Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The Man Behind the Shield” Review


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last week was the first time in a while that the show felt like what it used to be. The show has evolved into something new, but it was always cool the way they used to handle the threat of superpowered people. The thrill of the chase and figuring out the best way to engage said person. Only problem being that a third-party involvement takes a situation like this a step further when one person doesn’t make the trip back. I like that the person had to be Mace, he grows on you and surely has to the rest of the team.

With it known that Radcliffe is behind S.H.I.E.L.D.’s current problems, the pacing has begun to pick up as it should. The only thing that kept us at a steady pace up to this point were the unknown variables. All the things that the agents didn’t understand about what they were up against. Coulson and the team engaging in a deadly cat-and-mouse game to rescue Director Mace took some time to get into. While at a point you could see that there had to be some history between Coulson and the Superior we were unfolding, the flashbacks of him and May were just a bit distracting. Sure the mission they were on was relevant, but pushing that there has always been something between them even then was unnecessary. We get the idea. That said, it was still a solid chase considering at the core they are playing well into the spy game. When the action hit, it made the wait and suspense worth it. Two who needed to confront each other most did so and it was satisfying with each blow and blast.

Seeing the position the Watchdog’s left Mace in, it definitely had you on edge for what he is and isn’t able to take. Sure he put himself in this position, though it didn’t mean he was prepared for what came next.

Tension over the pursuit of science has been a nice touch for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: LMD. It could have been open and shut about the argument about how far you can go in the name of technological advancements because of Radcliffe, though that would have been too simple. I think the fact that they are pushing this through Fitz adds more depth to that madness. He is a smart guy and I’m glad they have taken season 4 to genuinely address this. I mean Radcliffe is the bad guy, but there still had to be a fall guy for allowing actions such as his to slip through the cracks.

The Superior I do have to say is developing well into the main villain of this season. I still feel as though there may be someone else around the corner pulling the strings, but for right now he serves as someone to fear now that his motivations and intentions have been made clear. He has not only the intimidating presence, but the command through his voice as well. Aside from the creature who took over Ward in the past or Eli, this is the first time we have one who is creates fear through simply being himself as a human. The human element in danger is what we have been missing for some time and they found it through the Superior. Witnessing him in action I do want to believe he may have some power, but we’ll just have to see about that. Until then the method to his madness without a doubt kept you at the edge of your seat when he let his true colors show. Personal doesn’t begin to describe what he has against Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D.

It goes without saying that the subtlety in Aida’s development is chilling. You can see that there is something going on there that might turn dark fast, and you just await when the worst comes. And it sure did. If the LMD storyline didn’t have you invested before, it sure as hell did now. As far as twists go, this one did come off bold, but this was the best time to start going big.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The Man Behind the Shield” shook up the entire plot. I like that each week they have managed to keep us on our toes for uncovering what is really going on. Nothing here is predictable and we have always needed it to be that way. What’s a game of espionage if everything is clear and cut?

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