Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Rise & Shine” Review
This is exactly the craziness we knew we were in store for when the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came back to the present. Some things were set in stone, but others? That was a huge twist between Fitz giving in to his dark side and General Hale revealed to be HYDRA. Those guys just never give up their need to take over the world, though that isn’t anything too knew for us who truly get what it means for H.Y.D.R.A. to always come back with a vengeance.
Getting a backstory for General Hale was unexpected, yet it was also appreciated. There are plenty of things we don’t know about HYDRA and this exploration of their organization was what we needed even though a long way down the line. Better than never regardless since we got a good understanding of how they operate. Starting young, integrating, and activating when the time is right. Seeing all this from a young Hale’s perspective was even better. Through her we could see some other familiar names matched to younger faces. Everything at the same time began to make sense as to where they all ended up now and why she of all could have made it this far where the rest have failed. Through the past two episodes I do feel as though Hale’s writing has improved immensely. It was a tough pill to swallow grasping the uphill battle she had to get where she is, and the obstacles of being who she is among some backwards thinkers. However, following how she overcame these obstacles for the most part makes her admirable in contrast to others who you might call villains.
The depth given to Hale and Ruby was also much-needed at this stage considering the current tension between them. Details matters and they did not hold back whether it was Ruby trying to live up to expectation, or Hale trying to make sure that everything she went through wasn’t for nothing. Both so far are great examples of how the environment around you can change you and twist you into something you probably are not.
I was taken back by the Hale’s flashback and slowly catching up from there to current time. How they approached catching us up was interesting since many gaps were filled in in such a short amount of time. Her game was a smart one when there was much more to appreciate about her ability to talk to people rather than impose. I mean the effort was there since little time was wasted opening our minds to who it is actually behind the curtains. What we are dealing with is a version of HYDRA, though even then there was much more to open the doors to. Particularly when there are outside forces that Hale has been in contact with. Now after the reveal that HYDRA was still in the game, everything after that came down to how they would pull Coulson into their world. Only then could we make sense of why Hale would either need to be helped or stopped.
Catching up for everyone else was still a moment of importance. How events unfolded and emotions ran came naturally with this betrayal won’t be so easily forgotten. I enjoyed the tension here because nobody was really wrong in this argument. Daisy had her points about Fitz, Fitz had his points about the needs of many outweighing one, and the other’s perspectives made sense given the thought put into theirs rather than emotion. That aside, the small bit of time spent towards finally addressing what does happen in the future was necessary. Some things were withholding longer than they should have been, and better now than later that others were brought up to speed to process the concept of time on their own.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Rise & Shine” was character exploration worthy of spending the majority of an episode. Not for just fleshing out a major character, but for giving proper insight into an organization that for the most part tends to come off as just a shell of an idea. Everything else was a great transition from the dark turn that this story took for the agents and their deteriorating relationships.