Progressive/nerd/parent Review (spoilers!)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 3, Episode 13 “Parting Shot”
Bechdel-Wallace Score: 2.5/3 – Bobbi and Daisy have a cool fight sequence together. They talk to each other and even Simmons over the comms. Alas, they are pretty much always talking about a man and/or his powers, so I didn’t award a full third point. The women were otherwise isolated from each other for most of the episode.
Shukla Score: 1/3 – I don’t recall them having any direct dialogue with each other, but May and Mack were both kicking around this episode. Otherwise it was European folks and their descendants as far as the eye could see.
Russo Score: 0/3 – No LGBTQ representation in this episode. Boo! Bring back Joey. He is sweet and has cool powers. Him and Daisy had a nice rapport that added to her character. Come on, just do it!
Kittehs: 😺😺😺/5 – Another very engaging episode this week. Like last week, the first third of the episode was slow, but in a way that paid off later in the episode. This episode didn’t hinge on a big reveal as much as on a series of smaller reveals and an increasing sense of mystery about how they all fit together, aided by the time hopping sequence of the scenes. This would’ve been a better than average episode even if they told it in a linear fashion, but the jumping back and forth made the story much more compelling. Unfortunately, that only applies to 2/3rds of the episode as 1/3rd was setting up another TV show.
Low points: So they’re setting up Bobbi and Lance for a spinoff show. Every part of the episode that was focused on that development was weak. That is some of the early dialogue and the entire third act. I don’t know if there is any good way to do this universe building and transition at the same time, but this certainly wasn’t the worst way, even if it was the weakest aspect of the episode overall.
Highlights: The afore mentioned scene where Bobbi and Daisy fight an Inhuman was good. I don’t know that there is any other particular highlight (other than Hunter a his mushrooms providing a good lol), but starting about 10 minutes in the episode just continuously built tension and action for 20 minutes until Bobbi delivered the emotional and narrative climax of the episode. (After that was when the universe building stuff happened.)
Dad edits: I don’t watch this show with my son (too many guns, too much killing). This episode would be especially challenging if I did, because there is time hopping (hard to explain) and an execution of sorts (unpleasant to explain). But hey, at least Ward/Hive didn’t disintegrate anybody for a snack this week.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on ABC on Tuesdays at 9/8c (Click here for previous reviews)