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TV Review: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 7 / November 12, 2013)

11.13.2013

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EPISODE 7: "The Hub"

SYNOPSIS:  Dangerous secrets are being kept from Coulson’s team and he works the system to save Ward and Fitz when they are sent on a Level 8 classified mission that may end in tragedy.

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

Seven episodes into the season and fans are still raging against AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. despite the show being exactly what it set out to be.  Playing like a light-hearted version of ALIAS, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. is slowly finding it's groove by shifting focus to characters like Fitz and Simmons.  Last week, Simmons took center stage in the viral mystery episode "FZZT" and this week it is Fitz's turn.

After extracting an undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. operative, the team heads to the top secret base known as The Hub to investigate a Level 8 mission.  Agent Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows) sends the team to dismantle a weapon while against the clock.  The only team member who can do it?  Fitz.  The team discusses the danger involved and off they go. 

While Fitz and Ward are off site, Simmons and Skye investigate what the root of the mission is.  Skye questions S.H.I.E.L.D.'s entire hierarchy to which Coulson tells her to trust the system.  The show clearly wants to instill in us that this agency has an order that may not be the most inclusive.  The pair end up making a mess of things as they search for intel including a very uncomfortable exchange between Agent Sitwell and Simmons.

Skye discovers that Ward and Fitz are on a suicide mission which prompts another discussion about clearance levels and why S.H.I.E.L.D. hides information.  Coulson angrily says that they can go off-book because there is a book and maintaining protocol is what makes everything work.  You can see that Coulson begrudgingly trusts in everything that S.H.I.E.L.D. does even if he is beginning to question that authority as he did last week when it could have signalled Simmons death.

As Ward and Fitz are saved by the team, Coulson provides Skye with the unredacted information about her from The Hub.  Coulson explains a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent dropped her off and could have been her mother.  In a private moment, Melinda May and Coulson discuss the real reason Skye was left at an orphanage.  They never say what the reason was, but an image of a dead woman is shown in the file, adding yet another mystery and open plot point to this already full show mythology.

The little moments on AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. seem to work better than the overarching story, but little moments don't make a show work.  So far this season we have big given a big bad behind the Extremis experiments, in-fighting amongst the S.H.I.E.L.D. hierarchy, and a mysterious list of known superpowered humans.  While the showrunners are clearly trying to avoid too deep of a mythology, they are spreading it too much and not giving us a clear direction for the show.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES:

Agent Sitwell from THOR and a couple of One Shots returns when the agents visit the secret base known as The Hub.  Hand also makes reference to Romanoff and Barton as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who understand how missions work.

BEST LINE:

"There are dogs chasing us and you brought a proscuitto sandwich?"

COOLEST SCENE:

Fitz using the weapon as he and Ward work to escape the enemy compound was a nicely directed sequence.  The use of practical sets and not a lot of green screen went a long way to making this episode feel a lot more tangible.

DO WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO COULSON YET?

While talking with Agent Hand, Coulson repeats that Tahiti is a magical place, but stutters when he does as if saying it is somehow programmed into him.  Could this be another clue that he is a robot? In the closing moments, Coulson calls into S.H.I.E.L.D. to pull his own file about his time in Tahiti to which he is told his Level 8 clearance is not sufficient to gain access and only Director Fury can provide it.

EPISODE CLEARANCE LEVEL: 8/10

A nicely put together episode that focuses on practical locations and deepens the rift within S.H.I.E.L.D., this is what the show should be about.  While I do think it is not Marvel enough for what fans want, these types of episodes make for an entertaining show.  The showrunners need to find a focal point for the series and stick with it.

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

"The Well" - In the aftermath of Thor's battle with Malekith in Greenwich, Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces -- one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.

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1:03AM on 11/15/2013

Okay, it is not saying much...

but this is the best episode yet. I assume the Hub set was built for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and not just for this show. The location of the Hub was classified because that could be a spoiler.
but this is the best episode yet. I assume the Hub set was built for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and not just for this show. The location of the Hub was classified because that could be a spoiler.
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10:53PM on 11/14/2013
The last two episodes were better so hopefully things will start to settle. I don't understand why people have an issue with Joblo reviewing this stuff? It's a site FOR that purpose. If you don't like Shield, fine! Stop whining like a little baby just because others are trying to find enjoyment in it.
Is it a great show, not really. Mediocre in my opinion. Not what I would expect from Joss but hey, not every shows first season is a keeper either.
Arrow was the same as Shield and has slowly
The last two episodes were better so hopefully things will start to settle. I don't understand why people have an issue with Joblo reviewing this stuff? It's a site FOR that purpose. If you don't like Shield, fine! Stop whining like a little baby just because others are trying to find enjoyment in it.
Is it a great show, not really. Mediocre in my opinion. Not what I would expect from Joss but hey, not every shows first season is a keeper either.
Arrow was the same as Shield and has slowly gotten better, but it took a full season. I like Arrow NOW, but it took a long time before mediocre became something I was looking forward to watching the next week. I probably won't drop Shield, but I am giving it a chance as I do with many shows. Feel free to give up on it, but don't whine about it just because some other people are giving it a chance. You can start an anti-shield topic on the forums if you want, why you would, I have no idea. At the end of the day, you DO NOT have to read these columns. You can click away. It's THAT simple. Really really child worthy simple...to not click the "TV Review: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 7 / November 12, 2013)" thread.
Everyone is entitled to like/dislike a tv show or movie, but don't be a dick to people for having a different opinion. Don't like it, don't watch it. Can't get any easier than that.
I however am still hopeful this mediocre show become good. If it doesn't, well shit. I tried.
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3:49AM on 11/14/2013

