Monday, April 2, 2018

Agents of SHIELD: “Rise And Shine”

Kinda made my head hurt too.
Sometimes, you think you know where a show is going, and then it swerves, and it’s a good thing. And sometimes it swerves and it’s a bad thing.

Last week’s choice by Fitz to be pragmatic rather than ethical, to acknowledge that that’s inside him and to not regret it is a good swerve. It’s interesting, it opens up new character possibilities and new ways  to go forward and subverts and takes a different approach to certain common tropes of genre shows.

This week’s swerve, that Hale is somehow the last member of Hydra in the last Hydra base and is singlehandedly dealing with and double-crossing a mysterious alien Confederacy is a bad swerve. Of all the potentially interesting backstories for General Hale, “Hale: Hydra” is the least interesting. I mean, yeah, they need to get to Destroyer of Worlds, but there are lots of ways to do that, and a decades-old Hydra machine to infuse someone with an element (in this case gravitonium) is very meh to me.

Not to mention the whole idea that you can just stick Daisy in it. If you could stick anyone in it, Hydra would have stuck anyone in it years ago. Apparently you can’t, which is why Hale was forcibly impregnated by Hydra with Ruby (ew. I know Hydra’s evil, but ew.) in the first place.

And then there’s talk of “a war coming”, which we all assume means Infinity War, but there are lots of Marvel space wars to choose from, the most notable being the Kree-Skrull War. We already have the Kree, and Skrulls are rumored to be in Captain Marvel and the series may well be cancelled before any of this comes about anyway.

After last week, it was just a big letdown. I hope the next episode recovers things. Although I have to admit, I did enjoy Coulson no-selling the cafeteria ploy.

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