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TV Review: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 9 / November 26, 2013)

11.26.2013

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EPISODE 9: "Repairs"

SYNOPSIS:  Coulson and his team are haunted by a mysterious force that threatens to destroy them all, and only a secret from May's past can save them.

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

After last week's THOR: THE DARK WORLD-centric adventure, I was hopeful that this week we would get back into the swing of the whole S.H.I.E.L.D. hierarchy struggles between Coulson's team and the organization at large.  Or, maybe they would revisit the Centipede/Extremis group that has popped up here and there this season.  No, it starts right out that we are back in Case of the Week mode as the teaser sequences highlights a woman with seemingly telekinetic powers straight out of an early season of THE X-FILES.

Before we get into the episode itself, we need to acknowledge the sexy time from the end of last week's episode.  After feeling the effects of the Asgardian artifact, Melinda May and Grant Ward had to exercise their remaining rage somehow.  That somehow was knocking Marvel boots which in this episode appears to have become a repeat exercise.  The sex seems to be purely a physical relationship as May doesn't seem to crack a smile towards Ward when he references tactics to keep the rest of the team unaware of their exploits.  Outwardly, I figured hooking two characters up would eventually happen, I just didn't expect these two.  Surely there has to be some reason for matching the two most boring characters on the show?

As the team investigates a woman who is the sole survivor of a particle accelerator accident, Coulson enlists May to help deal with the woman as they sedate her and bring her in.  During this time, as Fitz and Simmons decide to initiate Skye by pranking her, May's nickname of The Cavalry is explained.  Whether this story is true or not it is hard to tell, but they are definitely trying to force May on the viewers as a surrogate for Black Widow.  I like the potential that May has as a character and she has flashes of being cool, but overall she is falling pray to the flatness we keep seeing in all aspects of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D..

The woman in custody, Hannah, reveals that she thinks she is being punished by God for causing the death of her employees at the accelerator.  But, as Skye finds out, one employee named Tobias Ford seems to have had it out for Hannah.  We begin to see Ford appear as a ghostly apparition on the plane, phasing in and out of reality.  Fitz and Simmons discover that the explosion somehow opened a gateway between worlds.  At that moment, Ford attacks Simmons claiming the other world is Hell and disables the plane.  May crash lands the plane and the team they begin their hunt for the "ghost".

As the team position themselves to defend the plane from Ford, Skye goes to Hannah to let her know what is going on.  Hannah is convinced her faith is being tested and Skye relates her childhood experiences with nuns and the only message that stuck with her was "God is love".  Hannah listens intently as Melinda May looks on.  May interjects and sends Skye to help Coulson begging the question to how deep May's scars run.  On the other side of the plane, Ward battles Ford as he goes in and out of reality before being knocked out.  With Ward, Fitz, and Simmons locked up, Coulson and Skye discuss the true story behind May's nickname, revealing why she is the way she is.

With everyone taken out, May is left to take Hannah of the plane with Ford in pursuit.  Skye deciphers, completely randomly, that Ford is actually trying to protect Hannah because he has a crush on her and didn't have a better way to get close to her than to cause a meltdown in a particle reactor and fake safety issues.  Quite possibly, this is the absolute stupidest motivation behind trying to get a girl to notice you in history and an awful plot device as well.  Ford spouts the words sin, Hell, and forgiveness as the show tries to forcefeed us some religious subtext.  May convinces Ford the only option is to let Hannah go and everyone can move on.  Blah, treacly bullshit.  May says they were the same words Coulson told her when she was suffering, but still bullshit cheese.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES:

Nothing.  Is this the first episode to not reference anything from the Marvel movies, even in passing?  Looks like it.

BEST LINE:

"1990s technology at it's best." - Coulson as his emergency radio transceiver stops working.

COOLEST SCENE:

Coulson explaining how Melinda May got her nickname of The Cavalry: despite Ward and Fitz explaining the story as May killing 20 or 100 enemies with a single gun to save some people, the true story is she killed "plenty", including civilians, under the influence of a superpowered cult leader.  She also did it without a gun.  The chilling delivery proves once again why Clark Gregg is perfect for this role.

DO WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO COULSON YET?

No references.

