Progressive/nerd/parent Review (spoilers!)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 3, Episode 16 “Paradise Lost”
Bechdel-Wallace Score: 2.5/3 – Some combination of May, Simmons, and Daisy have dialogue as part of larger group scenes a couple of times during the episode. (I only award all three points if two women talk to each other alone, even if just for a moment.)
Shukla Score: 3/3 – Daisy and Mack shared several lines of personal and plot related dialogue early in the episode.
Russo Score: 0/3 – Seriously how hard is it to just have on single LGBT series regular? Just do it already. My zero key is tired and LGBT fans everywhere deserve more. Do better.
Kittehs: 😺😺😺😺/5 – Following on the heels of “Spacetime” is not an easy task for any episode, but “Paradise Lost” did it well. The episode managed to advance the overall season’s plot arc, introduce a new character, and provide character development for both Gideon and Hive. Four kittehs because, for the most part, I couldn’t turn away.
Low points: Giyera’s escape was seriously lazy, bad storytelling, let me count the ways: nobody bothers to watch a super dangerous inhuman in a containment pod; a fucking seatbelt buckle is strong enough to pry the doors slightly open; said doors are apparently easy to fully open once cracked (reminder: this is a pod meant to contain the most dangerous beings on the planet); Coulson, who watched the guy give May a run for her money earlier, tries to go fisticuffs with the fellow; Giyera, whose power we have been reminded this very episode only works on line of sight, is able to move the controls in the cockpit that he cannot see; Giyera is appareantly immune to the various laws of physics that negatively impacted everyone else on the plane during its tumultuous descent. I think that about covers it.
Highlights: The backstory on the Malick family, which also ended up providing some development of Hive’s powers/memory retention, was really well done and compelling. Powers Booth really does a great job playing Gideon as the character is caught in a vice of his guilt about the past and fear of the future he was shown in “Spacetime.” Still he seems to relish his role as a father in the present, at least until Hive/Ward/Little Bro Malick kills her. This wasn’t a highlight in the sense of being fun, but it was compelling storytelling and really good acting.
Dad edits: I don’t watch this show with my kid (way too young). If I did, we would talk about professional integrity and how you should always build containment doors that can contain things like, say, seatbelt buckles – or just get out of the business. We also might talk about how fear of death is one of the only things that can give love of family a run for its money in this world. Also, don’t kiss alien boys with parasite tongues. Bad news there.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on ABC on Tuesdays at 9/8c