Half-Decent Alert: S.H.I.E.L.D. Spoilers Ahead! So go watch the episode first if you feel strong feelings about the recitation of television shows.
You would be forgiven after watching the first twenty minutes of ‘Melinda’ for thinking that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was about to dull-down an interesting story. Fortunately, the slowly burnt backstory about what happened to Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Weng) in Bahrain is finally cracked open reveal a more connected world that you’d realize.
Bahrain is explored through various flashbacks throughout the episode. Taking us seven years in the past, before The Avengers has occurred, we see May and Coulson (Clark Gregg) handling a super powered individual. All goes terribly wrong, leaving May psychologically scarred. This is the strongest element to this week’s episode. Agent May, AKA the ‘Cavalry’, has always been an inaccessible character because her past has been purposefully untold. Breaking though this barrier allows the audience to finally experience her anguish; an agent force into a brutal conflict with a super powered mother (Winter Ave Zoli) and her insane young daughter (Ava Acres), forced to kill both.
Admittedly the entire Bahrain sequence is the darkest Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been, and while it is no Netflix’s Daredevil the action in ‘Melinda’ is some of the best ABC has produced. Finally we have access to the reason behind May’s separation with Dr. Andrew Garner (Blair Underwood) and her intense concern regarding super powered people.
Rating: 8/10 Double Decent
Pros: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets gritty and services some long running stories.
Cons: First half is cloudy before the payoff.
Why you should watch it: All the threads are coming together for the season finale as the cast pair off into some interesting combinations.