Tuesday, 19 January 2016

TV Review No. 3 Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Purpose in the Machine (S3, Ep2)

Strong Points:
More use of the Inhuman powers
Another stellar performance from Iain De Caestecker
Didn't jump around as much as the first episode
More characters returned
Digs at the greater MCU

Weak Points:

Coulson is still going on about his hand
Less action
Still don't know what [redacted] is doing
Main plot point may have been completed too quickly?

Spoilers ahead:

In-depth Review:

Another episode, another review. This episode focused on FitzSimmons' storyline (yes!) and did a pretty good job with the emotion but lacked a tad in the action department. I personally, like the emotion better than the action (as long as there is some in it) but I know that's not everyone's opinion.

Anyway, this plot arc explained how the Monolith worked and what it was used for in the 'good' old days of the Middle Ages. Basically, it was a torture device, although when it was turned on, the victim couldn't escape as they were teleported into another dimension of pain. Literally. This revelation was made by the combined efforts of Fitz (with Caestecker doing another excellent job at making everyone feel really sorry for him), Coulson (who is still going on about losing his hand), Bobbi, Mack, Daisy and the third returning Asgardian that isn't Thor... Randolf, the professor who helped with the Beserker Stick back in season 1. Together, they travel to a castle, find a torture room, get the Monolith to work using Daisy's powers (well they need to be used don't they!?) and send in a drone...

This drone being Fitz of course as he decides to jump in. Now, I've had varying reports from an informal survey (asking random people) where some people guessed this would happen, some didn't (like me) and some found it out by the trailer from E4 (why do they put the main plot points in the trailers!).

While this is happening, another three plot arcs were also happening with Hunter, May and Ward being the focus of them. Hunter is off to kill Ward for the sake of everyone at S.H.I.E.L.D., by any means necessary. This is interesting, because it shows the desperation that S.H.I.E.L.D. is starting to develop, especially by the hands of Ward. 

Ward on the other hand was out to get more recruits for his new Hydra, again by any means necessary. This includes: driving an old Hydra operative around a parking lot on the bonnet of his car, crashing a boat party, shooting a guy who managed to lay a punch on him (shows that this man really has no boundaries) and allowing his second in command be beaten up for the sake of getting another follower. This particular follower is the son of Baron Von Strucker who dies in Age of Ultron (but off screen and badly). Not that this isn't mentioned in the episode which is nice to see as it means that Marvel realise their mistakes and can laugh at themselves for it.

The last plot arc was surrounding May and her decision to run away and hide with the pretense of looking after her injured father. This leads to rounds of golf, reminiscing and alcohol. That is until Hunter shows up and everything goes out of the window, except for the alcohol of course... Hunter tries to convince May to help him kill Ward but May really just wants a life of her own... for about ten minutes anyway because she ends up joining Hunter. Finally, the end of the episode sees the return of Simmons from the other dimension in true Hollywood style, with Fitz trying to reach her, he gets pulled back, the Monolith gets destroyed and... Simmons is back as well. Personally, I thought it would be interesting whatever way they had taken it with Fitz being trapped as well, Fitz loosing Simmons again, Simmons being the only one to make it back etc. but it should be great to watch either way.

Conclusion: A great addition to AoS and it will be interesting to see where this goes especially with Ward' mentality and Simmons' mental scaring.

Rating: 80%

Thanks for reading, Satamer.

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