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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Dirty Half Dozen


After months apart, Coulson's team is finally all back together - even Agent Ward is along for the ride - as Phil leads his team on a daring rescue mission to Hydra's Arctic base, where Deathlok and Skye's friend Lincoln are being held prisoner.

The Dirty Half Dozen was a great episode of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., especially the finally 20 minutes or so, when we were treated not only to an insight into the dark arc that Jemma Simmons' character has gone on since her first appearance but the base attack itself.

The highlight of the assault was, of course, the much-discussed and highly praised single-shot scene of Skye taking down a number of Hydra agents as she made her way to Lincoln's room. It certainly stands up there with the corridor fight in Daredevil as a magnificently choreographed action sequence.

While I've always been opposed to the idea of Ward finding any kind of redemption - some betrayals you shouldn't be allowed to come back from - I felt his return to the team, albeit briefly, was handled really well.

As is often the case in 'superhero' TV shows, the episode's strongest moments came in its final scenes - hooking us in for next time and, here, establishing links to Avengers: Age Of Ultron. It will be interesting to see where this goes as the show heads towards its season finale in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, at the Inhuman refuge known as 'Afterlife', Jiaying patches things up with Cal while trying to get to grips with Raina's new-found gift of prophecy.

Unfortunately, compared to the action of the main plot thread this week, the Inhuman elements of The Dirty Half Dozen felt a bit wishy-washy (barring Cal's summation of Raina's personality).

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