This week’s episode was definitely stronger than last week’s, and I love the little pieces of character revelations and development we’re getting. I also had a nice little geek moment when The Triskelion got mentioned while our team was visiting The Hub, a SHIELD operations center, run by Agent Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows).
While there, members of the team, Ward (Brett Dalton) and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) get recruited for a mission in South Ossetia, to recover a device that has the potential to be a dreadful weapon.
What they are not told, as well as the rest of the team, as most of them are only cleared for Level 7, is that there is no extraction plan to get them out after they recover or destroy the device.
Meanwhile, as the mission continues, Skye (Chloe Bennet) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) decide to hack into the Hub’s mainframe and see if they can get a mission update, despite Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) remarks to “Trust the system.”
While in there, Skye is tempted to go looking into her own history, and comes across a redacted file, but instead chooses the mission over her personal desires. Good on her. Coulson reveals that she was dropped off by a SHIELD agent, though he won’t tell her why, and the picture Melinda (Ming-Na Wen) is looking at when that is mentioned is apparently a murdered woman… Skye’s mother?
Coulson, in the episode’s tag is also looking into his own past, because this time when Agent Hand mentions Tahiti (It’s a magical place), he trips over the response, sensing he’s just answering by rote. But he comes up against a brick wall, and when asked if he wants to submit a request to Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), he declines. But he is now sure that something else is going on with him.
I love the fact that the Nite-Lite gun gets used this week, and Simmons has a few comic moments, but still there is nothing going on in this show, that for me, makes it a MUST see. I enjoy it, but unless things start ratcheting up fast in the story and character department, I really don’t see it getting a second season… Course, seeing as Disney owns Marvel and ABC, maybe I’m wrong.
I just want Whedon story-telling of the caliber I’ve come to expect, and crave, and so far, it hasn’t hit that mark. And I’d really like it to. What seemed like a can’t fail series, may in fact… fail.
I’m starting to vibe on the characters and like the season arcs that are developing, but all the episodic storylines seem small potatoes, despite Coulson’s claim he never left the big leagues…
I do like that we see Melinda put the plane through her paces, and I like to think that with those rotating engines, and all the flying they are doing that perhaps there is a lot of Stark industries tech at work in it.
Oh well, like I said, I’m going to keep tuning in, and hoping that shortly before the season finale of episode 13 rolls around, that the show gets to be really amazing….
What are your thoughts?