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EPISODE 4: "Eye-Spy"

SYNOPSIS:  Agent Coulson and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team try to track down a mysterious woman who has single-handedly committed numerous high-stakes heists. But when the woman’s identity is revealed, a troubling secret stands to ruin Coulson.

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

Coming off of two very different episodes of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., neither of which featured a character with superpowers comes this episode...which still features no superheroes.  But hey, that is what Joss Whedon told us this show would be: following the humans investigating the stuff that doesn't make the big screen movies like THOR or IRON MAN.  So, what is the threat this week?  A former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent under the influence of a robotic menace.

The teaser sequence this week builds some nice tension as men clad in red masks are taken down by an unassuming woman on a traincar full of passengers.  Her bounty is revealed to by diamonds and she disappears.  If anything, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. has mastered these opening scenes, building a mystery for the rest of the episode.  In this case, the next ten minutes of the episode match the same formula as each prior episode: shot of the plane, recap of where Skye's training stands, intro to this week's mission, and the reveal of Coulson's connection to the villain.

This villain turns out to be Akela Amadour, a former protege of Coulson's, who shares a lot in common with Skye despite turning to the enemy.  That enemy turns out to be some sort of power triggered when Amadour closes her eyes.  Skye suggests she may have superpowers like ESP which Melinda May brushes off as being nonsense.  You know, for a show centered on characters with powers outside of science, they certainly disregard them pretty easily.

After being attacked by Amadour, the team decodes a signal being transmitted via a robotic camera inside her eye.  Fitz and Simmons reveal the technology is beyond what S.H.I.E.L.D. is capable of, which is kind of depressing for the agency to be who is protecting humanity.  The team learns that Amadour is being controlled by a third party and confront Coulson who feels responsible for bringing Amadour in safely.

While the team impersonates Amadour, she and Coulson discuss what happened to her leading to this point.  After the short fight scene between Amadour and May in the hotel room, to have this much narrative really bogs down the flow of the story.  We do learn her handler is an Englishman based on word choices.  The team is working much more in unison now with the focus of discord shifting to May and Coulson.

The undercover sequence/eyeball surgery that follows is a well paced scene that is a perfect indicator of what the show could be followed by a very anticlimactic ending that ties things up a little too neatly without answering anything.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES:

The Battle of New York is name-checked, but that is about it.

BEST LINE:

"Next time I decide what we call it" - Coulson in reference to Agent Ward referring to their away team as the Short Bus.

COOLEST SCENE:

Amadour versus Melinda May in the hotel room was a pretty well choreographed fight sequence, if not a little brief.

DO WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO COULSON YET?

Amadour asks May what happened to Coulson.  She says he almost died before the Battle of New York to which Amadour asks "no, what did they do to him?",  May stands silent.

EPISODE CLEARANCE LEVEL: 7/10

This episode had a lot of potential but ended up feeling like a filler episode.  Nothing progresses the story.  That being said, by taking the overt superhero elements out of the story it allowed for an overall more rounded episode.  But, it still felt more like an episode of ALIAS than anything.

 

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

"Girl in the Flower Dress" - An elusive girl in a flower dress may hold the key to the mystery that brings Coulson and team to Asia to rescue a young man with an unusual and dangerous power; and Skye has a secret that jeopardizes her relationship with the team right when they need her most.

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3:51PM on 10/18/2013

Just so very generic...

I had high hopes for this, but so far these have been in vain. This show could be any random teen rated, slightly sci-fi show. The characters so far are bland and nothing more than run of the mill. The writing is super average, at the beginning of each episode you almost immediately know how it'll end. What could have been kind of interesting would have been if that hacker chick (I can't even remember her name) would be secretly working against the team AND if this would not have been made
I had high hopes for this, but so far these have been in vain. This show could be any random teen rated, slightly sci-fi show. The characters so far are bland and nothing more than run of the mill. The writing is super average, at the beginning of each episode you almost immediately know how it'll end. What could have been kind of interesting would have been if that hacker chick (I can't even remember her name) would be secretly working against the team AND if this would not have been made plain obvious (by showing her phoning it in) but instead make the viewers know what the rest of the team knows. But no, that'd require thinking on the viewers and the writers part, and this show is meant as an easy snack, not something to chew on. There's pretty much zero connection to the Marvel universe other than the name. There's also almost no overarching storyline other than the "mystery" of what happened to Coulson (but that is only picked about 10 seconds each episode) and... no. That's it. Oh and FitzGerald? Just there to deliver some fake tech talk and fix plotholes through magical tech devices making it all good again. Yawn.
That said, there are a few more episodes left and this would not be the first show to suck badly in the beginning. Let's hope for the best.
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11:19AM on 10/17/2013

