In “F.z.z.t.” the agents investigate a series of strange deaths that leave the corpses levitating.
Continue reading for a spoiler filled discussion of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Episode 6.
Hello Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans and everybody else! This is a quick post. I’ll be happy to discuss the episode with you further, including the bits I didn’t recap, in the comments section.
Finally a Fitz-Simmons centric episode! A golden rule of screen-writing is to show not tell. Up until now, we’ve mainly heard characters talk about how Fitz-Simmons are connected at the hip or its implied because they’re in the lab together. But to see them in action helps me to warm up to the duo.
Fzzt” is a good episode that demonstrated the bond between Fitz-Simmons. Separated from each other, they wouldn’t have discovered the antiserum in time. Fitz has been established as a guy afraid of death (or decaying bodies) as well as venturing outside the lab. So for him to put his life in danger for the sake of Simmons by entering the quarantined lab and then try to sky dive to rescue her is a strong character moment. My questions is why isn’t this episode 3?
The tone of the episode is well-balanced. It never got too sappy or cheesy. There’s good suspense by putting Simmons in genuine danger and her emotions in facing her demise is heartfelt. Okay, I’m guessing some viewers secretly hoped for her to go kersplat. The best thrill of the episode is the sky diving Agent Ward; doing his best impression of 007 or was that Iron Man 3?
The procedural aspect of the first act, while isn’t incredibly awe-inducing like the freakiest Fringe episodes, kept me guessing which way the story would swerve until the discovery of the alien virus from the Chitauri helmet. So far, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is not relying on freaks of the week which keeps things from getting repetitive or predictable.
Aside from Fitz-Simmons, other characters had some moments. Melinda Mays isn’t given a whole lot to do here but she does make the most of it. Her way of showing her concern for Coulson is by asking questions and relating her near-death experience in a non-sentimental way. I like how she often holds back a warm smile that’s bubbling beneath the surface. A lot of credit goes to actress Ming-Na Wen for adding some layers to her character that might not necessarily be in the script.
With Mays, Coulson doesn’t need to act like the team leader. They’re long-standing peers who bring out a more personable side in each other that we rarely see when they interact with the rest of the team. As a viewer, there’s definitely some “are we more than friends?” tension when Mays told Coulson to take off his shirt but it’s good that scene didn’t go in a romantic direction.
After coming back from death, this episode is the first time that I can remember since the pilot where Coulson directly addressed his mortality. Was he sincere when he told the fire fighter the after life is beautiful or were his consoling words to a dying man just an act of compassion?
Another person from Coulson’s past points out how he’s changed. There’s a rivalry that’s nicely building up between Agent Blake, played by Titus Welliver who reprises his role from the Marvel One-Shot Item 47, and Agent Coulson. Touching Lola before his exit is a way of Agent Blake getting under Coulson’s skin. Their rivalry could get personal and the show could use a formidable adversary that Coulson can’t knock off without serious consequences.
What is did you like or dislike about “Fzzt”? Has your opinion on Fitz-Simmons changed?