Friday, 22 April 2016

TV Review No. 21 Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Parting Shot (S3, Ep13)

Strong Points:
Suitably emotional farewell
Good action
Great acting especially between the duo
Awesome Inhuman
Great character development between characters

Weak Points:
So much information, it was hard to keep track of it all
Some parts felt rush/set up so as to get to the conclusion
If this is all so that they can set up a spinoff so help me!
Would they just leave Hunter alone!

In-depth Review:
Season 3 seems to be doing more and more of the '24 hours later/earlier scenario' and may be better for it as it certainly adds tension as you try and work out what happened before the show shows you. In this episode, the opening sequence is of Hunter and Bobbi, in an interview room after Interpol was called in. Hm... May have to watch on for this one. 

The stars of the show were definitely Bobbi and Hunter this episode, with very strong performances from each in both humour (mushroom monologue) and drama (interview). They were so good in fact, that everyone else paled in comparison which is a bit of a shame, especially as the level of acting is so good anyway. 

The storyline as well, was so centralised on Hunter and Bobbi that the other side plots, which should have a greater effect later on in the season, were given a reduced time to shine and be explained so the amount of information given out does need some time to process. And there is a lot of information, with Malick's plan being revealed further, as well as further additions to the Inhuman storyline.

Inhuman powers are coming thick and fast this half of the season, with today's episode being no exception. A man who can remove his shadow to fight other people is today's one and it made for some very impressive fight scenes, both visually and acting wise. You see, the only way for the shadow to be beaten is to kill the man. Which brings me on to my next point as this man is a general for the Russian army. 

The big plan for this episode? Befriend some mutinous members of the Russian cabinet in a bid to kill the Russian Prime Minister and assume control.  And Malick would've gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for those meddling kids! These kids being Bobbi and Hunter, giving up their freedom to save the Prime Minister. What follows is a great and emotional scene between Coulson and the two prisoners, as he realises that they can't escape without repercussions. 

The final scene is what this episode was building up to and it payed off - a proper spy's goodbye. In turn, each member of the team bought and sent Hunter and Bobbi a drink and took turns drinking to them, having a 'parting shot' with the two 'convicts'. What was really nice however, was Macks inability to drink his, serving as a reminder to the trio's history and a touching moment overall when he finally did and left the bar. 

Conclusion: overall, it was a nice episode, if a bit too focussed on the, admittedly great, ending. We'll have to see how the team copes without Bobbi and Hunter.

Rating: 78%

Thanks for reading, Satamer.

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