A few things

I don't watch this show. I'd prefer to just read these. But...they never talk about going after the third party that controlled the girl May? Seems like that's be a thing theyd really wanna check into. Maybe it'll be a recurrent theme through out the series/season and they'll keep finding things connecting to him, but if they didn't mention trying to find him, that's actually incredibly horrible and reason enough to shit the show down, bc obviously the guy has money and technology to do the
I don't watch this show. I'd prefer to just read these. But...they never talk about going after the third party that controlled the girl May? Seems like that's be a thing theyd really wanna check into. Maybe it'll be a recurrent theme through out the series/season and they'll keep finding things connecting to him, but if they didn't mention trying to find him, that's actually incredibly horrible and reason enough to shit the show down, bc obviously the guy has money and technology to do the eye thing, and he has to have other ppl working for him than her. If they don't, then shields incredibly fn stupid, comically so, and that's not what shield is. So hopefully it's not shitty writers and he'll turn up again.
What happened to Coulson? Well the answer is obvious: he's the 8th biggest hero who they killed off (for a stupid reason bc I never bought his death would bring the avengers back), but they came up with this idea and had to have a connection, and realized the other 7 wouldn't do it so they brought him back of course.
And sky's secret next episode - she's afraid of heights!!!!
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11:04AM on 10/18/2013
More likely it was fans demanding Coulson come back that led to this series.
More likely it was fans demanding Coulson come back that led to this series.
4:55AM on 10/17/2013

I liked it allot.

For the budget their given and the fact that it's basic cable television, this episode satisfied me and then some .
Good episode. Loved the twists, though I didn't favor some of the strong big brother philosophies. Though besides good episode out of the four. Could have been better, but like considering the price and time they did it in I say " Well done. " Looking forward to see what series brings from the more to come.

P.S. Everyone saying that ohh the actings to bland to forced, I mean
For the budget their given and the fact that it's basic cable television, this episode satisfied me and then some .
Good episode. Loved the twists, though I didn't favor some of the strong big brother philosophies. Though besides good episode out of the four. Could have been better, but like considering the price and time they did it in I say " Well done. " Looking forward to see what series brings from the more to come.

P.S. Everyone saying that ohh the actings to bland to forced, I mean come on. They're not Tony Stark for crying out loud! They're S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents. " Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " I don't know if you don't know this, but most criminal justice especially secret organizations like the fictional S.H.I.E.L.D. They've been taught not to feel, taught not to show emotion. You know? So just putting that question in your head. I think the acting is pretty good all around. The only characters I really have a problem with are Fits, Simmons. I hope they grow later on. But so far uhh ehh. They're not really doing it for me. Though like I said, there's many episodes to come. So hears hoping to improvement. I'd like to add I do think they have gotten better each episode so far, so hopefully they will grow more like I believe they have. Yay for Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Thank you ABC for tying me over till " Thor: The Dark World " comes out! Thank you. c|:^{D~
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10:57PM on 10/16/2013
I like this show, but this, for me, was the weakest episode thus far. The whole journey was formulaic after the interesting teaser, and the jokes were corny. What's shitting me is Agent May's no-expression-face. It's so put-on. Also Fitz & Simmons need to get some development so we can build some empathy toward their otherwise annoying presences.
I like this show, but this, for me, was the weakest episode thus far. The whole journey was formulaic after the interesting teaser, and the jokes were corny. What's shitting me is Agent May's no-expression-face. It's so put-on. Also Fitz & Simmons need to get some development so we can build some empathy toward their otherwise annoying presences.
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5:56PM on 10/16/2013
Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres in Star Trek: Voyager) directed this episode.
Roxann Dawson (B'Elanna Torres in Star Trek: Voyager) directed this episode.
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5:29PM on 10/16/2013
I maintain that this one of those series (like Next Generation) that's going to suck the whole first season and only start getting good at season 2.
I maintain that this one of those series (like Next Generation) that's going to suck the whole first season and only start getting good at season 2.
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3:50PM on 10/16/2013

Episode was the best one thus far. That's not saying much.

I dug this episode. It kept my interest and attention just about all the way through. I think it was because this episode focused on the two characters that don't annoy me; Coulson and Melinda May. The antagonist was pretty interesting and believable as well, so there's that.

