Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Review: Marvel's Agents of SHIELD S3E2 "Purpose in the Machine"
Spoilers for this week's episode below the fold. Avante!
This episode finally caught us up on several different plots that have been dangling since the end of the last season, namely what's been going on with Ward and May, as well as quickly resolving the big mystery about what happened to Simmons. I'm very glad they didn't decide to drag that out over three or four episodes, showing her running through a blue sandstorm. They've really got the pacing down for this show.
The question becomes, what will Ward's ultimate goal with Hydra be?
The scenes with May and her father were really good, and I'm glad to see her finally get some actual character development besides "she's a mysterious badass". Looking forward to more with that.
I have to say though, that Daisy/Skye seems to be reinvented every season, and I wish they'd just settle on a role for her. Leader of the Secret Warriors seems to be a good place to land. Let's keep her there and let her grow into that role. I did like the way they were able to use her quake powers to substitute for the Victorian resonance machine; fit in very nicely, and solved the riddle of what the monolith was, and how it worked. Snappy. Not dragging things out a whole season. Good.
I thought the touches of humor were right-on. Coulson's quip about the SHIELD logos on the vehicles, Elliot's dead pan "he did it" after ripping his cell door off the hinges, all really nice.
All in all, this episode really worked for me. This show is one of those that doesn't get DVR'd for later viewing.