Friday, October 31, 2014

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - A Fractured House

When HYDRA mercenaries begin publicly targeting high-profile targets under the guise of being S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Coulson (Clark Gregg) orders his various agents around the world to go to ground and sends May (Ming-Na Wen), Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki), and Hunter (Nick Blood) to prevent the next attack. The poor publicity, the need for a politician on their side, and the unique leverage they can bring to bear also causes Coulson to reach out to Senator Christian Ward (Tim DeKay) who is either kinder or most sadistic member of the Ward family depending on who you chose to believe.

A bit too much time is spent on the Ward brothers and the inflated (and largely unnecessary) mystery of Senator Ward's true motives, although the series of events does lead to Ward (Brett Dalton) escaping his S.H.I.E.L.D. prison. Simmons' (Elizabeth Henstridge) return also pushes back Fitz's (Iain De Caestecker) recent progress, something both Simmons and Mac (Henry Simmons) are keenly aware of leading the show down a necessary, but once again not all that interesting, subplot likely to take far too much screentime in the coming weeks.

Although the storyline allows May and Bobbi to kick some serious ass and furthers the cooperation between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the United States Government, Coulson is once again out-played by HYDRA loosing even more of his scant resources (seriously, he's basically the terrorist group's bitch at this point). And other than confronting Ward one final time before his departure, "A Fractured House" doesn't offer much for Skye (Chloe Bennet) to do other than contemplate her former teammates words about her father (a subplot that isn't advanced this week). The result is a so-so episode that contains some very good individual scenes that lead to entertaining, but somewhat inconsistent, results.

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