AOS – Season IV – Ep 13 -“Boom”: A Review

Posted: 02/08/2017 in Uncategorized

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Another stellar run bringing an amendment to an existing character, the elimination of another and the acceptance of purpose for the leader of the group known as S.H.I.E.L.D.  This ep remained completely on point avoiding sub arc distractions and focussing on the Darkhold and the man who would ‘save’ the world, Dr. Holden Radcliffe (John Hannah). I now present my review.

We open with a recon mission featuring the show’s dynamic duo, Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Mac (Henry Simmons). Since the end of last season these two have been partnered up and their both having each other’s backs as well as the respect to present opposing views continues to create due resonance with viewers. The duo seek out a mystery woman to track May;s (Ming Na Wen) whereabouts. The reveal of the woman’s appearance illustrates that Radcliffe is not the innovator he presents himself as being. A later scene with Aida (Mallory Jansen) beautifully reinforces this notion and its consequences. The introduction of Agnes (Mallory Jansen) is a brilliant reveal as we learn she is the template from which Aida was spawned. Her back story explains some of Radcliffe’s motivations as well as earning Agnes due empathy. After learning about her situation, Mac advises that they should move on. Coulson opts to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. His eventual tact however is vintage Coulson.

Terrence Shockley (John Pyper-Ferguson) became as somebody with this episode. Presented thus far as a rancorous, hate filled Inhuman hater, he gains both just desserts and a refined purpose with this run. Working with his “Superior”/Ivanov (Zach McGowan), the duo formulate a plan of using Terrigen crystals obtained from Radcliffe, who plays the Watchdogs as well as S.H.I.E.L.D., to deal with Senator Nadeer (Parminder Nagra) hoping to make her into that which she most hates. The end result is well…titular. Is it too early to call Shockley Nitro?

Mace (Jason O’Mara) attempts to readjust to his normalcy after learning from Jemma (Elisabeth Hentsridge) that the formula he has been using to fake his “Inhuman” strength could easily kill him upon his next dose. Mace has grown on fans and his journey to become better is one that has due resonance with well…anyone. He reaches out to Daisy/Quake (Chloe Bennett) as well as Fitz (Ian DeCaestecker) and Jemma to determine how he may be helpful to the team. Daisy pushes him to use his political savvy to allow them to investigate the aftermath of the Shockley/Nadeer encounter. Funny line of the night occurs later when Mace asks Coulson for guidance on his purpose with the team. ““You’ll make the right decision at the right time. Or you’ll get an Asgardian staff through your chest. I’d try to avoid that last part.”

The use of Agnes to trap Radcliffe works about as well as one would expect with Coulson being appropriately understanding afterward. Aida’s learning she is not unique yields a later sequence with Agnes which informs the LMD’s true motivation. Exactly how corrupted Radcliffe is…or isn’t… is postulated throughout and the viewer can’t honestly say for sure. His “framework” solution might eventually prove his undoing via his actions with Agnes.

That Quake is on a journey to eventually run S.H.I.E.L.D. seems inevitable. Her essentially running various teams, and counselling Mace, occurs seamlessly. Her abilities, and her mastery of them,  is equally telling. Her fight sequences with Shockley were superb. Now a ‘perfect weapon’ as referred to by Mace, he is a difficult opponent to overcome. His simultaneously embracing his new found abilities while acting as a ‘soldier’ to bring about Inhuman ruin plays well. He has always been a time bomb in his reactions and methods. His new incarnation manifests his personality succinctly. Mace’s hail Mary run and choice to be “blocker” for his team earns the agents a win but at the cost of his capture by Ivanov and crew.

The battle is now set in two fields, one in the physical, real world; the other in the realm of the Framework. AOS continues to deliver and remains steadily simply outstanding and well worth your time.

 

 

 

 

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