For the haters...

Whedon shows are character driven and light hearted. So it takes a while to build the heart of the show, and this usually the death knell for all his projects. Its always worth hanging in there. I didn't like it at first but its getting better each week.
The development of a team of brilliant minds and abilities is the back bone of marvel storylines. Which is what is occurring in SHIELD.
And anyone expecting Breaking Bad or Boardwalk Empire is expecting too much. This show, and the MCU at
Whedon shows are character driven and light hearted. So it takes a while to build the heart of the show, and this usually the death knell for all his projects. Its always worth hanging in there. I didn't like it at first but its getting better each week.
The development of a team of brilliant minds and abilities is the back bone of marvel storylines. Which is what is occurring in SHIELD.
And anyone expecting Breaking Bad or Boardwalk Empire is expecting too much. This show, and the MCU at large, aren't here to challenge your intellect or ask thematic questions about morality, God, or the meaning of life. Its entertainment pure and simple. Let go of your lofty expectations and allow yourself to enjoy it.
Trust the system.
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9:08AM on 11/14/2013
Spot on.
Spot on.
1:03PM on 11/15/2013
Not expecting Breaking Bad or Boardwalk Empire, expecting a "so-so" and unnescessary sitcom designed to rake in more money while Marvel films are in production.
"Whedon shows are character driven and light hearted." As are most shows, usually the basic generic formula.
Not expecting Breaking Bad or Boardwalk Empire, expecting a "so-so" and unnescessary sitcom designed to rake in more money while Marvel films are in production.
"Whedon shows are character driven and light hearted." As are most shows, usually the basic generic formula.
6:05PM on 11/13/2013
Why is Joblo.com reviewing this awful show? S.H.I.E.L.D. is THE worst thing on TV right now. Of all the great shows on TV, why are they reviewing this trash? I gave S.H.I.E.L.D. five episodes, and then I tapped out, each episode actually seemed to get worse. I really hope this site will start to review Marvel stuff fairly from now on. Joblo is obviously biased towards Disney-Marvel projects, and that's a total shame.
Why is Joblo.com reviewing this awful show? S.H.I.E.L.D. is THE worst thing on TV right now. Of all the great shows on TV, why are they reviewing this trash? I gave S.H.I.E.L.D. five episodes, and then I tapped out, each episode actually seemed to get worse. I really hope this site will start to review Marvel stuff fairly from now on. Joblo is obviously biased towards Disney-Marvel projects, and that's a total shame.
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3:40PM on 11/13/2013

Could Joblo leave it's Marvel boner at the door when watching anything with "Marvel" on it?

Honestly, Joblo, ever since day one with The Avengers your reviews have reeked with intoxicating love for all Marvel Studio films, projects, and Joss Whedon, no matter what. It's okay to give negative criticism. Otherwise someone from Marvel Studios will read a review like this and think, "Hey! We're doing this right, and there is nothing we need to improve on."
Honestly, Joblo, ever since day one with The Avengers your reviews have reeked with intoxicating love for all Marvel Studio films, projects, and Joss Whedon, no matter what. It's okay to give negative criticism. Otherwise someone from Marvel Studios will read a review like this and think, "Hey! We're doing this right, and there is nothing we need to improve on."
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3:30PM on 11/13/2013

I am working hard to give it two seasons...

