Review: “The Only Light in the Darkness”

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This week, on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: With their WORLD turned upside down, Coulson races to save the life of his one true love as the mystery of “The Cellist,” which began in “Marvel’s The Avengers,” begins to unfold.

General Thoughts

Diego: After the intensity of the past two episodes, I understand the need for an episode that pumped the breaks. Still, having the A story going back to “monster of the week” pushed the more intriguing B story to the background. Blackout had cool practical effects about it, but the Ghostbusters-like finale didn’t work for me. The episode’s worst sin, though, was wasting Amy Acker. She was able to sell the wooden dialogue given, but it was close. Her big romantic speech about Coulson was no different from the stock dialogue in other countless shows. Also, prime example of telling instead of showing.

So let’s move on the the B plot. Knowing Ward is Hydra adds a nice undercurrent of dread to every conversation, and I must commend Chloe Bennet again for believably selling Skye’s shock. And also thinking on her feet.

Matt: The tension was good with Ward also. He is finally becoming an interesting character! But because of him, Patton Oswalt’s character was short-lived (literally.) RIP.

Skye’s reaction to Ward being HYDRA was great also. And May getting a ride from her mother seemed like it was very awkward for her. The whole cast has brought up their A-Game.

Laura: Diego, I agree with you completely about the A plot. In a weird way, the A plot felt more like the B plot, especially simply because it wasn’t what the show needed to be doing at the time to continue the momentum. I get that maybe that’s where the show wants to go in Season 2, but it would’ve been better to save that for later and focus on what the show (and the fans) want right now, which is focusing on Ward’s betrayal.

I thought Skye’s reaction to figuring out Ward is HYDRA was perfect and completely natural. She continues to be my current favorite part of this show.

I’d also feel horrible if we neglected to mention the wonderful lie detector scene and all of the amusing answers that were revealed during it. I love Trip’s connection to the Howling Commandos, and how Fitz would want Simmons on the deserted island to figure out what to do for him.

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Parting Thoughts

Diego: An okay episode, not as strong as the last couple but not as weak as the ones that opened the season. Looking forward to Maria Hill next week.

Matt: I hope they don’t dawdle too much, and we get right to them finding out about Ward being HYDRA next week. The show is finally great. With no sign of a second season, was it too little too late? Or is there still a chance?

Laura: I understand why they wanted to make the Cellist Detour, but it definitely wasn’t necessary at this point in time. On the other hand, the Ward/Skye plot was incredibly tense and I look forward to seeing where that leads us.

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