Saturday, 8 April 2017

TV Review No. 40 Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Broken Promises (S4, Ep9)

Strong Points:
New opening
References to old robot films
Great acting
Twists and turns
Removal of cliche
More unknown players

Weak Points:
Once we have dramatic irony the characters actions seem forced
Removal of a certain character

Some spoilers ahead:

In-depth Review:
While this might seem odd, I am glad that Ellen shot her brother. Not because I thought that it was a good thing, far from that, but some shows will suddenly break character development after a paragraph of speech, which just isn't realistic especially with what we were given. But don't worry, it doesn't look like ultra-reactions man (copyrighted) is going anywhere anytime soon - he reverted back to Terragenesis after hitting the water.

The comedy of this episode mostly came from Mack and YoYo's incredulousness at Aida having been built in the first place, mostly due to all the robots turning evil films of the past century, of which many are mentioned in the episode, from Terminator Salvation (used as punishment for Radcliffe making Aida) to Chopping Mall, and when he said 'roll credits' after chopping Aida's head off, it was just the icing on the cake. From a character which was sort of planted in the second series, Mack has really come into his own.

Mallory Jansen (Aida) has given outstanding performance after outstanding performance this season, making an Android believable and when she had to turn on the emotions in this and last weeks episode, making it seems like this was the first time she had experienced them. Of course, she didn't experience them as Radcliffe just programmed her like that (although we can't know for sure) but still, well done.

Talking of the Radcliffe twist, I've got to say I didn't see it coming. I thought it could've gone one of two ways: Aida rebuilds or had built a substitute model, or May becomes the main evil person. Alas, it was Radcliffe, another character who has come into their own over the past season. I wonder what evil plan he has up his sleeve now...

The whole 'base under lock down, enemy already inside' scenario has been done a couple of times in AoS but when it's against an Android who's also in the system, everything gets cranked up to 11. There's something eerie about fighting a character who not only doesn't want to hurt people (but will) but also doesn't really look evil. It's like it Coulson turned round and had to punch Fitz, it's just a bit odd.

New plot arc, new opening. Yes, the opening of AoS has changed to reflect the new plot arc of LMD, changing from fire to machinery, and I personally think it looks really good. Now, this change also shows a change in direction for the series, away from Ghost Rider and onto the LMD's, which is fine but I would like to see more Ghost Rider (maybe more Ghost Riders) pop up in the rest of the season. I don't think we've seen the last of Ghost Rider, as we still have plenty of development to see in any case.

Finally, we have LMD May, who doesn't know she's an LMD, but is acting like she has something to hide (but only once we found out she was an LMD). This idea of when a character is revealed to have different intentions to the audience, but no-one else knows it, has to change their acting to be suspicious is annoying, as it just wouldn't happen. Ming Na Wen is a great actress, and the entire thing could've been done a bit more subtly if you ask me. As always, we'll have to wait and see.

Conclusion: I just don't know what to think anymore. If next episode shows that Nick Fury's behind it all I wouldn't be surprised!

Rating: 87%

Thanks for reading, Satamer.

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