EPISODE CLEARANCE LEVEL: 5/10

I know that I have said that this show can stand on it's own two legs without relying on Marvel characters or tying into the movie franchises, but this Case of the Week episode just doesn't cut it.  I realize that network series need to have a couple of filler episodes here and there, but I would much rather cut them out entirely and focus on mythology episodes only.  Not only that, but the resolution to this case is so f*cking stupid that it drags down everything positive in the episode.

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

"The Bridge" (December 10, 2013) - 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.

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8:49PM on 11/27/2013

i liked it

I think the show is actually getting better with each episode. They are getting more into the individual characters and how they work together. There is more personality now than there was 6 episodes ago. It still has a ways to go to be great television, but they are just working out the kinks, give it more time.

also, they mention that the lab may have been trying to replicate the world portals seen in "Thor: The Dark World" theres your movie reference. They
I think the show is actually getting better with each episode. They are getting more into the individual characters and how they work together. There is more personality now than there was 6 episodes ago. It still has a ways to go to be great television, but they are just working out the kinks, give it more time.

also, they mention that the lab may have been trying to replicate the world portals seen in "Thor: The Dark World" theres your movie reference. They
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5:34PM on 11/27/2013
If i'm not mistaken, isn't the way Nightcrawler teleports is him going to other dimensions and coming back in a different area? I ask this because the way it looked when he purposely "jumped" from being by May when that beam was heading towards Hannah to in front of the beam to protect her. I thought that was a reference.
If i'm not mistaken, isn't the way Nightcrawler teleports is him going to other dimensions and coming back in a different area? I ask this because the way it looked when he purposely "jumped" from being by May when that beam was heading towards Hannah to in front of the beam to protect her. I thought that was a reference.
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4:30PM on 11/27/2013

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES:

There was actually one. During Agent Coulson's distress call he said something along the lines of "This is E-616...". E-616 was referenced in Thor: The Dark World - explained here. [link]
There was actually one. During Agent Coulson's distress call he said something along the lines of "This is E-616...". E-616 was referenced in Thor: The Dark World - explained here. [link]
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12:27PM on 11/27/2013
Can't even force myself to watch this show anymore. Just cut it's jugular and let it die already. The show relies so much on cliche for all of it's characters. And aside from Coulson, Fitz and Simmons, all the characters fall flat in their acting. Frankly, I don't think this show really offers anything to the MCU. If anything, it detracts from the amazingness that is Agent Coulson. I know this is going to get a second season because Hollywood rewards stupidity. But hopefully the ratings
Can't even force myself to watch this show anymore. Just cut it's jugular and let it die already. The show relies so much on cliche for all of it's characters. And aside from Coulson, Fitz and Simmons, all the characters fall flat in their acting. Frankly, I don't think this show really offers anything to the MCU. If anything, it detracts from the amazingness that is Agent Coulson. I know this is going to get a second season because Hollywood rewards stupidity. But hopefully the ratings drop enough that it gets cancelled and they can rework the plotting to bring Coulson back to the movies and away from TV.
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12:17PM on 11/27/2013

This show somehow keeps getting worse.

It just sucks.
It just sucks.
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12:10PM on 11/27/2013
I thought that this was the best episode yet. The fact that the ending was flat is to be expected: every week they will have to talk themselves out of a fight because they don't have any superpowers. Fans cannot expect actual superheroes to show up because that would be Deus Ex Machina on any other show.
I thought that this was the best episode yet. The fact that the ending was flat is to be expected: every week they will have to talk themselves out of a fight because they don't have any superpowers. Fans cannot expect actual superheroes to show up because that would be Deus Ex Machina on any other show.
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12:03PM on 11/27/2013
"MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES: Nothing. "
Not true. In Thor: The Dark World, Thor and Maleketh were seen traveling between realms and Simoons mentioned this when she explained that happened to Ford.
"MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES: Nothing. "
Not true. In Thor: The Dark World, Thor and Maleketh were seen traveling between realms and Simoons mentioned this when she explained that happened to Ford.
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11:26AM on 11/27/2013

