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TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.10 – Maveth

By Jeff Ayers

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.10 - Maveth

This episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. titled “Maveth” was the mid season finale, so there were some really crazy reveals – so be warned, this review is chock full of SPOILERS. Continue on at your own risk!

After the events of the last episode, the team was shaken, Rosalind was killed, and Coulson was out for blood; specifically Ward’s blood. So, Coulson put together a plan to take him down at any cost. Unfortunately, thanks to Hydra’s own Inhuman (played by former host of Iron Chef/martial arts bad-ass Mark Dacascos) both Fitz and Simmons were taken hostage. Ward led a team of soldiers through the portal to the alien world with Fitz in tow to help them find the, “true head of Hydra” and bring it back to Earth. Coulson jumped from a plane right through the portal as well, leaving Mack in charge of the team.

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.10 - Maveth

One of the true strengths of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as of late has been its ability to keep story and pacing in check. It has had a lot of trouble in previous seasons juggling all the new characters, story arcs, and spy stuff while maintaining a semblance of entertainment. This season however has been nothing short of a rebirth for the show, and this mid-season finale has proven that. With an episode that features a major shakeup in the status quo, with Mack now acting as director and making the tough calls among headstrong characters like Hunter and May, that is already enough cause to spell disaster for a lesser series. S.H.I.E.L.D. steps up its game in a major way, making Mack a believable and downright likable man in charge, as he gets everyone on board with his plan to infiltrate the Hydra base and save their people.

This episode also features more powers being used than in previous episodes, with Damascus’s character back telekinetic-ing his way around scenes, while we also get to see Joey and Lincoln in action alongside Daisy and her awesome Quake powers. Note to the show: I am sick of Mack constantly calling Daisy “Tremors”, her code name in the comics is Quake and that holds a lot more gravity, so to speak. The powers are always displayed tastefully and peppered into the episode, and “Maveth” deals with them in much the same manner, just with more scenes than we are used to. Seeing Joey stop bullets with his metal melting powers, and Daisy use her seismic fury to deal some damage were some really well shot, and well acted sequences.

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.10 - Maveth

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On top of all this, we also have the Lash story still playing out, as Simmons finds him locked up with the rest of the Inhumans in stasis. He tricks Simmons into letting him out so he can “save her”, which he does, but then goes on a rampage of his own. May learns of this later in the episode and searches the compound, only to find he has killed every other Inhuman around, which makes me wonder if he got a hold of Damascus’s character as well?

Finally, with all those threads being played out, we are also treated to the meat of the episode, concerning the team on the alien world. So many great scenes in those sequences, especially for a world that is bathed in a blue light. Coulson, dreaming of Rosalind and waking up to a skull. Ward and his team finding a huge Hydra edifice seemingly carved into the rock of the alien planet. The best part of course is Fitz trying to get the drop on Ward and the Hydra agents and finding Will, the astronaut that helped Simmons survive. The tension between Fitz and Will is palpable, and both actors do a great job emoting in those scenes.

Then the biggest reveal of the show, so again SPOILERS.

Will actually died helping Simmons escape the alien planet, and he has been taken over by the crazy alien thing! He tells Fitz about how the planet had nine different cities, that all were easily divided, and he knows this because he was there. Fitz then desperately tries to stop Alien Will from getting to the portal, and burns his body with a flare. A crazy action sequence that totally warrants a second watch through, because at the same time Coulson and Ward are coming face to face. Ward tried to tell Coulson he believes he is part of a larger plan, and Coulson shot him a few times in the arm. As the portal is about to close, Coulson kneels down and pushes Ward’s chest with his robotic hand, crushing his chest and killing him! Vindication!

The end of this episode gives another huge reveal, that I will not spoil so you can go watch it for yourself. The only thing that I couldn’t get behind in the whole thing was how after killing Ward, Coulson leaves his robot hand behind with his body. I guess I will have to wait until March to find out exactly why he did that.

FBI Score: 9 out of 10. This is how you do a mid-season break in a television show. All other TV programs should take notice, because Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was able to make a compelling and entertaining episode while juggling a ton of old and new story arcs in the process.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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