Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "F.Z.Z.T." Review: An Entire (Half) Hour Dedicated to FitzSimmons

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E06: "F.Z.Z.T."


After a number of episodes that focused on Skye and her personal arc, it was refreshing to see Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. put her on the back burner and let someone else take center stage for awhile. As much as I personally enjoy Skye's quips, it was past time that we learned more about the rest of the team.

In "F.Z.Z.T." we explored Elizabeth Henstridge's Jemma Simmons through the case of the week as the S.H.I.E.L.D. team traveled to rural Pennsylvania. Three firefighters who'd been first responders at the Battle of New York were all dying in a very odd way that left them hovering in midair. Eventually, the team discovered that the fire station had decided to keep a Chitauri helmet as a souvenir (to remind them of what a fun, fantastic day that was?), and when the trio of men had been bored overnight, they'd cleaned it up real nice only to be thanked by being infected with a Chitauri virus. Maybe don't keep alien battle gear as trophies? Just saying.


Unfortunately, during her inspection of the first body, Simmons was infected with the same Chitauri virus, and the second half of the hour was dedicated to her character, and by extension, her relationship with Fitz, as she first went through the shock of realizing that she was probably going to die, and then as they attempted to find an anti-serum (not vaccine!) that would cure her. I like that the entire episode wasn't spent tracking down a killer, and that Fitz and Simmons weren't just brought in to find a way to cure a perfect stranger, but that the mystery was cleared up within the first half hour so we could focus on the characters we're supposed to root for and care about. The people were more important than the "mission" this week, and that's never a bad thing.

The episode, however, didn't dig too deep into Simmons and Fitz's backgrounds, but I'm not sure that it needed to. Skye, Handsome, Coulson, and May are all carrying big secrets about their pasts, and all of those secrets have shaped them and made them who they are. But Fitz and Simmons are (presumably) innocent scientists unburdened by secrets and I'd like to keep it that way. Too many secrets, too many ominous speeches about life and death, too many moments fraught with heavy meaning and the series becomes too heavy. Right now we have the mystery of who or what Coulson is, what happened to May that took her out of the field (though the show hinted that she was gravely injured in the field, like Coulson), who Skye's parents were and why they've been erased from existence save for a single S.H.I.E.L.D. document, and lastly, we have Handsome's family history that clearly screwed him up. That's more mysteries than I'd actually like, but as long as the series doesn't intend to solve them all this season then I'll allow it.

The episode wasn't perfect, but it worked because it explored Fitz and Simmons' friendship without having to go into great detail about their history together. We knew they were very close from the moment they walked on screen in the pilot. Their introduction was mostly them bickering and talking over one another, but it was also clear that they were completely comfortable with one another as a result of having known each other for a very long time. But since the series began we haven't really had the chance to get to know them. Like, at all. They've been tucked away in the lab, brought out only when the series needs a science-y fixing, and that's no way for characters to live.


In "F.Z.Z.T." we learned fun facts like Fitz can't stand dead bodies in the lab, especially after Simmons left a cat liver next to his lunch that one time, and we also learned (though I think it was always sort of obvious, and was possibly mentioned in passing in a previous episode too) that it been Simmons' idea to join S.H.I.E.L.D. and go into the field. Fitz has always seemed more like the follower in their relationship, but not because Simmons is such a strong leader. I think she just wanted to explore the world outside of the lab, while Fitz seems completely comfortable staying put. His following her probably came out of their strong friendship more than anything else. I definitely don't think he followed out of some wayward crush on his lab partner, because if anything, I would argue it's the other way around. Fitz has a crush on Skye, and it was funny to see him trying to flirt and have fun with her in the opening scene as they made fun of Handsome's Blue Steel, but I wouldn't be surprised if we found out that Simmons might be crushing on Fitz, even if she doesn't actually realize it for some time. Fitz's insistence that he was going to jump out of the plane after Simmons once she decided it was time to sacrifice herself to save everyone else was cute though. And you could tell Simmons appreciated the gesture and she said thank you by kissing him on the cheek. This relationship is probably my favorite of the entire series.

