My issue with this episode had to do with pacing. While I think it’s great that we jumped into a mission and that we effectively saw the entire episode through Skye’s eyes and her first day on the job, there was something off about the revelations in this episode.
The real test of the show will be its viewership next week. Unfortunately, nobody has discovered a super power yet that lets us predict the entertainment future. Which is probably for the best – Hollywood execs would just abuse the privilege anyway.
ABC already has A LOT wrapped up in The Avengers/Marvel franchise, but heavy monetary investment is no guarantee of success. Instead, the amount of buzz, attention and downright giddiness that surrounds Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is at once a blessing and a curse.
Is it hard, even impossible, to get tickets? Yes. Is it too big for the space, too crowded? Yes. Is it too difficult for people to get into the panels they want to see? Yes. Has it become too Hollywood, too produced? Yes. But maybe what makes Comic-Con so special isn’t the sheer number of revelers or the spectacle of the con, but the unspoken bond that unites 150,000 people for a just a few days.
SDCC is so overwhelming it takes me almost three weeks to order my thoughts into something resembling coherence.
The last scene of this week’s episode was pure Abrams—and that’s not a compliment. The camera flickers out, the man in the elevator screams and then we cut to the back of the elevator door bathed in his blood and guts. Ripped apart by an unseen force … hmm, I wonder if it’s a polar bear?
It’s hard for me to accept that Bass at his core is simply evil and maybe that’s more indicative of my failings than the writers’. Let me know in the comments if I’m alone in this, would you?
Knowing that Rachel allowed the rest of the world to fall into chaos to save her son doesn’t do much to endear her to me. I’m not a parent, so of course, I could’nt imagine the type of choice she must have been faced with. However, I’m a student of the great philosopher, Spock, who very memorably reminded us that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
As the show matures in the second half of its first season, the relationships have matured as well, which is probably the most important thing. Relationships between mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, brothers and sisters, while universal in many ways, are also as unique as fingerprints and it is the truth to these relationships the writers and actors must get right.