Progressive/Nerd/Parent Review: Agents of SHIELD, “Inside Man”

Progressive/nerd/parent Review (spoilers!)

 Business casual on the plane. (Image: ABC/Kelsey McNeal) 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 3, Episode 12 “Inside Man” (spoilers)

Bechdel-Wallace Score: 3/3 – Daisy and Bobbi talk briefly while loading up the big plane for a mission. It’s a mix of character development and expository dialogue not at all about men.

Shukla Score: 1/3 – Well, okay, so… …hmm. There is more than one named non-white character in this episode. They really never speak to each other unless it is through or among white people. And really, all but one of the non-white characters are in the episode just to make the international conference feel international. So it is a weak 1 point score.

Russo Score: 0/3 – No LGBTQ representation in this episode. Boo! Marvel (and others) have threatened to boycott Georgia over pending anti-LGBT legislation, so I am wondering why it is so hard to get an LGBTQ character into the damn screenplays on a weekly basis.

Kittehs: 😺😺😺😺/5 – This was an engaging episode once it got going. The first few scenes of the episode weren’t all that exciting, but that turns out to be because the show took time developing the plot so that the later twists would be more exciting and the stakes would feel more urgent than usual. Power fights, martial arts fights, a mystery, and even a philosophical argument about Inhumans – it was a good, packed episode.

Low points: Other than the categorical failure to represent LGBTQ people, no specific low points. The writers, actors, director, and everybody else seems to have just nailed it this week.

Highlights: The big twist/reveal in the episode is well done, a genuine “WTF?!?!” moment. Creel is badass, too. His character has always been intimidating and now he is redeemed and even a bit fun. Daisy and Lincoln’s sparring session was great, even if they got science-blocked by Simmons. Really, Lincoln and Daisy were the highlight of a great episode that wasn’t even about them. They started off all goo goo about each other, then they had an argument that was believable and made neither of them look crazy (this is a major achievement on television), then they were honest and vulnerable with each other in order to patch it up. Young adults having a healthy adult relationship, on tv! Good stuff.

Dad edits: I don’t watch this show with my son (too many guns, too much killing). If I did, the side scenes of Ward/Hive – particularly when they bring him some people and then show the aftermath of him “feeding” on them – would be the thing I would be sure to skip.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on ABC on Tuesdays at 9/8c (Click here for previous reviews)

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