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TV Review: AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3, Episode 15: Spacetime [ABC]

Chloe Bennet Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Spacetime

ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Spacetime TV Show Review. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., season 3, episode 15, ‘Spacetime,’ was an exercise in reassurance – for Agents & fans alike. Not only did characters like Daisy (Chloe Bennet) & Fitz-Simmons (Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge) get a much needed boost of optimism, where titular outcomes can be concerned, but viewers got a reminder that big things are still to come. That should go without saying; but even early risers should appreciate getting that hotel wake-up call service.

In this case, the wake-up call came from a dead man trying to preemptively upgrade his condition, only to lead Daisy into attempting the same thing. At the heart of the matter was a Greek tragedy of  man, with an ability that certainly seemed to fall on the ‘curse’ side of the powers debate. Unfortunately for all concerned, some people are better suited for making the most of curses than others, as once-Ward, Hive (Brett Dalton), would demonstrate – not just to the heads of a strategically important corporation, but to Gideon Malick (Powers Boothe), as well. Y’see, Hive wanted Malick to get a taste of real power – the ability to do things, rather than just order them done. Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.

(“Squirrel”) – Ted Cruz wins Wisconsin…!

Malick’s new toy certainly afforded him a more hands on approach to doing dirty deeds –  a new lease on taking life. Too bad it didn’t come with a rocket punch function, since getting too handsy wound up working against him – as did becoming privy to his place on the spacetime continuum. It must’ve been a pretty bad time to get a reality check on his HYDRA ranking, as well. Despite being more of a pretty-boy, in the source character’s pimp-coat, Ward-Hive seems to be playing on a different level – as he should.

With the Wonder Twins back in basic version form (with bug fixes to the annoying parts), it was kind of neat watching them tackle a group tutorial on the concept of spacetime, without coming across as condescending; but Fitz had a serious buzz kill thing going. Reality bites, when mathletics takes away all sense of chance. Grr, argh to math, I say.

Despite spacetime certainty, it was off to beat the Minority Report clock – with Daisy trying to outpace events as she thought she saw them.

Well, the harder you try to control the Universe, the more decisively it reasserts itself upon you; and another example were alter egos Andrew & Lash (Blair Underwood, Matthew Willig). With May (Ming-Na Wen) all set to put the pair down, in stone cold fashion, Andrew decided to come in from the cold, over news that a ‘cure’ may be in play. The process gave the couple an opportunity to get their dynamic back up & running – an important thing to do, considering that Lash may be too important to cure, and Andrew too redeemable for May to merely put down.

With all of Lincoln’s (Luke Mitchell) talk about purposeful design to serve functions, regarding Inhuman natures & powers, I can see where Hive may have been the whole point of Lash from the very beginning; but I am still working on not getting too juiced on speculation (still crashing, after BvS).

I wasn’t left entirely convinced that the nature of Daisy’s vision was anything other than a dodge. I mean, there may have been some wiggle room on exactly whose death you see; but it was kind of convenient that Daisy was one of two exceptions, out of four (Malick’s first kill being the other). Grr, argh – math, again.

The action was impressive; but some of it seemed as locked into the predetermined outcome as the plot (and I need a calling card for whichever outfit put up that Billboard). Even if the pieces didn’t come together in a convincing enough manner for you, one more vision was thrown in, to remind us of an ominous flash-forward from a previous episode. We are still on track for a future of free floating framed by fire.

Using what would’ve been a filler episode to serve as a bridge episode was a pretty neat thing to do – particularly in its gimmicked execution. I’ve seen it attempted before; but not always quite so balanced in outcome (bittersweet often gets overwhelmed by foreshadow or tragedy). There is always a chance that the follow through will not live up to the setup; but until that turns out to be the case, ‘Spacetime’ did a decent job of stoking interest in where this season of Agents is going (no Doomsday, no Doomsday, whammy!).

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Sam Joseph

Sam is an Avid consumer/observer of Geek culture, and collector of Fanboy media from earliest memory. Armchair sociologist and futurist. Honest critic with satirical if not absurdist­­ wit with some experience in comics/ animation production.

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