Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 3

By Max Maier | Oct 08, 2013

WOW! I know I've been loving this show, but this week, it's been amped up to levels I was wanted all along. Let's not waste any time and dive in.

The episode opens with a S.H.I.E.L.D. cargo truck stopped by a mysterious invisible force that shatters the truck and allows a group of agents to take the cargo. Coulson and the gang learn that the cargo taken include a weapon that controls and amplifies gravity, and the only professor that understands and can work with this weapon and the element that makes it up. The professor and weapon have been capture by a brilliant businessman named Quinn, who wants the professor to utilize the weapon for his own nefarious purposes. S.H.I.E.L.D. can't go in to recover the professor during Quinn's party because it would break international laws, so Skye hacks in and goes in for a distraction because she is technically not an agent and can not get the organization into trouble. So, our group has to infiltrate Quinn's estate to rescue the professor and disable the weapon before it's too late!

With the exception of May, the characters are all pretty well balanced this episode. Fitz and Simmons are now just the scientists in the lab on the plane that feed info to our field agents instead of trying to be on the field themselves, which is welcome. It just fits. Ward was a great badass nice guy this week, wanting to watch out for Skye and obviously caring for her safety. It was a great character moment for him, and we learn a little of his past that unfortunately feeds to the "I'm a badass because my past sucked" storyline, but Ward is likeable to pull it off. Props to Skye this week on her skills distracting Quinn. It was shocking and awesome. Although, unfortunately, another stereotype has finally emerged: the attractive woman of the group got soaking wet everywhere in a sexy dress and had to run towards the camera ala Baywatch. I'm sure that was for the "fans" of Skye out there and just isn't really a negative, it's just obvious. But Skye gets overall props this week for being a great character. Coulson, once again, blows it out of the water. He gets more action this week, yet getting a couple of great laughs. He references the Avengers a couple of times, quite smoothly, reminding us of all he has done.

We finally get a decent villain(s?) in this episode. Quinn is your typical rich businessman who thinks the rules don't apply to him, but he is comical in his own right, and incredibly smart. Hopefully this isn't the last we see of him, because he could be a great part of this show. There is also another villain revealed. He is corrupted mentally, and without spoiling anything, Coulson may have made a bigger problem out of him than what already existed. The ending credit sequence hints at something very interesting, and something I hope also comes back later in the season.

I haven't mentioned this in the previous 2 reviews, but this show has great pacing. We have the setup of the crisis our characters have to face, we see a minor struggle our characters face amongst themselves, then we see our characters face the problem with a mix of action and comedy. It is very well written by Joss Whedon, and has very successful formula for their episodes. Sure, it's not the most original, but it's fresh enough to work.

Overall, this episode is a great example of what this show could be every week. Sure, I wish Hooded Hero would return already, but other than that, this episode was great. I can't wait to see where the plot goes from here, and hopefully we will some more familiar faces.

I give Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 3 a super 4.5 out of 5

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