Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. s1e9: Repairs

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Repairs” – Coulson and his team are haunted by a mysterious force that threatens to destroy them all, and only a secret from May’s past can save them, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal) MING-NA WEN

Air Date: November 26, 2013

Rating: 6.5/10

A woman in rural America seemingly has telekinetic powers that are both out of her control and randomly killing people around her. Also, Fitz-Simmons tries to play a prank on Skye.

Okay, I basically hate Ward now that he and May have slept together. I mean, I have a strong distaste for pretty much the entirety of the main cast right now (except Skye) but I don’t like Ward anymore at all. Everyone else has their moments, but I’ve more or less lost my respect for the character and he didn’t have much character to begin with. I feel they’d have to do something major to bring me around again, but as fara as I can tell he’s just there to be the closest thing they have to a superhero, even though Agent Coulson should be the one taking up that mantel. Actually, with that in mind, I kind of like May a bit more than before, so go figure.

Okay, this episode was better than the one before it. It used a lot of horror tropes and I kind of got Alien vibes about halfway into it, which are always good things in my book. I liked that it didn’t feel like it was trying to do five things at once, but just because an episode was cohesive, doesn’t mean that it’s good. But it is a lot better than the previous one by comparison.

Anyway, here’s another reason this show doesn’t work that I thought of while watching this episode. You see, the MCU is a series of movies that all follow each other and deal with the same characters and can affect each other in various ways. It’s not what movies typically are so it becomes kind of like a giant TV show that’s made of movies. The movies themselves are episodic. But, this show being episodic just makes it a TV show. There’s nothing special about it. I know it seems counter intuitive but this show has to do the opposite of what shows do in order to stand up together with the MCU instead of constantly following in its shadow. It needs to become a serial show that’s meant to be watched in order, and maybe it should have things happen in it that make it important to watch. What if Thanos’ origin was covered here? Or something like that, but as it stands, nothing has happened in this show that has made it anything more than “just another TV show.” I probably wouldn’t even really know it was in the MCU if it didn’t blatantly tell me at the beginning of each episode, along with an occasional name-drop.

SCORING:

+6.5: I appreciate the horror-themed episode, but outside of that, this show has yet to make me really give a damn. Episode 7 almost did though, almost…

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