Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The Devil Complex” Review
“The Devil Complex”, sounds ominous if you ask me. The first half of this season stole us with the excitement that is exploring a new frontier, but this second half challenges just what we have invested ourselves in. Threats from within, threats from outside, the looming threat of the end of the world approaching. A good time to be an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., right? This week is no different from the others where we have to prepare for the unexpected, and the worst.
No time at all was wasted getting into the craziness of this week’s episode. There had to be some consistent danger to the agents since coming back to the present and this problem with the Gravitonium has been quite the challenge. I like to think that the dangers thee agents face are most exciting when it keeps them on their toes. I mean how do you deal with a threat that can appear out of anywhere? That can take any shape and form? The mental thriller that they have created is a huge contrast to the atmosphere set in the previous dark season.
The encounter with General Hale was a big one. We’ve gotten some concrete moments out of her so far, but I’m glad that we are finally getting that opportunity to see things from her perspective. While the way she goes about her job is all sorts of wrong, you can’t deny that her motivations were somewhat in line. That of course didn’t stop us from seeing that the true problem lied with who was pulling her strings. The big question about Hale was a bomb dropped on our lap that you will either love or hate. You’ll love it because this war just became a little more personal for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., yet you might hate it because you will be a viewer who is looking for a new enemy altogether. With that said, this doesn’t discount the fact that who we are dealing with is General Hale, and so far she impresses for her approach to taking on S.H.I.E.L.D.. She’s done her research, she’s picked up the right assets, and doesn’t get cornered so easily for an enemy with no powers.
What Coulson does with this information was the shocker. He has made some bold moves this season, or at least tries to, and even still he pushes further. It honestly doesn’t hurt to have an agent like him considering to change the future they will have to do some things out of character. He wasn’t the only agent to get that message this episode, and that lines us up for much that will likely catch us off guard.
Fitz crumbling under the weight of figuring out the Gravitonium situation was a cool development for him. This kind of tension challenges that darkness within him. When you allow a fear dimension to leak into our world, its hard to say what any of them would be exposed to. We’ve never seen what Fitz was actually scared of, and it was about time when this awakened something in him that there may be no turning back from. It was a chilling path he took this episode because we’ve seen pieces of his future, and nothing about it gave any indication that he would faced what he did now, or do what he did now either. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a character move this far into the questionable zone and that is saying something when you can’t even figure out if Coulson is in his right mind currently. With that said, something big did come of his storyline and it changes a lot about the direction that this arc will go in. Particularly when again not everything about the future can be avoided.
Now everything starts to make sense in the case of Deke. It seemed too easy for the twist to be that Fitz and Simmons are his parents, so what is actually the case made for a more convincing argument. This didn’t stop every action from Deke being awkward concerning his awareness to the truth with that said. I could only hope transitioning into this episode that they move towards something actually happening, since dragging this on would be a mistake. Fortunately they did not disappoint and found the right timing for Deke to maintain that spot of being a character of interest.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The Devil Complex” changed the game for better or for worse. Agents reveal some hard truths about themselves and others, they explore sides of them that are detrimental to their well-being, and take more steps to figuring out what they are meant to save the world from.