Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is still riddled with problems but it’s taking the necessary steps to become better. “Eye Spy” is lopsided story-wise, showing signs of improvement, while suffering some obvious pitfalls (i.e. a couple lead characters). Either way, this episode is a step in the right direction.
- Director: Roxann Dawson
- Writers: Jeffrey Bell
- Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Pascale Armand
Episode Title: “Eye Spy”
After years of being in the dark, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent (Armand) is caught stealing. Once Agent Coulson (Gregg) begins to track her down, he realizes she’s tied up in a deadly game. It’s a situation that puts her and all of his agents in danger.
- Agent May Back In The Field: Agent May stepped out of line in Coulson’s eyes when she confronted a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who was causing so much trouble. But she did it in order to protect the team. With May there’s also an attachment she has to Coulson. It’s that almost sibling-like affection that makes her want to protect him, along with the rest of the team. After all, if she doesn’t defend these 20-something pups, who will? We have a feeling she’s going to end up finding out what really happened to Coulson after the events of The Avengers. Did we mention that the actress who played the former agent was pretty cool? She shared a scene with May in that carried just the right amount of action we wanted it to have.
- Opening/Direction: This is a director we can root for. The opening scene was concise, sharp and thrilling to watch. There was an air of mystery over due to the cool visuals and it just reeled you in. Even during the more intimate parts of the story, it didn’t come off as dull. The director made everything exciting by injecting her own style into into this decent show.
- Everyone’s Doing Their Jobs: This may be the first episode where every member of the team had something to do. May was tracking the former agent, while Fitz-Simmons was helping develop some cool equipment for Ward. Skye used her hacker skills to help Ward pose as the former agent in order to find the whereabouts of her controller, whom Coulson was also trying to track down. Everybody was doing something, and boy did that make us happy. The working as a team thing should be implemented more often, mainly with Skye and Ward. It usually appears as if they’re sitting around waiting to be flung into random danger each episode.
- May/Coulson: It’s been established that these two have worked together in the past but it’s just not the same. We get more interaction with them now that May has decided to randomly go back into the field. We could do with less Skye/Ward interaction and more of Coulson/May. The latter are more rounded and less annoying.
- Skye’s One-On-One Moments: It’s time to officially cut these out of the episodes. We’re four episodes in and we know plenty about Skye. Fans are already irritated over the fact that she’s likely our main character. We were not-so-secretly rooting for her to get seriously injured when a truck slammed into the side of her van. It’s only because the character’s rather annoying and there’s no reason she should still be on this show.
- That Editing: Can they bring in somebody else? Boy is this getting on our nerves. The editor is cutting here, there and everywhere. It’s distracting, sloppy and we’re tired of seeing this kind of approach each week.
“Eye Spy” was fun to watch but it wasn’t a perfect episode. We got more May/Coulson time, though the equal amount of Skye/Ward didn’t make us happy. There’s always next time to improve on things.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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