That being said, while I enjoyed that the episode focused on Simmons and Fitz, I would still like to see Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. switch up the pairings. The scene at the end of "Eye-Spy" in which Fitz and Handsome were playing cards was fun because A.) they were relaxed and seemed like actual, real human beings, and B.) it was a pairing we hadn't really explored yet. And the same thing applies here. The Fitz and Skye scene was refreshing because they're a pairing we haven't really had the chance to explore. Yes, it makes sense that Fitz and Simmons are constantly together, and it makes sense that Handsome and Skye are paired up as she trains to become an agent, but if we never see these characters in other situations or interacting with other characters, then we'll never really get to know them. All of the exposition in the world won't be able to tell us who they are if they're always in the same place with the same people. Our different friends bring out different sides of our personality, and I think an episode exploring Fitz and Ward or Simmons and Skye could be really fun. Mix is up a bit, will ya show?


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— I've saved Coulson for notes because despite a parallel B-story about who he is and why he feels so different, we didn't actually learn all that much. All of his tests, which he'd ordered himself, came back normal. May told him that it didn't matter if it was eight seconds or 40, he still died, and that reason alone means he'll never be the same. And we've seen that this Coulson is definitely different from that of the films, and we had it spelled out for us in that ending tag when Blake pointed out that this wasn't the Coulson he used to know.

— Ward was pissed off that what was killing Simmons wasn't something he could fight. He's good with the physical threats, but not so much things he can't punch in the face. He really needs to work on being less ... mechanical? Is that the right word? I'm starting to wonder if it's not that Brett Dalton is stiff as an actor, but rather that everything he does is part of Handsome, like his stiffness is actually just an acting choice. Discuss.

— I probably could have done without the skydiving scene. Just... say no.

— "Little heavy on the iron. But don't worry, you don't have to start calling me 'Iron Man'."

— "This guy makes Captain America look like the Dude." (Gotta love a well placed Big Lebowski reference)

— In case you missed the news, the November 19 episode will deal with the events of Thor: The Dark World, which opens in theaters this Friday. I'm not saying you have to see Thor to understand that episode or any of the episodes that follow it, but just as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes references to the Battle of New York and the Chitauri, it might help you understand it better if you do. (All right, Marvel, where's my paycheck?)


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Nov 14, 2013
I'm i the only one who thinks that Fitz would jump out of the airplane if Handsome hadn't arrived?!? I don't know what he would accomplish as i don't think he could do what the other guy did but he still would of jumped!
Go Fitz!
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Nov 14, 2013
I really hope the friendship between Simmons and Fitz stays just a friendship. A man and a woman can have a close relationship without romance sprouting, but you wouldn't know it by what TV shows us.
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Nov 13, 2013
Am I the only one disappointed that Simmons didn't actually complete her sacrifice? I am finding her a truly poor actress, the weakest link on the show to be honest. And she was especially cringe-worthy at points this time. On the other end of the spectrum, I adore Fitz more and more each week.
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Nov 12, 2013
A lot of people are dissappointed with this show because it's Marvel and it's Whedon..the standards are high and so far the plot/story is not compelling enough.
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Nov 10, 2013
This episode was an A+. The world-building still needs some work. It still seems that Coulson is only able to have this group because Director Fury feels bad that Coulson died.

This episode brought out the acting talents of Fitz and Simmons and made us care about and like the characters. Before, they were the almost-annoying 'science geeks'. Now, they are more like people.

It seems maybe Ward is attracted to Simmons and Simmons is attracted to Ward. Skye clearly is oblivious to Fitz being attracted to her because (1) Fitz is clearly too 'dorky' to be her type and (2) she assumed he's attached to Simmons. But also Fitz is insecure about whether Simmons finds Ward more attractive. She kissed Fitz on the cheek and he seemed bummed by that.

Anyway, I don't need there to be romantic relationships on this show, but it'll be interested to see how that works out.

I'm not sure if 'what Coulson' is is that interesting. What is more interesting is whether Ward or May has a higher 'rank'. We still don't know.


So far, Skye is the most unlikable member of this group. The last episode her massive betrayal was found out and already she not only expects everyone should already be completely okay with her but she already is complaining about her having to wear that bracelet. If Coulson didn't like her, she'd probably be in the SHIELD equivalent of federal prison. Coulson even let her ex-boyfriend off the hook.

Coulson doesn't wear an undershirt. And he says he doesn't sweat. Perhaps that's the biggest clue to his maybe being something.


