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TV Review: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 6 / November 5, 2013)

Nov. 5, 2013by: Alex Maidy

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EPISODE 6: "FZZT"

SYNOPSIS:  The team investigates an electrostatic disease that may claim members of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. Coulson also confronts his own mortality.

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

After a week off for Halloween, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. picks up with an opening teaser featuring a bunch of boy scouts telling spooky stories around a campfire only to have weird lightning strikes, floating objects, and the Scout leader floating mysteriously in the sky. A nice opening that would fit in THE X-FILES, FRINGE, or even ALIAS. From there, we get our typical shot of the S.H.I.E.L.D. jet flying in the sky and we are off.

As the team starts investigating the weird electrical storm, we find them analyze that there are three possible explanations for the anomaly: a freak natural occurance, a new high tech weapon, or someone with powers. I hope that this show is not going to go through a regular rotation of these three scenarios to make up their season. The team sees nothing on the surface to indicate what could be the cause and look into the victim's hometown. As Fitz and Simmons spew technobabble about the body, another anomaly is detected and they head out in pursuit.

The two victims turn out to be volunteer fire fighters who were responders to the Battle of New York. The next scene shows the killer polishing a Chitauri helmet that is pulsing with the same electricity that killed the victims. Arriving at the fire station, they meet Tony Diaz, the man who has the helmet. Coulson recognizes the pale and sweaty man's erratic behavior as he begins to hear a humming noise and items begin to float around him. He reveals that they cleaned the helmet and Fitz and Simmons determine that some sort of alien virus must have been on the helmet and they are infected.

In a surprisingly quiet scene, Coulson sits down with Diaz as he nears the electrical impact from the Chitauri virus. After Diaz dies, the team is scanned to see if the virus has moved to them, and the results show all clear. As they transport the helmet to The Sandbox, the team work to find a cure for the disease, which turns out to be transmitted by electro-static energy. A floating implement shows that Simmons is infected.

With an estimated two hours before Simmons will explode and the plane over the middle of the Atlantic, no one can find the cure besides Simmons herself. Fitz and Simmons begin to infight with each other as they struggle to find the cure/anti-serum. Coulson is instructed to jettison the helmet due to the infectious properties but he ignores the command. Fitz and Simmons break down and hope is almost lost until they realize the Chitauri was a carrier for the disease but was not infected. Fitz joins Simmons in the clean room and they get to work. After a brief moment of hope, the final lab rat succumbs to the disease and Simmons resigns herself to her fate.

Knocking Fitz out, Simmons lowers the cargo hold to jump and save the rest of the team. Fitz sees the rat survived thanks to the anti-serum and screams as Simmons jumps from the plane. Ward jumps after her with the anti-serum in tow. The team say their requisite happy thoughts and all are well as they live to see another day.

The closing scene has Coulson facing Blake at The Sandbox to drop off the helmet. Blake threatens Coulson with losing his team and Coulson says he would like to see them try.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES:

The use of a Chitauri remnant from THE AVENGERS brings the series full circle to the film that inspired it. Agent Blake (Titus Welliver) makes his return to the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. for the first time since ITEM 47. Coulson also says his iron levels are a bit high but not to call him Iron Man.

BEST LINE:

"I don't sweat, I glisten." - Agent Coulson

COOLEST SCENE:

 

While the skydive scene was pretty well done, I have to give this week's best scene to Coulson's reveal of his feelings about coming back from the dead.

DO WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO COULSON YET?

Coulson's explanation about what dying felt like gave some nice insight into his emotional state but still doesn't give much information as to what happened. Coulson also reveals to May that he requested the physical that, despite being normal, he still feels different. He shows his scar to May who tells him you cannot die and come back and not be changed.

EPISODE CLEARANCE LEVEL: 9/10

Probably my favorite episode of the season, the show gives a nice mystery that would have fit nicely on FRINGE while also giving us the most insight into Coulson's post AVENGERS resurrection. The acting is top notch and the tension feels more real than it has in the previous episodes. Maybe it is the reduced roles for Skye and Ward, but it just works.

