Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1×03 “The Asset” Review
It’s finally living up to the hype. – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I’m incredibly critical of comic book heroes in televised media nowadays. It’s just like reading a comic. You know when they’re trying their best to draw you in, and you know when they’re trying to distract you with a lot of flash. To be perfectly honest, the first two episodes felt like that to me. I thought to myself, Okay. We have the action and that’s perfectly fine. Where is the depth? I do think the second episode was a better attempt at this, but it still felt a bit too shallow for my liking. Mere teamwork was not enough to make me feel for this show. My attention wandered more than a few times. All of the actors were there to fill certain roles, but it seemed as if their characters were somewhat thin and flimsy.
Now, I love absolutely everything Joss Whedon does, so I desperately wanted the third episode to wholly bring me into the story. Sometimes it just takes some revving up! That’s totally understandable. I needed “The Asset” to feel authentic and meaty. The kind of plot I’d take a fork and knife to. The kind of plot that would bring me back for seconds and thirds. And you know what? It did. I am so happy, and FULL.
“Hoping for something and losing it hurts more than never hoping for anything.” ~ Skye
First, we have the hook. Multiple S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicles fly into the air without explanation. Also, I loved the twist they threw in there. Normal truck? Nope, it’s a truck full of S.H.I.E.L.D. technology. Normal driver? Nope, he’s an agent. It was simple, but clever. It drew me in quickly and that’s the key to a good hook.
I can merrily say that I actually felt some chemistry between Skye and Ward in this episode! Only time will tell if they’re taking the relationship down a romantic path. I do see the beginnings of such a bond, but I’d also be happy if they chose friendship. They seem to be melting each other and growing in the process. Skye evolved immensely. She knows she’s not invincible because Ward had to rescue her from Quinn’s men. This rookie will take her S.H.I.E.L.D. training much more seriously now (as seen in the end of the episode). The writers truly took the character on a roller coaster ride, which I have to admit, kept me on the edge of my seat. I wonder if we’ll be made to question her motives again in the future, but when she took that mirror out I knew she was our girl. I may have cheered a bit. Not kidding. I dig what you’re laying down, Jed Whedon. Keep it coming.
“Kid’s got balls.” ~ Quinn’s Henchman
“Thanks, but yuck.” ~ Skye
There’s not much I can say about the gravity flip scene other than this: it was insanely cool and well done. Television has come a long way with what they can pull off, like the scene where Hall falls into the generator. I mean, of course, it’s terribly tragic… but it was pretty awesome to watch! The dialogue in that scene also made Coulson less stale for me. I’m all about character depth and “The Asset” delivered.
We’ll be seeing more of Ian Quinn, I’m sure of it. I see him coming back as an obstacle between Skye and Ward. He was serious when he said she should work for him. And Dr. Franklin Hall… well, as a fan of Marvel comics, I know who he is. If you don’t want spoilers, don’t look him up. I promise you, though. He will be back. I hope future episodes will spend more time on Fitz and Simmons. They’re absolutely adorable, but I want to know them. Give me something messy, gritty, or emotional. There has to be more to them than meets the eye. Overall, I’m giving this episode 4.5 stars. Am I allowed to do that? Can I dole out half stars? Oh, well. Doing it. Tune in next time, lovely people!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1×04 “Eye Spy” airs Tuesday, OCT 15 at 8|7c on ABC