TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Episode 1.03 “The Asset″

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Skye gets a chance to spread her wings a little when a scientist is kidnapped under SHIELD’s watch, putting his anti-gravity element in the hands of a powerful but anarchic entrepreneur…

When a new gravity defying element has been discovered by SHIELD scientist Franklin Hall, called Gravitonium, he is “kidnapped” by businessman Ian Quinn who takes him to his mansion on Malta (nice!). The SHIELD agents are despatched to rescue him, and having a unique “in” via her Rising Tide background, Skye gets her first undercover mission. However, Hall’s abduction may not be what it seems, .

A tad better than last week, but only a tad. The effects are great, for example at the start when the convoy is flung invisibly into the air but then we fall straight back into A-Team / Knight-Rider land where nothing happens that has real life or death consequences. Some things just seem so improbable, such as Coulson arriving on a beach by dingy, wearing his usual suit and tie, and the villain’s choice of Malta for his lair – I mean, really?

This is Skye’s own adventure episode, as we learn more about her history, and we see how she does & doesn’t handle herself in the field – but it wasn’t enough – all too “safe”. So why was this week better? Franklin Hall – SHIELD introduces its first major comics villain, Graviton by giving him an origin story with this briefest of “I’ll be back” moments… let’s hope he’s back soon really giving the team the hard challenge they deserve.

Clearly, I’m not the only one feeling a little dissatisfied with SHIELD – episode two was a million down on the first week in th UK (2.3 million vs. 3.1 million). In the US the show dropped from 12.1 million for the first episode to 8.7 million then 7.8 million. That said it’s just been confirmed for a full season order: it was commissioned for the first 13 episodes, but the back nine have been ordered now as well.

Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: SilverFox

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