butt heads, but Fitz finally gets to be the cool guy and save Ward’s ass for a change. The more that I see him on screen, the more I find Fitz to be absolutely delightful. One moment, he seems like a bumbling engineer, and the next he’s staring down Ward in a man-off. It feels like his character is really hitting his stride, and watching him struggle with his inferiority issues even while he’s kicking ass (figuratively, of course) makes him increasingly more endearing.

On the other hand, tonight’s episode convinced me further that Skye is most definitely a major weak point in the show. Playing up the role of outsider like nobody’s business, she continually pesters Coulson and everyone else for information that they’ve already told her several times over that she’s not authorized to know about. Granted, her character is supposed to be an intrepid “hacktivist” (cue eye rolls) on a mission for the truth, but Skye comes off more annoying than enterprising. When she talked Simmons into joining her on an ill-advised reconnaissance operation, I wanted to strangle her, and I really enjoyed the way that Coulson chewed her out. Serves her right!

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Random suit who only serves to be “the Man” against Coulson in this episode.

The episode’s overemphasis on “trusting the system,” was also a little heavy-handed. It seems as though the show is moving towards a “government agencies are not to be trusted” sort of bent, which is probably why Skye is getting away with so much of her obnoxiousness in terms of the storytelling. Her character is being used as a device to uncover some of the more unsavory aspects of what S.H.I.E.L.D. does, thus her nonsensical insistence on getting information on Ward and Fitz’s mission, despite orders to leave it alone.

Finally, Skye’s backstory was revealed a little further, but it’s no more interesting than it was when she first revealed that she was trying to find her parents. Now we know that they were probably murdered, and it was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who dropped Skye off at the orphanage. Coulson is keeping the truth of their deaths from her, but now it looks as though he and May are going to go on a crusade to find out what really happened to them. The whole “we have to find out the truth about the mysterious past” trope is never more tired than it was in this episode.

So, this week was half annoying, half Fitz-tacular, so it wasn’t a total loss. While I’m not looking forward to the fact that we’re most definitely going to have to see even more of Skye, it’s nice to see the other characters get a chance to stretch and show their range. What did you think of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Leave your comments below!

The Hub: B-

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 1 Episode 7, “The Hub,” aired on ABC November 12th, 2013 at 8/9c.

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