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TV Review: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 5 / October 22, 2013)

Oct. 23, 2013by: Alex Maidy

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EPISODE 5: "The Girl in the Flower Dress"

SYNOPSIS:  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. Meanwhile, Skye has a secret that jeopardizes her relationship with the team right when they need her most.

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 superhuman-free episode, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team is called in to investigate the disappearance of a Chinese civilian, Chan, who has exhibited pyrokinetic abilities.  The man was part of The Index, the S.H.I.E.L.D. listing of people and objects that have superpowers.  The man's assigned agent indicates their feed was hacked by Rising Tide which makes the team question whether or not Skye is trustworthy.

Chan was taken by the titular woman in the flower dress who wants to help Chan nurture his powers.  She suggests the name Scorch and promises to help Chan become famous.  The team decides to track down the Rising Tide hacker who turns out to be Miles, Skye's lover, and who knows she is spying on S.H.I.E.L.D.  After shaking Ward and Coulson, Skye and Miles sleep together.  As they talk about keeping the secret from the team, Melinda May appears and they now know Skye has douvle crossed them.  She and Miles are taken into custody.

Miles reveals he hacked S.H.I.E.L.D. China feed for a woman in a flower dress, Reina, who works for an Eco-friendly group investigating centipedes.  We soon find than Reina is working with the doctor from the pilot episode.  They have injected Chan with Extremis and are furthering research into it.  Now that his fire resistant platelets are removed, the Centipede group decide to eliminate Chan.  Coulson and May go into the field to retrieve Chan.

Chan, after re-injecting himself with Extremis, becomes Scorch and kills his handler and goes after Coulson.  Scorch confronts the doctor as his body begins to reject his power and he burns her alive.  May sneak attacks Chan and overdoses him with Extremis, detonating his powers and killing him.  Miles is let loose in Hong Kong and Skye decides to stay on the team.

Skye reveals her true motivation for joining the S.H.I.E.L.D. team: to find out who her parents are.  There are no records of who she is or who she was aside from a redacted document from S.H.I.E.L.D..  Coulson softens and offers to help her find what she is looking for but outfits her with the same tracking bracelet given to Miles.  The closing scene has Reina speaking to a mysterious man in a prison cell giving him an update on Centipede's progress.  She asks him to contact The Clarivoyant to help them reach Stage Three.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES:

Steve Rogers/Captain America is referenced as a famous superhero by Chan''s captor and the template for the fame she promises she can help him reach.  Coulson mentions getting stabbed by Loki.

BEST LINE:

"When someone breaks into my house I usually don't invite them to stay, but that's me" - Melinda May

COOLEST SCENE:

Scorch using his powers to kill the doctor was pretty hardcore for the series to date and his Extremis detonation was as good as any in IRON MAN 3. That or the scene of Skye in her bra and panties.

DO WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO COULSON YET?

Nope.

EPISODE CLEARANCE LEVEL: 7/10

A decent episode but falls prey to the Monster of the Week format that BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and DOLLHOUSE fell prey to all the time.  The plot sets up the Big Bad for the season/series in Centipede, Reina, and the man in the prison cell.  The show works better with an overall plot and scope which only appears at the end.  I like the tie ins to the Cinematic Universe, but they are starting to feel repetitive instead of building to something.  If the episodes could feel more like the final ten minutes of the show then we would be in better shape.

 

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

No new episode next week, but in two weeks we will have "FZZT" which has the team investigating some sort of virus that forces people to die while floating in mysterious positions.

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7:38AM on 10/23/2013
I haven't watched this show yet so this is an outside point of view, but isn't the show supposed to be about the "Agent of Shield," and not the superheroes? I thought everyone knew that going into it since they announced that over a year ago, and have been persistently telling every that ever since. Was everyone just wishful thinking superheroes would show up? This is television, they don't have the budget to get the actors. If Robert Downey won't do a Marvel movie for less than $50 million,
I haven't watched this show yet so this is an outside point of view, but isn't the show supposed to be about the "Agent of Shield," and not the superheroes? I thought everyone knew that going into it since they announced that over a year ago, and have been persistently telling every that ever since. Was everyone just wishful thinking superheroes would show up? This is television, they don't have the budget to get the actors. If Robert Downey won't do a Marvel movie for less than $50 million, why would he go on an episode of a show, especially when he's burned out on the role anyway? And the same for the rest of them.
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8:09AM on 10/23/2013
I knew going in to it that it wasnt going to feature known superheroes, my issue with the show is that its boring, dull, badly written, cheap cgi with the most awful, bland actors.
The only reason it has the viewership it has, is the brand name….and Coulson.
I knew going in to it that it wasnt going to feature known superheroes, my issue with the show is that its boring, dull, badly written, cheap cgi with the most awful, bland actors.
The only reason it has the viewership it has, is the brand name….and Coulson.
9:06AM on 10/23/2013
This was a good one. Better then last week's episode.
This was a good one. Better then last week's episode.
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11:50AM on 10/23/2013

