For the past few weeks, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has been an enjoyable, yet completely lightweight ride. Nothing too memorable, but also nothing that could be considered a disaster. But that changed slightly with last night's episode "Eye-Spy," where the stakes were raised and the audience finally got to dig into the Coulson (Clark Gregg) mystery. Not to mention a pretty terrific fight scene involving Melinda May (Ming-na Wen.) So what happened? Read on to find out.
Warning: This article contains spoilers.
Men with creepy red masks fill the subways in Stockholm, but a mysterious woman manages to eliminate them all while stealing the diamonds they were carrying. It turns out that she was once an agent that was trained by Coulson, but has now gone rogue. May wants to call in for backup to help, but Coulson refuses, and instead wants the team to handle this themselves.
What they discover is that former agent Akela Amador (Pascale Armand) is being controlled by some mysterious agency that monitors her 24/7 using a camera placed inside her eye. If she makes one wrong move, a fail-safe is triggered that kills Amador.
This episode felt tighter and more controlled than the past few episodes, which might be due to its darker tone. The opening scene (as well as the eye surgery scene) was gory without being too gross, and the action had a nice pace going for it. The humor was still spot on, especially in the scene where Ward (Brett Dalton) got the order to seduce the male guard, but instead tried to bromance him.
What has been sorely lacking is the presence of a big bad, but at least with this episode the possibility of someone (or something) lurking in the shadows exits.
What did you think of "Eye-Spy"?
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs Tuesdays on ABC. For a local listing in the McAllen or San Antonio area, click here.
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