 

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

"The Hub" - Grant and Fitz are sent on a suicide mission, and Coulson desperately works to save their lives from within S.H.I.E.L.D.

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11:23PM on 11/05/2013

I liked this episode, I'd give it an 8/10.

but this gives me hope that the series will improve throughout the season. The characters are starting to come alive a little more - the bickersons relationship between Fitz and Simmons developed here - and it feels like it's starting to come together. The team is interacting a bit more, and you're seeing characters move beyond their archetypes a little.
but this gives me hope that the series will improve throughout the season. The characters are starting to come alive a little more - the bickersons relationship between Fitz and Simmons developed here - and it feels like it's starting to come together. The team is interacting a bit more, and you're seeing characters move beyond their archetypes a little.
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11:26PM on 11/05/2013
Program slowly drifting downhill. Never thought a Whedon series would be boring only 6 episodes in.
Program slowly drifting downhill. Never thought a Whedon series would be boring only 6 episodes in.
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11:45PM on 11/05/2013
I gave it another shot this week after skipping the last few episodes. It's still not good.
I gave it another shot this week after skipping the last few episodes. It's still not good.
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12:07AM on 11/06/2013
That moment with Phil and the fireman was fantastic and I can definitely feel the fractures in Shield starting that supposedly lead to the events of the next Captain movie
That moment with Phil and the fireman was fantastic and I can definitely feel the fractures in Shield starting that supposedly lead to the events of the next Captain movie
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1:07AM on 11/06/2013
I really wanted to like this show, but after 6 boring/lackluster episodes, I think I'm done with it. Arrow is a better show in every way, and I was expecting the sane great writing from S.H.I.E.L.D., but it hasn't even come close to delivering the same caliber of writing as Arrow.
I really wanted to like this show, but after 6 boring/lackluster episodes, I think I'm done with it. Arrow is a better show in every way, and I was expecting the sane great writing from S.H.I.E.L.D., but it hasn't even come close to delivering the same caliber of writing as Arrow.
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1:33AM on 11/06/2013

I'm still on the season pass

I loved the pilot, found myself bored with the following three episodes, but the last two have been better. Still not great like I was hoping but I will give it til the end of the season.

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I really wish they would not have found a cure and let Simmons die. They need to jettison Ward and one of the scientist in the near future. Skye is a decent character and Coulson & May are the standouts, but this show needs to ramp up the stakes like they did
I loved the pilot, found myself bored with the following three episodes, but the last two have been better. Still not great like I was hoping but I will give it til the end of the season.

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I really wish they would not have found a cure and let Simmons die. They need to jettison Ward and one of the scientist in the near future. Skye is a decent character and Coulson & May are the standouts, but this show needs to ramp up the stakes like they did tonight. Only next time, end with a main character leaving for good.
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2:25AM on 11/06/2013
Is it just me or does anyone else feel this series could take off with a season long (interesting) story. Something that is hinted at every episodes but only 3 or 4 episodes are actually fully about. I don't know, I want to love this show but after all the great series that we have become used to, this monster of the week, star trek TOS way of doing things just don't cut it anymore. Guess what, I need deep characters, I need cool origin stories, I need continuity between this and the other
Is it just me or does anyone else feel this series could take off with a season long (interesting) story. Something that is hinted at every episodes but only 3 or 4 episodes are actually fully about. I don't know, I want to love this show but after all the great series that we have become used to, this monster of the week, star trek TOS way of doing things just don't cut it anymore. Guess what, I need deep characters, I need cool origin stories, I need continuity between this and the other Marvel Universe. I see AoS getting close but it has not reached it for me. Oh well, maybe next week right!