My guess for Skye

I think they are building towards Skye becoming Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman. She has the look, a criminal background, could get taken in by Hydra and given her powers like the comic version.... Would make for a great long running storyline, one that takes a couple seasons to get to. Doesn't seem like Marvel has any other plans for the character so far.
I think they are building towards Skye becoming Jessica Drew aka Spider-Woman. She has the look, a criminal background, could get taken in by Hydra and given her powers like the comic version.... Would make for a great long running storyline, one that takes a couple seasons to get to. Doesn't seem like Marvel has any other plans for the character so far.
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8:00AM on 10/23/2013
I think my interest is kinda faded with this show now. I havent seen the last two episodes and theres nothing compelling me to watch it. I'd love it if you guys did a review of Arrow, new season just started, its not a great show but its far better then what we've seen here.
I think my interest is kinda faded with this show now. I havent seen the last two episodes and theres nothing compelling me to watch it. I'd love it if you guys did a review of Arrow, new season just started, its not a great show but its far better then what we've seen here.
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12:56PM on 10/23/2013
I agree, considering they post weekly reviews of shows like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad (when it was on), The Walking Dead (AITH), and I think there's another one in there somewhere, it seems ridiculous they would pay this much attention to a sub par show simply because it's a Marvel property and essentially in a round-about way connected to the MCU.

I only watched a few episodes of Arrow S1, haven't checked out any of S2 yet. But have heard nothing but great things. If there's a need to
I agree, considering they post weekly reviews of shows like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad (when it was on), The Walking Dead (AITH), and I think there's another one in there somewhere, it seems ridiculous they would pay this much attention to a sub par show simply because it's a Marvel property and essentially in a round-about way connected to the MCU.

I only watched a few episodes of Arrow S1, haven't checked out any of S2 yet. But have heard nothing but great things. If there's a need to talk about a superhero TV show, I'd rather they do reviews of Arrow instead.
11:16PM on 10/23/2013

So basically, people are pissy because there are no superheroes?

Guess they didn't read what Joss Whedon's been saying about it all along: "It's new characters. It needs to be its own thing. It needs to be adjacent [to The Avengers]... What does S.H.I.E.L.D. have that the other superheroes don't? And that, to me, is that they're not superheroes, but they live in that universe. Even though they're a big organization, that [lack of powers] makes them underdogs, and that's interesting to me . . . [the show focuses on] the peripheral people ... the people on the
Guess they didn't read what Joss Whedon's been saying about it all along: "It's new characters. It needs to be its own thing. It needs to be adjacent [to The Avengers]... What does S.H.I.E.L.D. have that the other superheroes don't? And that, to me, is that they're not superheroes, but they live in that universe. Even though they're a big organization, that [lack of powers] makes them underdogs, and that's interesting to me . . . [the show focuses on] the peripheral people ... the people on the edges of the grand adventures."

Got that? Good.

As for myself, this show isn't a home run but I agree with the scores so far. It's decent enough that I'm returning. As for the characters, they're developing rapidly and I like where the Centipede storyline is going.
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11:39PM on 10/23/2013

It was pretty bad

1) Why did they bother approaching him before they grabbed him? Why not just grab him?

2) Why kill him? They wanted an army of super soldiers and he was a willing recruit. Did I miss something?

3) SHIELD knew that the doctor was involved in the Centipede program but they didn't even question her or tail her.
1) Why did they bother approaching him before they grabbed him? Why not just grab him?

2) Why kill him? They wanted an army of super soldiers and he was a willing recruit. Did I miss something?

