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Friday, 29 May 2015

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Scars


It's a week since The Dirty Half Dozen and in that time the events of Avengers: Age Of Ultron have gone down, the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier (the 'Theta Protocol') is back in play and Fury is 'alive again'.

Tensions have eased slightly between the competing S.H.I.E.L.D. factions and an arrangement has been reached where Coulson will remain The Director, advised by a board made up of Gonzales and his people.

In the Inhuman camp, Raina has had a vision of a Kree artifact that could spell doom for her people, but when she and teleporter Gordon go to investigate it turns out to be the mystery object that Gonzales is concealing in the hold of his ship.

Having discovered the existence of The Inhumans, Phil negotiates - through Skye - a sit-down with Jiaying to negotiate a way forward for the two parties, where S.H.I.E.L.D. can monitor the Inhumans and get them on to its Index.

However, Coulson's suggestion that he chair the meeting is overruled - because of his closeness to Skye - and Gonzales leads the S.H.I.E.L.D. delegation in his place.

Raina tries to manipulate Jaiying into not dealing with S.H.I.E.L.D., but Skye's mum has her own ideas and the meeting doesn't go exactly according to Gonzales' plan.

A brilliant mix of spy-fi, superhuman shenanigans, alien tech and general comic book goodness, Scars - referring primarily to the injuries that both Gonzales and Jaiying had suffered at the hands of Hydra - was one of the strongest episodes of this season, and certainly bodes well for the two-hour finale (let's hope Channel 4 lets us see it as a two-hour episode and doesn't hack it into two parts).

My only reservation, which I see as quite a big logistical plot hole, involved Bobbi's sub-plot towards the end of the episode.

Given that S.H.I.E.L.D. is a regimented, military, organisation, I fail to see how she could not have realised that Agent May was actually piloting two quinjets at the same time.

If May had been tied up in a cupboard back at base (yeah, I know that's hard to believe as well), and the faux May was the only Agent May in the operation, I would have found the deception being played on Bobbi more credible, but as it was, it just didn't ring true.

Surely, at some point, someone would have spotted a second Agent May as the quinjets were loading up?

Also, when Gonzales' team arrived at Afterlife, the Inhumans refuge, nobody mentioned the fact that they had lost one of their quinjets en route!

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