“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Recap: Defying Gravity

Skye becomes a super spy, Coulson is devious and the origin story for a major Marvel villain.

Well, my fellow geeks and fanboys/girls, it seems that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is pretty much just what it seemed in the pilot—an actiony, spy/thriller sci fi show. For my money, if this show had come a decade ago it would rock. But in the wake of so many similar shows that demonstrated far more clever and original writing, MAOS is so far kind of just average. It’s pretty clear that the great Joss Whedon has limited creative influence, which is a damn shame.

The latest episode was probably the best yet. The thing that made it a cut above the others was a greater emphasis on character development.

Things kick off with a truck hijacking. Or, to put it more correctly, it was a truck HIGH-jacking. Because the super-secret convoy which consists of a semi and two SUV’s gets tossed through the air with the greatest of ease.

The thieves aren’t after money or  S.H.I.E.L.D tech. They’re after a guy, Dr. Franklin Hall and it’s not because he bakes the moistest chocolate chip cookies for the county fair. He’s one of S.H.I.E.L.D’s top scientists. I gotta say, if becoming a top tier scientist for a massive government agency means you are moved around the country like freight then it is so not worth it.

Phil Coulson and his rag tag bunch of underdogs are on the case, so there’s nothing to worry about. They arrive on the scene and murmur in confusion amongst themselves about how is it possible for a bunch of vehicles to be tossed around like Hot Wheels.

Really, show? In a world of The Hulk and Thor, a world Nick Fury said was “filling up with people who can’t be matched” you want me to believe no one immediately assumed telekinesis? Sure, they would be wrong, but to be completely unable to even offer a theory?

Moving on. Simmons, who took baby steps towards becoming a distinguishable character in this episode, discovers that the weirdness was caused by a wee gyroscope thingy. Fitz then babbles excitedly (he’s seriously adorable, but I can’t understand half the things he says) and eventually we have a suspect.

Ian Quinn is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and visionary who has set up shop in Malta as a way to avoid taxes, regulations and Obamacare. He’s apparently an old pal of Dr. Hall’s, so he wanted to save him from The Man. He then tells Hall that he has a much bigger anti-gravity doohickey and he needs Hall to complete it.

Those of us who are Marvel Comic geeks know the name Dr. Franklin Hall well. And we are quietly spazzing out and dreading just where this episode is going. But the rest of you will just have to wait and see.

S.H.I.E.L.D can’t go into Malta because that would make the U.N. grumpy. They need to get someone inside Quinn’s Fortress of Richitude and no one has built the Vision yet. So Skye volunteers to use her hacker skills to get her inside. Why she had to get herself in and not Agent Ward isn’t really clear, other than the fact that it’s needed for the plot.

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