The virus thing doesn't really make sense unless we are supposed to believe almost on Chirtauri had this virus; otherwise, there would have been cases soon after however long ago the Battle of New York happened.
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Nov 11, 2013
Im looking forward to the inevitable romances. Curious to see what they go with...
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Nov 10, 2013
I'll have grade this ep a B..Good acting by the actress who played Simmons.
but if they had killed a her character off. Would i have CARED?? We haven't spent enough time with any these guys to be invested!! Another commentor mentioned something about flashbacks.That would be splendid.Give us some history on the team so we feel a little closer to them! So far the series has delivered very little shock and awe..Maybe the fallout from Thor:The Dark World will give the show a little spark...MAYBE Overall so far the series grades out at a B-/C+..Not that great for all the hype
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Nov 09, 2013
It's happening...I'm starting to ship in spite of myself. FitzSimmons must happen (I have a feeling it will be a last episode dire situation kiss), and I'm even sensing a little Melinda/Coulson. That one may or may not happen, and I would be content if it didn't as long as they have plenty of scenes together.
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Nov 09, 2013

I sometimes wonder if I am watching a different show than other people.I have enjoyed Agents of SHIELD from day one and this is exactly the show that was advertised; a procedural set in the Marvel Universe.I like the multiple story arcs, and plot of the week dealing with ‘fringe’ events. I have never expected movie crossovers (and was pleasantly surprised at Fury’s appearance) and don’t need superheroes to clutter up the story.The show does need more character development, and this episode was finally a step in the right direction.There are hints of what this show can become, and I will wait for it.I waited for Buffy and Star Trek and Fringe, so I can at least give this show the same chance.

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Nov 09, 2013
Much of this episode was meh, but there were a few really standout scenes in this one:
  • I absolutely loved the silent scene with FitzSimmons inside the quarantine barrier, working, while everybody else paces outside. So much emotion there, on everybody's part. Very nicely done.
  • I actually liked the skydiving scene. Also nicely done - it was believable, exciting, and not at all confusing (as I often find action sequences).
  • When Simmons is saying goodbye (effectively) to Coulson and Fitz, that was wonderful.
I agree, btw, about mixing up the pairings. While I love the standard pairings (Fitz and Simmons, Ward and Skye), nothing makes a show boring more than seeing just the same three or four interpersonal relationships, and nothing else. There's only so much you can get to really know a character, if you only see them with one other person. I've had that problem with other shows in the past, and it's usually my indicator for when they've jumped the shark - when the show has completely separated into separate cliques that never mix.

That said, this show is far too young for that to happen. They're still just establishing the characters, so I can easily forgive primarily seeing them in the same relationships. But even so... really nice interactions here. Not just between Fitz and Simmons, but also Simmons and Coulson, Simmons and Skye, and Simmons and Ward. And in the process, we got to know those other people a little better too.
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Nov 08, 2013
Not since NCIS:LA have I seen this much URST on a show about a government agency.
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Nov 09, 2013
Poll

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Nov 08, 2013
This was a definite step forward for the show, you got away from it being Skye and her interactions with the agents as the focus for a change, there also seemed to be some small steps to mix up the interactions of the group too by the end.

The team failing in their mission quite early in the episode was an interesting approach rather than simply skipping that side of the show for a week.
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Nov 08, 2013
a good episode of a sucky show. perhaps going in this direction could save it, but I wouldn't bet on it.
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Nov 08, 2013
It wasn't the best, but it was great to put Skye on the back burner. And great, now I need to find time to see Thor this weekend.
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Nov 08, 2013
I gave the show a try because of Carlson but Team Fitz-Simmons! this is the reason I'm still watching this show.
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Nov 08, 2013
"his stiffness is actually just an acting choice" - that. His character was established from ep.1 as a stoic action man. And that's what he's been for the most part, with the exception of THIS VERY EPISODE where he makes fun of himself by impersonating his impersonators.
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Nov 08, 2013
I already thought Blake was a D-bag, but him touching Lola confirmed it.
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Nov 07, 2013
Well that was it for me. I decide to extend the 4 episode test by 50% out of respect for my love of Whedon's old shows but I'm done. Maybe it was a mistake to watch Arrow immediately before this episode but it happened. The characters are dull and this show plays more like a modern day Xfiles with less interesting characters pulled from an Ambercrombe ad than something with any real ties to Marvel. Maybe I will try to marathon this at the end of the season if the friends I have still watching it tell me that it picks up, but for now; I'm out.
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Nov 08, 2013
I'm not done yet, but I agree with you about the discontinuity from the movies. Sometime they chase people who've developed powers, and that feels more like X-Men....mutants and such. Other times they're investigating strange occurrences of high science, and that feels more like Fringe or X-Files. Other than occasional references to the movies, the show doesn't feel like it coincides with the movies at all.
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Nov 07, 2013
I'm placing this here so that in two years time I can point back to it and state: "Ah ha! I was RIGHT!";

