This week’s episode features a young woman Hannah (Laura Seay),who believes she is being punished by god, and haunted by demons for letting her workmates die in a laboratory explosion.
We also get a little bit more backstory on Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen).
And there’s more fallout from the events of Thor: The Dark World, as what seems like a case of telekinesis, is actually someone stuck between two worlds… A good explanation of ghosts as Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) suggests.
This episode is not as fun as last week’s but still stronger than some that have gone before it, and it’s a nice touch to see the combination of religion and science being taken on in primetime television. And more importantly, in my opinion, done well. I quite like the way Skye (Chloe Bennet) and Hannah’s scene is shot, and the way it’s played. Soft, gentle, as the two attempt to find an understanding, even though everyone is still trying to figure out what is going on with what they assume is her.
This felt like a smaller story, but also felt important, not only for the revelations it gave about Melinda, and the nice comic relief of the pranks (the closet bit and Fitz’s (Iain De Caestecker) scream was brilliant!). It shows that yes, perhaps there is a strong guiding force behind the show, and despite the fact that after an initial burst of delight following the pilot they slumped a bit, it seems that the building blocks are settling into place to form a bigger picture, not only in the way the show fits within the established Marvel Universe, but within the show as well.
It was kind of a bummer that Fitz and Simmons couldn’t even make some offhand remark about the Xavier Institute when they believe that Hannah may have mutant abilities. I know Fox owns that property, but to completely dismiss the idea of mutants all together in this incarnation of the Universe is a little sad, as it’s such a large part of it.
And while I do enjoy watching the show, especially as the characters continue to develop, this still isn’t must-see-tv for me. I do like to watch it, but I’m still not hooked on it 9 episodes in, and that bothers me, because it combines so many things I do like, and yet, it’s failing to take me in as much as I know it could.
The episodes are undeniably improving week to week, but I’m starting to be worried that it may be too little too late.
What do you think about the series so far? What would you like to see more of? What could be done better?
I do hope the show sticks around and continues to improve, it has so much potential, I’d hate to see it fail…
Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays on CTV.