3) SHIELD knew that the doctor was involved in the Centipede program but they didn't even question her or tail her.
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5:27PM on 10/24/2013


It didn't surprise me they approached him as its easier to have a willing test-subject than to have to kidnap and force someone. And just because he was willing doesn't mean he will make a good soldier. He clearly showed he was unstable mentally and that his main concern would have been his own fame. And the doctor probably would have been of interest to them but their number one priority was the rescue mission. I did think they were going to keep him prisoner taking smaller amounts which


It didn't surprise me they approached him as its easier to have a willing test-subject than to have to kidnap and force someone. And just because he was willing doesn't mean he will make a good soldier. He clearly showed he was unstable mentally and that his main concern would have been his own fame. And the doctor probably would have been of interest to them but their number one priority was the rescue mission. I did think they were going to keep him prisoner taking smaller amounts which would allow his body to reproduce more blood but perhaps they had all they needed to learn how to stabilize the extremis injections

In any event, we already have to suspend disbelief for the sake of entertainment anyway. There are not people in real life creating fireballs out of their hands. And writers are only human and also on a deadline. I don't think there is a series out there that is immune from Monday Morning Quarterbacking. If it was just blatantly sloppy writing that would be one thing. But I think so far its been pretty decent. We will see if they can keep it up as more and more sub-plots arise.
5:00PM on 10/23/2013

Stop being so predictable please!

I called it two weeks ago before seeing any previews for this episode. Its just feels lazy to fall back to the fiery hand power person of the week. My post from a couple weeks ago predicting this:
7:37PM on 10/10/2013
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I know they're not going in this direction but...bring in Superheroes/villains!!! For the love of all that is good do not make this the random-power-fiery hand-telekinetic whatever character of the week no one cares about type
I called it two weeks ago before seeing any previews for this episode. Its just feels lazy to fall back to the fiery hand power person of the week. My post from a couple weeks ago predicting this:
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I know they're not going in this direction but...bring in Superheroes/villains!!! For the love of all that is good do not make this the random-power-fiery hand-telekinetic whatever character of the week no one cares about type show. The MCU has access to over 5000 characters! Use them!
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5:01PM on 10/23/2013
I'm going to eat a cookie now...
I'm going to eat a cookie now...
7:50PM on 10/23/2013
Well, it looks like they did Tap in to that 5000+ Characters, because Scorch is actually a REAL villain, only showing up in a couple books on a few pages, but hes there and is part of the Marvel Universe. So it looks like they will be getting the low of the low of the low villains to fill up the episodes with.
Well, it looks like they did Tap in to that 5000+ Characters, because Scorch is actually a REAL villain, only showing up in a couple books on a few pages, but hes there and is part of the Marvel Universe. So it looks like they will be getting the low of the low of the low villains to fill up the episodes with.
1:32AM on 10/24/2013
Dear goodness they literally are starting at #5000. At this rate we'll be lucky to get a cameo by Quasar and the Sentry by the tenth season. Damn the fiery hands!
Dear goodness they literally are starting at #5000. At this rate we'll be lucky to get a cameo by Quasar and the Sentry by the tenth season. Damn the fiery hands!
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10:36AM on 10/23/2013
Have not read this review as we are a week behind in the UK but it's starting to grow on me. Episode 3 and 4 were better. Perhaps I'm giving it more leeway coz it's Marvel and I want it to do well...but Im not blind to the fact there's defiantly improvement needed. Just saw the first two episodes of Arrow season 2 last night and that show is off to a flyer - great stuff. It's funny given how critical I've been of DC's cinematic universe attempts and how praising I've been of Marvels'...but
Have not read this review as we are a week behind in the UK but it's starting to grow on me. Episode 3 and 4 were better. Perhaps I'm giving it more leeway coz it's Marvel and I want it to do well...but Im not blind to the fact there's defiantly improvement needed. Just saw the first two episodes of Arrow season 2 last night and that show is off to a flyer - great stuff. It's funny given how critical I've been of DC's cinematic universe attempts and how praising I've been of Marvels'...but seriously, the people behind Shield can learn a thing or two...or more...off Arrow (and yeh, I know it's had a season already...but it was already a good series from the off). I'm eagerly awaiting the next Arrow episode...how the hell is he going to get out of that predicament???? :o)
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10:08AM on 10/23/2013

