Are you ready for real villains to pop up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Luckily, that’s what “The Asset” was all about. We got our first taste of big bad adversaries that will give the agents grief for a few episodes. Meanwhile, we’re still on the fence when it comes to the character of Skye. She sounds good on paper, but they have some work to do in turning this obnoxious woman into somebody we can like.
- Director: David Solomon
- Writers: Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
- Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, David Conrad, Ian Hart
Episode Title: “The Asset”
Dr. Franklin Hall (Hart) is kidnapped by a shady organization called MALTA, headed by Ian Quinn (Conrad). It’s up to S.H.I.E.L.D. to save him and protect the world from a new substance and machine that could be deadly if put in the wrong hands. To make matters worse, Skye (Bennet) goes into the field to prove she’s got what it takes to stay in S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Fixing Skye: Easily one of the biggest problems plaguing this show is the presence of the annoyingly quirky, and mainly useless, Skye. She comes off as rather obnoxious and hasn’t been given the chance to prove herself. They finally gave her the opportunity to do such as she infiltrates a swanky party hosted by the MALTA leader. There were a couple of points where we thought, yes, please make her evil. It would make the show more interesting if she leaned towards the dark side, but that didn’t happen. We’re still not sure where her allegiance lies, especially given the end of the second episode. From what we’ve seen, Skye’s going to be a semi-permanent member of S.H.I.E.L.D. Her cute and bubbly but annoying remarks were toned down a bit, and she was given a touching moment, which gave more insight into the character.
- Villains: Possibly the best thing about this episode is that we’re introduced to not one, but two villains. In “The Asset” we saw the origin of Dr. Franklin Hall, who for you comic readers is better known as Graviton. We see how he transforms into the villain and the emotional ties he leaves within S.H.I.E.L.D. between Coulson and the Fitz-Simmons duo —siblings or whatever relation they have to each other. There’s also Ian Quinn, the head of MALTA. They’re the same as S.H.I.E.L.D., trying to acquire whatever assets possible in order to do what they think would be good for the world. Unfortunately, they see S.H.I.E.L.D. as an threat.
- The Big Scene: Dr. Hall tries to rid the world of the graviton by destroying the compound they’re in. Coulson won’t have innocent lives suffer an awful fate because of the doctor’s wishes and sends him into the machine. The effects where Dr. Hall is absorbed into the graviton are pretty cool, possibly the best we’ve seen so far. It was a great way to start something big in the series that will keep fans watching long enough to see what happens in the future.
- “And you died.”: When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. first aired one of our friends hypothesized about what happened to Agent Coulson post-Avengers. They suggested that the Agent Coulson in the show is a clone. It’s more of an assumption than anything else, but when Agent May utters “And you died” after Coulson leaves the room makes the theory all the more possible.
- Ward: The character still comes off as too aloof and grumpy. It’s not really a complaint but we want to see him loosen up more. We imagine we’re at least two episodes away from seeing that. At least we got a tender moment out of him explaining his actions during “The Asset.” It showed why he’s such a pain in the ass, super gun-ho field agent.
- That Action Choreography: There’s something stiff about the action that’s painful to watch. Either that or the actor who plays Ward (Dalton) is just that robotic.
“The Asset” is a big improvement compared to the last episode. There was action, drama and character development that made it a lot more enjoyable.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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