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Agents of Shield

Is anyone else still watching this show? Spoilers, naturally.

I am mainly watching with a RL friend, in real-time, which never happens with other television for me these days. It's probably the only reason I'm still watching (the mocking gets us through the really awful bits), but it means sometimes I'm not paying as much attention as I would be if I were watching alone, or watching on a format I could play back. So, for those of you who are: how do you think we are supposed to interpret what the hell was happening to Coulson: were they downloading his brain with that device? Just stimulating it? That "thing" he became--do you think that was metaphorical or actual? I'm still trying to figure out if he's supposed to be an LMD or something else.

Other than that, as usual I found the episode entirely formulaic and predictable, down to most of the dialogue. Bleh. I like the characters enough by now to put up with it--Skye impersonating May was actually pretty cute--but even though I know Joss isn't involved in the day-to-day running of things, I am continuously disappointed at how BAD the writing is on this. Like, May's "betrayal" of Skye was so damned telegraphed, as was Ward's torturing the suspect, and pretty much everything else. Um, I guess I'm glad J. August Richards' character isn't dead? And it was nice to see the return of Dr. Shepherd Book? And while everything she did was entirely predictable, I like Agent Hand and was glad to see her return (since somebody on this show ought to act like an actual SHIELD agent sometime, if only as a foil for all the nonconformity of Coulson's crew--otherwise they're not the nonconformists the show so clearly wants them to be).

This entry is crossposted at http://norwich36.dreamwidth.org/263549.html, but feel free to reply at either place.

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bradygirl_12
Jan. 8th, 2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm still watching, though was thoroughly squicked. I had this vision of the scene from 1931's Frankenstein when they were doing whatever they were doing to poor Coulson. The man was begging to die! Why did they drag him back from the dead? I know he's important professionally to Fury, but this seems beyond the pale. And I know that in order for him to appear on the series they had to come up with some kind of explanation, but I feel so sorry for Phil. Is he really Phil or something else? I think it's a reflection of society that Americans are so afraid of death that they can't let people die with dignity. I was just, ugh, disturbed by that scene.

And the other character you mentioned is still alive but he doesn't look to be in good shape. He's had it rough since Day One!
norwich36
Jan. 9th, 2014 03:21 am (UTC)
Yes, that Coulson scene was very disturbing--but of course it was supposed to be. (And I think they're building up toward Captain America: Winter Soldier, where just from the previews SHIELD comes across as pretty shady, so they need to continue to make SHIELD look somewhat bad while making Coulson's team still be the good guys--and whatever else it did, this episode definitely made clear the split between SHIELD proper and the team.

As for J. August Richards, since I believe the Centipede formula was based on Extremis from Ironman 3, and that could restore people's missing limbs, I don't think he'll be in such bad shape in the future (though of course now he's being controlled by some mysterious force just like that SHIELD agent earlier in the season).
bradygirl_12
Jan. 9th, 2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I get that S.H.I.E.L.D. has to be somewhat shady, but I guess my love for Phil colored my reactions to that scene, though any character suffering like that would have engaged me.

I know that Phil had to return for the series, but in 'RL', why did Fury order such a horrific procedure, I wonder? Should be interesting to find out!

Phil is keeping it to himself about what he learned. That's great fanfic fodder if it creates a rift between him and Fury.

I liked Agent Hand. She reminds me a lot of D.A. Alex Cabot from Law & Order: SVU in looks. Maybe it's the glasses. :)

I was also pleased that Hand asked May's opinion, even though it turned out May was backing Skye. Still, it's always a perk for me to see women respected and admired in their profession (like Natasha).
norwich36
Jan. 10th, 2014 02:37 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah. TBH, I wouldn't be surprised if this ep fuel a lot of Fury/Coulson fic, because that kind of desperate play seems more like someone who can't let go of a lover than anything else. (Which would certainly make a rift between Fury and Coulson more interesting).

I do like all the female authority figures we're seeing on this show.
bradygirl_12
Jan. 10th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing! Fury seems very desperate to keep Phil around. :)

May is a great character. I like that understated, stoic personality like Natasha's. It's a great way of standing the 'emotional female' trope on its head. :)
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