Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1, Episode 7: “The Hub”

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Hub

Coulson in a gray suit/blue shirt!  Have we seen him in anything other than black and white before?

If I was going to pick between Fitz and Simmons to go on a mission, I wouldn’t have picked Fitz.  I know the reason was his skillset but, up until now, field work hasn’t been his strong point.  Who could have known how things would turn out?  Fitz is the one who wants to be in the field but she froze up when confronted with a minor obstacle in a situation that was far from dangerous.  Simmons, on the other hand, rose to the occasion when his and Ward’s lives were in danger.  Whether their reactions are residual effects from Fitz nearly dying remains to be seen.

I did not like Victoria Hand until the end of the episode and even then my opinion only improved marginally.  I understand that she knew Coulson would figure out a way to save his men, but why did she keep secrets?  Why not tell Coulson that there was no extraction team for Ward and Simmons?  What if Skye hadn’t been suspicious and started digging?  Would Hand have told Coulson?  Maybe she just wanted to see Coulson get extremely angry.

Ward can be a bit stiff at times but he’s really starting to soften as he becomes more attached to the group.  Brett Dalton did a really good job this episode, conveying Ward’s emotions using only facial expressions.  The looks on Ward’s face when, first, he realized there was no extraction team coming for them and then, when Simmons refused to leave him, were perfect.

I want more of May’s back story.  It’s apparent that she’s trying to keep her distance from the rest of the team emotionally though, occasionally, there’s a slight crack in the armor.  What happened to her?

When Coulson was talking to Skye about the redacted file, I knew he was keeping something from her.  I thought maybe May was the agent who had dropped her off at the orphanage.  Apparently, it’s something bigger and tragic, but what?  Even on pause, I couldn’t quite make out what was in that picture.  It almost looked like a burned body.  Did S.H.I.E.L.D kill her parents?  Were her parents agents?

S.H.I.E.L.D. is trying so hard to protect Coulson from something but they are being pretty stupid about it.  Denying him access to his file just sends up HUGE red flags.  Why didn’t they dummy up a fake file to give him?

Favorite Lines:

  • “I don’t mean to alarm you, but I think you may have a mold problem.” — Coulson
  • “Ok, maybe we’ll both stay here.” — Ward

Photo Credit:  Get Glue and ABC

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Sleepy Hollow – Season 1, Episode 7: “The Midnight Ride”

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Sleepy Hollow: The Midnight Ride

Andy’s back!  I wondered what happened to him.  It wasn’t obvious the last time we saw him, but he can blink in and out of existence at will, it seems.  I want to know how he got mixed up with The Horseman to start with?  He doesn’t seem like a bad guy.  He seems to be trying to help Abbie, but to what end?  Is he trying to save his soul or is there another reason?  Maybe it was fear that made him turn to the dark side.  I can see the beginnings of that with Luke.

If The Horseman and Ichabod are no longer connected, why didn’t he kill Ichabod in the Freemason house?  It was the perfect opportunity and it’s not like Abbie or Ichabod can kill him.

Was James Frain one of the Freemasons that The Horseman killed?  It was hard to tell from the heads.  Did he kill four random Freemasons we hadn’t met yet?  What was the ring that Ichabod took off one of the bodies?  He never mentions it to Abbie and we never see him with it again. Does it have some significance or did it just remind Ichabod about the manuscript?

How did The Horseman find Captain Irving?  For that matter, how did he know Irving had his head? He doesn’t seem to know where it’s at any other time.  Finally, Captain Irving has seen The Horseman with his own eyes.  At least he doesn’t think they are crazy now.  Even though I remain suspicious, it seems that he’s a good guy.

What happens if there is a power outage before they get The Horseman into the magical cell?  How are they going to keep the UV light on him until they get him to the cell?  I guess they just have to keep him trapped until daylight, then they can move him.

Favorite Lines:

  • “See, we, too, were British at the time so that would have been most unhelpful.” — Ichabod
  • “I’m the only one amongst you who doesn’t require medication.” — Ichabod

Photo Credit:  Fox and Get Glue

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1, Episode 6: “FZZT”

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: F.Z.Z.T

Has May died too?  That conversation with Coulson seemed to hint at it.  I think she knows more about what happened to Coulson than she’s letting on.  She’s been suspicious of what’s going on with him and Amador flat out told her something was different about him.  So why did she work so hard to reassure him that what he was feeling was perfectly normal after a near-death experience? Maybe she knows what Agent Hill and Dr. Streiten know and is trying to throw Coulson off track.

