TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 5 – Girl in the Flower Dress
Warning Spoilers Ahead
The fifth episode of the series starts off introducing us to a new individual with a super power. That individual runs into trouble which calls in S.H.I.E.L.D. It seems this individual was on their radar and they think they have a mole whose leaking information to Rising Tide. All eyes turn towards Skye who maintains her innocence and wants the chance to prove her innocence.
This abducted individual is made an offer to enhance his power, with his abductor using the story of Steve Rogers as an enticement. Once again, it’s nice to see the show tie into the movies and not doing so in an over the top way, instead a mention of a character or event is dropped. It creates a unified world without being over the top. The bad guy behind the abduction is named Raina, a Marvel character, but since she’s a part of the Saurid race, and this woman is African-American, I don’t think there’s much of a connection, though could be very cool if she actually does.
Once again, the team goes on a mission, leading to an individual who will lead them to what they want. Turns out he and Skye have a history and she’s been in contact with him. Is she really a traitor? Now it’s not so clear.
The abducted individual now called Scorch gets juiced up with Extremis juicing up his powers and driving him a little crazy. Again, it’s nice to see Extremis used, but really, how much of this stuff is going around? They fight, stop the bad guy with bad acting and so-so action.
It all ends with a heart to heart between Coulson and Skye where she makes a choice as to where she stands. It adds a bit of layers to the show, but continues to sub-par acting. Followed by a discussion between some bad guys setting up a long term nemesis for S.H.I.E.L.D. We’re finally getting the start of a long term multi-episode story that Whedon does well with.
The show had its moments, with some ok action, some ok humor, but overall, much like the series itself it had way more potential than payoff. Five episodes in it still struggles to find it’s own voice and really stand out from the movies it spun out from.
Director: Jesse Bochco Writer: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Brent Fletcher
Overall Score: 5.25