That was not a good episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and I blame the damn Koenigs! Yeah, I’m a Koenig hater. #sorrynotsorry
I like Patton Oswalt, but for some reason his character (every iteration) just never clicked with me. You can go back and read my TV Fanatic reviews if you don’t believe me. Sadly, this installment was yet another filler, written mostly to feature Oswalt and not much else. With ratings at an all time low, every episode should be outstanding. You want us to watch LIVE, right guys? I will say, the Koenigs quoting Star Wars at the top was cute. Mostly because I love those movies, it really doesn’t matter who utters the famous lines. You’ve got to admit, for a smart guy Coulson was pretty silly to trust a Koenig with the Darkhold… and then the goofballs played “Hot Potato” with the book of pure evil. Ai yai yai!
The coolest surprise of the hour, was probably the introduction of
Charles Vane The Superior (Zach McGowan). I had just mentioned how much I missed Captain Vane in my recent Black Sails review, and boom McGowan pops up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. of all places. Yes, he’s once again playing a captain, only this time with a Russian accent. Not too shabby either. His hoarse whispery voice is unnerving, making you instantly afraid of the guy. Both Radcliffe and Billy were clearly uncomfortable. Especially when the captain decided to get the info the old fashioned way. I must admit, torturing Billy Koenig might have scored the episode another star. Why do I hate the Koenigs so much?
Another interesting turn of events was the information about Fitz’s father. The guy sounds like a total a**hole. With LMD Radcliffe sharing stories of the guy, I’m curious to see if the real Radcliffe will attempt to use that as leverage against Fitz at some point. Sure Fitz said it was all in the past, but that rejection shaped the man he became. He talked about looking for father figures and always ending up disappointed. It made me glad that he and Simmons found one another. The bit with the “Quantum brains” was great too, and it led Jemma to the realization May was an LMD. Now it makes more sense how the LMDs are that sophisticated sharing the memories of their host. It’s all Aida and the Darkhold. By the way, she’s pretty vicious when she wants to be.
I mentioned last time that I’m okay with #Philinda, as long as the writers don’t create unnecessary drama for the couple. The fact Coulson made out with an android probably isn’t going to score him points with the real Melinda May. Anyone else surprised it’s only the fourth episode back, and LMD May’s been outed? She was forced to give that slimeball, Radcliffe, the Darkhold. That can’t be good. We’ve already seen what happens to folks when they read its pages. Why would a genius like Radcliffe assume he could control the book’s power? Perhaps he will use Aida to unlock its secrets. What will they attempt to use it for next?
How cool would it be if Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) made a cameo to take possession of the book and bring it back to his Sanctum Sanctorum? That would be way more kickass than any obscure references made on the show reminding us “it’s all connected.” Marvel needs to get better with that stuff, as audiences expect those tie-ins between the series and feature films. It’s been a while since we got a great one.
I could have done without this episode and simply picked up next week knowing LMD May’s cover was blown and Radcliffe’s got the book. Honestly, I’m getting a tad frustrated with the back and forth over the Darkhold. It reminds me of The Strain, and the annoying quest for the Occido Lumen… boring! If someone can explain the point of L.T. Koenig (Artemis Pebdani), I’d appreciate it. That was just odd. I’m glad the writers are working The Superior into the larger story and that Coulson’s his target. It’s about time a new villain connected the dots and realized Coulson is always in the right place at the right time. Next episode, the team attempts to contain an explosive Inhuman, which sounds like a self-contained story. Here’s hoping it’s better than “Hot Potato Soup.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on ABC.