P.S. The whole Skye, maybe friend, maybe foe thing is overplayed and just annoying.
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2:57AM on 11/06/2013
I agree that it can use more of an overall story arc. I don't know if you've watched babylon 5 but it can use that type of serialization where the whole season tells one overall story.
I agree that it can use more of an overall story arc. I don't know if you've watched babylon 5 but it can use that type of serialization where the whole season tells one overall story.
4:15AM on 11/06/2013

What the fuck

Are you smoking?
This was a horrible episode!
Are you smoking?
This was a horrible episode!
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2:54PM on 11/06/2013
I have to disagree. This is the first episode that didn't cut away when something heavy and dramatic was happening. Which is a tendency with this shows editing. Everything seems very rushed and you never get to actually dwell on the drama because they seem to be trying to shove so much into an episode. This one, in my opinion, was almost perfectly balanced. I like the quieter moments like the one with Coulson sitting at the table with the fire marshal, and when Fitz realizes she's going to
I have to disagree. This is the first episode that didn't cut away when something heavy and dramatic was happening. Which is a tendency with this shows editing. Everything seems very rushed and you never get to actually dwell on the drama because they seem to be trying to shove so much into an episode. This one, in my opinion, was almost perfectly balanced. I like the quieter moments like the one with Coulson sitting at the table with the fire marshal, and when Fitz realizes she's going to die. I like that they didn't rush those moments. It's those moments that draw me in because that's when the characters become much more real. These balanced with the skydiving sequence was almost a perfect episode construction.
11:14AM on 11/06/2013
Horrible was probably a poor choice of word.

It was just as boring, poorly acted, same jokey and forgettable as all the other episodes.

And giving it a nine? What the hell kind of rating system do they use, some episodes of breaking bad got less than a 9 and no episode of breaking bad is worse than this!

What they going to do if it actually picks up? Give every episode a 10?
Horrible was probably a poor choice of word.

It was just as boring, poorly acted, same jokey and forgettable as all the other episodes.

And giving it a nine? What the hell kind of rating system do they use, some episodes of breaking bad got less than a 9 and no episode of breaking bad is worse than this!

What they going to do if it actually picks up? Give every episode a 10?
9:26AM on 11/06/2013
Can you please enlighten us and tell us why it was such an horrible episode?
Can you please enlighten us and tell us why it was such an horrible episode?
4:52AM on 11/06/2013

First Steps

Up and till this episode, the show was only lightly entertaining for me... Now i know Whedon and i know his first eps are never the strongest. This episode felt like the first steps in the right direction. Fitz-Simmons who were quite a annoying distraction from the story, were given quite a bit a depth, and humanity throughout the episode, and both even had a moment of self sacrificing heroism. Loved their interaction with eachother, but also with the rest of the team. they spend time less
Up and till this episode, the show was only lightly entertaining for me... Now i know Whedon and i know his first eps are never the strongest. This episode felt like the first steps in the right direction. Fitz-Simmons who were quite a annoying distraction from the story, were given quite a bit a depth, and humanity throughout the episode, and both even had a moment of self sacrificing heroism. Loved their interaction with eachother, but also with the rest of the team. they spend time less isolated and even apart from eachother. Also it was great episode for Coulson's character, who, again, gained a layer. For me this episode is what it should be like. Character development, and dialogue.
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7:31AM on 11/06/2013

Feeling Rusty?

I assume now that little comments like, "high iron" and "feeling rusty" all point to him being a robot.

sticking to to comments, i like the show alot. The show is finding its footing and I think the 2nd half of the season and season 2 will really be great.
I assume now that little comments like, "high iron" and "feeling rusty" all point to him being a robot.

sticking to to comments, i like the show alot. The show is finding its footing and I think the 2nd half of the season and season 2 will really be great.
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8:24AM on 11/06/2013
I agree. I caught those remarks as well. I actually hope he ends up being a LMD.
I agree. I caught those remarks as well. I actually hope he ends up being a LMD.
8:22AM on 11/06/2013

Best episode

This was the best episode so far and I hated the previous ones. I actually gave up the show after 4 episodes, but I decided to check episode 6 out because the preview looked entertaining enough. I was not disappointed.

