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

Progressive/nerd/parent Review (spoilers!)

Okay, I admit it: I would have loved just an hour of these two dressed up and flirting.
Okay, I admit it: I would have loved just an hour of these two dressed up and flirting.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 3, Episode 18 “The Singularity”

Bechdel-Wallace Score: 3/3 – May and Simmons discuss whether or not Simmons should carry a gun and how she knows when to use it. Distasteful subject matter to me, but it earns three points.

Shukla Score: 3/3 – The episode opens with exposition between May and Mack about the state of the base and the team after the closing events of the previous episode, which earns three points. Not much else in the episode, though.

Russo Score: 0/3 – Alas, no Joey, no Russo points. The show either needs an LGBT regular or a lot more LGBT guest stars (please, go with a regular).

Kittehs: 😺😺😺/5 – Sooner or later, after “Spacetime” and “Paradise Lost” being abnormally strong episodes, the show had to have an average episode. This was it. The season arc moved, Lincoln’s arc moved, Daisy’s new arc moved, but nothing especially gripping happened. I found my mind wandering too often for the episode to be awarded more than three kittehs for engagement.

Low points: So the new thing is Lincoln is a wild child who can’t control his rage. I would find this compelling if it wasn’t being presented part and parcel with his love of Daisy and desire to see her again. Here is a tip for writers: don’t ever make a man’s rage in service of something noble. That isn’t what happens in real life when men rage. Ever. Plus, I liked Lincoln as the mostly-gentle type he used to be. But c’est la vie.

Highlights: The suicide/murder vest conversation was morbidly hilarious. The Fitz/Simmons scenes are fun. Simmons said “sex!” They talked about sex. It shouldn’t be such a big thing, but I suppose it is (nerds on network TV, after all). And really, the Fitz/Simmons relationship as well as what their pursuit of Dr. Radcliffe were the only higlights of an otherwise perfunctory episode. Oh wait! Simmons shooting Hive/Ward a few times – that brought a smile to my face.

Dad edits: Yeah, I got nothing. Kid is too young to watch this show and I can’t find any theme in the episode that would make for good philosophical discussion if he was older. It was just a fun hour of TV, nothing more. (And that’s fine!)

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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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