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TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.7 – Chaos Theory

By Jeff Ayers

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.7 - Chaos Theory

As of late, if you have been following my reviews of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. here on FanboysInc, (catch up with the last episode here), you know that I have been lauding the show recently for its tonal shift. This scrappy television program from Marvel has finally grown into the potential hit fans have always hoped for. All that being said, this episode started to drift away from the stellar marks of previous episodes this season, and it is all the fault of love and relationships.

Before I get immediately trolled by you, the loving internet, hear me out. I honestly do find myself engaged in the romantic and otherwise close-knit relationships that this show has layered into its two and a half seasons on T.V.. Yet, this episode decided it was time to bring every single one of them to a head, and that can be a little heavy-handed, even for the most hopeless of romantics. The silver lining of “Chaos Theory” was that it actually laid some groundwork for some potentially huge things that will happen in the show, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe at large.

Lets start with Bobbi and Hunter, the least of our worries when it comes to the onscreen love fest. It was nice to see them interact, and Hunter finally get some answers out of Bobbi concerning where they are at. She doesn’t want either of them going after Ward, because she fears that they will dive too far into revenge, thus becoming too much like him. That is a valid point, yet I feel that Bobbi is still just scared of being in the field. This can bleed right into our second dynamic duo – Fitz and Simmons. These two have been just left of center the whole season, and the writers have done an amazing job making their story, and subsequent relationship, compelling and interesting each episode. Fitz is determined to help Simmons find her way back to the alien world, to hopefully save her friend the astronaut. Simmons on the other hand has seemed torn by her feelings for both men, and much like Bobbi, is scared to dive head first back into her work. Yet, she gives Fitz her phone to “go over the data from the alien planet” full knowing that he will find all the desperate recording she made to him at that time. It was a really cheesy and saccharine sequence in the show, but I’ll admit it played beautifully thanks to the actors who portray those characters.

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.7 - Chaos Theory

Finally, we have been seeing Coulson and Rosalind, the head of the ACTU, get really flirty and chummy the last few episodes, and all of that also comes to a head in this one. Everyone is pursuing the Inhuman hunter Lash, who we all know is Doctor Andrew now, and both Coulson’s team and the ACTU finally get to corner him, with some interesting consequences. The writing of this show has really stepped up its game, because there were a lot of variables in play once this “battle” happened, and yet it flowed smoothly through all the characters involved. Also, kudos to the cinematography as well for having a full on powered fight (Lincoln is back!) and not making it look too corny. What comes out of all this craziness is Coulson and Rosalind getting it on, and that just seems too convenient for the circumstances. We will see where that goes next episode, as at the very end we are given a glimpse that Rosalind might be hiding her allegiances after all.

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TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.7 - Chaos Theory

Outside all of this love stuff this episode┬áhad to offer, it presented viewers with some juicy tidbits that affect not only Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but possibly the Marvel Universe as well. First of all, we got to see May and Andrew confront one another. May can’t believe that the man she loves is a monster now, and Andrew is acting all sorts of crazy. Suffice to say, the end result leaves Andrew in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s custody, and we might get a much more hardened Agent May than we have seen before. Second, we got to see Daisy use her powers in ways even she didn’t know she could. That is my biggest gripe of the show, because last season we left Daisy as a girl scared with the power she can wield, and now she acts like she can do anything with it. I mean, she saves Rosalind from falling by shooting her quake powers at her, which cushions her to the ground. What?

TV REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.7 - Chaos Theory

The biggest takeaways involve the team in general. First of all, we get to see that Joey Guiterrez, the Inhuman from the first episode this season, has started to calm down and master his powers. He could be an incredible addition to the Secret Warriors that Coulson and Daisy are trying to create, but he was blacklisted by the evil Andrew/Lash. Yet, now that we know he is a candidate, the Secret Warriors might actually be a reality! Hell, I’d even like to see Lincoln join those ranks, with his electric powers and all. Finally, Rosalind was taking Coulson to a meeting with the President and some high ranking officials to talk about all these new “powered people” cropping up all over the place. Granted, we learn at the end of this episode that meeting might have been slightly false, but it still teases a gigantic point. The president, and security officials around the world are taking notice of all the super heroes, and villains, appearing everywhere and they might want to start implementing protocols around that information. This was even shown at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, when Black Widow was on trial. All these things point to a possible Super Human Registration Act, and that is the beginning of Civil War, the third installment of the Captain America movies. We could be seeing the seeds being planted right on this very show, which is pretty exciting.

FBI Score: 7 out of 10. There were some major reveals, and few potentially big picture hints in “Chaos Theory”, but it was weighted down by emotions. Not that love and relationships is bad in television programming, but this episode chose to bring all those relationships to a head, and that was a lot of emotional baggage to take in at one time.

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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