Fitz is going to be evil in either season 3 or 4. He is going to find/steal/use some sort of artifact that will give him power, and it will corrupt him.

You heard it here first guys!

As for Thor: The Dark World; I saw it last Thursday (early Europe release date FTW!) and it is definately worth going to the cinema for! (Though 3D isn't really worth the extra money if you can avoid it).
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Nov 07, 2013
The second they make Fitz evil is the second I give up this show.
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Nov 07, 2013
For me this was the best episode so far. I laughed, worried, freaked out and cried.

#Team FITZ <3 SIMMONS
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Nov 07, 2013
The perks of a Joss Whedon show. I actually worried about Simmons, because it is TOTALLY Whedonic to kill off a main character halfway through the first season.
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Nov 07, 2013
I was worried about Simmons because Whedon doesn't do couples - he doesn't seem to know what to do with them - and she was the closest thing to Dr. Horrible's Penny, Zoe's husband (Firefly) or Miss Calendar (Giles's girlfriend) in Leo Fitz's life.
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Nov 07, 2013
I thought this episode was great! I wouldn't necessarily want this episode format every week, but I thought it was a great way to change up the usual episode format.
I love Fitz and Simmons so having the episode focus on them and learn a little bit more about them was great. I also like how the show isn't pushing a new love relationship on us and are keeping them as great friends. I wouldn't mind Simmons having a crush on Fitz at a later time, but for now let's just keep it to a fun and great friendship.
Great episode and review!
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Nov 07, 2013
Good point. Although Simmons does seem to have a crush on Fitz, the core of the relationship is no the all-encompassing affinity they have as individuals, but the underlying friendship beneath their dynamic.

They have a genuine connection, but they don't hit us over the head with it. He gives her the strenght to be adventurous, but she takes him along for the ride. She pushes him out of his comfort zone, but he doesn't make a big deal out of it. It may not seem much, but that's what makes them so great.
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Nov 07, 2013
This episode was just awful. And the way they come up with the antidote (ohh, excuse me, the anti-serum) was worse than the skydiving sequence.

And the Avengers references are overkill and starting to get annoying. It's clear that this show was not meant to be like that movie and it was a great teaser to get viewers. However, just stop is SHIELD. You can't rely on that movie to explain everything--be more creative.
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Nov 07, 2013
I like this show ok, it's probably as good as could be expected for a show that intends to survive on network tv (unfortunately, if you want to stay on network tv, you have to dumb your show down and it can't be TOO good). I'm a little confused on exactly what it's intended to be, though, theme-wise. It's supposed to be in the same reality as the Avengers film and the individual Hulk/Thor/CA/Iron Man films, but other than some occasional references, it doesn't seem like the show is trying to build off of that. The pilot and a couple of subsequent episodes, they chase down people who develop super powers, and that feels more like the X-Men universe to me.....mutants developing powers and so forth. The rest of the time it feels like Fringe.....a team of experts dealing with high-science investigating strange occurrences. It's not that it doesn't work.....it just doesn't really feel like a spin-off of the Avengers films.
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Nov 07, 2013
Really liked Fitz and Simmons interactions. They seemed to have a good chemistry. When they started screaming at each other, it was really heart-wrenching. A first in this series. Didn't like the rest, though. Skye was Skye, the agent (don't even remember his name) was like a rock delivering his lines, Coulson and May were wasted (again).
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Nov 07, 2013
Agreed - that was the first time I've actually been invested in the outcome of the story. Loved watching those two together.
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Nov 07, 2013
True, Fitz and Simmons make it easier to get invested in the story given their previous interactions, its not just the chemistry but their acting choices were spot on.

His index finger dangling in realization once Leo figures out Jemma may not be besides him anymore, Jemma's posture that mimics her partner's sitting at the other side of the door, their relaxed shoulders at the scene in Fitz's bed, etc.

