VOD TV review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 9 (Repairs)
Neil Brazier | On 05, Dec 2013
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We’re back on the plane this week in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the Agents investigate a possible person will telekinetic powers. Of course, as mentioned in previous episodes, telekinetics doesn’t exist here. This leaves Fitzsimmons with a lot of work to figure out that actually there is someone else moving all these items around. The person in question is trapped between two worlds, jumping between them using portals like those opened up in Thor: The Dark World.
Elsewhere, May and Ward appear to be spending more nights together since the end of The Well but its not really romantic, merely two people letting off some steam. May even criticises Ward for not getting back to work on time after they’ve been together. We find out more about May this week through everyone else on board, including how she came to have the name The Cavalry – but it’s not nearly as exciting a reveal as one could have hoped.
Having missed out on being able to prank freshmen because they graduated early, Fitz and Simmons decide they’re going to pull pranks on Skye instead – an attempt at comic relief that’s really rather awful. That might be because the writers couldn’t think like college students or it might be intentional, showing that neither Fitz nor Simmons have the wherewithal to be fun and sneaky. Either way, the only upside of their shenanigans is that we see Fitz tell Skye off for touching the hologram.
We also get to learn a lot more about her this week. Skye has been the emphatic one of the show, the voice of reason in a world of suits and security. She shares a moment with the distraught (not a) telepath – and Coulson is impressed with how she is able to deal under pressure with these crazy situations. We still haven’t seen the best of Skye and she hasn’t won over her detractors, but she is making strides in the right direction.
It also means Coulson’s mysterious time in Tahiti takes a back seat this week. It’s not at all missed – signs that this storyline needs a resolution and fast. Recent episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have been a vast improvement over the season’s openers but Repairs regresses to the Agents of old. Hopefully, it’s just a blip and the show will be back on form next week – it doesn’t take a telepath to tell it needs to be.