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TV Review: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 10 / December 10, 2013)

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EPISODE 10: "The Bridge"

SYNOPSIS:  Coulson takes the war back to Centipede, and this time he brings in Mike Peterson for some super-soldier support. As they get closer to the truth, startling secrets are revealed and an unexpected twist threatens the team.

BREAKDOWN: (The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode).

After a brief holiday break, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. is back and jumping right back into the mythology episodes we haven't seen since the pilot and third episode of the season. The group known as Centipede appear to have perfected their super soldier serum and break out Edison Poe from prison in spectacular fashion. The Team is sent to find Poe and enlist the help of Mike Peterson. Peterson, you may remember, was the victim/patient given the power of Centipede in the pilot.

Peterson, now working for S.H.I.E.L.D., seems to still have his super strength intact and joins up at Coulson's request. The team is hesitant but are reminded that Skye was also on the outside of their team before she was accepted. Coulson and Ward go to track down one of the Centipede soldiers' sisters while Fitz and Simmons do a work up on Peterson to assess his limits. At this point, the show seems to be hitting the same notes we got when Skye joined the team. With six characters already taking up time on the show, does adding another recurring/main character make sense? I do like having a super-powered character on the team, but at what cost?

Meanwhile, the Centipede team of Poe and Reyna (aka The Girl in the Flower Dress) decide to step up their soldiers as we see their new recruits don't have just one or two implants but six or more all over their arms and backs. While their endgame seems like it is going to be something big, the team is going into the enemy warehouse backed up only by Peterson? I still fail to see the logic in how an organization as huge as S.H.I.E.L.D. cannot provide reinforcements in such a big situation.

The team battles a trio of Centipede soldiers and Peterson is able to take down one. As they question him, he is killed remotely by Reyna and Poe. Now we know that Centipede was behind Agent Amadour's eye implant from the early season episode "Eye Spy". With everything falling into place, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. is starting to seem like it was actually planned out. But, references to bad guy leader The Clarivoyant and Centipede's State Three are still as mysterious as they were before this week.

But, things are not improving across the board. The team is beginning to fracture as May and Ward's no strings attached sexual funtimes are causing May to assume Ward is reading too much into it and revealing their private business to the teams. Skye overhears May who lashes into her for her investigation into her mother's true identity. Coulson steps in to talk Mike down from his training to tell him his son is still important. While I like Coulson being the father figure to the team, it seems the writers are using this as a bit of a formula crutch each week by having him resolve all the problems aside from his own.

Peterson learns his son is being held by Reyna and demand a no electronic meet.  During the hand-off, it is revealed that Centipede doesn't want Peterson and his ability to regulate his powers but rather Coulson.  Peterson is apologetic but Coulson instructs them to complete the trade.  Coulson is sedated and the team is left shocked.  As Peterson gives his son to Skye and runs back to save Coulson, the trucks at the site are detonated, seemingly to kill Peterson and Coulson is taken away by helicopter.  The episode ends here.

It is a ballsy move to leave the show on such a cliffhanger with no new episodes until 2014, but I commend them for it.  Each episode so far has been tied up neatly.  Dangling threads will definitely up the desire to see what happens next, plus I want to see how the team interacts without their fearless leader.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES:

Peterson, after moving a bulldozer across a football field, asks if he beat Captain America's time. Peterson's son, Ace, is seen playing with Avengers action figures.

BEST LINE:

Coulson: He fell off the grid in '08, reappeared 18 months ago at a diner in Boston.
Grant: Where he stabbed a friend's eyes out.
Coulson: With a steak knife. And then finished his meal.
Skye: That's funny. Poe doesn't look crazy. (everyone stares) I'm kidding. The guy is a walking mug shot.

COOLEST SCENE:

Nothing flashy really happened this week as the episode was more about integrating Peterson into the team while also throwing some wrenches into the relationships on the team.  The tense hand-off and cliffhanger were directed as well as any scene on the show so far and gets my vote for coolest scene.

DO WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO COULSON YET?

