Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 4 review

By Max Maier | Oct 23, 2013

One of the things I feel this show has needed is more of a, super aspect. Yes, this not the Avengers, but after the threat of the hooded hero, it has just been technology and weapons. So, this week we finally get a super threat, and it makes for an exciting episode.

The episode starts off with a mysterious woman meeting with a man named Chan, who has fire creating powers. The woman offers Chan the opportunity to amplify his powers and be as well known as the Avengers (a stretch, yes). S.H.I.E.L.D. tracks the situation because Chan has been on a list of super anomalies that they keep tabs on. Turns out S.H.I.E.L.D. was hacked by the rising tide to leak Chan's information. Of course, Skye comes under fire from accusations, obviously. So Skye has to find out who is behind the hack, and Coulson and the gang have to find Chan and his captors before Chan loses control. Who is the group that kidnapped Chan and what are their ties to previous episodes? What is Skye hiding from Coulson? All of this is answered in this episode.

A lot more happens in this episode, but I dare not spoil it here. There were several twists involving Skye, the hacker, Chan and the group that kidnapped him. The episode's story was great and you probably can't guess how it all ends. It was exciting and you really wonder how Coulson and friends were going to get out of this one.

Chan was great for the episode. He is a street magician who started using his powers to impress people and get attention. So when the mysterious woman, Reina appears, she plays up his ego to bring him in. Though at times, she was a little repetitive and preachy, but it wasn't horrible. Chan's powers were also well displayed. Including, a very graphic execution, for primetime TV standards anyway, but it was cool.

The rest of our returning characters were good. Coulson had more serious moments this week alongside Skye's deep character development. In fact, this episode focused more on the drama as opposed to the witty comedy. While the comedy is nice, the drama in this episode was the best of the series yet. I wish I could go more in depth about the plot twists, but I don't want to spoil them. Let's just say we are getting answers to some questions established earlier in the season, and the identity of the hacker is filled with twists and turns.

My only real complaint this week, kind of spins off of what I've been saying last week. The roster of characters we have on our team is a little lacking. The characters are great and all, but it could use a little more. Like Hooded Hero! He even got referenced this week and he would've helped greatly in the situation with Chan, but he is still MIA. I wish he would come back already.

Overall, this episode was quite enjoyable. Chan was a great addition for the episode, and we are starting to peel back the layers of mystery surrounding the mysterious Centipede. All we need is Coulson to add a little more character to our group of heroes and I feel the show would be much stronger. However, the show is still a pleasure to watch and I look forward to it every week.

I give Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 4 a scorching 4 out of 5