TV Review: “Agents of SHIELD” – “The Dirty Half Dozen”

Written by Danielle Sing May 01, 2015

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With “Avengers: Age of Ultron” releasing this week, the Agents prepare for the events to come and set them in motion. While this “Agents of SHIELD” episode has the high tension and complete plot lines similar to the past few episodes, it includes so much more. The pace of this episode is faster, and there’s more action. “The Half Dirty Dozen” mixed the same formula of the past few episodes and everything you loved from the first season.

Continuing from last week’s episode, Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) has returned to the SHIELD base, and Robert Gonzales (Edward James Olmos) has agreed to let Coulson and a select team to go into a known HYDRA base to rescue Mike Peterson (J August Richards) and Lincoln (Luke Mitchell). This introduces a common enemy, which will probably continue into “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and into the rest of this season. While SHIELD is divided into two factions, the idea that the both have a common enemy unites them, and both sides use this to reach their individual goals. There’s also the theme of forgiveness throughout the episode with Hunter (Nick Blood) forgiving Mack (Henry Simmons) for kidnapping him while Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) stating that he’s not worthy of forgiveness. Hopefully this forgiveness will trickle its way throughout both factions of SHIELD, and they can forgive each other and officially unite instead of just temporally under a common enemy.

“We finally got the team back together.”

“The Dirty Half Dozen” was a combination of everything that “Agents of SHIELD” has been getting right this season, and everything you loved and missed from the first season. The first was flashy and spectacular in its special effects, and this returns in “The Half Dirty Dozen” (especially with the slow motion landing of the jet during the fire and destruction of the larger plane). While the return of the cool special effects could be from an increase in budget to properly excite the audience for “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, it was expertly used by director Kevin Tancharoen, not overdone. The action sequences were in abundance during the first season and it’s refreshing to see them make a return, especially with the last few episode lacking in them. All of this leads to a faster pace.

The dynamic of the original six members of Coulson’s original team was still there, but they’ve developed well. It was surprising to see Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge) be hostile and attempt to murder Ward, and even Ward noticed it was out of character. To the audience it doesn’t seem too out of character because she did state she wanted to eradicate all powered people, but for her to act on her thoughts is surprising.

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“The Half Dirty Dozen” sets up the events of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” by revealing the location of Baron Von Strucker to Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). We are also told that the twins (Wanda and Pietro Maximoff) are the only survivors of HYDRA’s experiments. Unlike the first season of “Agents of SHIELD” when they were completely surprised by the events of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, the Agents seem prepared for the upcoming events. And yet, Raina (Ruth Negga) reveals that the world will completely change.

“Time to bring in the Avengers.”

“The Dirty Half Dozen” introduces a lot of questions. What was Ward and Kara’s plan? What does Gonzales want with powered people? What is Theta Protocol? With the new movie and two more episodes left in this |Agents of SHIELD” season, we’re likely to receive answers to these questions. As long as they get answered and not forgotten like in the first season and the second season’s mid-season finale. “The Half Dirty Dozen” mixes the formula of high tension and complete plot lines, and the faster pace and action of the first season. It prepares the audience for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and ropes us into seeing the movie on opening weekend so we are not behind for the next episode of Tuesday. See you at the cinema.

My Rating: 8.5/10

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