Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2, Episode 3: 'Making Friends & Influencing People' Review

10/08/2014 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments



It's amazing.  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has gone from a show that gave very little reason to return week-to-week, to a weekly must watch.  Season 2 is off to a bang, and Marvel has kept the pace through 3 episodes.

The following review will contain spoilers for anything Marvel.

Episode 3: "Making Friends & Influencing People," ties back to Episode 12 of last season, "seeds."  The show still lacked continuity at that time, and although the episode introduced Blizzard, he seemed almost like a throwaway character at the time, so it was good to see him back.

We also get to explore Hydra a little more through some scenes with Dr. Whitehall, and get to see some of the inner functioning through Simmons, who's character gets a major boost as an undercover agent.  Her and Fitz both seemed like one-beat characters when last season started, but are proving to be quite dynamic at this point.

Last season never really succeeded in establishing a compelling enemy until the Hydra reveal in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but so far season 2 has a full on shadow war going on between the remnants of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra as they compete for various assets (both objects and people).

Fitz seems to be growing quickly, which is nice.  Although I love Iain De Caestecker's performance (as I mention every episode),  I'm hoping we don't have to stick with this broken Fitz plot all season.  He's already taken big steps with Mac, which is excellent.  Fitz trying to kill ward definitely pushes his character to a more dangerous place.  He's always been more innocent, but ever since Ward was revealed as a Benedict Arnold, Fitz has shown a powerful rage slowly boiling over.

With the show pushing forward and also reaching back into last season, we can likely expect the return of Gravitron and other one and done villains from last season.

There's still a lot of ways the show can grow, but the exciting part about this season is that we are not given reason to doubt its ability to evolve.

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