I honestly feel like the show would be a whole lot better if (other than the writing. S.H.I.E.LD. is THAT oblivious to social media?) they cut a lot of the side characters... and Skye... especially Skye. (Seriously I
I dug this episode. It kept my interest and attention just about all the way through. I think it was because this episode focused on the two characters that don't annoy me; Coulson and Melinda May. The antagonist was pretty interesting and believable as well, so there's that.

I honestly feel like the show would be a whole lot better if (other than the writing. S.H.I.E.LD. is THAT oblivious to social media?) they cut a lot of the side characters... and Skye... especially Skye. (Seriously I was really hoping that the van would blow up when it got hit.)

Again, I just can't take this series seriously. I have a hard time believing that this sector is ABOVE Avenger's clearance as it's filled with, well, kids. I laughed hard at the short bus bit because I couldn't help but think that the Shield organization sees this sector as such. Irony.
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2:49PM on 10/16/2013
It's kind of sad commentary, but my grandest hope for this series now lies with some sort of Marvel cross promotional corporate synergy. Meaning the show is obviously connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) via Coulson and little else. The show has likely shown us what it is going to be, and that is pretty disappointing. In a universe where aliens, gods and super-powered humans are seemingly becoming more and more common this show features next to none of it. As I said, my only hope
It's kind of sad commentary, but my grandest hope for this series now lies with some sort of Marvel cross promotional corporate synergy. Meaning the show is obviously connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) via Coulson and little else. The show has likely shown us what it is going to be, and that is pretty disappointing. In a universe where aliens, gods and super-powered humans are seemingly becoming more and more common this show features next to none of it. As I said, my only hope now is that when the MCU has a new movie coming out this show will be used as a cross-platform advertising vehicle and will at least THEN show some kind of cross over with the goings on of the MCU. Like I said, kind of cynical and sad, but what this show is now is just not very interesting.
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1:47PM on 10/16/2013
No enthusiasm for this show at all, 4 episodes in and I couldn't care less for any of the characters. When their van was tipped over I truly hoped it would explode.

'Fitz and Simmons reveal the technology is beyond what S.H.I.E.L.D. is capable of ' - yet not 5 minutes later the agent guy is using a perfectly working prototype!
No enthusiasm for this show at all, 4 episodes in and I couldn't care less for any of the characters. When their van was tipped over I truly hoped it would explode.

'Fitz and Simmons reveal the technology is beyond what S.H.I.E.L.D. is capable of ' - yet not 5 minutes later the agent guy is using a perfectly working prototype!
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9:15AM on 10/16/2013
I found this show very boring. With this show and the other planned Marvel TV shows and miniseries there is definitely an over saturation of all things Marvel.
I found this show very boring. With this show and the other planned Marvel TV shows and miniseries there is definitely an over saturation of all things Marvel.
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6:39AM on 10/16/2013

Each episode just gets worse

I'm out. This show officially sucks. There is nothing but name dropping that connects it to anything Marvel related. This show sucks. I am a huge Marvel fanboy, I even bought the collectors editions Phase 1 briefcase but this show just has nothing to do with the Marvel universe. There are thousands of villains and evil organizations they could use but they keep making crap up and it doesn't matter. The forced "bonding" love interests is also killing this show. I hope this series dies a painful
I'm out. This show officially sucks. There is nothing but name dropping that connects it to anything Marvel related. This show sucks. I am a huge Marvel fanboy, I even bought the collectors editions Phase 1 briefcase but this show just has nothing to do with the Marvel universe. There are thousands of villains and evil organizations they could use but they keep making crap up and it doesn't matter. The forced "bonding" love interests is also killing this show. I hope this series dies a painful death.
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12:33PM on 10/16/2013
I really agree with the forced bonding love interests. It seems way too early to be dropping the bread crumbs leading to a romantic storyline. It just feels like a really forced cliche among many forced cliches.
I really agree with the forced bonding love interests. It seems way too early to be dropping the bread crumbs leading to a romantic storyline. It just feels like a really forced cliche among many forced cliches.
5:21AM on 10/16/2013

Boring!

This is typical wheadon crap! All his other shows are pretty bad, but this takes the biscuit!

Most overrated man working in Hollywood? Yes he is!!
This is typical wheadon crap! All his other shows are pretty bad, but this takes the biscuit!