No references aside from a fleeting one about staying hidden from The Avengers, but the final scene of the episode reveals his death is key to their Stage Three.

EPISODE CLEARANCE LEVEL: 7/10

With all of the mythology elements of the show coming together, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. is starting to feel more cohesive.  This was a talky episode that did not take full advantage of the brief stint of having a super-powered team member, but the otherwise mediocre episode was saved by the final 10 minutes promising an action-packed second half of the season.

NEXT ON MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.:

The series will return January 7th, 2014 with what appears to be a multi-episode search for Coulson.  It also seems the explanation for his death and resurrection will be explained well before the end of the season.  So, buckle your seatbelts and we will see you in the new year!

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9:35AM on 12/13/2013
The guy playing Peterson is the weakest actor on the show. I think he will be around for a few more episodes and then killed off. I don't think he's dead yet because we didn't see a body. I hope future episodes can feature Daredevil, Power Man, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones in supporting roles.
The guy playing Peterson is the weakest actor on the show. I think he will be around for a few more episodes and then killed off. I don't think he's dead yet because we didn't see a body. I hope future episodes can feature Daredevil, Power Man, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones in supporting roles.
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11:39PM on 12/12/2013

Great episode!

I wasn't a huge fan of the show at first but I think there really stepping up their game! Can't wait for the next episode!
8/10
I wasn't a huge fan of the show at first but I think there really stepping up their game! Can't wait for the next episode!
8/10
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11:39PM on 12/12/2013

Great episode!

I wasn't a huge fan of the show at first but I think there really stepping up their game! Can't wait for the next episode!
8/10
I wasn't a huge fan of the show at first but I think there really stepping up their game! Can't wait for the next episode!
8/10
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1:24AM on 12/12/2013
Look, I don't disagree that this show sucks. But....Joss Whedon has had only one show that only lasted for one season - firefly. And Buffy was based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer which was created by....Joss Whedon.
And also.....Do y'all realize Joss isn't the showrunner, right?
Look, I don't disagree that this show sucks. But....Joss Whedon has had only one show that only lasted for one season - firefly. And Buffy was based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer which was created by....Joss Whedon.
And also.....Do y'all realize Joss isn't the showrunner, right?
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5:49PM on 12/11/2013
my buddy's aunt makes $70 an hour on the internet. She has been without work for nine months but last month her payment was $12442 just working on the internet for a few hours. blog link... www.Buzz19.com
my buddy's aunt makes $70 an hour on the internet. She has been without work for nine months but last month her payment was $12442 just working on the internet for a few hours. blog link... www.Buzz19.com
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3:26PM on 12/11/2013

I'm not gonna make it to the end of the season

I am someone that gives a LOT of time and effort into shows that I may not initially care for.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just plain sucks. Period.
This episode? Rating: 2.5/10
I am someone that gives a LOT of time and effort into shows that I may not initially care for.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just plain sucks. Period.
This episode? Rating: 2.5/10
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2:48PM on 12/11/2013

Blah blah blah blah blah......

And the Marvel boner for S.H.I.E.L.D. continues right where Joblo left off.
Was someone reviewing this show after witnessing Carrie Underwood's slaughter, which is supposedly called acting to her, in The Sound of Music LIVE? Cause that would even make "Movie 43" look like "Citizen Kane"!
And the Marvel boner for S.H.I.E.L.D. continues right where Joblo left off.
Was someone reviewing this show after witnessing Carrie Underwood's slaughter, which is supposedly called acting to her, in The Sound of Music LIVE? Cause that would even make "Movie 43" look like "Citizen Kane"!
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12:55PM on 12/11/2013

Disappointing show.

I was never truly hyped for the show but i still expected it to be good. After ten episodes it hasn't gotten any better. I want to like, but I just don't. I don't see myself coming around to it if it remains badly written with lame characters.

I still like Coulson though. The show should've been about him.
I was never truly hyped for the show but i still expected it to be good. After ten episodes it hasn't gotten any better. I want to like, but I just don't. I don't see myself coming around to it if it remains badly written with lame characters.

