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

Progressive/nerd/parent Review (spoilers!)

I hope they really enjoyed that vacation they took a while back.
I hope they really enjoyed that vacation they took a while back.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 3, Episode 15 “Spacetime”

Bechdel-Wallace Score: 3/3 – May and Daisy has the first scene that scored three points, since the two earlier scenes of women talking to each other were all about some man or another. I notice also that the bad guys are male-dominated now, whereas our heroes are increasingly gender balanced. Kudos.

Shukla Score: 3/3 – So I didn’t know this, but actress Chloe Bennet is Asian American. Basically, I’ve been fucking up the Shukla score for a while now. Daisy and May then scored three points once or twice, plus May and Andrew scored three points in a few scenes.

Russo Score: 0/3 – No LGBTQ representation in this episode. None in sight for the near future, either. Boo! Do better.

Kittehs: 😺😺😺😺😺/5 – I am going to go out on a limb and say that this was the best episode of Agents of SHIELD. Maybe not the most eventful, maybe not the most important. And maybe I am just biased because it was very scifi, even for this show. But this was, start to finish, the most intellectually engaging and emotionally engrossing episode I can remember. It had its run of the mill action/adventure moments, but also some truly beautiful moments of storytelling and of character development. We’re all headed to an inevitable future and this week the Agents of SHIELD writers, showrunners, and actors managed to touch on that without dwelling on it for an hour. Really, really good stuff. Five kittehs.

Low points: Not a damn one. (Lack of Mack, while a bummer, doesn’t count as a low point per se. We got plenty of him last week.)

Highlights: It’s hard to pick highlights out of such a strong episode, but I will try. The recurring comments about how strange a day it is just got funnier and funnier. The Fitz/Simmons explanation of the immutability of the future was totally dope! The scenes between May and Andrew were really touching. I’m also relieved that the character of Hive, played by Brett Dalton, has none of the same problems or annoyances as his original Grant Ward character; it’s really a different thing altogether, which is great because I really disliked Ward and have been worried that his personality might remain intact after the cosmic T1000 slug thing took over his body.

Dad edits: If I watched this show with my son, I would love to talk to him about the theme of this episode – at least as I saw it – being that just because we know something is inevitable doesn’t mean we understand it at all. I think the other theme at work is how our determination to shape the future is really an expression of our impotence to change the past. Lots of good stuff to talk to an adolescent or young adult child about in this episode. If your kid is old enough, go for it!

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on ABC on Tuesdays at 9/8c 

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