Also, am I the only person who really enjoys Fitz and Simmons? I think they are the best characters next to Agent Coulson.
This was the best episode so far and I hated the previous ones. I actually gave up the show after 4 episodes, but I decided to check episode 6 out because the preview looked entertaining enough. I was not disappointed.

Also, am I the only person who really enjoys Fitz and Simmons? I think they are the best characters next to Agent Coulson.
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10:52AM on 11/06/2013
Fitz & Simmons are kinda lame characters in my opinion.
Fitz & Simmons are kinda lame characters in my opinion.
9:24AM on 11/06/2013
Am I the only one who got the impression that Blake was implying that Coulson needed to eject Simmons from the plane, not the helmet? Or did I misread that?
Am I the only one who got the impression that Blake was implying that Coulson needed to eject Simmons from the plane, not the helmet? Or did I misread that?
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10:50AM on 11/06/2013
They were definitely talking about her, thats why she mention she knew the regulation
They were definitely talking about her, thats why she mention she knew the regulation
9:43AM on 11/06/2013
Yep, I got that too. That is why it was so dramatic. If they had to get rid of the helmet, they would just had thrown it off the jet...
Yep, I got that too. That is why it was so dramatic. If they had to get rid of the helmet, they would just had thrown it off the jet...
9:37AM on 11/06/2013

Stinks

This show really stinks! very dissapointing. I like the cast and they aren't bad actors with the exception of the supposed Male Special Ops agent-it would be nice if they casted someone who looks tougher! I think he brings down the show, b/c if his character spewed awesomeness it would be alot better! he doesn't look tough period! I could easily kick his ass.
This show really stinks! very dissapointing. I like the cast and they aren't bad actors with the exception of the supposed Male Special Ops agent-it would be nice if they casted someone who looks tougher! I think he brings down the show, b/c if his character spewed awesomeness it would be alot better! he doesn't look tough period! I could easily kick his ass.
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12:07PM on 11/06/2013
I think the show would benefit from getting rid of the character altogether. They don't rely on the special ops guy at all. Plus they have Ming Na who is supposed to be this tough as nails, experienced ops commander and has so far kicked far more ass than the other guy.

He really doesn't do anything until the end of the episode when shit hits the fan and they need someone to come in and "look cool" doing something (i.e. jumpingout of an airplane). Between Coulson and Ming they have the
I think the show would benefit from getting rid of the character altogether. They don't rely on the special ops guy at all. Plus they have Ming Na who is supposed to be this tough as nails, experienced ops commander and has so far kicked far more ass than the other guy.

He really doesn't do anything until the end of the episode when shit hits the fan and they need someone to come in and "look cool" doing something (i.e. jumpingout of an airplane). Between Coulson and Ming they have the tactical spec ops area of the team covered anyways, he's just redundant.
10:50AM on 11/06/2013
I've been watching the show, and I can say it is okay I guess, but I think the 1 hour format really hinders it from good stories. That is always the problem going to a TV show rather than a motion picture. A good story with character development and 3 acts really needs a large format like film rather than a TV episode. What we ARE getting is slow development of characters like Ward and Skye and Coulson. This last episode was really focused on the minor characters of Fitz and Simmons. These
I've been watching the show, and I can say it is okay I guess, but I think the 1 hour format really hinders it from good stories. That is always the problem going to a TV show rather than a motion picture. A good story with character development and 3 acts really needs a large format like film rather than a TV episode. What we ARE getting is slow development of characters like Ward and Skye and Coulson. This last episode was really focused on the minor characters of Fitz and Simmons. These characters are just BLAND. The whole thing feels rushed. I don't think this is the best episode so far. They have been balancing on Skye's loyalty as a plot line for a while now. That is starting to get old.
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12:02PM on 11/06/2013
What's the season order for this show? Is it a full 22/23 episodes or the new standard of 13 episodes? If it's the former than god help us, we'll have to deal with a lot more of these "go-nowhere" epsidoes with hints of the bigger mystery. If it's the latter, than the writers better get cracking on fleshing this story out more before the end of the season.