Fan's are sticking with this slop but not for much longer

Though I'm glad to see "S.H.I.E.L.D." has successful ratings it will not last long. Reading the review and reading the comments of viewers, I definitely am not the only one with feelings of disappointment. I've been watching this show week after week hoping it will find it's footing. I can only assume that Disney/Whedon want this show to be more "family friendly", thus the lackluster and tame storylines. Their biggest misconception is that SHIELD should be lighthearted. Even back in the
Though I'm glad to see "S.H.I.E.L.D." has successful ratings it will not last long. Reading the review and reading the comments of viewers, I definitely am not the only one with feelings of disappointment. I've been watching this show week after week hoping it will find it's footing. I can only assume that Disney/Whedon want this show to be more "family friendly", thus the lackluster and tame storylines. Their biggest misconception is that SHIELD should be lighthearted. Even back in the 60's "Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD" was not like the superhero comics. It was more adult and serious about spies and espionage. This show should be more like "Alias", "Fringe", "Person's of Interest", "Blacklist", X-Files", etc. Heck, in just 3 episodes, "Almost Human" blows SHIELD out of the water!!! That show is what SHIELD should be! It has many of the concepts from the SHIELD comics (espionage, LMDs [like model decoys], cool gadgets). Maybe JJ Abrams should be at the helm of this show. But with great shows like "Buffy" and "Angel" and the "Avengers" movie under his belt, Whedon has the pedigree to make this show really great. Yet, 9 episodes in and the supporting cast of this show are SO BORING!!!! Agents Paulson and May have some spark but the rest are just stick figures. Such wasted potential!!!! Get it together Whedon!!!!! Is there a way to get him to see this site so he can get a pulse of what fans are thinking?
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10:56AM on 11/27/2013

didnt watch - was flipping through channels and saw 5 minutes of the show

5 minutes was more than enough. Reminded me of why I don't watch the show and I kept on channel surfing. This show rates barely above Twilight on the worth watching meter.
5 minutes was more than enough. Reminded me of why I don't watch the show and I kept on channel surfing. This show rates barely above Twilight on the worth watching meter.
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8:04AM on 11/27/2013

Additional Reference

Coulson used the call sign 616 - that's a reference to the Marvel Universe as it exists in the comics.

Spot on review - the show has real potential but my big gripe is that it's so ridiculously formulaic in the way it teases out backstory. It's network tv 101 stuff.
Coulson used the call sign 616 - that's a reference to the Marvel Universe as it exists in the comics.

Spot on review - the show has real potential but my big gripe is that it's so ridiculously formulaic in the way it teases out backstory. It's network tv 101 stuff.
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5:04AM on 11/27/2013
Did not care for the way they wrapped up the mainplot of this episode. with that I agree that it did drag the episode down, at the end... and a 5 is spot on! But thess episode did add a layer to May's character (loved the misschievous grin at the end), and showed a bit off the innerworkings of the team, so even though this is a bad epsiode, it might prove usefull for upcoming epsiode
Did not care for the way they wrapped up the mainplot of this episode. with that I agree that it did drag the episode down, at the end... and a 5 is spot on! But thess episode did add a layer to May's character (loved the misschievous grin at the end), and showed a bit off the innerworkings of the team, so even though this is a bad epsiode, it might prove usefull for upcoming epsiode
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4:27AM on 11/27/2013
Not to be the comic book nerd here, but the gas station was a Roxxon station. Might not have been a cinematic universe reference per se, but it sure was a Marvel universe reference!
Not to be the comic book nerd here, but the gas station was a Roxxon station. Might not have been a cinematic universe reference per se, but it sure was a Marvel universe reference!
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3:09AM on 11/27/2013
ya i was just bored watching this i have to agree that the bad guys motivation was just lame this review feels like the first real review for this show i mean i like the show but its not the worlds best im only watching it for clark gregg
ya i was just bored watching this i have to agree that the bad guys motivation was just lame this review feels like the first real review for this show i mean i like the show but its not the worlds best im only watching it for clark gregg
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1:57AM on 11/27/2013

finally

An honest review of this show!
An honest review of this show!
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1:13AM on 11/27/2013

I agree

That this show is extremely flat. And when any aspect can be described accurately as boring, that ain't a good sign.

They did, however, reference the events of "Thor: The Dark World" a few times.
That this show is extremely flat. And when any aspect can be described accurately as boring, that ain't a good sign.

They did, however, reference the events of "Thor: The Dark World" a few times.
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