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Making Some Much Needed “Repairs” – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 9:18 pm by Amanda Andonian

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Continuing the theme of exploring each character’s sordid past, this week’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “Repairs,” gives us a little more insight into the ever stone-faced Melinda May. You see, there’s a reason she’s always silent and brooding—she led a failed mission in the past, some people died, and she blames herself! Who did not see that one coming?

This non-revelation comes during a mission to recover a potential “super” who seems to be causing a number of fatal accidents around her. Where Skye wants to be the welcome wagon, May and Coulson take a more “men in black” approach and sedate the potentially dangerous woman. The result? Skye and May constantly butting heads over the best way to handle the situation.

Turns out, though, that it wasn’t actually the girl causing all the accidents! It was some random guy she works with who had a crush on her and caused a huge explosion at the plant they work in by loosening some bolts on a very important piece of machinery just so she would have to keep coming in to make an assessment about repairs. The accident “phased” him into another universe, and he’s been following his crush around, messing people up who pose a threat to her. Dude really needs to get his anger issues under control.

So how do you stop a phase-shifting maniac who’s convinced that you’re trying to hurt his love interest? By convincing him that he needs to let go of his anger and disappointment and just move on with his life. Then, he’ll miraculously stop shifting into this universe and disappear. If you’re thinking, “Huh?” after that, you’re not alone. Although the character development is improving, the story-of-the-week has not. The bad guy was actually kind of frightening when we didn’t know what his motives were, or even where he was exactly. Once the gang uncovers what really happened, the whole situation just devolves into a convoluted mess.

Worry not, this is still worth watching! The real stars of this episode were Fitz and Simmons. Already growing on me to begin with, “Repairs” solidifies their buoyant and fun dynamic with snappy dialog and silly hijinks around the lab. If the whole show could just be the two of them running things, that might actually be kind of perfect. Out of the entire cast, Fitz and Simmons have the most solid and believable chemistry, so watching them interact is really the highlight of this episode; or any episode, really.

Some other random thoughts:

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  • How amazing is Simmons’ wardrobe? I loved her striped shirt with matching tie ensemble. Where can I get that?
  • While it is a little odd, I did appreciate the pairing up of Ward and May. It initially seemed that the writers might go the obvious route and have Skye hook up with Ward, so it’s refreshing to have those expectations subverted.
  • Speaking of May-Ward, his uncomfortable sandwich-making when Skye declared, “May needs to get laid,” was truly enjoyable. Guess what Skye? She is! By your supervising officer! Mere hours before he started making that sandwich! Burn.
  • What about the window to another world, guys? Simmons sees it for half a second in the hologram of the accident, and then it’s never brought up again. Where the heck did that guy end up? Are they just going to leave him over there? Or did he actually die when he disappeared for good?

Week after week, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has grown more and more interesting to watch. It hasn’t quite hit its stride yet, but it’s definitely moving in the right direction by focusing more on who these agents are as people, and less on their archetypes. Even though they haven’t really been given much to do as of yet, the team’s personality as a whole has grown enough to make visiting them every week less cringeworthy and more enjoyable.

Repairs – B+ (because Fitz-Simmons are the best)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 1 Episode 9, “Repairs,” aired on ABC November 26th, 2013 at 8/9c.

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