Thursday, December 4, 2014

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ...Ye Who Enter Here

The slow moving progression to the reveal of the hidden city and Skye's (Chloe Bennet) reunion with her murderous father (Kyle MacLachlan) moves ever so slightly forward in "...Ye Who Enter Here." Despite locating the location in the last episode, and racing Hydra to discover its hidden secrets, the team barely gets a couple of steps into a tunnel to the city before the closing credits. We're also given some foreshadowing about a (possibly nefarious) secondary purpose for some of Coulson's (Clark Gregg) new recruits including both Mac (Henry Simmons) and Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) other than serving S.H.I.E.L.D. that unnecessarily draws your attention away from what little progress is being made to the overall season arc this week.

Mostly "...Ye Who Enter Here" re-plays best of moments from the season so far. We get more awkwardness between Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), more of Raina (Ruth Negga) and Ward (Brett Dalton) playing footsie with Skye, and another appearance by the talented, but poorly used, Agent 33 (Maya Stojan) who for some reason is still walking around with half a mask looking like a scarred Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen).

Although the season started out strong without the events from another movie to help force the storylines forward much of this season has felt like the show is treading water and attempting to make an entire season arc out of a two or three part story. The episode does make good use of the various Agent Koenigs (Patton Oswalt) but I have serious doubts as to how much will actually get resolved in next week's mid-season finale as the season's lethargic pace may mean we'll have to wait until mid-January for any real revelations about the city.

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