TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S4E17 Identity and Change

As Daisy and Simmons struggle to discover an escape route to the real world, the identity of the Inhuman leader of the resistance is revealed.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues its adventures in the virtual world with a force gathering to take on Aida and free everyone. The episode is packed with action, but other than some twists and turns it doesn’t feel like a whole lot is done.

Overall, the episode is good, but a missed opportunity.

There’s a reveal of the underground SHIELD force and its director who is of course Mace. That should be a bigger surprise, but it comes off as a letdown. Some members are added to the team which is great, and needs to happen, but what’s stretched over an hour feels like it could be done in 30 minutes at most.

The big part of the episode is some of the team tracking down Radcliffe which leads to a showdown with Fitz and Madam Hydra. That’s the moment that the episode builds towards and again, the emotional payoff isn’t quite there. I’m not sure why, but the entire episode feels like it’s just slightly off as to how good it could have been.

That’s in contrast with last episode where everything is thrown out there and everything is on the table.

Here you can feel the rails get put back into place and the story getting focused on the eventual confrontation and escape. That constricts the story and removes some of the freedom that we saw in the previous episode. There’s also the fact that much of the episode is predictable. How interactions play out. How betrayals and presented. It all feels very bland and nothing too shocking. Again, where you can do everything and anything, this episode keeps things by the numbers without too many shocks or surprises. Still, it’s an entertaining hour and the shaking things up has done the series well so far.

Overall Score: 7.65