‘Agents of Shield’: Praise Odin for Fitz & Simmons!

Published 1 year ago by , Updated January 21st, 2014 at 7:05 am,

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[This is a review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 episode 12. There will be SPOILERS.]


This week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “Seeds,” written by former Fringe producer Monica Owusu-Breen and series creator Jed Whedon, sends the majority the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents back to school – Sci-Tech Academy, specifically – in order to figure out how an entire pool instantly froze over and, more importantly, who could be behind such a frigid power. Meanwhile, Coulson (Clark Gregg) and May (Ming-Na Wen) investigate the mystery surrounding Skye’s childhood and the Agent who found her, which leads to even more deadly secrets needing to be protected. Also, the supervillain Blizzard is created.

As with last week’s episode, “The Magical Place,” which unnecessarily paired up previous solo writers – sans Whedon, in this week’s case – “Seeds” is very much a tale of two minds and, surprisingly, the storyline which should be the most compelling – Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) past – is (almost) anything but, while Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) continue to serve as the lone hearts of the series, elevating their stories to a level beyond what any Coulson-attachment or overarching mystery reveal could now hope to attain. As they’ve likely come to say at Marvel Television: Praise Odin for Fitz and Simmons!

Though these two cheeky chaps started off as proverbial bottom-barrel annoyances in the pilot, they benefited far more from the subsequent episodes than Coulson, May, Skye, Ward (Brett Dalton), or even the series as a whole. This week’s episode allowed them to flex their charm even more and present a seemingly convoluted – yet wholly delightful – story about the desire to be accepted, the impact of influences, and how those two elements can come together to drastically alter the destiny of one’s life. And then there is Agent Avery. (Who?! Exactly!)

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Neither Coulson nor Fitz and Simmons really have all that much to work with in this episode, as far as content is concerned; however, each story does have its own unique elements: F&S have Blizzard (Dylan Minnette) and all that comes with him, while Coulson and May have the “Skye mystery” and a flying “Lola.” Unfortunately, it’s the obvious weaknesses in Coulson and May’s arm of the episode that reveal the true obstacles the series still faces.

After all the love earned by Coulson throughout Phase 1 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, there’s still an increasingly apparent disconnect when it comes to him driving a storyline audiences are supposed to care about, and even the mysterious Melinda May has difficulty coming to his aid this time. When it comes to May, it’s still more interesting to hear her talk about herself than anything involving her teammates (including Coulson). Calm and quiet has served May well throughout Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s evolution, and it’s still a bit awkward when she steps out of those previously laid confines and attempts to convey anything that isn’t immensely profound – especially admitting to having sex with Grant Ward.

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Even so, there’s at least something that lies deep within Marvel’s television experiment that actually works. What that is and how they’re going to use it to bring the series together are two completely different questions – and, unfortunately, neither one has an answer. Fitz and Simmons were never established as strong characters, so their heart, however overflowing, can never fully carry the weight of the series; and Coulson, like the introduction of this episode explained, was dead for days – and his lack of anything serves as a constant reminder that all good things must come to an end, and perhaps he, too, should have.

At this point Coulson’s mystery – existence, really – hurts the series more than it helps, and there’s absolutely no explanation that could make up for such poorly handled and artificially lengthened stories that truly lead nowhere. Coulson in the movies is loved, unequivocally, and for no real reason other than attitude; here, on television, the Whedons attached a plot-device to those emotions, for no real reason (other than necessity), and it required all the many fans to absolutely define what it is about him that they care about. As it wasn’t really anything more than “just him.” everything else that was implemented while transitioning to television added unnecessary weight to a character who is known – not to mention beloved – for not actually doing much.

Simply put: Marvel fans love Coulson, and the only people who really care about what brought him back to life are the show’s creators – but not enough to reveal the secret without the abuse of many ratings traps. Stop killing a character that has already died – because now you’re doing in front of the eyes of everyone, and that does last forever. We’re now up to hour 13.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday, February 4th @8pm on ABC.