**Spoiler (Kinda)*** Skye should be a bad guy

I can't stand her character the most because of her maniac pixie personality and her quips. It's cliche, overused and honestly I feel a little insulted that Marvel thinks we eat girls like her up. However she suddenly became really interesting when we found out it was her giving information. When she met with her (ex) boyfriend her silly mannerisms and goofy persona went out the window and I loved it! It almost felt like a front. If it is, I think it would definitely keep me interested.
I can't stand her character the most because of her maniac pixie personality and her quips. It's cliche, overused and honestly I feel a little insulted that Marvel thinks we eat girls like her up. However she suddenly became really interesting when we found out it was her giving information. When she met with her (ex) boyfriend her silly mannerisms and goofy persona went out the window and I loved it! It almost felt like a front. If it is, I think it would definitely keep me interested. Television shows where one of the main protagonists becomes the villain doesn't happen very often (minus Breaking Bad).

Wishful thinking. I think we all know where the Skye character is going.
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5:06PM on 10/24/2013

Realistic Expectations

It took 220 million dollars to make The Avengers.Arguably the Gold Standard for all Marvel movies. However with some of the comments i have read in the review sections since the show premiered, it seems as if viewers are expecting a comparable rendition on a weekly basis. There have been two villains and a cameo by Samuel Jackson already and agent Colson was a great grab as far as giving the show a genuine Marvel feel to it. The show is starting to develop the characters nicely and finally in
It took 220 million dollars to make The Avengers.Arguably the Gold Standard for all Marvel movies. However with some of the comments i have read in the review sections since the show premiered, it seems as if viewers are expecting a comparable rendition on a weekly basis. There have been two villains and a cameo by Samuel Jackson already and agent Colson was a great grab as far as giving the show a genuine Marvel feel to it. The show is starting to develop the characters nicely and finally in the last two episodes adding some ongoing plots such as Centipede and the background to Gravitron.

I agree with the author that the constant references to the movie with Colson getting 'killed' is starting to feel very repetitive. I can only guess it is for the same reason they waited till now to start adding a continuous plot and that is so any new viewers turning in will be up to speed. It is probably a smart idea, although those that have seen the first 3-4 episodes naturally are starting to find it a little tiresome.

But other than that, I have found the show to be pretty good. It seems as if it is trying to add a little color to the personalities of May and Ward and cut down a little on the somewhat over-the-top personalities of Fitz and Simmons. We get it Marvel, they are science nerds not used to field work. No need to go overboard with it and it looks like they are indeed scaling back on that. But I thought this last episode was definitely the best. No particularly cheesy lines and slightly moving away from being so predictable. For example, I definitely did not expect Skye to be followed and exposed on his first visit with someone from The Rising Tide and to reveal there was actually a personal reason beyond ideology why she wanted to infiltrate SHIELD.

So 5 shows in I have been pleasantly surprised as I went into this with pretty low expectations. I knew it would be a far cry from the movies yet have been impressed with the gap not being nearly as wide as I assumed. I am going to continue to watch and see where this goes. But so far so good....for now.
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10:56AM on 10/23/2013

How to make Agents of SHIELD more interesting:

1. Remove Skye from the team. You don't have to kill her character, just give her some superpowers and have her turn against them, only resurfacing once in a while as a recurring villain.

2. Do something to make Ward look less like a bland Ken doll. Hell, give him a badass mohawk or something.

3. Kill either Fitz or Simmons (I recommend the dude). Both these characters serve exactly the same purpose in the show, so having them both is redundant.

4. I understand Melinda May is
1. Remove Skye from the team. You don't have to kill her character, just give her some superpowers and have her turn against them, only resurfacing once in a while as a recurring villain.

2. Do something to make Ward look less like a bland Ken doll. Hell, give him a badass mohawk or something.

3. Kill either Fitz or Simmons (I recommend the dude). Both these characters serve exactly the same purpose in the show, so having them both is redundant.

4. I understand Melinda May is supposed to be tough, but the writers should focus on making her character more gritty and less pissed off.

5. More supervillains! A flying car chase every now and then wouldn't hurt either.
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9:47AM on 10/23/2013

Jumped the shark already? Needs Tiger Shark in an episode?