I still like Coulson though. The show should've been about him.
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12:50PM on 12/11/2013
This is completely useless. It adds nothing to what was built in the MCU and really detracts from the great storytelling in the movies. If they're introducing this Petersen guy to the team it better be in an attempt to get rid of Ward (since he's completely useless). And with all of this stuff going on in the show, and knowing that Captain America still works closely with SHIELD, same with Black Widow and Hawkeye, why have none of those characters been called in to support. I would put
This is completely useless. It adds nothing to what was built in the MCU and really detracts from the great storytelling in the movies. If they're introducing this Petersen guy to the team it better be in an attempt to get rid of Ward (since he's completely useless). And with all of this stuff going on in the show, and knowing that Captain America still works closely with SHIELD, same with Black Widow and Hawkeye, why have none of those characters been called in to support. I would put those three in a fight against super powered soldiers over Petersen (the fresh recruit) and a team of useless spies. And if all of Centipede's technology and research is based off Extremis, why hasn't anyone spoken to Tony Stark about this stuff? Why has he not been consulted with about this technology since he's the only person who has seen it first hand?

The logic of this show just completely collapses on itself with each passing episode. I've given up watching it and just read the recaps the following day. Because honestly, as soon as I find out how Coulson was brought back to life I'm 100% done with this show.
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11:28AM on 12/11/2013
The comments below reaffirm my decision to quit after episode 4... Hated it.
The comments below reaffirm my decision to quit after episode 4... Hated it.
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2:38PM on 12/11/2013
LoL.. I quit after the same episode as well. Four was enough for me. And like you said, reading everyone's comments, it seems it was the right decision.
LoL.. I quit after the same episode as well. Four was enough for me. And like you said, reading everyone's comments, it seems it was the right decision.
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9:33AM on 12/11/2013
S.H.I.E.L.D. is the worst show on TV. If you want to watch something good , check out Arrow or Almost Human, both shows are amazing.
S.H.I.E.L.D. is the worst show on TV. If you want to watch something good , check out Arrow or Almost Human, both shows are amazing.
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7:45AM on 12/11/2013
I've haven't watched this show yet. It's sounds like it might be better watched really quick rather than week to week. I keep trying to spread the word though, if you want a fantastically, phenomenal super hero show watch Arrow. Don't let the fact that it's on the CW turn you away. After the season one finale and can safely say that it's my favorite super hero movie/show ever. I like it more than any movie out there, and the makers of these movies should be ashamed on how much they spend on one
I've haven't watched this show yet. It's sounds like it might be better watched really quick rather than week to week. I keep trying to spread the word though, if you want a fantastically, phenomenal super hero show watch Arrow. Don't let the fact that it's on the CW turn you away. After the season one finale and can safely say that it's my favorite super hero movie/show ever. I like it more than any movie out there, and the makers of these movies should be ashamed on how much they spend on one movie, when this show puts out more thrills, action, and even big set pieces.
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12:06PM on 12/11/2013
sorry cant watch the arrow, if I see one more re-used set from Smallville I will scream. When something looks so cheap and crappily made you cant watch it, its like watching a bad high school play except with worse actors, I mean it is the CW
sorry cant watch the arrow, if I see one more re-used set from Smallville I will scream. When something looks so cheap and crappily made you cant watch it, its like watching a bad high school play except with worse actors, I mean it is the CW
5:50AM on 12/11/2013
It's like a really shit version of the far superior 'Alphas'.
It's like a really shit version of the far superior 'Alphas'.
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6:07AM on 12/11/2013
I could not agree more. They fucked us with that Alphas "ending".
I could not agree more. They fucked us with that Alphas "ending".
2:50AM on 12/11/2013

Tried to watch again tonight, but it still is "meh"

