Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. s1e19: The Only Light in the Darkness

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “The Only Light In The Darkness” – With their world turned upside down, Coulson races to save the life of his one true love as the mystery of “The Cellist,” which began in Marvel’s The Avengers, is finally revealed on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., TUESDAY, APRIL 22 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Justin Lubin) CLARK GREGG

Rating:

Ward is back with Coulson and his team, but none of them know who he really is and they’re too distracted hunting a superhuman psychopath recently released from the Fridge. Also, Agent Koenig begins an intensive interrogation on the entire team with the most advanced lie detector in the world.

This was enjoyable, but not without its faults. For one thing, they set-up and talk about the villain in this one so much I felt that I forgot that he was in the last episode or something. Part of me wonders if what they were trying to do was set him up like Jaws and not show the full shark in the opening credits, but no one seems too fearful of him and, outside of a few moments of explaining his motives, this seemed unnecessary.

Also, is everyone trying to hook up with everyone all of a sudden? I’ve mentioned before how little I care about the relationships of these people. It just doesn’t seem like something that should be a driving force in a show like this. Especially now when everything seems at stake. I guess Ward and Skye seem slightly more interesting since we know Ward is evil.

Overall, this feels very one-shot, both with the villain and how it seems to want to focus on anything but the main plotline of the show. Also, tracking down villains at this point seems more than a little out of place considering they should all be laying low. I get the “he’s too dangerous to be let loose” but it’s not like all the Avengers are in hiding at this point.

There are some moments I like though. I enjoy the horror tropes they use near the end. I also like how Coulson seems to be a man on the edge now, which is appropriate considering everything he’s believed in seems to be shattering. I also like Patton Oswalt as an Agent of Shield, he does a really good job in this minor role.

SCORING:

+6: takes a bit to find a point but becomes a pretty enjoyable episode

-1: the story is encased around an oddly placed one-shot

-1: too much forced relationship stuff

+1: Ward is a lot more interesting to me overall now that we all know he’s evil

+1: Patton Oswald does such a good job it’s too bad he doesn’t have his own spin off series somehow

+1: Horror tropes seem to make superhero stories better. Maybe that’s just me…

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