Air Date: October 22, 2013
A man with the ability to create fire is recruited by Centipede before Shield can get to him. Meanwhile, Skye may still be working for the Rising Tide against Shield and Coulson doesn’t know if she’s trustworthy anymore.
Okay, the problems I complained about the last episode seem to have been addressed. The focus seems to be about half and half between the people who are only in this episode and the Shield crew, and this actually kind of works. The drama with Skye isn’t boring, mostly because it plays into the storyline of the episode.
Next, the tonal train wreck is better, though they seem to keep trying to sneak humor into it, which so far has yet to really work on this show. It would probably help if the jokes were actually funny? I’m not an expert though. But, this is more a superhero drama akin to that of seasons 1 and 2 of Arrow. So, good job there, though I’m not sure a dark drama is exactly what this show should be in regards to the rest of the MCU. Maybe if it was a bit more like Agent Carter and allowed itself to switch between genres every episode? I guess we’ll see what it turns into.
+9: Still a bit clunky but it’s coming into its own
-1: I don’t know if it’s going to try out this new style for a while but I’m not sure this is what this show should be either. It’s a problem with it belonging to a much bigger thing. If it was just another show, sure Dark Drama Spy Thing all the way, but as something meant to compliment the MCU as a whole, I don’t know if this is the type of show it needs to be. I think it would help if it was more serial and less episodic, but I’m not sure