Review: “Providence”

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This week, on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: With Colonel Glenn Talbot now on their trail, Coulson and his team seek refuge in the last place anyone would look, where they begin to uncover S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most dangerous secrets — secrets that could destroy them all.

General Thoughts

Diego: I actually liked this episode a little bit better than Turn, Turn, Turn. Even though that one was more action-oriented than this one, what is most interesting to me about SHIELD going down is the effect it has on its agents. With the group on the run, and each one facing an internal struggle, the show finally has some stakes. And of course, leave it to Clark Gregg to win me over with his performance of a so-so speech. While the dialog didn’t completely worked for me, Gregg’s performance of where Coulson is at that point is perfect.

It’s a shame we didn’t get to see much of Oswalt, but we’ll get more of that next week. He was great as Agent Koenig, giving us the grounded performance Gregg did in the films, which is to say, a casual approach to the craziness around them.

Matt: The show is still riding high off of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The team is down, Grant has beard stubble (that means he’s bad!) and Coulson is trying to grasp the fact that the organization he has given his life to (quite literally) has been corrupted and does not exist anymore.

Patton Oswalt is in a secret location working for Fury. Read that sentence again. Patton Oswalt was fantastic, and it looks like he will recur, which is great news.

Laura: I think Coulson’s angry yelling speech before they entered the secret base was possibly my favorite thing this show has done so far. It felt very natural for Coulson to be upset about everything that’s happened, including his lack of answers, to finally blow up about the entire situation while still holding true to his faith in the purpose of SHIELD. It’s really a necessary moment for the show to exist past the end of the season when the organization itself will be gone.

The best part is, all of the current plot actually seems to matter for once (beyond their little “it’s all connected!” moments the show keeps trying to push), which is great news for the quality of the show.

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Parting Thoughts

Diego: Captain America: The Winter Soldier injected this season with a bit of super-soldier serum, it seems. There’s actual stakes, and a feeling that we don’t know what’s going to happen now. And every step Ward takes into being evil means there’s less of a chance we’ll gain redemption, so that’s good.

Matt: Everything is coming together, for the end of the season. With no guarantee of season 2, but with a definite guarantee of the MCU continuing, it needs to be wrapped neat with a bow, a clean ending if you will.

Laura: We’re finally on a run of episodes that really feels important and decent enough to have fully gotten my attention and excitement. We’re still not quite there with all of the characters, but at least things are finally moving in an interesting direction.

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