In “Repairs” the agents help a young women who believes she’s haunted by demons.
Continue reading for a spoiler filled review of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Episode 9.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is fairly good, particularly in these last batch of episodes, at taking stories in an unexpected direction. Repairs’ cold open sets up a meta-human of the week episode then seamlessly shifts into a ghost story aboard the “Bus”. All the while peeling back the layers of Melinda May without losing her enigmatic quality.
Let’s Discuss the Best Moments!
• The Ghostly Twist: The first clue that’s something isn’t right about Hannah’s supposed telekinesis is the fire at the gas station. Being able to move objects with your mind is one thing but generating fire out of thin air is something else entirely. Telekinesis is a fairly standard element in sci-fi genre shows so it’s good to see AOS not go down a well trodden path.
My only nitpick is that the writers tipped their hand a bit too much before the actual reveal of the “demon/ghost” responsible for everything happening around Hannah. The second part of the twist is kind of refreshing as well. While many ghosts stories involve vengeful spirits, Tobias is just a co-worker who wanted to get the attention of a girl he has a crush on. Sort of sweet if you don’t think about it.
• The Calvary: Some of Melinda May’s best moments is when she defies what other people tell her to do or expect of her. The show benefits from having a character like her who’ll cut to the chase by saying and doing exactly what is needed at any given time. Further, May’s mystique is another element that makes her very intriguing and the writers played on that by having each agent tell a different version of her back story.
When Tobias dematerialized behind May just as the lights go out and she’s disappears, I would have loved to have extended that scene by reversing their roles where May becomes the predator by sneaking up on the “ghost”. It would have given me goosebumps!
Although Coulson made some parallels between Skye and May (please don’t do that again) I think Hannah is intended to be May’s analogue. Like Hannah, May is burden with a guilt that she cannot forgive herself. By giving words of wisdom to Hannah, May had to accept her own advice and let go of her demons. (I’ll have to rewatch that scene but that was my initial impression). With some weight off her shoulders, it ‘s nice to see her play a prank on Fitz and warmly smile to herself at the end.
• S.H.I.E.L.D. gets creepy: No, I’m not talking about Ward and May’s morning after. Yup, it really happened! Strangely, I like them together even if it’s out of the blue. And I got a chuckle out of Ward’s reaction when Skye says May “really needs to get laid”.
Anyway, by creepy I mean the spookier tone of this episode. It wasn’t scary to me but I enjoyed that the writers had fun with it. It’s a side of the show we haven’t seen before and I hope to revisit another episode with a similar feel. Buffy had some great Halloween episodes so perhaps AOS can carry on that tradition if there’s a season 2.
The Wrap Up
By Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s standard this is a fairly enjoyable episode which somehow made me even more enamoured with Melinda May. Connecting the “ghost story” of being split between the universes with what happened in Thor Dark World is a nice touch for me. It’s the only major Avengers reference in the episode that comes to my mind.
Let’s be clear, there’s another comic book live action TV series that AOS doesn’t hold a candle to. The super powers (if you can call it that) in “Repairs” are accidentally generated by a particle accelerator which is the same premise as the next episode of Arrow but it’s going to blow away AOS in a flash. So excited! My puns are terrible! 🙂 Thanks for reading my reviews!
What do you think of this episode? What do you think of Melinda May?