Where are these high ratings for the series coming from? I give it an overall 4.5/10. Last week's episode was the "best", with a 6/10.
What happens when it actually starts getting good? Are the ratings going to be like 14/10 and shit?
I still have faith that Whedon will give it direction, and season 2 will improve.
Where are these high ratings for the series coming from? I give it an overall 4.5/10. Last week's episode was the "best", with a 6/10.
What happens when it actually starts getting good? Are the ratings going to be like 14/10 and shit?
I still have faith that Whedon will give it direction, and season 2 will improve.
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1:55PM on 11/13/2013
Awful, just plain awful.
Next week's episode is the Thor tie-in and it will be the deciding factor whether I'll tune in again. Everything about this show is horrendous.
Awful, just plain awful.
Next week's episode is the Thor tie-in and it will be the deciding factor whether I'll tune in again. Everything about this show is horrendous.
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12:56PM on 11/13/2013

I'm Level 10

I'm over this show. No real direction and giving more questions than answers for the series. Not even Fury has the proper clearance. Guess we'll have to go to Redford's character.
I'm over this show. No real direction and giving more questions than answers for the series. Not even Fury has the proper clearance. Guess we'll have to go to Redford's character.
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11:57AM on 11/13/2013

8 out of 10?

That might be of of the most off the wall funny things I have read in a long time. I tuned in last night thinking it was the Thor tie in episode as I gave up watching this horrible show after episode 4 and I was totally reminded every minute as to why I had given up watching this show. It was AWFUL every second of the way. This is one of the worst written shows I have ever had the displeasure to witness and I am blown away by the high ratings it is given by the website here yet the schmoes
That might be of of the most off the wall funny things I have read in a long time. I tuned in last night thinking it was the Thor tie in episode as I gave up watching this horrible show after episode 4 and I was totally reminded every minute as to why I had given up watching this show. It was AWFUL every second of the way. This is one of the worst written shows I have ever had the displeasure to witness and I am blown away by the high ratings it is given by the website here yet the schmoes are consistently in disagreement.

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11:10AM on 11/13/2013
So Skye hacks Shield at 'The Hub' and Simmons shoots a superior Shield agent Sitwell while said hack is happening and they are not in anyway reprimanded or detained? Hell, Sitwell just brushed it off as no big deal even though he was calling Simmons in at the moment he was knocked out. Rather weak writing.
So Skye hacks Shield at 'The Hub' and Simmons shoots a superior Shield agent Sitwell while said hack is happening and they are not in anyway reprimanded or detained? Hell, Sitwell just brushed it off as no big deal even though he was calling Simmons in at the moment he was knocked out. Rather weak writing.
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10:58AM on 11/13/2013
This shows that S.H.I.E.L.D. Is not the good guys all the time
This shows that S.H.I.E.L.D. Is not the good guys all the time
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10:34AM on 11/13/2013
I don't have nearly the problems with this show as other people, but it feels a little spoon fed at times.
The big Coulson mystery is losing its mystique. Skye even mentioned that Coulson was "acting like a robot version of himself." It's becoming a bit on the nose if it turns out he is a robot. Otherwise I like this show (but prefer Arrow).
I don't have nearly the problems with this show as other people, but it feels a little spoon fed at times.
The big Coulson mystery is losing its mystique. Skye even mentioned that Coulson was "acting like a robot version of himself." It's becoming a bit on the nose if it turns out he is a robot. Otherwise I like this show (but prefer Arrow).
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10:10AM on 11/13/2013
This is honestly the worst show on TV. Last night's episode is the last straw for me. If this show didn't have Marvel's name attached to it, it would've been cancelled weeks ago. Arrow is a better show in every way , I have no idea why this site reviews one, but not the other.
This is honestly the worst show on TV. Last night's episode is the last straw for me. If this show didn't have Marvel's name attached to it, it would've been cancelled weeks ago. Arrow is a better show in every way , I have no idea why this site reviews one, but not the other.
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9:11AM on 11/13/2013
It's great that Victoria Hand has shown up and Saffron Burrows was perfectly cast.
It's great that Victoria Hand has shown up and Saffron Burrows was perfectly cast.
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1:00AM on 11/15/2013
I didn't realize that both Victoria Hand and Jasper Sitwell were actual recurring characters from the comics.
I didn't realize that both Victoria Hand and Jasper Sitwell were actual recurring characters from the comics.
8:14AM on 11/13/2013
Watch Arrow if you want an exciting Superhero show!
Watch Arrow if you want an exciting Superhero show!
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8:54AM on 11/13/2013
Truer words have never been spoken. Season 2 of Arrow is fantastic. Though I wouldn't label Shield a superhero show, it's based in a comic book world like Arrow. And currently Arrow is the best comic book TV show I have seen in ages. Great characters, great action, solid writing. Can't recommend Arrow enough. Joblo should start up reviews of Arrow if they are reviewing Shield.
Truer words have never been spoken. Season 2 of Arrow is fantastic. Though I wouldn't label Shield a superhero show, it's based in a comic book world like Arrow. And currently Arrow is the best comic book TV show I have seen in ages. Great characters, great action, solid writing. Can't recommend Arrow enough. Joblo should start up reviews of Arrow if they are reviewing Shield.
10:00AM on 11/13/2013
Cool. I'll keep that in mind, when I'm done watching this spy show.
Cool. I'll keep that in mind, when I'm done watching this spy show.
6:35AM on 11/13/2013
If you enjoy Agents of SHIELD, keep enjoying Agents of SHIELD. The show has some things to like. However, I am done. I assume that the following comment speaks for some fans. Last night's episode was moronic. The "0-8-4" episode was moronic. And, "Girl in the Flower Dress" was moronic. Spy agencies do not operate like Coulson's team does week after week. A viewer should not constantly remember that he watches but a TV show. Agents of SHIELD should seem like a realistic world. However, it does
If you enjoy Agents of SHIELD, keep enjoying Agents of SHIELD. The show has some things to like. However, I am done. I assume that the following comment speaks for some fans. Last night's episode was moronic. The "0-8-4" episode was moronic. And, "Girl in the Flower Dress" was moronic. Spy agencies do not operate like Coulson's team does week after week. A viewer should not constantly remember that he watches but a TV show. Agents of SHIELD should seem like a realistic world. However, it does not. Last night, Simmons would have paid dearly for assaulting Sitwell. Throughout these episodes, Skye is a gross security risk and grossly insubordinate; she would never remain on the team. In "0-8-4", those Peruvians hijacked a U.S. military aircraft; they would be dead; there would not be any of this TV-trope-A-Team crap. In last night's episode, Ward and Fitz encounter the nicest Russian mobsters in the history of the world. I do not even work in intelligence (perhaps, a show fan would say that I am not even intelligent :P and I know that SHIELD would never operate as it does on Agents of SHIELD.

