AOS:Season III : Ep. 7 “Deal with Our Devils”: A Review

Posted: 12/05/2016 in Uncategorized

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Well this was a fine adrenaline laced kick in the pants. AOS again maintains their trajectory, pushing forth a supernatural slant in a season that still allows for proper character development and story arcs acknowledging previous runs. The return of the show leaves one wanting more and once again, the Rider delivers…. now on to my review.

My review is very, very late and with my workload this was simply unavoidable. The latest run of AOS presented a two tiered perspective after Eli (Jose Zuniga) essentially blasts Coulson (Clark Gregg), Fitz (Ian DeCaestecker) and Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna) out of reality while gaining supernatural abilities via the Dark Hold. The dark dimension the trio now occupy appears to be the very same presented via Agent Carter’s brilliant season 2 in which those within are able to see events around them, with a degree of interaction, while remaining incorporeal. The notion of being pulled further down posits even worse awaiting the trio. Robbie’s noting that his passenger is fighting to get free as he has been there before suggests where/what this dimension might be.

The ghostly perspective of Coulson and Fitz had great significance, as both men learn something they otherwise might not have. In Coulson’s case, it is the depth of feeling May (Ming Na-Wen) possesses for him. In Fitz’s case, it is that Jeffrey Mace (Jason O’Mara) isn’t the man they think he is. This revelation leads us to the whereabouts of Jemma (Elisabeth Hentsridge), furthering her own story sub arc. The connection between Senator Nadeer (Parminder Nagra) and Mace is clarified somewhat as we learn what task Simmons is charged with as regards the senator’s Terrigen-cocoon encased brother. This arc was well handled, presenting both Simmons’ intelligence and empathy as means of helping the young man with his plight. With this arc, there is an alpha and omega that sufficiently teases without lingering overlong.

The main arc is how the trio can get back and stop Eli Morrow. Morrow’s dispatching several agents is brutally efficient and ably demonstrates how this individual is completely corrupted and exceedingly powerful. The multi perspective plot device worked effectively, rather than appearing as a simple retelling of events. Mac’s (Henry Simmons) role evolves succinctly this episode as he changes from simply being a good man trying to make sense of the chaos and betrayal around him to a vessel for something darker. The Rider transfer aspect occurred smoothly and provided some great moments, especially in Reyes’ reaction to getting what he essentially has been asking for. The notion that whatever is pulling them toward itself as terrifying enough to drive the Rider out of Reyes furthers the notion of what lies beneath.

Dr. Holden Radcliffe (John Hannah) gains mvp status with this episode and might also ascend to a Dr. Frankenstein-ian mantle via enabling his creation to “help” May work on bringing back their friends from the dark dimension. No one can read the Dark Hold without being corrupted. We don’t need the emphasis on no one “human” to realize what will happen next. It is no less thrilling when Aida (Mallory Jansen) steps up with an offer to help. An exceedingly cool aspect was her interpreting the soul corrupting text as code. Her mapping a path for the group to return was equally big screen format.

The dark dimension run did allow Coulson and Fitz to work out a few of their issues, namely the younger man’s feeling of abandonment as he perceives the former director to have given up, submitting the reins of S.H.I.E.L.D. to an unworthy successor. Coulson’s explanation justifies his actions and the back door deal being made by Mace assures that the former director’s return as director is a foregone conclusion.

Aida’s reveal to May and Coulson adds another layer of intrigue to the show, namely will they keep it from Mace to avoid his procuring her for study. Her action though seemingly selfless is mired by her end sequence action in which the viewer can ponder exactly how close to human she might be. The brokered deal between Rider and Host via Robbie’s offer to settle all of the Spirit of Vengeance’s scores sets the field for a fantastic remaining season or potentially a spin off. AOS again demonstrates that it is simply outstanding and well worth your time.

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