TV Review: “Agents of SHIELD” – “One Door Closes”

Written by Danielle Sing April 03, 2015

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“Agents of SHIELD” is back this week with “One Door Closes”. Despite the disappointing introduction to the ‘Real SHIELD’ in last week’s episode, this week we learn about the origins of the ‘Real SHIELD’ through engaging flashbacks. “One Door Closes” is an action packed episode with well-placed scenes of a slower pace to balance it out, and plenty of character development. Unfortunately, it felt like they’re forcing the flaws of the ‘Real SHIELD’ too soon for the natural growth of the plot.

Through flashbacks, we see the SHIELD cargo ship, the Iliad, being taken over by HYDRA. Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and Izzy Hartley (Lucy Lawless) are on a rescue mission from Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to save the commander of the ship, Robert Gonzales (Edward James Olmos). Bobbi is also tasked with a suicide mission to sink the ship to prevent HYDRA from getting their hands on precious cargo. While Gonzales does not oppose to Fury’s plan, Bobbi, Hartley and Mack (Henry Simmons) don’t agree with the senseless murder of hundreds of SHIELD agents aboard the Iliad just to save the cargo. Theses flashbacks contained the information that the audience needed to know to make last week’s episode interesting. The well-choreographed action sequences and Lawless’s skill with a knife had me begging for Xena’s iconic battle cry.

“Most gifts come with a price, but you can learn to manage it.”

There were slower paced scenes that were well-placed to even out the intensity of the main plot lines. Skye (Chloe Bennet) and Gordon’s (Jamie Harris) conversation in the cabin tells us a great deal about his character as it seems he is taking the role of protector for the Inhumans, similar to Skye’s mother, Jiaying (Dichen Lachman). We see some developments with Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons’ (Elizabeth Henstridge) strained relationship; they call each other by their first names in the same tone as your mother calling your full name. You know there’s tension, but it’s done in a less direct way. Yet, during the infiltration of Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) SHIELD by the ‘Real SHIELD’, they still hold onto each other for comfort as if there was never any tension between them. It shows that these characters may forgive each other.

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There’s character development in more intense scenes as well. Mack protects Fitz from the ‘Real SHIELD’ agents breaking through a wall, and Bobbi warns Skye that she’s being shot at with live rounds. This shows that they are still emotionally attached to the agents even though they aren’t aligned with them anymore.

“I work for SHIELD. I do, I swear. But you don’t.”

In “One Door Closes”, we start to see some of the flaws of the transparency within the “Real SHIELD”. Coulson comments tthat Gonzales is the only one speaking to him and despite Bobbi’s orders to only use ICERs (stun rounds) on Skye, the other agents use live rounds. This starts to unravel the ideal of transparency within the “Real SHIELD”. But this revelation felt forced. The plot of the should have been allowed to grow naturally for an episode or two before having any evidence of flaws or their downfall. Along with the sudden information about Inhumans in the episode “Who You Really Are”, it seems like the writers of “Agents of SHIELD” have too many ideas for the second half of this season. Maybe it’s the pressure of being in the same reality of the upcoming “Avengers” movie, which will be released before the end of this season of “Agents of SHIELD”, but the plot lines are moving quickly.

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“One Door Closes” still leaves things to the imagination of audience. While we get to see Fury’s toolbox, we still don’t know its importance, and we’re left to wonder what the cargo on the Iliad was that Fury wanted to keep out of the hands of HYDRA. Despite the forced flaws of the ‘Real SHIELD’ plot line, “One Door Closes” is full of action with well-placed scenes of a slower pace to balance the intensity, and has a lot of character development. “One Door Closes” was the episode that the audience deserved to introduce the ‘Real SHIELD’ on “Agents of SHIELD”.

My Rating: 8/10

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