TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 11 – Bouncing Back | FanboysInc

TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 11 – Bouncing Back

By Jeff Ayers

TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 11 - Bouncing Back

After a crazy mid-season break, the Marvel/ABC television show Agents of SHIELD returned this week with new faces, new threats, and unfortunate low viewer numbers. “Bouncing Back” does just that, it takes the roller-coaster ride form the first half of the season and brings us back to good old fashion SHIELD, with powers, gadgets, and a little romance.

The episode begins with a short look three months in the future, as we see a careening ship, seeming in space, and drops of blood floating everywhere. There is also a cross necklace floating, and just as the camera pans back to a SHIELD emblem on a uniform, it snaps back to present day. We get to meet the wearer of that cross necklace, who is a mysterious woman that is giving the local police of Bogota the slip and steals their shipment of weapons.

TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 11 - Bouncing Back

The gang’s all back from the Winter break!

The action then jumps around to Coulson and May, back at the site of Roslind’s murder – she was maliciously gunned down in the first half o the season by Ward. Coulson is still reeling form the loss of his love, and uses that site as a neutral zone to meet with the President finally. The President tells Coulson some pertinent information, including the Inhuman problem is everywhere now, and is even being reported on FOX News. With everything that we know that looms in the future concerning the new Captain America: Civil War movie, it makes sense to assume that this is the tip of that iceberg. We now know that Inhumans are popping up everywhere thanks to the terrigen crystals being dumped in the ocean. Now anyone with a penchant for fish might find themselves with new powers. The President isn’t going to re-instate SHIELD, but wants Coulson and his team to keep doing what they are doing.

The rest of this episode follows some predictable patterns, but there are some amazing payoffs for fans of the show and the comics as well. We find out that the mysterious woman is an Inhuman with the power to go as fast as she can in a single heartbeat, and then snap back to her starting position like a yo-yo, which Mack eventually nicknames her. This is a character right out of the Secret Warriors comic book line, and is played beautifully on screen. In fact, when we get to see her in action later on in the episode, she uses her powers a bunch along side Daisy, and we really get the sense of watching a true “super-hero” show with powers working in tandem with one another. Very cool, and the action sequences never seem to disappoint on Agents of SHIELD anymore.

TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 11 - Bouncing Back

Damn, Ward, looking a little rough there, bud.

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Many questions remain as the show progresses, such as what the powers actually mean for Inhumans. Are they some grand design, or are they random? Also, what exactly does Gideon Malik, the head of Hydra, have in his back pocket when it comes to collecting Inhumans? Coulson dusts off the TAHITI machine to try and extract information from the wounded son of Baron Von Strucker, and is able to do some damage to Hydra, but just how much is yet to be seen. The character development in this show is very interesting, as we see a lot of growth from Mack, as well as the Inhumans Joey and Lincoln, and newcomer Yo-Yo. A lot of new introductions are made in this episode, but none are as important as Ward, who is now posted by the evil Hive of Hydra. The episode ends on quite a cliffhanger too, as Ward shows a power we haven’t seen before on Malik and his right hand Inhuman enforcer, and it will be interesting to see what the outcome of that is in the next episode.

TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 11 - Bouncing Back

Finally, there was some closure on the various relationship fronts, which didn’t feel too overbearing or shoe horned into the episode. In fact, “Bouncing Back” was one of the better written episodes of the series, as all the characters, new and old, seemed to get ample screen time to work out the overall story arc, and nothing felt rushed. Fitz and Simmons finally hashed out their awkwardness and agreed to start over, and Lincoln and Daisy continued to stoke the fire between them. There might even be a spark brewing between Mack and Yo-Yo, but with Daisy letting everyone take some time away at the end o fate episode, that might be something that pops up later on.

FBI Score: 8.5 out of 10.  “Bouncing Back” was a well crafted episode that had a lot of exposition, and a bunch of new characters to introduce. While on a whole it felt like a crash course in Agents of SHIELD, the return of cool spy tech and gadgets, along with some great action sequences made for exciting television.

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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