I just don't understand how they can miss the mark so much, they can play in the Marvel Universe with thousands of characters, and we get another "Scooby Gang" deal with Coulson as Giles. Not to twist the knife, but arrow this season is so much better of a Comic Book show, you should be doing weekly reviews of that show instead. It's hitting all the right note that Agents of Buffy is missing.
I just don't understand how they can miss the mark so much, they can play in the Marvel Universe with thousands of characters, and we get another "Scooby Gang" deal with Coulson as Giles. Not to twist the knife, but arrow this season is so much better of a Comic Book show, you should be doing weekly reviews of that show instead. It's hitting all the right note that Agents of Buffy is missing.
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12:05PM on 12/11/2013
its bc of Whedon, has he ever had a show that he created that lasted more than 1 season, are we seeing a pattern.
its bc of Whedon, has he ever had a show that he created that lasted more than 1 season, are we seeing a pattern.
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1:22AM on 12/11/2013

Shot in the dark here

With Skye being biracial (half asian - in real life as well), could it be the whole secrecy between Coulson and May regarding Skye's parents is because Skye is actually their offspring? (The whole relationships between agents not being a good idea talk between Grant and Coulson seems to have a hidden meaning as well)
With Skye being biracial (half asian - in real life as well), could it be the whole secrecy between Coulson and May regarding Skye's parents is because Skye is actually their offspring? (The whole relationships between agents not being a good idea talk between Grant and Coulson seems to have a hidden meaning as well)
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6:08AM on 12/11/2013
Now you're being interesting...
Now you're being interesting...
9:29PM on 12/11/2013
When May went off on her and told her to just drop it, i started to think that May is her mother. Tho Coulson being the father is a thought.
When May went off on her and told her to just drop it, i started to think that May is her mother. Tho Coulson being the father is a thought.
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12:49AM on 12/11/2013

Watched it tonight for the first time in weeks and it was a waste of time

I hope if the series teaches ABC/Marvel one thing, it is never to trust Jedd Whedon (Joss' brother) with a television series again. The episode was mediocre, not good, not terrible, but it just grates on me that out of the literally millions of characters in the Marvel Universe the writers can't be bothered to spend 20 minutes on Wikipedia to find an actual character for the comics to fill in for the archetypes that their story of the week requires. There are literally dozens of D-List
I hope if the series teaches ABC/Marvel one thing, it is never to trust Jedd Whedon (Joss' brother) with a television series again. The episode was mediocre, not good, not terrible, but it just grates on me that out of the literally millions of characters in the Marvel Universe the writers can't be bothered to spend 20 minutes on Wikipedia to find an actual character for the comics to fill in for the archetypes that their story of the week requires. There are literally dozens of D-List characters that they could use to fill in the exact roles Poe and Reyna fill. I realize that this isn't The Avengers and they want to save their better known characters for the screen, but one of the things that has made the films so enjoyable for the fans is that (with the exception of the Thor films) practically every role of any significance from Leslie Bibb's reporter in Iron Man 1 to the individual Extremis soldiers in Iron Man 3 (Eric Savin, Ellen Brandt, Jack Taggart) are at least based on characters lifted straight from the comics. This show is being billed as Marvel show, so I really don't feel it's too much to ask to see actual Marvel characters in it, no matter how obscure. Honestly it just feels like the writers are being lazy and not wanting to do their research.
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6:10AM on 12/11/2013
Nailed it.
Nailed it.
12:04PM on 12/11/2013
you almost got it but the real problem that most TV execs has learned is don't let Josh Whedon have a TV show. They are all odd, all cancelled with in one season except Buffy which wasn't his idea and was based off another persons work. Everything he has done originally has failed either critically or commercially. His only 2 successful projects were based off an already existing franchise that had been created by other people, he just shepherds them. If this were an already existing successful
you almost got it but the real problem that most TV execs has learned is don't let Josh Whedon have a TV show. They are all odd, all cancelled with in one season except Buffy which wasn't his idea and was based off another persons work. Everything he has done originally has failed either critically or commercially. His only 2 successful projects were based off an already existing franchise that had been created by other people, he just shepherds them. If this were an already existing successful comic he probably would have done great with it, but since its left up to him its tedious and boring like every other show he ever created.
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