I thought that Agents of SHIELD was supposed to present how REAL people would live in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, these characters are not plausible. And, the show's presented world, its setting, is not plausible if based upon our own. From now on, I am simply reading the JoBlo summary every Wednesday. Maybe, something significant and interesting will happen on the show. I would suggest that ABC bring Graviton or Power Man back. But, the network's writers would probably just fuck-up the characters.

However, again, I recognize that I am simply not the show's target audience. As a comicgeek, I thought that adult comcgeeks are. Others might enjoy Agents. Afterall, Smallville had a dedicated audience (wasn't a fan) as did Batman: The Brave and the Bold (was a fan), and those both fudged expectations.
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8:45AM on 11/13/2013
Funny saying it should be a realistic world when its a world based off comic book
Funny saying it should be a realistic world when its a world based off comic book
5:01AM on 11/13/2013

Who cares?

It's bland, below average tv. Review something good like boardwalk empire!

The site has only reviewed game if thrones and breaking bad! This is no where near the caliber of show they are! Just because it's marvel I guess.

Either way it's a poor show that less and less people enjoy!
It's bland, below average tv. Review something good like boardwalk empire!

The site has only reviewed game if thrones and breaking bad! This is no where near the caliber of show they are! Just because it's marvel I guess.

Either way it's a poor show that less and less people enjoy!
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5:32AM on 11/13/2013
Perhaps, because it's a tie in with a populair filmseries...?

And don't tell people what to like....
Perhaps, because it's a tie in with a populair filmseries...?

And don't tell people what to like....
5:37AM on 11/13/2013
But it's poor televison, so why bother?
But it's poor televison, so why bother?
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3:05AM on 11/13/2013

For once the "character of the week" was actually taken from the comics.

Really, Jedd Whedon was that too hard?
Really, Jedd Whedon was that too hard?
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8:48AM on 11/13/2013
apparently you missed the episode with the gravity villain
apparently you missed the episode with the gravity villain
2:41AM on 11/13/2013
So does this episode take place before or after Thor 2?
So does this episode take place before or after Thor 2?
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1:07AM on 11/13/2013
It feels like the show is starting to take hold now. The last few weeks have had some great character development, and they have plenty of subplots to expand upon. I'm excited to see the big reveals they've been teasing the whole season with Coulson especially. I hope they tie him back in to the upcoming movies as well.
It feels like the show is starting to take hold now. The last few weeks have had some great character development, and they have plenty of subplots to expand upon. I'm excited to see the big reveals they've been teasing the whole season with Coulson especially. I hope they tie him back in to the upcoming movies as well.
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12:45AM on 11/13/2013

Problems within S.H.I.E.L.D

This is probably my favorite episode of the season. You can start to see Colson and May start to question the tactics of S.H.I.E.L.D and the way they do business. You can see some of the problems within S.H.I.E.L.D that may come to light in the season finale and are hinted at in the Winter Soldier trailer.
This is probably my favorite episode of the season. You can start to see Colson and May start to question the tactics of S.H.I.E.L.D and the way they do business. You can see some of the problems within S.H.I.E.L.D that may come to light in the season finale and are hinted at in the Winter Soldier trailer.
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