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  1. IMO I think this was the best episode yet. The next episode looks pretty good too. We finally get the famous Stan Lee cameo, well I thought I heard he has more than just a cameo? Since Skye is a 084 maybe she’ll end up having powers, it would be interesting. Also, I’d like to see more of Blizzard. Anyway, I do like this show but yes, it needs improvement. It’s really not as bad as people say. The show did get a full season order by ABC after only a few episodes aired and that’s when the show really sucked. I have came close to stop watching this but I ended up liking the mid season finale. The show has potential. Agent Coulson’s resurrection needs to be fully explained soon though. They’re dragging it out too much. Like I said, I do like the show but I think part of the reason why I watch it is because of the Marvel name. I’m hoping AoS does lead into CA: TWS. Joss Whedon needs to step in soon and put his touch on it though. Also, Cobie Smulders’ Agent Maria Hill character should join the cast after How I Met Your Mother ends. Maybe her character could help make the show better?

  2. Still sucks big time. Lame characters, bad writing, no sense of peril or effort to make you care about the characters. Just really bad.

    You can’t polish a turd.

    • No, but u can dip it in gold. Some people hate the show and watch it still, and some hate the show and are obviously biased and can’t handle a little goof in a show, like you. If don’t like the show fine. But there is no need to come on here, read the review and bash the show. Im not saying your wrong or that you are right. Just that you hold your opinion. The show lacks CGI standards and acting. It airs on TV tho, where the budget is low and it airs on a family network, which is also low budget which leads to low profit. The show is a good run but lacks MARVEL standards, nuff said.

      • I’m sorry but I thought the comments section was here for me to COMMENT, so I won’t hold my opinion. Screenrant isn’t your personal playpen.

        nuff said ;p

    • As the Mythbusters found out – you CAN polish a turd.

    • “You can’t polish a turd.”

      Oh yes you can!
      It’ll still be matte and remain a turd though.

  3. thought this episodes was much better than the previous ones. i hope it keeps getting better

  4. Sure its not in league with GoT, TWD, etc.. but this show is definately getting better! This was definately one of the stronger episodes.

  5. Praise Odin for Fitz-Simmons? Really?
    The other characters are the good ones.. and Im adding Agent May to the equation also.

    BTW, For the few people who didn´t believe Ward was banging May: HA!

  6. the show is getting better and it was another solid episode,there was progress,more shield locations were explored,characters were fleshed out,there were more effects and a solid story.

    It’s a solid B to B+ episode

  7. This actually felt like an episode of Eureka a little.

  8. Man Ocasio…

    It’s as if you are trying to taunt fans of the show. Many fans have stated that you judge the show very harshly which is definitely your prerogative as the story writer. BUT Each of your reviews of the weekly episodes feels like you are getting harsher and harsher. There is a good consensus of people who believe the show is getting better.

    It is very apparent that you don’t like the show. By the way, consider throwing a SPOILERS tag on this article cause many newcomers to screen rant might not know that it contains them.

  9. Has no one mentioned the Bucky Barnes reference yet?

    • only like 5-10 people… did you not read thru the comments? there are 2 pages…

      • hehe Im also the kind of the people who dont read other peoples comments.
        good bucky barnes reference btw.

    • They make references to the movies all the time, most of which end up going nowhere.

  10. The show is actually getting much better because they are listening to the fans and reading the reviews etc. People like myself have been saying that the show should be Mission Impossible/X-Files/CSI/Fringe, funny how someone from Fringe has gotten involved. Its getting better, thank goodness they are beginning to respond(It must be hard to read some of the hateful stuff though).

  11. When you have names or Avatars that are a based on D.C., your opinion is auto-devalued by default due to your automatic bias. You’ll have to explain yourself intelligently a lot more than the average poster because people already see you as biased because of your D.C. based name, etc. The same goes for Marvel trolls. I’m a Marvel guy, I like Arrow, it’s a great show, I like AOS, but I can admit that it needs some improvement and actually IS getting better. I don’t hate Arrow just because it’s D.C. you can like both you know, and btw, in most people’s opinions(blogs),Arrow didn’t start off(1st season) too well either.

  12. Still don’t understand the hate for this show.
    It is miles better then the first season of Arrow, which was a abonination up untitl the last 3 episodes.
    Every episode keeps getting better and better and finally the show seems to be getting it’s groove.
    If this keeps going we will have a top rated series by mid season two.
    I do think AoS needs to bring in a real bigbad, bring in Hydra, bring in AIM! Or atleast more superpowerd individuals. Throw in some B and C-class villans and heroes, that will shut the haters up.