Its those little gestures that are as important as the dialogue IMO.
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Nov 07, 2013
Couldn't agree more! I love that he went and got the helmet, and then willfully risked his own life when he entered the lab to find the antiserum with Jemma side-by-side. And just his voice, when he was telling her she HAD to find a solution, perfection.

I might be hoping for too much here, but I kind of want to see Jemma's reaction next week when Fitz is the one in the potentially deadly situation. Part of me is wondering if he gets himself into it to prove he's not pasty...
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Nov 07, 2013
@ionee24 - can't respond directly, but again, I totally agree!
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Nov 07, 2013
Personally, I thought it was all sorts of lovely that the reason they joined SHIELD was because Jemma wanted to rock Fitz's world. And Leo actually stepped out of his comfort zone for Simmons!

Sometimes, that's even braver than to jump off a plane to inject a cure, and it was great to see two characters that actually acknowledged that much.
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Nov 07, 2013
I actually found myself caring about the characters for the first time since the first episode. I still say it's too stylized, too pretty and clean, but I actually felt a little bit of a pang as Simmons thought she was going to die (even though I didn't. Bit too early for character deaths). Sometimes you just need a good death scare to bring out the best in all of us. I even liked the Coulson stuff. Ming Na really is the best actor out of the lot and she brings a lot of depth to Coulson, that he otherwise severely lacks.
Please keep this up, show.
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Nov 07, 2013
For the first time I caught a glace of the old Coulson at the scene with the firefighter: the old Coulson that knew what it was like to die anonymously on the job, the Coulson that would give a human touch to a desperate situation, the Coulson that would risk his life so a firefighter wouldn't feel alone.

I've missed that guy, even if it was for one scene it was great to see him back!
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Nov 07, 2013
I really liked the skydiving scene!
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Nov 07, 2013
Might see Thor this weekend. looks cool, but not the chinese version.

http://kotaku.com/chinese-cinema-turns-thor-2-into-a-steamy-bromance-1460021493

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Nov 07, 2013
I saw Thor last week. Perk of being a UKun apparently. Looking forward to the crossover references :)
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Nov 07, 2013
Remind me not to eat dinner at my friend Joanne's house on Tuesdays because she had this show on TV and now I'm cross eyed from rolling them so much. I stopped watching this after episode 4 because the show is beyond predicable and actors are not believable.

Joanne loves Whedon stuff but even she has admitted that this show is lacking. I don't get why people here expect Superheroes every week just because it is set in MARVEL universe. I don't get why a supposedly ELITE team like Shield comes off more like an A-Team ripoff. I find I laugh more at the fake fight scenes than the weak jokes?

If not for the love of Whedon/Marvel this show would have been cancelled already. Sorry, Joanne, but you are proof of that. Now we are probably going to get more mediocre shows like this because apparently the masses have convinced themselves this is good TV.

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Nov 07, 2013
Other than dealing with Tony's PTSD in IM3, this is the first post-Avengers attempt at describing how those events in New York had a direct personal (and dare I say 'mortal') effect on the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I have to say, the most successful. The 'Chitauri Attack' will always be Marvel's obvious allegory for September 11th and 'F.Z.Z.T.' struck the right chord between that tragic real-world event and their uniquely 'fantastical' universe.

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Nov 07, 2013
A very nice episode. I really enjoyed Elizabeth Henstridge's acting in this one, her scene where she asked Coulson to tell her dad first was especially good. My living room was almost a little bit dusty at that time :-)

The small "Next time on Agents..." after the credits showed that Handsome and Fitz are in the field together, so that will explore a new team again. Really nice.
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Nov 07, 2013
I agree this is one of the better episodes and I am starting to lose interest without a bigger overall arc as they all feel very filler. While the cute jokes about avengers are nice these are agents of shield and they always sound shocked at powers or strange events are mutants and spider men not around in this world? I don't need a Thor cameo but at least remind us this is in the same universe gives us a bad guy with powers.

I love character building but do it through actual story and events out in the field more this show has so much potential and they are playing it safe they have a huge opportunity to make the show great and it could build a huge fan base but they need to figure out what the show is going to be because right now it's very slow and almost every episode is a little cheese character development, little bit of past, little bit future tech / c s i and someone who is going to explode or die.

