Tuesday, October 22, 2013

REVIEW: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Episode 1.05, "Girl in the Flower Dress"

I've really enjoyed Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. thus far and felt that last week's episode may have been the most enjoyable of the season.  Tonight's episode, "Girl in the Flower Dress", gave us another look at the organization trying to stabilize Extremis and put Skye on the outside looking in.  How did this episode compare to the rest? What did it do to move along the overall story of the show?  Find out after the jump...

I have to come clean on Episode 1.05 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. right up front: the first 5/6 or so of the show were tedious and plodding and I had my first doubts about the show. Fortunately the last 1/6 of the show added a few elements that gave this episode a sense of connectivity to something much bigger.

Without dishing out spoilers, I can say the following: a larger evil exists behind things and this episode, despite not revealing much about it, makes sure we know it's there.  I can also say that Skye is absolutely not who we think she is; in fact, she is not who she thinks she is because she does not know who she is.  The last few minutes of the show quite literally saved it from itself.  Many things are being build up in this show and, at some point, many reveals are going to be made that I can only hope will be a pay off worth the wait.

The rest of the show is really quite insignificant and the most exciting parts of it were seen in the promo clips.  The Agents are called in to rescue a man with powers who has been abducted by the Extremis injecting bad guys.  They see his powers as a means to help solve the stability issues that we know have haunted Extremis since its inception. Skye, as seen in the promo, meets up with her boyfriend, a member of the Rising Tide, and then things go south in a hurry. And there you have the two main parts of the plot that come together at the end.

Fans of the show will not be talking about or concerned with either of those issues, however, as the real takeaway from the show is all about identity: Skye's and the mysterious organization that seems to have many branches.

The show is really starting to remind me of ALIAS and bit and that's ok with me.  I still have some skepticism floating around the back of my mind so I go into each show looking for what's wrong with it.  That really went a long way in this episode, however, the take away at the end is this: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has tethered itself to a slow build up and it will live or die by it.  Given the fact it's a Marvel property, I can't imagine it will even have a chance to die so, at some point, we are going to have our reveal and we can only hope it's big enough to make our jaws drop.

What were your thoughts on this episode? The future of the show?