When Coulson was talking to the fireman, I half expected him to say that the afterlife was a “magical place.”  I’ve read speculation that Coulson is an LMD.  Things that happened in this episode make me question that.  Several people now have commented on how different Coulson is now.  If an LMD is meant to be an exact copy of a person, he shouldn’t be any different.  Dying shouldn’t have had a psychological effect on an android.  An electromagnetic pulse like the ones that happened in this episode, should have had an effect on him.  That’s a nasty looking scar on his chest.

I really like the way the show is tying into the Marvel movie universe.  I think this episode made the most use of that connection.  Yes, a couple of the episodes have revolved around Extremis but what happened in this episode was a direct result of what happened in The Avengers.  How many more people might be infected with that virus?  I would assume other people took souvenirs from the battle in New York.

It’s pretty obvious to me, and I think Skye too, that Fitz is in love with Simmons.  I don’t think Simmons has any clue.  How funny is it that they failed their field agent tests but Simmons jumped at the chance to board “The Bus?”  Fitz tagged along, even though he pretty much hates everything about being in the field, because I don’t think he’d know what to do if he didn’t have Simmons by his side.

Of course, FitzSimmons would be the first to forgive Skye.  They’re the least agent-y people on the team.  Ward  is having a harder time not only because he’s so by the book but because he had started to care for Skye.  Other than Coulson, I think he was probably the most hurt by her lies.  Not that he’d ever admit that.  It was nice to see a bit of a thaw there.  Does he know about her parents?

I think this has been my favorite episode of the season so far.  I’m beginning to become emotionally invested enough in the characters that I worried for Simmons and got a little misty in a couple places.  Joss’ shows tend to start out slow, but it seems like it might be starting to find it’s footing.

Favorite Lines:

  • “I don’t sweat, I glisten.” — Coulson
  • “You don’t have to call me IronMan.” — Coulson

Photo Credit:  Get Glue and ABC

Sleepy Hollow – Season 1, Episode 6: “The Sin Eater”

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Sleepy Hollow: The Sin Eater

James Frain is so good at playing bad guys, I have a hard time believing he’s playing a good guy this time.  If the Freemasons are going to be involved from now on, I guess we will find out.  I find a few things about how they handled the situation suspicious.  Why hadn’t they contacted Ichabod before now?  If they hadn’t waited until the last possible minute to talk to him, they wouldn’t have had to resort to kidnapping and they may have been able to come up with a solution other than poison.  Katrina didn’t trust them, she hid his body from them.  In their defense, they didn’t keep Abbie out even though they knew she was going to try and stop Ichabod from drinking the poison.

It was nice to see the deepening bong between Abbie and Ichabod.  Despite her skepticism, Abbie really seems to value Ichabod’s friendship.  His presence also seems to be helping repair the relationship with her sister.  But, they had time to take in a baseball game and still haven’t hit the mall for new clothes and a haircut?

I don’t understand how Ichabod’s guilt over Arthur Bernard’s death was a sin?  People feel guilty about lots of things they do, that doesn’t make them a sin.

Is the Sin Eater linked to The Horseman now?  He said he could feel that The Horseman had woken up.  If he took Ichabod’s sin into himself, wouldn’t The Horseman be able to use him?  How has that improved the situation?  Now, Ichabod doesn’t have to die but The Horseman still has a link to this world.  The bond may even be stronger because of all the other sins that Henry has eaten.

I think The Horseman is Ichabod’s commanding officer.  I know The Horseman could be anyone wearing a British uniform but why the mask if not to hide his identity?  Because Ichabod would have recognized him.  And, in the battle where Ichabod beheaded him, The Horseman seemed to be headed straight for him.

Favorite Lines:

  • “I thought only horses slept standing up!” — Ichabod
  • “My ears shall remain eternally open to your admonition.” — Ichabod

Photo Credit:  Fox and Get Glue

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1, Episode 5: “The Girl in the Flower Dress”

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Girl in the Flower Dress

I thought Ward and Skye were playing chess.  Battleship is better. 🙂

So, we finally learn what Skye is up to.  When she and Miles first started talking, I thought maybe she was a journalist working on a story.  As the conversation went on, I started to suspect she was looking for someone, possibly a family member.  She’s an orphan and SHIELD has something to do with it?  Were her parents agents?  Did they die because of something the agency did?

I’m glad Coulson said he’d try to help her.  And I’m glad they let her stay but I guess she’s basically under house arrest.  When they gave the bracelet to Miles, Coulson told him not to use any electronic devices.  Does Skye’s bracelet do the same thing?  Wouldn’t make much sense to have a hacker that can’t hack.  This whole situation is going to upset the balance the team was starting to achieve.  Skye’s going to be the odd man out again.  😦

I wish they would develop Fitz/Simmons a bit more.  We’re slowly learning back story on each of the team members but still don’t know a lot about them.  I’m pretty sure they don’t have any deep, dark secrets but a little fleshing out would be nice.

