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Not With a Bang, But With a “Fzzt” – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review

Posted on November 9, 2013 at 8:02 pm by Amanda Andonian


After a two week hiatus, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned with a “Fzzt,” but in an entirely good way. Finally, six episodes in (which is not too shabby if you think about it, S.H.I.E.L.D. delivered on the promise of an engaging, character-driven show that grabs you and won’t let go until the very end. Although it got off to a shaky start, it seems as though Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have finally found its footing.

The conceit of the episode centers around a couple of mysterious deaths that leave the victim hovering in midair once dead. At first, the team think that this must be due to someone with unknown abilities, but their investigation eventually leads them to a fireman who was in New York when the aliens invaded. Unfortunately for that hapless firefighter, the souvenir alien helmet he brought back was actually carrying a virus that overloads the brain with an electrostatic charge, killing the infected person within a couple days. The worst part? Simmons was exposed to the virus when she examined one of the dead firemen.

agents-of-shield-fzztOne of the most irritating aspects of the pilot episode was the fact that Fitz and Simmons were presented as essentially one person, but “Fzzt” gave them something real and meaningful to do, as well as stretching Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker’s acting chops. Both gave incredible performances this week, and I’m not ashamed to admit that they made me cry. Fitz and Simmons are no longer the geeky techs—they’re individuals in their own right whose unique abilities were actually showcased and demonstrated to be different. The way they work together to find a cure for Simmons also illustrated how close they are to one another, rather than just telling us that they’re close because they talk at the same time and finish each other’s sentences. The most powerful scenes in his episode were between Fitz and Simmons as they raced against the clock to save her.

This was also a great episode for Coulson and Agent May, though I always think that Clark Gregg is amazing. It’s first implied that his concern about his physical health might lead him to uncover the secret that Agent Maria Hill hinted at, but it really becomes a discussion of life and death and how we deal with the aftermath. It’s an extremely touching moment between Coulson and May, and it shows us how much Coulson really has changed since he died and was resurrected. The company man is gone, replaced with a man who understands the cost of being a S.H.I.E.L.D agent.

agents-of-shield-fzztThankfully, Ward and Sky were far less annoying, but maybe that had more to do with the fact that we barely saw either of them. Still, I’m glad that Ward was finally given a sense of humor, and the team’s jokes and banter actually made me smile uncontrollably at the beginning of the episode. When I realized that I was smiling at something going on in S.H.I.E.L.D. and that it was still only the first five minutes, that was the turning point for me in terms of my opinion of the show.

Did anyone else watch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this week? What did you think of “Fzzt”? Let us know in the comments!

Fzzt: A

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 1 Episode 6, “Fzzt,” aired on ABC November 5th, 2013 at 8/9c.

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