TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.4 – Devils You Know | FanboysInc

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.4 – Devils You Know

By Jeff Ayers

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.4 - Devils You Know

This season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has really upped the ante with each subsequent episode, and this week’s “The Devil You Know’ was still a roller-coaster of action and emotion. There was some clunky, long winded stuff as is per usual with this show, but some of the revelations and resolutions are ramping up the already packed plot lines.

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.4 - Devils You Know

First of all, the main story concerning the hunt for more Inhumans, as well as the new ATCU unit headed by the mysterious Rosalind, finally gained some ground in a good way this episode. My reservations have been that this is considered the main plot throughout this season, with Daisy being tasked to find Inhuman candidates to create her “Secret Warriors”. Up until this point, it really has been a very lack luster story arc, and it just didn’t seem to get anywhere. There are still a lot of problems I see with the Inhuman plot line, including where is Lincoln? Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does a great job introducing cool new characters, but does a sub-par job of holding your interest in them. This season we were introduced to the blue skinned, Hulk-like character named Lash, but not really given much to go on. This episode gave us some up close and personal time with Lash, and it seems there is much more to him than meets the eye. Minor spoiler: At the end of the episode, Daisy sees Lash’s shadow revert into something more human looking, meaning that he can blend into a crowd easier than they expected. My SUPERIOR SPECULATION for this is that we will find out that Lash is actually Rosalind’s main military guy, who seems hellbent on rounding up all the Inhumans he can.

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.4 - Devils You Know

In another story line, we see that Fitz is still trying to figure out Simmons since she has returned from the alien world. At the end of last episode, Simmons told Bobbi that she needed to go back to the planet, and she has confided a lot in Bobbi since then about just how she is feeling. Being in the dark is really getting to Fitz, and the whole thing comes to a head by the end of the episode. One thing that this show does really, really well, is to establish and grow relationships. Fitz and Simmons had a playful, flirty kind of relationship in the first season, and through all the pain and crazy things they have been through, they have both evolved into much more complex characters. This has in turn helped shaped their relationship into something very intertwined between the two of them, and it is very entertaining to watch.

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TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.4 - Devils You Know

The final storyline involves Hunter and May trying to infiltrate Ward’s new Hydra cell, and I personally believe this is the strongest plotĀ of all. Sure, the Inhumans arc is laying the ground work presumably for the next slew of Marvel properties on television and beyond, but Ward has been a constant throughout the growth of this show. Again, Agents does a fine job of creating relationships, and all the characters relationships with Ward have been at the center of this series. He started out as a good guy, one of the team, then was shown as a traitor, then as a strange ally, and now as the new head of Hydra. His motives are still a little unclear, like what his end goal with Hydra will be, but he has become an incredible Nemesis for the rest of the characters. Hunter is out for blood because of what Ward did to Bobbi, and will stop at nothing to end his life. This comes into conflict with Agent May this episode, who finally returns to S.H.I.E.L.D., even though it is very brief. We get to see her and Dr. Andrew start to hash out their relationship issues, but Ward has the final say as we likely see the good doctor’s final moments. The action sequence at the end of the episode with May, Hunter, Ward and the rest is really effective and goes to show that this series can hold its own with the powerhouse television programs.

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.4 - Devils You Know

Final thoughts: First, I think that Coulson working with Rosalind for an ends to his means is the solid play. Also, they totally want to be in each others pants. Lastly, Simmons really wants to get back to that planet. What if there are more people stranded there?

FBI Score: 8 out of 10. The series is definitely picking up momentum, yet there are still a few hangups with pacing and character whereabouts. The action sequences, along with the intense relationships the show has painstakingly built up until this point, really give this episode a strong entertainment value for fans of the show.

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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