Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1×06 “FZZT” Review

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Finally, our scientists have something to say – Fitz and Simmons truly make an entrance on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”….

Man, have we been waiting for this!  This is all I ever wanted, fair Marvelites of the realm.  I officially no longer have the right to complain about cardboard cutouts (unless they ditch all character progress made in the next episode and pretend it didn’t happen).  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has given us what we’ve been asking for all along, and turns out we just needed a bit more patience on our parts.  However, besides my obvious happiness over our dynamic brainy duo, there were many other qualities about this chapter that were very good indeed.  A villain we couldn’t even see, more Coulson enlightenment, and characters being pulled from the sidelines to become main players: I’m so happy, I could cry.  Go, team!  Go!

A virus most foul…

Invisible VirusOkay.  This whole idea was exceedingly cool and so much better than your typical murderer.  Ward complains about wanting someone he can physically punish for hurting his team and not being able to defend his companions against something like the Chitauri virus, but that’s exactly what made this episode so great!  The unseen enemy is always the most terrifying.  Plus, it laid out a path for the episode that wasn’t so black and white.  Of course, before one of the commercial breaks we see Tony Diaz  with the alien helmet and we make our assumptions: Here we go.  Some secret vendetta against his fellow firemen.  The helmet obviously gives him devastating powers of some kind.  Those other men must have wronged him terribly and now he’s seeking revenge.  Golly, I am so surprised.  It didn’t go that way at all, though!  And the scene where Coulson can clearly see that Simmons has contracted this death sentence broke my heart.  Simmons’ brilliant mind working against the clock of a mad virus’ effects?  This was without a doubt the most suspenseful sequence of events when compared to every other installment so far, hands down.  And the way the villain remained relevant throughout the entirety of the episode was fantastic.  They didn’t even have to hire an actor for the job.  Why have dramatic monologues when you can have invisible, voiceless killers?  Well, besides the buzzing, of course.  Awesome.

“Don’t you ever pull a stunt like that again.  We’d hate to lose you, Jemma.” ~ Coulson

Coulson, you soft, sassy man…

Coulson and MayHe’s brilliant, honestly.  I’m so happy they got Clark Gregg to do this because he’s doing a wonderful job of playing a truly engaging Agent Coulson.  Anyone else just wouldn’t have been right.  We fell in love with him in the movies and he is solidly maintaining that adoration in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series.  He discovers more about himself with each episode and the audience is on that road of self-discovery with him.  The relationship we see developing between May and Coulson is lovely.  Not exactly sure what it’s going to be, but these two care deeply for one another, though they may not always say it out loud.  My favorite scene in this whole episode had to have been Coulson speaking with Tony Diaz just before the virus takes him.  It was a highly vulnerable moment for the both of them, and we caught a clear glimpse of Coulson’s thoughts.  The amount of compassion he had for this man whom he’d only just met mere moments ago showed us that even though this agent may be a changed man, Coulson is incredibly good.  He is Superman without the powers and strives to protect people if/when he can.

“What’s it like?” ~ Diaz

“It’s beautiful.” ~ Coulson

The brave brains of the operation…

Simmons and FitzOf course, this was the highlight of “FZZT” for me.  Fitz and Simmons became real characters with fleshed-out personalities and needs.  It had been briefly hinted at before, but now we know Fitz has a thing for Skye (to which Skye is seemingly oblivious)!  Yes, they were still adorable, but I must say I didn’t realize how much I was aching for an episode like this until it happened.  Quite frankly, I don’t know why they didn’t do it sooner!  They had me worried.  Thought the writers would be smarter than to position two pointless personalities as main characters.  Admittedly, it must be difficult for the writers to find balance with a high-octane show such as this and a group of courageous heroes who are all supposed to shine at one point or another.  Was their debut delayed?  Yes.  Was this episode the right venue for it?  Oh, most definitely!  I’m sorry I ever doubted you, Joss.  I’ll go make an offering at the Whedonite altar right away.  “FZZT” was the proper place at the proper time, and your plan to make me fall in love with them both worked perfectly.  Touché, sir.

“You left his liver next to my lunch!” ~ Fitz

Another episode has come and gone, and the fact of the matter is that “FZZT” is the best one yet.  This chapter kept the momentum up throughout the storyline.  Also, the possibility of losing one of our main characters so early on made my heart die on three separate occasions.  It’s all good, though.  I bounced back.  Fitz and Simmons are welcome additions to a now well-rounded cast.  Let’s hope this show continues its upward climb.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1×07 “The Hub” airs Tuesday, NOV 12 at 8|7c on ABC