After last week's episode kind of disappointed we are treated with an overall strong mid-season finale featuring some nice twists and the return of J. August Richard as Mike Peterson, the super-powered guy from the pilot episode.
The opening of the episode actually reminded me of the opening to the Dark Knight Rises with the military soldiers dropping in, similar to the airplane take down, just on a much smaller scale. The best part of the episode was the surprise twist that Centipede wanted Coulson and not Peterson, even though Raina and Poe indicated that Peterson was the key to making the soldiers fictional. While I do not believe Peterson is dead, the cliffhanger ending was effective and finally indicated that we will finally receive some answers, although the way the series has been going, we will get our answers by season five. Seriously, give us some backstory or something please! Come on Joss, help your brother out with the series. We need a season two, and having the series air at the same time as the number one show on television, NCIS, is incredibly stupid on ABC's part. It is almost as if they wanted the show to fail.
There was one particularly odd exchange of dialogue during the scene between Raina and Edison Poe, where Raina is trying to discover more about the "The Clairvoyant." I suppose she was trying to seduce Edison since she gave him the cute "puppy dog look." But, the scene just felt a little awkward.
As a whole, one of the main things this series needs is a great villain, although great villains are a hard commodity to come by on network TV shows or television in general because they usually end up with the "just shoot him already" syndrome and never die. However, a few great shows like the Walking Dead and Firefly did have great villains without being annoying in that way.
Why is the series continuing to be adverse to psychic and super-powered when, like Skye said, Thor was a myth. Seriously, how do they not know that there are aliens that have psychic powers. I know psychic powers are more rooted in the X-Men verse with Professor X and Jean Grey, but that is still odd.
Hopefully J. August Richard as Mike Peterson will return and will become a regular on the series since his character is more relatable and likable than some of the characters in the series. His acting is a big improvement over his first appearance.
Even though I like Skye for the most part, she has become one of my least favorite characters in the series with Coulson obviously being my favorite followed by Fitz and Simmons.
The Ward and May relationship is actually kind of working. They are probably a better pair than Skye and Ward, especially since no one saw it coming. The conversation between them about Ward taking a punch for May was great. May was mad that he did it, then Ward was like "it was tactical, don't flatter yourself." This (below) is what I was thinking when he said that.
We finally get a solid reference to Coulson's girlfriend "The Cellist." I wonder if she has anything to do with his revival as well. But I hope to hear more about her and possibly have a reunion of the two. Considering that the next episode in January or February is named, "The Magical Place," we can assume that we might finally discover Coulson's secret to revival, or at least a few more clues. Since Coulson and SHIELD seem to be so adverse to possibility of magic, and the fact that a Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme movie is in the works, it would be an interesting twist if magic had something to do with his revival, although science would be more likely.
Action: At least Agents of SHIELD is offering us some impressive action scenes throughout and "The Bridge" does not disappoint in that respect.
Production Value/Special Effects: Super strength seems to be fairly easy effect to create since most of the effects for Peterson vs. the Centipede guys was handled fairly well.
Comedy: Seeing Fitz jealous when Simmons shows interest in Peterson was hilarious! "When did you stop talking?" "About three embarrassing sentences ago."
Overall: 9.2/10- The overall success of "The Bridge" really relies on if we will finally receive the payoff we have been waiting for concerning Coulson's death and the many other secrets that the show is holding back. However, as a standalone entry, it was fun and entertaining with J. August Richard as Mike Peterson being the highlight.
Also, please check back tomorrow for my review of the fantasy epic classic, Princess Mononoke.
Below is the full episode.
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