Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. s1e3: The Asset

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “The Asset” – When the brilliant scientist Dr. Franklin Hall is kidnapped, Agent Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. agents must race against the clock to locate him. Skye is their only way in — pushing the team to their limits when the entire plan turns upside-down, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Justin Lubin) CLARK GREGG

Air Date: October 8, 2013

Rating: 7.5/10

A scientist from Fitz-Simmons past has been kidnapped and it’s up to Coulson and the Agents to rescue him. Skye is the only one who can infiltrate the facility but has she been trained enough to be a real Agent?

This episode was a big step up from the last one. It had character development for one and everyone is starting to feel like real people instead of the cardboard cutouts from the last episode. I also really liked the twists throughout the episode, of which there are more than a few, and it makes it feel like it’s a real spy show. I don’t know if that’s what they’re going for, and still no superheroes or the like have really shown up yet, but here’s hoping they will soon.

I have a complaint or two, the first is near the end the villain goes on an incredibly long monologue about why he’s doing evil things, but ultimately it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for the character, but maybe he’ll come back as a real villain?

My other complaint is the martial arts, if you can even call them that, are exceptionally subpar in this show so far. I mean, the first season of Arrow was a bit campy, but never in the action parts. Actually, even the Adam West Batman has better action than this show, even with words flying at you with every punch.

SCORING:

+9: A very fun episode with a lot to like

-0.5: Villain’s motivation is utter nonsense

-1: The martial arts are noticeably bad in this show

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