TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Ep. 17

(Marvel Studios, 2015)

Summary: Agent Phil Coulsen leads a ragtag group of agents through the mud as he fights Hydra and any other baddies that comes along the way. As our heroes learn to adapt to one another, and the changes happening around them the lines between fiction and reality begin to blur. This is a tale where not every superhero needs a power to save the day. This is a tale about survivors.

 “Melinda”

Directed by Garry A. Brown; Written by DJ Doyle

[SPOILERS!!]

Review: This is, hands down, one of the best episodes of the series. I never expected we would ever find out what to May in Bahrain, it was just one of those stories that shaped her and this was simply the aftermath – what we seeing from her. But here we are, and damn was it satisfying. Sadly for her.

It was here they tied up three loose ends of the show and tied them together with exciting ease. I wondered how Skye’s mother was alive? Well, we got that answer, and I get it now. I get Cal now, and he’s really not such a bad guy. Shaped by unfortunate events in his life. I thought the ending with him, Skye and her mother was a much-needed scene and I feel so worried for her – I just KNOW something bad is coming…

As well as Raina, who we finally know what her power is. I’m not sure how it’ll shape up the rest of her storyline, but I’m interested what she’ll do with the ability to cast visions. This should be interesting. – I really did enjoy seeing Skye and her Mother come to get to know each other better, it’s so nice to see something rather happy happening for this poor girl, and I like her mom a lot. The scars on her face are a nice touch, because we find out that Cal stitched her back together and her Inhuman ability kicked in, causing her to come back to life. It’s a gross out factor, but shows she’s truly immortal.

The best part of the episode though had to be May’s story. We were always told about the time she earned the nickname “The Calvary.” A name she despised, and we were always told about during the event she lost herself and became the hard-assed, kick-ass agent she is today. I really can’t think of a better way to tell this story, I had always had image sin my head of how it went down, but this was not at all what I was expecting.

It was a great tie-in to the Inhumans storyline as well. We also got a look at what could possibly the next big thing: Coulson harboring super-humans and quietly building a team. With Deathlok among them, if this is the case, then what happens when Age of Ultron hits? Will Coulson hit up his secret team in order to take out some of the ‘bots in the area, or will the invasion convince the others that his team is needed? Will this give us a Secret Avengers spin-off instead? Will this have any tie-in to Daredevil, or The Defenders?

In all honesty, there isn’t anything wrong with this episode that I can see. I can’t even fish for one. This episode was perfect in my opinion. It really gave Ming-Na Wen – the actress who plays Melinda May – a great occasion to show off her acting range. Pre-Calvary May was VERY different from Post-Calvary May, and that takes a lot of skill. I’m so excited for what’s to come in this series, and this episode was a wonderful stand out. There are only 5 episodes left in this season, and a movie still to tie-in to.

Final Score: 5 Wonderful examples of #itsallconnected out of 5


DERRICK-imageDerrick is a born and raised otaku with a love for comics, anime, manga and movies. The full list is pretty long, but that’s just the basics. Stories set in space are his bread and butter.

You can find more of his writing at IndieComix.net

@KazekunForever

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