Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Review “Nothing Personal”

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Episode 20 Nothing Personal (6)

With only two episodes left in the season after tonight, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD continues it’s streak of great episodes with tonight’s “Nothing Personal”. There were a lot of questions answered tonight, and a lot of secrets being revealed, and it’s great to see this show really starting to gain some steam. I hope they can keep this momentum going for the final two episodes!

It was great seeing Maria Hill back again. I was glad that they made a quick reference to her working at Stark Industries now, complete with her talking on the phone to Pepper Potts! I was wondering how they would weave in all of the developments from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and they did this very gracefully by just making a brief mention to Pepper, Stark, and his army of lawyers. Hill continued to be a much welcome presence on the show, and I hope that they can lock Cobie Smulders up as a series regular for next season, now that she’s done with How I Met Your Mother.

I was wondering how long it would take for the rest of the team to find out about Ward being Hydra, and I was glad they didn’t waste any time with this revelation. They could have dragged their feet a little bit on this one, so I’m glad they ripped off that band-aid and got right to it. I’m not quite sure how Koenig was able to scrawl that “Ward is Hydra” message while running for his life, though. If he had enough time to do that little trick with the changing scenery walls, maybe he could have cried out for help to Skye or found a weapon to defend himself.

Speaking of Ward being Hydra, I’m also glad they quickly had Skye turn on Ward and turn him in like that. This was another thing they could have dragged out a bit longer, but apparently they’re not wasting any time on this show anymore! It was also becoming less and less believable that Ward hadn’t figured out that Skye knew his secret. She kept acting all squirmy and awkward around him, and he didn’t even seem to catch on when she gave him her “backstabbing traitor” speech. It looks like they’re making Ward a little more sympathetic of a bad guy, which is an interesting approach. He’s definitely a lot more interesting of a character as a villain, so I was hoping they would just go all the way with that. Hearing him tell Skye that his feelings for her are real just came off a little goofy and forced. It’s possible that it’s part of his mission to make sure that Skye has feelings for him, but I don’t see how that could be the case. Skye was just never a very well developed character, and neither was pre-Hydra Ward for that matter, so I never really bought either of them being in love.

Adrian Pasar and his nasty mustache returned tonight as Colonel Talbott, who was led to Fury’s secret bunker by Hill. I’m not quite sure what the purpose of Talbott’s character is, as he didn’t have much to do tonight other than talk tough to Coulson’s team for a couple minutes. I guess they’re just using Talbott as a reminder that the US military is now getting involved in the SHIELD and Hydra war, but I don’t get why they had to use his character just to introduce the special forces to the show. He was really just there to deliver Hill to the bunker, but couldn’t she have just made it there herself?

There was a lot of cool action tonight, which is becoming hte norm over the past few episodes. I don’t know if they got a bigger budget for the back nine episodes, but there’s been some great stuff these past few weeks. Tonight had the great sequence of Lola dropping from The Bus into Downtown LA. This was one of the coolest scenes on the show thus far, and I loved the guy at LA Live charging Coulson and Skye for parking when they landed. It would have been a little cooler if they didn’t already reveal that Lola can fly back in the pilot episode, and instead waited to reveal that little trick tonight, because you knew what was going to happen as soon as they backed out of the loading bay.

The final scene answers yet another mystery, as we find out that Coulson himself was in fact the one in charge of Project T.A.H.I.T.I. It’s great that they’re answering so many questions like this, and I’m glad we finally have our answer about this experimental treatment. I’m not sure what the real downside is to Project T.A.H.I.T.I. is, though. So you are only inducted into the project once you get mortally wounded, meaning you would die unless someone intervened. That doesn’t sound too bad. I mean, what else are you going to do? There are a lot of bad potential side effects, but isn’t it better to live with a mental disorder then just to let someone die? Oh, and you can possibly cure all of these side effects, but only if you wipe their memory of this tortuous and painful process. Again, that doesn’t sound too bad! You can reduce the side effects, make me forget that I went through such hell, and bring me back to life?! Sign me up! I’m not sure why Coulson deemed this project so dangerous, as it seems like a solid last ditch effort to bring an Avenger back from death. Maybe if we’d actually see Coulson exhibiting some of these side effects we might be more understanding of this apparent danger, but it seems like he’s been totally fine. Hopefully we can just put this weird Project T.A.H.I.T.I. thing behind us and just let Coulson be alive from now on with no further mystery.

Only two episodes left!

Random Thoughts:

– I love that the shattered glass and bullet holes in The Bus have stayed over the past few episodes. It’s a great attention to detail and really helps hit home the fact that this has all happened in just a couple days.

– They’ve namedropped Romanov a lot on this show, doing it again tonight. Do you think there’s a chance of Scarlet Johansson showing up on this show at any point?

– Only $20 to park right next to LA Live? Baloney! I’ve paid more than that to park over five blocks from LA Live and Staples Center!