Most overrated man working in Hollywood? Yes he is!!
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1:48PM on 10/16/2013
In fairness its Jed that's the writer not Joss
In fairness its Jed that's the writer not Joss
4:46AM on 10/16/2013
I Don't feel like this is a filler at all... It sort of capped off this episode neatly, but the real perpetrator, is still out there to find. This will be continued....
I Don't feel like this is a filler at all... It sort of capped off this episode neatly, but the real perpetrator, is still out there to find. This will be continued....
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3:01AM on 10/16/2013
I've been mostly 50/50 on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. so far but I thought tonight's episode was the best one yet! I really want to like that show but it's mostly missed opportunities, unfortunately. I am not one of those who was/is expecting to see The Avengers on the small screen, that was very clear since even before the show started. But it is taking place in the Marvel U and even if it's not meant to be men in tights it needs to feel like the Marvel U and so far it hasn't been able to
I've been mostly 50/50 on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. so far but I thought tonight's episode was the best one yet! I really want to like that show but it's mostly missed opportunities, unfortunately. I am not one of those who was/is expecting to see The Avengers on the small screen, that was very clear since even before the show started. But it is taking place in the Marvel U and even if it's not meant to be men in tights it needs to feel like the Marvel U and so far it hasn't been able to accomplish this enough for my tastes. But again, tonight was interesting enough for me to be "hip to this news".
Oh, and again, Coulson = LMD.
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2:01AM on 10/16/2013

Done with the show

I have seen 3 of the 4 aired so far and I have been left feeling like I wasted my hour every time. Done.
I will tune in if they actually put SUPER in the show- and not necessarily do I mean a super hero but come on, this does take place in the super hero universe. They should also kill this cast off and bring in some people who have some charisma and also a writer who can write some catchy material.
I have seen 3 of the 4 aired so far and I have been left feeling like I wasted my hour every time. Done.
I will tune in if they actually put SUPER in the show- and not necessarily do I mean a super hero but come on, this does take place in the super hero universe. They should also kill this cast off and bring in some people who have some charisma and also a writer who can write some catchy material.
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1:33AM on 10/16/2013

You can sure tell that Jedd Whedon isn't quite the writer Joss is.

Don't get me wrong, I don't think Joss Whedon is the end all-be all of screenwriters, but I do think he's a pretty talented one and if nothing else knows how to create memorable characters. All of the main players on SHIELD (with the exception of Coulson) just feel like shallow imitations of Whedon-style characters. Buffy and River Tam weren't the deepest characters to ever grace the small screen but they had presence and charm, these characters are just all-around bland.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think Joss Whedon is the end all-be all of screenwriters, but I do think he's a pretty talented one and if nothing else knows how to create memorable characters. All of the main players on SHIELD (with the exception of Coulson) just feel like shallow imitations of Whedon-style characters. Buffy and River Tam weren't the deepest characters to ever grace the small screen but they had presence and charm, these characters are just all-around bland.
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1:09AM on 10/16/2013

I tried...

I really tried to get into this show. I just can't. The acting feels forced from everyone except Clark, and the one-liners are the only thing saving Coulson as a character There has been really no character development since the first episode. It just hasn't done anything so far to even keep me interested enough to keep watching. I think tonight's episode was their last chance to change my mind, and it was probably the worst episode yet. I'm sure it will get its second season, but I don't see
I really tried to get into this show. I just can't. The acting feels forced from everyone except Clark, and the one-liners are the only thing saving Coulson as a character There has been really no character development since the first episode. It just hasn't done anything so far to even keep me interested enough to keep watching. I think tonight's episode was their last chance to change my mind, and it was probably the worst episode yet. I'm sure it will get its second season, but I don't see it making it too far past that.
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12:43AM on 10/16/2013
I'm enjoying the show for what it is so far, and I'm sure the longer it goes the better it will be, but I'm really not liking the Melinda May character at all. Every week she just stands there looking emotionless and always complaining. I hope they do something different with her and SOON. Other than that, they're doing a good job with setting up larger storylines for future seasons, with Graviton last week, the mystery behind the robot eye this week, and Coulson's post Avengers deal.
I'm enjoying the show for what it is so far, and I'm sure the longer it goes the better it will be, but I'm really not liking the Melinda May character at all. Every week she just stands there looking emotionless and always complaining. I hope they do something different with her and SOON. Other than that, they're doing a good job with setting up larger storylines for future seasons, with Graviton last week, the mystery behind the robot eye this week, and Coulson's post Avengers deal.
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12:21AM on 10/16/2013

The rating is fair

It's not a knockout episode but I enjoyed it. I'll still keep watching this show.
It's not a knockout episode but I enjoyed it. I'll still keep watching this show.
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