REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1E6-9 – “Keep Going”

SPOILERS AHEAD! Today, we’re continuing on our journey through Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., looking at the next four “monster of the week” episodes, one of which was billed as a Thor: The Dark World tie-in. (Spoiler alert: it failed miserably.) These episodes remained not continuity-heavy. In fact, when Thor: the Dark World came out, the powers that be decided to give viewers an extra week to go see the movie in theaters. Originally, “The Well” was supposed to air before “The Hub” but they switched them and you can hardly tell the difference. The only indicators are the scenes where Simmons is still having coping issues with the episode “F.Z.Z.T.”.

In the episode “F.Z.Z.T.”, the team investigates an odd death, only to discover that the volunteer firefighter was killed by an alien virus that had lain dormant in the Chitauri head they brought back as a souvenir after the Battle of New York. I suspect this is why Damage Control took over clean up in Spider-Man: Homecoming. “F.Z.Z.T.” was nothing to write home about. When Simmons jumps out of the Bus and Ward follows to rescue her, the special effects were not up to the high standards I’ve come to expect from the VFX team working with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, this episode provided plenty of opportunities to showcase the close relationship of Fitz-Simmons. My favorite part is when they are arguing about her desire to dissect:

Fitz: The only thing I’m afraid of is putrid decaying flesh corrupting my pristine workspace. Do you remember the last thing you brought into the lab?

Simmons: Oh, not the stupid cat again. And it’s our lab, Fitz, not your lab.

Fitz: You left its liver next to my lunch

During “the Hub,” Level 8 Agent Victoria Hand sends Fitz and Ward into Russia to disarm an unusual weapon. This sows the seeds for the unlikely friendship between the scientist and the specialist.

The humor in this one was spot-on. We learn that the “world’s deadliest sandwich” is a prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella sandwich with just a little pesto aioli. While Ward and Fitz were bonding over life and death, Skye and Simmons got up to hijinks of their own, showcasing their relationship as well. Lastly, we discovered more about Skye’s mysterious past. She was dropped off at orphanage by a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, but they don’t know why.

Simmons: I can’t be a part of your bad-girl shenanigans. I like following the rules and doing what’s expected of me. It makes me feel nice.

“The Well,” failure though it was, was my favorite episode out of this grouping. This episode was billed as Thor: The Dark World tie-in—that lasted 2 minutes 51 seconds while they cleaned up the mess Thor left behind at Greenwich University.

Coulson: You know, it would be nice Thor and his people sent down the god of cleaning up after yourself.

The rest of the episode has nothing to do with the movie, but is still Asgardian. The team is trying to locate the pieces of an Asgardian berserker staff before a Norse paganist hate group. “The Well” is a fantastic episode. Fitz makes mention of how useful a monkey could be again. (PLEASE Mo & Jed give Fitz his monkey.) Peter MacNicol was amazing as the former Asgardian berserker. We also learned a few facts for the continuing story. Whatever happened to May haunts her still, and Coulson is having nightmares about TAHITI. (It’s a magical place.) The most important thing we learn is a memory of Ward’s. His little brother is trapped in a well, calling for help, but his older brother won’t let him aid the little boy. This memory will factor in several episodes down line, making it all the more valuable.

The final episode this article covers is “Repairs.” If you removed “Repairs” from the lineup, the story of Coulson and the team stays the same. There is one reference in season for that had me saying, “Wow, I guess that hour back in season one wasn’t wasted after all.” In this episode, the team investigates a possible telekinetic. It just turns out that after a particle accelerator explosion, one of the people thought dead was actually thrown into another dimension. In the B plot, members of the team plan pranks to make Skye feel more welcome. Because of this, we learn a little of what happened to May in Bahrain, but only what others have heard. I thought this episode was weak, despite the wonderful VFX.

Skye: It’s a delicate situation so you’re bringing along Warm and Fuzzy?

During these four episodes, Coulson becomes more and more concerned with how he is alive. He makes Simmons give him a full physical to see if anything is different about his body during “F.Z.Z.T.” And, during “the Hub,” we see him hesitate while saying the phrase, “It’s a magical place” when Hand mentions TAHITI.

This arc is the worst of Skye. In “F.Z.Z.T.” she complains that Ward hasn’t forgiven her for betraying them in the last episode. Gee Ward, get over it already. She questions everything S.H.I.E.L.D. does in “The Hub,” despite Coulson and May telling her to “trust the system.” She just can’t accept that there’s information she’s not allowed to see. Finally in “Bridges,” Skye is actively hostile to May, calling her a robot and criticizing the way May handles the mission. I know this arc was difficult to get through, but here are some comforting words:

Trust the system

VERDICT

F.Z.Z.T.- 2 out of 5

The Hub- 3 out of 5

The Well – 3 1/2 out of 5

Repairs – 0 out of 5

 

FIRST APPEARANCE

Victoria Hand – New Avengers volume 2 #32

Jasper Sitwell – Strange Tales #144

In addition to being a die-hard Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan, running #AgentsOfSpoilers a weekly re-watch of classic episodes, Carolyn loves the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999).  When not engrossed in the MCU, Carolyn can be found binging old school wrestling and living on Twitter.  She subscribes to the philosophy “Music is life”.

In addition to being a die-hard Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan, running #AgentsOfSpoilers a weekly re-watch of classic episodes, Carolyn loves the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999).  When not engrossed in the MCU, Carolyn can be found binging old school wrestling and living on Twitter.  She subscribes to the philosophy “Music is life”.

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