Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Principia” Review
General Hale and her agents are a force to be reckoned with, though who would have guessed that the biggest dangers our agents could face was what’s in their own base of operations? The best opportunity anyone could have asked for to address this team’s secrets and fears about the future of S.H.I.E.L.D.. However, now is the time to spring back into action and focus on the true priority that is saving the world from impending doom.
Transitioning from the events of stopping a fear dimension from leaking into their own, it made sense that the team would begin their search for Gravitonium. Some may want S.H.I.E.L.D. to quickly jump into their next move against Hale, but she is only a consequence of getting caught. It goes without saying that the fun in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tends to be when they are working under the radar and from behind the scenes rather than taking direct action. The channels they had to go through and contacts they had to make connections with were just what we needed in getting from point a to point b. It didn’t hurt that the person who would help them was at least someone familiar to another member of the team. The highlight of this episode was definitely what came out of the team discovering where the Gravitonium was hidden. Great effect, and a unique change in setting for a mission.
What danger they faced looking for the Gravitonium shook things up when the reality of the situation is that they aren’t facing off against any ordinary General. Not too much action, though the right person to deliver it in the moment.
Now I truly was not prepared to see that Deke had a connection to Fitz and Simmons. So many questions came up after this discovery between wondering why Deke doesn’t recognize them, if the connection isn’t Fitz/Simmons’ offspring, and more. With that said, his dynamic with the two takes a huge turn when they are teasing hard that there is a relation. It started off as more of sibling tension, but grew into something more after a first look at what comes to Deke’s mind when he thinks about his parents. I don’t know how they plan on unraveling this twist, though for now it is good to see that Deke is not a character they brought back only to use for a little bit of humor and set aside.
This week’s developments with Yo-Yo were nice considering her comic counterpart did have some badass cybernetic arms, unfortunately that didn’t change the heartbreak in how you get over losing your arms in the first place. Not to mention a perilous future that step by step seems to be coming true. It made a big difference to have her interact with Coulson as well. He went through something similar, and while not to the same degree is just what she may need for even the slightest bit of hope. The great thing about a relationship like Yo-Yo and Mack’s, is what these two are willing to do for the other. This episode was one of a number of times where he has been that symbol of hope as someone who truly cares about those closest to him. Knowing that Mack does presumably meet his demise, its hard not to picture that this may be still fighting for Yo-Yo, and that is a tough pill to swallow despite how heartwarming his actions may be.
The start of this episode was pretty chilling for the familiar face we came by. Some characters are so small that you expect them to be left in the past. This was not the case and while it took some time to fully remember who this guy was the reintroduced us to, it was worth it when the memory added clarity to what force General Hale is putting together. Now he was chilling for the fact that he was completely unhinged. Worse than anyone we have come across, and with good reason. When you add Ruby to the mix, that created quite the shocker. There was always something to like about a character like Ruby as well, and now it was easy to see what that was when she has her own motivations and desires beyond what her mom wants from her.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Principia” got the ball rolling again when the team isn’t going to let a tear in the fabric of space or a fanatical general keep them from doing what they do best. When hyping up the introduction of Ruby and the dangers of General Hale, I’m glad that this wasn’t a letdown. So far they are certainly a new kind of threat and a force that knows how to keep steps ahead.