What I Watched Today: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (episode 5) & The Flash (episode 3)

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:


Oh, are there ever some things happening over on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Simmons is back home, Mockingbird has joined the team, the villains are uniting their efforts and Coulson is finally opening up to Skye. Yes, things are definitely getting interesting in this corner of the Marvel Universe.

Let’s start with the good guys, in particular Mockingbird. I remember seeing that pre-SDCC panel introduction video with Patton Oswalt that teased Bobbi Morse appearing on this season of the show and being excited by the possibility. Now that Adrianne Palicki has brought the character to life, I couldn’t be happier with her debut, even if it did come along with Simmons cover being blown. Honestly though, debuting Mockingbird as an undercover agent was the perfect way to bring her in. And I’m very interested in the new dynamics she brings to the team, particularly the fact that she’s apparently Hunter’s ex-wife (does this mean she hasn’t married Hawkeye n the MCU yet?). Elsewhere on the team I’m glad that Coulson has finally brought Skye into things with the alien writing. Keeping her out of that conversation was already getting tired and would only have gotten worse. I am disappointed with myself for never having the thought that Skye wasn’t doing the writings as well because maybe she’s an alien. I’m not sure I actually want them to go in that direction though.

Now the villains, specifically Skye’s father, who still doesn’t have an actual name and I have no idea if he’s supposed to be someone new or an established marvel character. The reference that “Skye” isn’t her name though does intrigue me with the possibility that they may actually become an established father/daughter from the Marvel Universe, though I have no idea who that may be. As for the man himself, Kyle MacLachlan did a wonderful job this episode of making the character super creepy and I can’t wait to see exactly what is going on with him.


The Flash:


Not the most high profile of villains on this week’s episode of The Flash, but Mist does provide an interesting challenge for the Fastest Man Alive. Unlike Weather Wizard and Multiplex, Mist is someone that even if he’s standing right in front of him, Barry can’t hit. As kind of lame as it was for the solution to be ‘keep running away until he gets tired,’ it was nice to see The Flash having to employ some strategy in order to defeat him. And for the first time on this show so far, the villain actually survived the episode, which means we may not have seen the last of Mist just yet. If nothing else, Anthony Carrigan (who played Mist) will be showing up later this season as Victor Zsasz on Gotham (take that DC TV continuity).

More important to me in this episode however was the debut of Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond (the future Firestorm). While he didn’t have a huge role in the episode and he certainly didn’t appear as Firestorm, with a lot of the episode playing as a flashback to the night of the particle accelerator incident, it doubles as something of an origin story for the Firestorm character. Also, establishes just how close to things Caitlin and Cisco were makes for a nice basis of explanation when it’s inevitably revealed that they have meta-powers as well. And as corny as it was, I definitely appreciate that Caitlin even referred to her and Ronnie as fire & ice (for Firestorm and Killer Frost), it’s nice foreshadowing.

As my final notes on the episode, I think it was a  nice touch to have Barry vibrate his body to obscure his face from his father since he’s obviously not ready to reveal his powers to him just yet. The establishment of a metahuman prison is a smart idea and something that needed to happen so we don’t have to kill the villain every week, and putting it right under S.T.A.R. Labs is convenient for when Harrison Wells eventually goes full evil. Speaking of, I think we can safely assume at this point that Wells orchestrated the whole particle accelerator incident that created Barry and the other metahumans. Now just have to wonder how long his actually going to stay in the shadows.



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