OVerall, thought it was another ok to sub-par episode. I'm not sure why they feel the need to develop Coulson as a character, we're
What's the season order for this show? Is it a full 22/23 episodes or the new standard of 13 episodes? If it's the former than god help us, we'll have to deal with a lot more of these "go-nowhere" epsidoes with hints of the bigger mystery. If it's the latter, than the writers better get cracking on fleshing this story out more before the end of the season.

OVerall, thought it was another ok to sub-par episode. I'm not sure why they feel the need to develop Coulson as a character, we're already familiar with the character. Are they trying to reinvent him with this resurrection storyline? If so, please stop. I liked Coulson the way he was. The more entertaining way to go is have the Coulson we know and love investigating how/why he was resurrected? Not figuring out how it "changed" him. This episode also showcased more of how much Ward is a useless character, he does nothing until the end of the episode when shit hits the fan and he comes out of nowhere to save the day. If they already have Coulson and Ming has formally stated she wants back in on the action they have their two "boots on the ground" characters, plus they have Skye, Fitz, and Simmons to carry out the bulk of the investigation, so really what's the point of Ward at this point.

This show still has potential, I think the writers just need to step back from the typical network TV cliches and retool the direction they should take this show in. Episode should have really been 6/10, 7 at most. It might have been the best episode so far, but that's still far from a good show.
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2:20PM on 11/06/2013

Problem is this is a "Jedd Whedon" show not a "Joss Whedon" one.

I understand not everybody necessarily likes his style, but Whedon is a talented guy. I mean he wrote the scripts for Speed and Toy Story and gave us Buffy and Firefly. However, the problem is that while Joss' name is splashed all over the promo materials for this show he has zero involvement in writing the scripts or the day to day running of it, that's left to the not-so-capable hands of his younger brother and sister in law. Which is why The Avengers and Firefly were awesome and this and
I understand not everybody necessarily likes his style, but Whedon is a talented guy. I mean he wrote the scripts for Speed and Toy Story and gave us Buffy and Firefly. However, the problem is that while Joss' name is splashed all over the promo materials for this show he has zero involvement in writing the scripts or the day to day running of it, that's left to the not-so-capable hands of his younger brother and sister in law. Which is why The Avengers and Firefly were awesome and this and Dollhouse sucked.
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4:07PM on 11/06/2013
A.O.S. is not quite as good as I had anticipated, however I still enjoy it. Nice to see Ming-Na Wen in a regular series role, and am curious to learn more about her character.
A.O.S. is not quite as good as I had anticipated, however I still enjoy it. Nice to see Ming-Na Wen in a regular series role, and am curious to learn more about her character.
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7:08PM on 11/06/2013

the setup its beginning...

I believe that Coulson will become Vision as he continues to talk about being rusty and not being himself.its a set up for avengers 2.
I believe that Coulson will become Vision as he continues to talk about being rusty and not being himself.its a set up for avengers 2.
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1:55AM on 11/07/2013

Jurisdiction

I actually thought the episode was a bit weak. In the X-Files Mulder and Scully always had to work with local authorities and the funny part was when the locals would listen to Mulder's theories and think he was crazy. There's none of that here. Oh, sure, people now know that aliens exist but where's the local sheriff saying "I've never seen anything like this before"? I know it's a cliche but it's missing.

There's another problem: can SHIELD move in and move a body before the local
I actually thought the episode was a bit weak. In the X-Files Mulder and Scully always had to work with local authorities and the funny part was when the locals would listen to Mulder's theories and think he was crazy. There's none of that here. Oh, sure, people now know that aliens exist but where's the local sheriff saying "I've never seen anything like this before"? I know it's a cliche but it's missing.

There's another problem: can SHIELD move in and move a body before the local authorities have cleared the crime scene? Mac Taylor is going to be pissed with Coulson when he finds out. :)
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10:45AM on 11/07/2013
On Supernatural they work with locals too. I love how that adds to both series.
On Supernatural they work with locals too. I love how that adds to both series.
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