I believe there is so much talent invested in the show but someone or something is holding them back and shows that play it safe will get canceled or ignored. Game of thrones, walking dead, breaking bad are great shows who are pushing the TV standards. They are what people talk about at work and with friends. Marvel with its world, comics , movies and games can make this a show that we can talk about as well. Make it happen Joss take it to the next level we are 6 episode in its time. The name alone won't keep this show going and I want it to succeed so much.
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Nov 07, 2013
Not to be that person: but all three of the shows you mentioned as pushing the boundaries of TV standards are all on cable, not network television. Network TV is always going to be lacking because of the limitations placed on it. That's what is holding it back. The Walking Dead could never happen on one of the main networks. Breaking Bad would never have made it on network TV. And for that matter, it probably would have been canceled in Season 1 because of the slowness/poor ratings of the first season. As for Game of Thrones, if you adapted that for network TV, you'd pretty much just have some really pretty scenery. I'm not saying I disagree with you on that it's being held back (because it is), it's just that it's too hard to compare this to cable TV.
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Nov 15, 2013
This might sound noobish but your review was good enough for me to register on the site and after watching this week's episode and feel that it's exactly what I wanted in the show I wanted to read your review for it but I can't it or last week's review while navigating the site. I only found it by Google last time what are your reviews listed under?
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Nov 15, 2013
Yeah I can't disagree though something should change with network shows to compete.
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Nov 07, 2013
Another ok episode. The main problem for was that due to the overall tone of the show (very light, funny), I didn't think Simmons was going to die even for a second (even knowing Joss likes to kill characters). Also, there is also too little info on the characters, and the actors aren't that great (compared to other Whedon shows) so it's hard to me to care for them. Then there is no arc of the season in sight. I need more reasons to tune in every week, not just the not so great 'story of the week/CSI' thing they have right now. I still don't buy the people in the show as AGENTS. It's like interns of Shield. Everyone is young, pretty, cool, and cracking jokes in the face of 'danger' while completely untrained.... (Skye living in a van, and having perfect hair/makeup and expensive clothes made a believable hacker too haha ) Shield in this show looks and feels completely different than on the movies. Show is getting a tiny bit better, but if they don't fix the issues, people will lose intrest.
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Nov 07, 2013
Interns of SHIELD. LOVE it.
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Nov 07, 2013
This was my favorite episode so far! It was fast paced and the best thing about it was the fact that explored the 2 'unexplored' chars till now - Fitz-Simmons!!! I think I have a crush on Simmons now!!
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Nov 07, 2013
If you wanna change up in the pairing you will love next week, Fitz and Handsome are in the field together, apparently things dont go well.

P.S. when i read the synopsis for next week it says "Grant and Fitz" and I was like who the hell is Grant, then I was thought Ohhh... Handsome!!!
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Nov 07, 2013
come on, people. that was easily the best episode so far. that scene with the firefighter and coulson alone justified the last six vaguely lackluster episodes
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Nov 07, 2013
Hey, does anyone no what F.Z.Z.T. stands for?
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Nov 07, 2013
I have been thinking that for 2 weeks but I have no idea!!!
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Nov 07, 2013
It's the noise the tazer makes that cures her and the same noise the shock that infects her made. The . Is just a play on all the acronyms. Source - comics always use fzzt when describing shocks.
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Nov 07, 2013
That episode was awful.
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Nov 07, 2013
Best part of the episode was when the annoying as all hell scientist girl that thinks she's an extra from hogwarts got sucked out of the plane. My wife and I cried out in happy bliss, thinking that they had finally killed off one of the annoying charecters of the show..... the joke was on us. At least the parachute scene was great. This is freakin agents of SHIELD... the best, of the best, of the most hardcore badarse best agents in the world... not the freakin keystone cops. 1 nerdy techie person in a show like this is good for chemistry... TWO annoying tech nerds,... make that THREE with skye, is overkill and a half.
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Nov 07, 2013
What?! The skydiving scene was awesome! (I was going to say it was the best part of the episode, but I'm not sure that would be true, because it was an episode chock full of awesome, all around).
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Nov 07, 2013
They really got me with this one. I definitely thought Simmons was going to die when that last experiment failed. Knowing Joss' other shows and his penchant for killing off main characters, I knew that it was a possibility. Definitely the series' best episode to date.
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Nov 07, 2013
Really enjoyed this episode, mainly because Fitz & Simmons are my favourite characters :)
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Nov 07, 2013
If Simmons had died, I would have started boycotting the show.
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Nov 07, 2013
Bah, this is Joss ... he'll wait till we're way more emotionally invested before killing off the character that'll hurt us the most. Give it a season or so...
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Nov 07, 2013
If he kills off Fitz or Simmons, there's a really good chance I'll stop watching. I'm actually pretty wary of getting into a Whedon show, since everyone keeps referring to his penchant for killing off characters. Why would I sign up for the emotional pain ahead of time? Not a fan of my favorites being killed off - it leaves no reason to tune in.
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Nov 07, 2013
I don't think anyone is really a fan of having their favorite characters killed off... but on the other hand I take it as a sign of great acting and writing if they get me to be that emotionally involved.

