Whilst episode three of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was something of a disappointment it’s good to see the show returning to its previous higher standards with an entertaining and engaging fourth outing.
Beginning with a visually interesting, if somewhat bonkers opening scene involving dozens of men in suits and red masks making their way through the streets of Stockholm in order to transport a shipment of diamonds. The episode quickly sets up the central focus when the mysterious and dangerous former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Akela appears and somehow uses some extra normal ability to find and take down her target.
A former protégé of Coulson and thought dead for a number of years the skilled former agent storyline could have very easily been a hackneyed ‘good guy gone bad’ episode. Luckily the episode works wonderfully well thanks to the strong and understated performance from Pascale Armand. Armand plays the character as a woman that has hit rock bottom and hates the situation she is in rather than being an over the top arch villain type performance.
|Akela and Coulson come face to face.|
The episode also sets up yet another potential mystery/big bad for the season, alongside Rising Tide and Graviton, in the form of the shadowy ‘handlers’ that are controlling Akela and the British man that also had an eye implant. Who are they, what are they up to and are there any more people like Akela out there? I’m sure these are questions that we will learn more of throughout the rest of the season.
|S.H.I.E.L.D. branded H2O, because writing 'water' isn't cool.|
A competent and interesting episode that further builds upon the Marvel movie universe and the past of Coulson. More episodes like this please! 7/10
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