First thing's first, we now know what was happening between Ward and May. Well, I am not particularly in favor of their coupling. Last week, the two showed some chemistry and bonded over how to deal with the rage. However, from what has happened in the previous episodes, Skye and Ward seemed like as though they would be the most likely pairing. While I wish the series would avoid romance, especially when there is an extremely small amount of development is just lazy! Compared to Joss Whedon's other series, Firefly, where *minor spoiler* none of the romances went very far without due development, *end spoiler* Agents of SHIELD jumped right into them. I think friend and fellow blogger, Shena Tokala, said it best: "if you can't write the romance well and make it actually interesting, just don't write it at all."
Now about the actual episode, which was kind of disappointing. Finally, we got to hear (not see) some backstory on Agent May's character like how she obtained the name, "The Cavalry," which is still incredibly vague and mysterious. But Coulson's reference to a "Gifted Individual" makes me very interesting. Agents of SHIELD would greatly benefit from an episode like Firefly's "Out of Gas" where we got some flashbacks on what happens to the characters with actual flashback clips, particularly Agent May.
As for the positives, the villain this week had interesting abilities and the episode had a much more sci-fi slant. The series' more general superpowered and sci-fi slant is what I wanted to see from the beginning and I am glad the series is heading in that direction. Being caught between our dimension and a hellish dimension that is presumably an alien world brings some interesting things to the Marvel Universe. It reminds me a lot of Mephisto's Realm, which relates to Doctor Strange, who might have a film coming up in a few years. The reference to the portals between dimensions to The Dark World was smart and almost more relevant to the story than the Thor references in last week's episode. Tobias' teleporting powers provided some creepy scenes and genuine suspense and thrills. Also, the series' adversity to telekinesis is kind of strange considering the powers of other characters in the Marvel Universe. Although, telekinesis is generally associated with the X-Men and mutants, which Disney/Marvel does not own.
By far, my favorite part of the episode was Fitz ad Simmons' pranks. After Coulson, they are my favorite characters of the series for sure. Fitz and Simmons working as a team to prank Skye was perfect, and Fitz screaming like a girl was hysterical! Even better was the after credits scene with Fitz being pranked by May, which shows that she might not be as cold as she once was. Also Coulson being upset after Skye rigged his old watch transceiver was great as well.
One of my biggest problems with the episode is that it had a poor representation of a Christian character, and the negative comments about Christianity. While some good things were said, I did not appreciate the few negative comments. Not huge, but I wish they were not in the episode.
The Harry Potter reference to "SHIELD Hogwarts" by Skye was great!
Acting: The guest stars in the episode were fine, but not particularly memorable, and the main cast were all consistent as usual.
Production Value/Special Effects: In terms of special effects and production value, this might be the best episode yet. Tobias' teleporting effect never looked low budget or cheap and the way it was used was clever.
Overall: 7.3/10- After several top notch episodes, "Repairs" is a bit of a letdown comparatively. Hopefully Agents of SHIELD will get back on track and continue its former quality in the next episodes.
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