So, who is the mysterious guy in jail?  And who is the clairvoyant? Centipede took “Scorch’s” blood to help stablize the Extremis but now the doctor is dead.  Won’t they need another doctor to synthesize the blood?  Also, Extremis seems to bring out the crazy in people.  Will the blood fix that or will they need to find something else for that?

Favorite Lines:

  • “When someone breaks into my house, I don’t usually invite them to stay.” — May
  • “You don’t really do comforting either, do you?” — Coulson

Photo Credit:  Get Glue and ABC

Sleepy Hollow – Season 1, Episode 5: “John Doe”

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Sleepy Hollow: John Doe

I’m loving the mini history lessons the viewer gets each episode.  I always liked history but I was more into the Civil War.  My Revolutionary War history is a bit fuzzy.  😀

I really don’t like Abbie’s ex.  Why does the cute guy have to be a douche?  Considering I don’t really trust anybody since Andy was a bad guy, I’m not sure if it’s jealousy or if he’s working with Moloch.  Either way, he’s trying to separate Abbie and Ichabod.  Boo!  Also, who set up the fake records for Ichabod at Oxford?

Why weren’t the Roanoke citizens the least bit bothered by the two strangers that came to visit?  Not only did Abbie not speak their language, she was dressed in clothes that would have been completely foreign to them.  Not to mention the gun and cell phone they may have glimpsed.

I love Tom Mison’s eyebrows.

So what actually happened to the Roanoke colonists? The mayor or whoever he was indicated that the ghost of Virginia Dare led the colonists to the island to save them from the disease and that kept The Horseman of Pestilence from crossing over.  It wasn’t clear to me if they had actually lived on that island at some point or if it was just some sort of portal or time slip that allowed Ichabod and Abbie to see them.

Still can’t figure Captain Irving out.  He went from “This is bullshit!” to “Go ahead and steal that ambulance.” in about 10 seconds.  Speaking of the ambulance, I think I noticed a goof in the editing.  At the beginning when they were wheeling Thomas into the hospital, there were TWO isolation tents being wheeled in.  At that time, Thomas would have been the only patient.

Why wasn’t Abbie carrying Thomas through the woods?  Ichabod was about to pass out and she’s over there with a tiny little first aid bag.

Finally, they addressed his clothes.  Maybe next time they’ll actually get around to buying him some new ones.

Favorite Lines:

  • “What is this impenetrable barrier around this instrument? ” — Ichabod
  • “You and I have very different definitions of old.” — Ichabod
  • “You look good for 200.” — Abbie
  • “You know, for a detective, you really don’t have a clue.” — Abbie

Photo Credit:  Fox and Get Glue

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1, Episode 4: “Eye Spy”

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Eye Spy

All those guys with red masks and briefcases and no one blinks an eye, yet, apparently, every one was taking pictures?  I saw maybe ten.  Also, the diamond carriers were sent on 25 different routes but five of them end up on the same train?  In the same car?

Coulson stated that three agents were sent in on the mission that Amador went missing.  She said she’d been in a cage for four years before a team came in and “rescued” her and operated on her.  Was she captured by one set of bad guys then taken from them by another?  If the people who originally captured her are the same ones that were controlling her, what made them choose her?  Was it just her bad (good?) luck that she wasn’t killed or did they kill the other two and purposely keep her?  I guess whoever was behind the eye cameras is going to be the big bad, yeah?

I like the different relationships that are going on within the team.  Coulson and Skye seem to be developing a friendly father/daughter type thing.  Coulson and May almost seem to be fighting for control but I think Skye put it better when she said she didn’t like it when Mom and Dad fought.  Skye and Ward, it remains to be seen.  She obviously thinks he’s hot.  But, will they end up romantically involved or have more of a brother/sister relationship?  The only thing I’d like to see is Fitz/Simmons interacting with the rest of the team more.

And we got another clue to what happened to Coulson.  My take is that Amador used the back scatter feature of her camera when she was talking to him.  She could literally see that there was something different about him.  Her trying to play it off like “no big deal” is going to make May curious, I bet.

Favorite Lines:

  • “She stopped saying “BANG!” when she pulls the trigger?” — Coulson
  • “Bang?” — Skye
  • “And, oh my God, Super Spy is ticklish!” — Skye

Photo Credit:  Get Glue and ABC