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

Progressive/nerd/parent Review (spoilers!)

I don’t have superpowers, but just FYI to anyone looking, I will sign up for any team/league/whatever that provides flattering black jumpsuits.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 3, Episode 17 “The Team”

Bechdel-Wallace Score: 2.5/3 – Technically Simmons tells May she can’t move and May is all like “whatever I can fly,” but it is dialogue that could have been between any two characters and was in a room full of people. I’m only awarding the 2.5 points because the room was half full of badass women. (Same goes for later Daisy/Elena dialogue.)

Shukla Score: 3/3 – Several scenes in this episode could score three points, but the first to do so without question is Joey and Elena in the elevator, talking about Joey’s ruined date, in Spanish. Mack talking to Elena (also in Spanish) is a close second place for best Shukla scoring scene.

Russo Score: 3/3 – Yay they did better this week! We got to see Joey be crucial to the whole episode and even first showed up while out on a date. Yes, his date was ruined by the call to duty, but the thing wasn’t underplayed or overplayed, just a gay man on a date.

Kittehs: 😺😺😺😺/5 – Gotta give some credit – two minutes into the episode, there is a meeting among the proto-Secret Warriors team that is: 50% women, 25% LGBT, and 75% non-white. This shouldn’t be a big deal and it shouldn’t be just for one episode, but the reality is that this is no small deal even if just for one episode. And on top of the way better than usual representation, a great story was told, with a four kitteh level of engagement. Nice job Agents of SHIELD, y’all have really hit your stride.

Low points: I don’t find it to be good storytelling when Coulson doesn’t tell Daisy et al., what is going on. Sure, if he had then the episode would only have been twenty minutes long and Daisy wouldn’t have gotten away, but it still would’ve been better storytelling from the standpoint of believable character behavior. Also, let us once again note that SHIELD’s containment pods seem to be woefully undersurveilled, which is kind of amazing considering that this is an intelligence organization. Especially after last week’s seatbelt buckle escape, it seems like they’d have figured out that some eyeballs and a tazer would be good to have nearby any containment unit.

Highlights: Well let’s be honest, as good as this show is when it is focused on the regular people, Agents of SHIELD is at its best when people with superpowers are kicking ass. And there was plenty of that this episode. The banter among the inhuman team of Daisy, Lincoln, Elena, and Joey was a real treat as well, especially later in the episode. The first 10 minutes of the show really were the best, including the regular human-folk holding fort in the supply room. Later on, other good things happened, with a highlight probably being Daisy doing away with Malick. That guy had it coming and I always like to see a bad guy get what’s coming. Best moment: Elena’s self-translation of what she said to Joey as “Screw SHIELD” – priceless 😂. Oh wait! How could I forget?! Fitz and Simmons! It is so nice the show is finally getting them together and letting us spend a few minutes each episode enjoying all that.

Dad edits: Well for sure we would revisit the conversation about whether or not you should sell people something called “containment pods” if they don’t, you know, contain things. At any rate, I don’t watch this show with my kid, but can’t think of much in the episode to discuss with him if he were older and we did watch it together. Fun to watch, just not much to discuss. Except maybe this: communicating with people is always a better option that hiding things from them.

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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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