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TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 17 – Turn, Turn, Turn

Warning Spoilers Ahead

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoWith Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the importance, and stakes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has never been higher. Starting with the previous episode the series directly is being affected by the events of the movie as the meltdown of S.H.I.E.L.D. and how it affects the team begins.

The episode kicks off right where the last one ended with S.H.I.E.L.D. firing upon the plane and guns pulled as questions as to who is on what side are thrown around. The team quickly figures out Hydra has infiltrated the organization and without knowing who to expect they still head to their intended location convinced Hand is really the Clairvoyant.

All that leads to a hell of a revelation from May about how the team came about, and her mission. It was pretty obvious as to who she was calling, but what she reveals about the team is interesting. And speaking of twists…. Hand makes her move, claiming someone else is actually Hydra.

Of course there’s a misunderstanding! It’s the oldest story in comics, two sides think they’re enemies and then battle before teaming up. What gets interesting is we know more about what’s going on than Coulson and his crew. Of course there’s a betrayal! We learn who’s the Clairvoyant, or at least the best idea as to who it is.

Fighting happens, Hand steps in, lots of slow motion to make it look all cool. The episode wraps up as  a nice coda to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, mentioning how much of disarray S.H.I.E.L.D. is in now and who is in charge…. sort of. But, that’s not the end really, there’s a bit more, and that’s somewhat predictable, but how far it goes is impressive. Did they really just kill off such a big character on the show and comics?

The episode promised some big movement as far as story, and it has done exactly that. Overall, the  episode was ok, with some fantastic moments. Hopefully the show gets on track after this. Ironically, a movie might just have been what this television show needed to kick it into high gear.

Writer: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Brent Fletcher
Overall Score: 7

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