TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 15 – Spacetime | FanboysInc

TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 15 – Spacetime

By Jeff Ayers

TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 15 - Spacetime

Once again, things go from bad to worse for Coulson and his team within the course of one episode of Agents of SHIELD, but this time many factors are in play. This would be a poor jumping-on point for anyone who hasn’t been watching the show, yet “Spacetime” shows exactly what Agents of SHIELD can accomplish in 42 short minutes, all without losing its audience.

TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 15 - Spacetime

Not looking great, man

The premise starts out innocent enough, with the introduction of a poor homeless man, Charles Hinton, who is befriended by a kindly shop owner. Yet when the shop owner touches Charles, he sees a startling vision of the future, and calls out Daisy’s name. The team is made aware of this event because S.H.I.E.L.D. monitors all emergency call frequencies, and because that seems like quite the daunting task to achieve on a consistent basis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, thankfully we have seen a lot more “background S.H.I.E.L.D. agents” in recent episodes who take on these logistical problems. Once Daisy, Lincoln, Coulson and May all get to the shop owner who made the frantic emergency call, things go from 0-60 in an instant, as a Hydra vessel drops out of the sky, starts firing on the agents, and scoops up Charles in one of those nifty claw net things. Seriously, the spy tech between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra this season has become a character all its own.

TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 15 - Spacetime

Leather jackets are back in style for the ladies of S.H.I.E.L.D.

As “Spacetime” progresses, we learn that evil Ward/Hive wants to utilize Charles’s precognition gifts to further his machinations within Hydra. Malick’s right hand man, the Inhuman “Iron Chef”, has all but fully given himself to the Hive’s beck and call, and Malick doesn’t seem as powerful as he once was. Yet, Hive wants Malick to feel true power, and strong-arms the tech company developing a powerful exoskeleton to provide Malcik with one. This just happens to be the same company that provided tech for Coulson’s hand, especially the one he left on the planet with Ward, who now carries it around like a trophy.

TV REVIEW: Agents of SHIELD Season 3, Episode 15 - Spacetime

What’s up, May?

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It is interesting to see the transformation from Ward to Hive, because the Inhuman Hive retains all the memories of every host he has taken. So Ward’s dealings with Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. are fresh in Hive’s mind, and it is a cool sequence when Hive asks Malick to crush a man to death, to see the life leave his body, much like Coulson did to Ward. The strength of Agents of SHIELD lies squarely in the writing and the acting, as the actors are so comfortable portraying their characters, and the writers are comfortable flexing the characters in any situation. Marvel has proven time and again that they know how to cast their television and movie properties, and this cast has coalesced into a well-oiled ensemble.

The rest of the episode relied on Daisy’s vision of the future, where she sees the team in shambles and possibly her own death. Coulson tries to stop this by forbidding her to go on the mission at all to save Charles, and send May in her place. Yet Blair Underwood’s character Lash returns to inform May he is turning into Lash for the final time, and wants to say goodbye to his former love. It is a touching sequence, and doesn’t derail any of the momentum of the episode, even after we witness May kicking some serious ass training for the mission right before Lash shows up. The entire future vision is explained expertly by Fitz and Simmons, who are pretty much back to being their old selves as smarty pants exposition machines. Many science fiction properties like Terminator, Back to the Future and Doctor Who take a lot of time trying to explain the time paradox, yet Agents of SHIELD can do it in a simple and concise manner in a five minute sequence from Fitz. Again, the strength of the writing staff is evident in scenes like that, and it is totally believable because of how smart Fitz’s character is. This proves true again when the team glimpses Ward on the surveillance feed, and Fitz immediately summarizes that he must be “something else”, referring to the strange Inhuman entity Hive that they encountered on the alien planet.

The episode ends involving much of what Daisy saw in her vision, with a beautiful shot of Charles last breath as his carved robin rolls from his hands, something he made to remember his daughter whom he could never see again. The emotional beats in this episode were all on point, and that is tough to do with a bunch of action sequences, exploding cars and crazy technologies littering the hour of television. Daisy sees one final vision, the same one we saw at the beginning of the episode that introduced Yo-Yo, which shows a spaceship of some kind about to explode with what appears to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent inside. Well, at least a uniform, who knows what that will mean. Also, Malick sees a vision of the future that the audience doesn’t get to see, and it leaves us to speculate if he saw his own death, or possibly the Hive’s. (Side note: my only gripe with the episode is Ward’s costume choice to look EXACTLY like Neo from the Matrix.)

FBI Score: 9 out of 10. A really exciting hour of television that included action, suspense, drama, and emotion, all while dealing with time and space. That is a hefty amount of stuff to cram into any episode, but “Spacetime” proved yet again how expertly the team behind Agents of SHIELD has grown into crafting their 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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