This post is on the divide between comic readers and the rest of the world when it feels like there is intrusion in their circle as comics are becoming more widely accepted and interest is peaking.
This here is why I think people should calm down with their hate towards Agents of SHIELD. I mean not that it matters being the vocal minority, but reading this can it be that hard to be patient?
“I don’t think we should be led by fans, I think we should have fans follow,”. People saying, ‘faster, more, faster, more’ — you can never go faster, and you can never give them enough. You have to trust the stories that you’re wanting to tell, have a plan, and hopefully at the end people will go, “Oh, they knew what they were doing, that was cool, I didn’t see that coming, that was really satisfying.” That’s our goal. And we’ll find out! But we think we have cool stuff planned, and from 10 on out, we’re starting to turn over cards. If you think of 22 episodes as a movie, we’re at the one-hour mark in the movie. Things are picking up. We’re still building towards the climax before we get to falling action, but you’ve set the table for what’s going to happen.”
– Jeffery Bell to CBR
AMC is looking for that next big hit, and they’re betting that show will be Preacher.
We’ve gotten a better understanding of the characters in these past 6 episodes, but it was of course time to dig into their hierarchy of SHIELD. If anything gave you a clue as to the type of team they are going to have to be, this episode gave you a reason why.
There was a great balance of action and character moments. It was only a matter of time before Fitz and Grant were put together for a mission. They don’t have the best relationship and this helped them come to a better understanding of one another. Grant of course thinks of himself as a baby sitter for them trying to keep them safe being the main combat ready agent on the team. Then you have Fitz who is out there with something to prove. He is seen as the one who is most afraid, and he doesn’t like that image of himself, he wants to be at the same level as the rest. You could see that when Grant saved Simmons when he didn’t have the physical skill to. Aside from the fact that their extraction was a lie, that didn’t mean these two weren’t seen at their best. Fitz more being able to stand his ground knowing that he was a liability, and being able to hold some sort of offense to support Grant.
Fans were in for a treat when it came to the appearance of Victoria Hand. It was very obvious that with her inclusion into the story that she had to be the bad guy. Maybe not to the extent that we’d expect so far, but she is definitely not someone to be trusted. Saffron Burrows as Victoria Hand was the perfect fit. She had a strong presence, great talker, imposing due to her position and above all she really had that nonchalant attitude towards people she thought were disposable.
This episode definitely gave some hints towards the Captain America movie to come. SHIELD is not what we would believe it to be at this moment. As Tony would point out, there are secrets so far deep and now you have further reason to believe him. If anything this may be what starts to expose SHIELD for what corruption may be within. Starting with Victoria Hand, and ending with those at the head like the man we saw in the Captain America trailer.
Coulson, May, and Skye were very much the backbone of this episode. Constantly focusing on that one phrase, “Trust the system”. Seeing how Skye questioned the ethics behind trusting it when they knew their own were in danger, and then seeing how stressing this to Coulson started to make him question it himself. You like May because she is very supportive and allows people to make their own decisions, she has enough trust in them to do so. It was funny though when she let Coulson talk to himself to try to find the answer.
It’s worth mentioning the emotion you felt from Skye finding some clue as to what happened to her parents. It felt very genuine and you sympathize with her more knowing that what answers she got, wasn’t all that she needed to hear.
All in all, I think this was the best way to position the story from the previous. It is actually a step up in improvement from the last episode. Not only are they acting more as a team, but you see the dependence that they put on each other when they know trust is not something to hand out. Many questions were answered, but at the same time, just as many were raised. Who killed Skye’s mother? Was she an agent? Where’s her father? How much trust can Coulson really have left with SHIELD knowing how much they are keeping from him and the risk they’d put his team in? And could this be the start of more action between Fitz and Simmons beyond the lab? That much alone is reason enough to keep watching this show or go back and get caught up.
It’s one thing to be faced with the walker world and have to deal with people, but this sickness has been something which makes it all feel so small in comparison. This was something new that not even the readers really saw coming when this season started and it has brought so much more fear than anticipated. Now whether this is the writers way of getting rid of all the extra people is unknown, but here we have major characters who could die off at any moment.
Internment has done what most scenarios fail to capture. That actual feel as though their lives really aren’t in their control, they have no way of ensuring anyone’s safety. What I liked most about this episode is that nothing but despair filled the air. Hershel has been such a strong character and it seems like this was that time where he was put to the test as such. Up to this point he is that one character that you wouldn’t imagine to break so easily under pressure. As anyone could say, part of this show is showing how they react to this new world, and trying to keep that fight going for them to hold on to what made them who they were. In Hershel’s case, he is a believer and there was no doubt in him that there wasn’t a way when their backs were against the wall. It was a risky move focusing so much on Hershel because at a few points you could have easily lost him seeing how he was trying too hard thinking of everyone else instead of himself. For a man with one leg, and a lot more humanity than most, it’s a bad combination when he has to make such rash decisions.
A lot of this season, and the past two episodes have shown that the focus here is to make the group question themselves. Hershel’s conversation with Dr. Caleb Subramanian proved this as he had already given up when Hershel would not admit that there wasn’t a chance to save him. They’ve reached a point where being themselves just isn’t enough. They have to do some things that they aren’t comfortable with and deal with it. This goes for Rick as well. Not only is he trying to find his way back into that role of leadership as everyone is pushing him to do, but he is trying to make sure Carl stays on a safe path. The bond between him and Carl was at it’s best this episode, for once both being able to depend on each other and Rick being able to see that Carl really can take care of himself.
Even Lizzie surprises you as a kid, wasn’t scared until her life was actually in peril. Those are the kind of character moments you want to see more often. Showing different sides to characters that have potential.
I have to say that this episode is a step up from the previous solely for the fact that there is more danger within those walls than outside the prison. Not to say that anything else means little, but clearly at this very moment it’s a more compelling part of this story that draws you in. Too many times it’s all about the zombies or fearing others, but here we have an outside force that they have little influence over. This super flu makes those who have a strong presence such as Sasha and Glenn have close calls. You do feel a lot of sympathy when you see them struggle to still do their part to help Hershel maintain order in that cell block.
Great episode that emphasized on both character development and putting the shock back into them. The prison is obviously not going to be their safe haven forever, that much should be known now before any more progress is made. Aside from the sickness, we still have everyone elses reaction to Rick sending Carol on her way, the walls torn down exposing them to walkers, then we also have the Governor who makes a surprise appearance at the very end. Confirming that it is him who is sabotaging the prison and seeing him now also means that he may be going for something big soon, or later considering he doesn’t rush into things. Many questions are opened up to be addressed and as always things are only going to get worse before they get any better.