agents of shield seeds

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to wobble its way into an appealing story line as Skye’s past is uncovered. But surprisingly, he reveal doesn’t take center stage. Another drab plot is shoved down our throat, and while it brings some of the agents together, it does nothing to grab our attention.

The Players:

  • Director: Ken Fink
  • Writers: Monica Owusu-Breen, Jed Whedon
  • Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, David Conrad, Dylan Minnette

Episode Title: “Seeds”

A student from the science division of the Academy is trying to eliminate the competition. The younger agents are on the case, and spend some time getting to know the campus. Meanwhile, Agent Coulson (Gregg) and May (Wen) travel off to Mexico City to find out more on Skye’s (Bennet) past.

The Good:

  • Skye’s Background: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been building toward’s the reveal of Skye’s past for awhile. When a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent blurted out what happened to her as a baby, it made us happy. Not only did they talk about the body count that came from protecting baby Skye but she has powers of some kind. Powers, eh? If Skye is some sort of mutant, there will finally be something interesting about her. Skye hasn’t done too much since the show first began, so she’ll be of great help to the team once she reveals her powers. Actually, we’re curious to see what her powers may be.
  • The Academy Rivalry: In the first half of the episode Agent Ward wasn’t  incredibly fond of Agents Fitz and Simmons, only because they went to rival schools associated with S.H.I.E.L.D. It led to some cute banter intertwined with slight bonding between the three, especially Ward. It wasn’t long-lived but it was nice to see that small moment.
  • Ward and Skye: We would consider these two to be the weakest characters of the bunch. They need some major improvements in the writing department, so it was great to see them step up this week.
  • Directing Style: It may have been the use of lighting or the shot choices, but “Seeds” looked darker and sharper than previous episodes. It had a bit of a crisp feel, which really worked.

The So-So:

  • Coulson: In the beginning, we see Agent Coulson at his desk, examining pictures of himself under surgery when he was recovering. He had time to sit down and chat with Agent May about his feelings on the discovery of the surgeries, and he came off as rather mopey. They’ve done that for a while with Skye, we hope they don’t turn Coulson into a whiny guy. He’s supposed to be the charismatic, compassionate and smart person in the group. The last thing we want is for him to keep grumbling about what happened.
  • Blizzard Origin: S.H.I.E.L.D. has a knack for rewriting origin stories. One of the fools who decided to build the ice storm machine for Mr. Quinn (Conrad) was Donald Gill (Minnette), a familiar name to some of you comic book fans. He eventually turns into the super villain Blizzard when the device backfires, which was interesting to see. But we’re worried about how his angst-ridden youngster routine. We hope the show doesn’t constantly keep locking up all of the bad guys. At the very least they can build up to a massive breakout at the end of the season. Then there will be Skye the super-powered girl trying to save them, or at least that’s what we want to happen.

The Bad:

  • Quinn: Mr. Quinn was revealed to be the benefactor behind the student’s plot to create the ice storm contraption. We’ve only seen Quinn a couple times in S.H.I.E.L.D. but his intentions aren’t really clear. From the way he was acting, it was as if he wanted to buy the device just to have it on hand for a rainy day. This show continues to dangle around the ideas of cool villains but hasn’t delivered on any. Marvel’s already handled Phase One of their cinematic universe with a slew of origin stories, maybe that’s what S.H.I.E.L.D. is doing right now?

Overall:

“Seeds” gave us a little action and drama but still felt incomplete as a whole. Right now Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is at that point where it wants to shove as many random stories in it as possible. Yet it’s still missing that spark of excitement and mystery. It’s leaving viewers rather lukewarm on this episode and the show in general.

Rating: 7/10

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 8 PM on ABC.

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