Agents of SHIELD is progressively losing me. And, that circumstance is fine. Not every comic-book adaptation appeals to every comic-book fan. However, Agents of SHIELD is not my thing for a variety of reasons. One, the dialogue is not especially witty. Generally, the repartee falls flat. Two, neither the plots nor the dialogue are very smart. The script mentions social issues, but the audience gets very little social commentary, overt or underlying, to consider. Three, Agents is a Joss Whedon
Agents of SHIELD is progressively losing me. And, that circumstance is fine. Not every comic-book adaptation appeals to every comic-book fan. However, Agents of SHIELD is not my thing for a variety of reasons. One, the dialogue is not especially witty. Generally, the repartee falls flat. Two, neither the plots nor the dialogue are very smart. The script mentions social issues, but the audience gets very little social commentary, overt or underlying, to consider. Three, Agents is a Joss Whedon show, but it lacks a strength that Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Astonishing X-Men both had. Sometimes, Whedon's works are not straight comfortable entertainment. They dare to have sad, challenging, or complex events and endings. Agents is comfortable TV. Generally, Law and Order or even Hawaii Five O are willing to go into more grim territory. Hell, some sitcoms even go into. . . . . Four, Agents of SHIELD might be a PG-TV show trying to follow PG-13 movies. On-line commentators keep comparing these agents to The A-Team. I agree. Where is the expected level of violence? Where is the peril? Where are the underlying adolescent or adult sensibilities? To what extent is Agents a safe show for kids such as Incredible Hulk or (Adam West's) Batman were back in a bygone era? Five, these SHIELD agents do not act like members of the U.S. intelligence community. There is no way that actual intelligence agents would allow Skye to betray them so constantly. Nor would they allow a Rising Tide "traitor" and "terrorist" to walk. Nor would they hand foreign military (e.g. the Peruvians) with kid gloves after they hijack a SHIELD plane. Let's make something clear. Skye is not Cordelia on Buffy, and Skye is not Valerie on 90210. Her character is not supposed to be the bratty troublemaker at a high school. She is a traitor in a spy organization. Coulson and "Scooby" gang would treat her like one. In real-life, she might even be an American who disappears. Six, I am with everyone else. Provide comicgeeks with more easter eggs. Granted, any comic series, whether on the newsrack or on TV, creates new characters. But, I would not mind discerning that the Flower Dress is actually Persuasion from the comics or that Scorch is actually the Scorch from Blackwulf comics or Firebrand or the Melter from Invincible Iron Man. I would not mind more obscure references such as "journey into mystery" in the first episode.
We shall see where Agents of SHIELD all goes. But, the show is no longer a priority view here. What If? comics had stories about Matt Murdock becoming a SHIELD agent. Perhaps, ABC should revive the show by introducing Marvel's recently re-acquired Daredevil property.
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5:51AM on 10/23/2013

Soooo

More of the same crap? I'm officially done with this show. So many better shows I could watch. Why do you review this crap anyway? Why not review something better like boardwalk or the new south park episodes that are far superior to this hot garbage!
More of the same crap? I'm officially done with this show. So many better shows I could watch. Why do you review this crap anyway? Why not review something better like boardwalk or the new south park episodes that are far superior to this hot garbage!
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6:46AM on 10/23/2013
Yeah cause South Park has been hitting it out of the park this season
Yeah cause South Park has been hitting it out of the park this season
7:09AM on 10/23/2013
or American Horror Story: Coven?
or American Horror Story: Coven?
5:41PM on 10/24/2013
I think you pretty much sank your own point. If even people that don't care are reading and commenting, then it stands to reason that people who are interested felt it was worth the read.
I think you pretty much sank your own point. If even people that don't care are reading and commenting, then it stands to reason that people who are interested felt it was worth the read.
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11:59PM on 10/22/2013

Ugh!

Just reading this bored me. Enough with the comic shows that DON'T SHOW THE COMIC CHARACTERS. It's just lame and boring.
Just reading this bored me. Enough with the comic shows that DON'T SHOW THE COMIC CHARACTERS. It's just lame and boring.
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3:18AM on 10/23/2013
dude... it's NOT called The Avengers for a REASON. it ISNT the Avengers.... it's S.H.I.E.L.D. duh...
dude... it's NOT called The Avengers for a REASON. it ISNT the Avengers.... it's S.H.I.E.L.D. duh...
5:18AM on 10/23/2013
Mckracken shield is a comic book, they feature in many other comics too.
Mckracken shield is a comic book, they feature in many other comics too.
6:45AM on 10/23/2013
Seen 2 super villains (one briefly, true) so I'm good
Seen 2 super villains (one briefly, true) so I'm good
3:05PM on 10/23/2013
Amen! Testify!
Amen! Testify!
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