Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E03 – The Asset

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Ok, this one was stronger than last week’s ep, and we’re still seeing the team coalesce. I’m hoping we’re almost at the point where that happens and storylines can get big and epic, our characters can grow and change, and we’ll get to explore a little bit more of the Marvel Universe, as opposed to getting to hear about stuff we already know.

This episode does a little of that, by introducing us to Doctor Franklin Hall (Ian Hart) who, for those who know their Marvel Universe, or can use Google,  becomes Graviton, a bit of baddie who has menaced the Avengers in the comics, though I don’t think he’ll get quite that far in this incarnation of the Marvel Universe.

When Hall, currently serving as a high-profile S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist, and also the mentor of Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), who was being transported across the country, safely contained in a semi-truck, is seized by a group of criminals using a device making use of the rare element gravitonium, Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team is called in to rescue him from Ian Quinn (David Conrad) a former colleague intent on exploiting the power the device, and Hall would give him.

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Skye (Chloe Bennet) is receiving training from Agent Ward (Brett Dalton), but still isn’t a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. so she’s assigned to go undercover to a party being hosted by Quinn, to help break Hall out.

We’re still very much in Mission: Impossible or Charlie’s Angels territory in terms of plots and such, and I’m hoping we can get away from that soon and get more involving stories, give us a bit of an arc. I’m all for breaking in and rescuing folk, or reclaiming tech, but I also want those things the Whedon name brings, huge stories, involving characters, great dialogue, and moments you can never forget.

For me that hasn’t happened yet in the show. I’m having fun with it, and plan to stick it out for the season, but I’m hoping we see a little more development so it simply doesn’t become a mission of the week kind of series.

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Adversely, the show is still starting out, building its characters and environs. I can appreciate the need to build the world, I mean look at the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, there’s some good stuff in there, but just as many clunkers, but the series was still trying to find its voice, and by season 3, it was firing on all thrusters. Unfortunately, in this day and age, I’m not sure S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to be given the same luxury. It has great potential, a huge universe to play in, fantastic writers, a cast that I’m starting to enjoy. In fact this time around, I rather liked Ward, and Melinda (Ming-Na Wen) wants back into the fight now. I also liked the fact that Coulson got into the fisticuffs, and his choice at the climax of the episode. Nice. Though of course, it’s going to come back and bite him on the ass as we saw that Graviton is already becoming.

There’s still a little ambiguity around Skye’s loyalties, and that’s fun, but let’s get out there and play with all the toys Marvel and Joss have brought to the table.

It was a stronger episode than last week’s and if they continue to improve week to week, then things should really start rocking soon.

I’ll be sticking around to see what happens, because I love the film and TV world created for the Marvel Universe.

What are your thoughts on the show so far?

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