Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. s1e8: The Well

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “The Well”- In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film THOR: THE DARK WORLD, Coulson and The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces — one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team, on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Danny Feld) CHLOE BENNET, BRETT DALTON, ELIZABETH HENSTRIDGE, IAIN DE CAESTECKER, CLARK GREGG, MING-NA WEN

Air Date: November 19, 2013

Rating: 2/10

The Agents are assigned to cleanup duty after the events of Thor: The Dark World. In the process, they discover some Asgardian tech that can temporarily give a person the strength of 20 men. However, when Ward touches it, it unlocks a dark memory from his childhood he’d rather not remember.

After enjoying the previous two episodes, I was actually looking forward to this one, but overall I’m fairly disappointed. And it’s one of those situations where I’m not exactly sure why this episode isn’t very good, so I can either accept that it was just a bad episode or overanalyze the crap out of everything. Guess which one I’m picking!

So, it begins in the wake of Thor 2. Even though I didn’t like the movie, I did enjoy seeing it connected to this show in this way. And it makes sense that Shield would have to deal with clean-up duty once a superhero comes around and wrecks part of the Spanish countryside. But, we know from future movies that everyone gets super mad at superheroes for screwing up their cities all the time, if Shield was doing its job then maybe this outcry would be kept to a bare minimum. I know this isn’t the same Shield we see in the comics and they’re resources aren’t seemingly unlimited, but still. It makes this connection a completely one-way street, the movies can influence this show but not the other way around. This is just like Daredevil and the other Netflix Marvel shows, the connection only comes from the movies, nothing ever goes towards them except the other movies.

This is super unlike the comics, where anyone can be in any other comics in the Marvel Comics Universe, or giant events that change everything could resonate from any comic (and likely does in multiple comic series). Here everything else is sitting in the shadow of the MCU. Daredevil fixes this by focusing on smaller problems and focusing entirely on its own story. Also, by building up its characters so that we feel for them when bad things happen.

Okay back to the episode, the problem is it’s trying to do things both ways. It wants to be something that follows alongside the MCU while also doing its own thing with characters that we’re supposed to care about. But it’s also jumping the gun when it comes to that and forcing character-developing plotlines just too soon into the series for us to feel anything. These are just random people, no one seems to be the main character, and this melodrama doesn’t mean anything to me. Maybe if one person rose up, like Ward or Skye as they seem to be more central to the plot than the others. But really anyone becoming the main character would be fine, either that or do it like Columbo, make the main characters the people Shield has to help, or the bad guys, and it’s different every time. As it stands, these are the people I actually relate to anyway on a per-episode basis.

Either that or do more episodes like the previous one where the whole series is character-driven and we don’t have to keep shoehorning in unnecessary plotlines. This one definitely needed to pick one or the other is that I liked the plot and didn’t really get the stuff with Ward or why it was there, plot-driven for this one, that’s what I think.

SCORING:

+5: Okay, I could probably keep going about what’s wrong with this episode but I’ll just leave it up to scoring, I liked the plot in this one, but not really anything else

-1: Connection to Thor means nothing at all

-1: I still don’t care who anyone is sleeping with, this is just melodrama for the sake of it

-1: I think I like Ward even less now knowing about his past… I mean, he’s supposed to be the guy we relate to right?

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