Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 5 review

By Max Maier | Nov 08, 2013

This was the heaviest episode of the show so far. While it certainly isn't The Red Wedding from Game of Thrones or The death of Lori in Walking Dead (season 3 spoilers). For a cable series, this was a pretty emotional episode, and I honestly didn't know how it was all going to play out.

The episode opens at a children's camp, where the counselor dies from a weird electromagnetic short out. Coulson and the gang investigate, and after finding another victim by the same causes, they figure out the cause is from a NY firehouse. Once they find the source, they bring about their ship to bring it to the S.H.I.E.L.D. contaminant zone, the Sandbox. While carrying it, the source, using static electricity, infects Simmons. The race is on to find a cure for Simmons, before she joins the fallen firemen from earlier in the show.

Simmons has been the dorky side character for this show. Coulson, Ward, Skye and even May were more focused on than Fitz and Simmons. They are there, they get a lot of screen time and all, but they are not the main characters. So to see this emotional shift with Simmons possibly dying was interesting. Props to the actors who play Fitz and Simmons, because they sold the emotions in this episode. It really brought these 2 characters to the forefront. Although, what was with Fitz at the end?

The real emotional star was Coulson this week, with 2 big moments. One with a fireman who was on the verge of death from the virus, and with May about Coulson's death. I dare not give away all of the details due to tension, but these were heavy topics. The fireman conversation was especially heavy considering the situation. Props to Clark Gregg for really selling it and giving a really spirited performance this week.

Now, because this episode was mostly talking and science-y stuff, there was little to no action this week, which can lead to a boring episode. I enjoyed the conversations, the big ones anyway, but the episode overall was dull. If it wasn't for the virus source and Clark Gregg, this would be a Grey's Anatomy episode.


Overall, This was an emotional episode. If you are really invested in these characters by now, you will get a lot out of this episode. But, if you want to see more super heroics and see Coulson be his awesome and witty self, this episode may not be your cup of tea. I'm in the middle on that topic, so the score shall reflect.


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