TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 1.06 – “F.Z.Z.T.”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

This week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the geeky pair get their own emotional episode.

 

 

 

 

The team discovers a deadly alien virus, derived from a recovered Chitauri helmet (a nice nod to the show’s roots); initially, it appears to imbue powers to its victims, but then it kills them by effectively spontaneously combusting. In trying to find a cure, Simmons unwittingly contracts the disease, and the race is on for Fitz to help her find a remedy before she is next.

So, we got what some critics called the “inevitable Fitz and Simmons episode.” That said, it was refreshing that the episode didn’t descend into sentimentality; previously, the pair had been relegated to doing “here comes the science bit;” this week we got an insight into them being more interesting and likeable than Ward and Skye (whose pent-up sexual tension is getting boring already), and it’s clear why these two do finish off each other’s sentences. It may not lead to romance, but these two are soul-mates.

Performance-wise, Clark Gregg grabbed the best scene of the show so far, comforting a dying fireman, but a loud shout out for the Brit pair with Elizabeth Henstridge putting in a strong performance as Simmons. The same could be said for Fitz when there was a genuine sense that Simmons might not make it to the end of the season. It was all so much better than watching Skye, who still has yet to convince me that she needs to be on the team at all. Oh, and we got introduced to The Sandbox, a mysterious facility in the middle of an unknown desert…just think part Warehouse 13, part Torchwood HQ, Cardiff. Somehow, I think we’ll be seeing more of that place…

 

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: SilverFox

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