So, the possibility that somewhere down the line they might kill off one of the characters I care about won't stop me from watching the show. And, if that day comes it won't make me boycott the show afterwards, because chances are if they hooked me that much on one character there will be other characters I'm just as attached to left behind, and I'll want to know what happens to them too.
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Nov 07, 2013
If Simmons would've died, Fitz probably wouldn't have made it. She has been besides him the whole time, he basically was going to die besides her too.

For better or for worse, in sickness or in health, till death do them part. They are the luckiest twosome in that team (the most clueless twosome at that).
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Nov 07, 2013
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Nov 07, 2013
I think this was the best episode so far. We're getting a better balance between the writers' humor and sincere moments.
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Nov 07, 2013
I blame the Fitz-Simmons arguments: those two have great comedic timing, but you can tell the very moment Fitz figures out this was about his fear of losing Jemma, and Simmons about her fear of hurting Fitz.

I like it when two characters that are supposed to be smart actually act smart.
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Nov 07, 2013
now they have some momentum i hope they don`t start adding any romance between the characters, the dynamic as it is is working really well.
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Nov 07, 2013
The episode was pretty decent, however if they want to make it truly awesome they really need some of the cameos, Thor, Iron Man etc. I mean this week the girl jumped out of the plane, why couldn't iron man have flown by and rescued her? that would have been awesome. Even if Robert Downey isnt around to act it, surely they can just use the suit we dont have to see who is inside it.
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Nov 07, 2013
In that case where's the adrenalin? We as the viewers are expected to be engaging in the show and not knowing whether or not a character is gonna die at any given moment is part of the thrill. If this show had a "net" in the shape of the Avengers, that thrill would die and so would the excitement that I'm hoping will soon enthrall us about this show.
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Nov 07, 2013
Because making a scene with Iron Man flying in to save the day is way too expensive for a TV show to do. That's all done with expensive CGI stuff, whereas a parachute scene is much more budget-friendly. Movies get the big-budget effects, TV shows have to work with a lot less.
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Nov 07, 2013
Because the Avengers don't know that Coulson is alive.
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Nov 07, 2013
This episode made it certain for me that I love Simmons and Fitz damn they made my day. And I did like the whole Handsome saves the day scene while Simmons face inminent danger (But let's be real if the scene would have been a tiny bit more realistic they probably would both have died... but who cares I don't watch this show cause it's realistic)
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Nov 07, 2013
The story of the week was meh. I felt like this was a filler episode. I am glad that they took the focus from Skye for an episode. I think that she should have been benched totally after the betrayal. Let her sit on her hands and watch, knowing that she could do it faster and better. Yes, she will have to work to regain their trust. I understand why she did what she did, but the team dynamic has shifted. If they cannot trust her, then she is useless. Make her do trustfalls or something. I would like to see more May. Her interrogation of the kid was cool. I agree with the fact that they need to shake up the pairings. I had hoped that May would have been Skye's SO. Something about Agent Handsome rubs me the wrong way.
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Nov 07, 2013
"Little heavy on the iron, but don't worry you don't have to start calling me Iron Man."
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Nov 07, 2013
Fitz and Simmons are the only interesting characters worth watching the show for, Skye is irritating and annoying and so not funny, the fact they kept her on after her betrayal is such a major oops by the writers so unbelievable. The story of the week was honestly so so.....almost verging on meh.
The show is not awful just not too good either. If it continues this way, it will end up on the DVR queue.
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Nov 06, 2013
This episode was really good. Well, for the mediumclass entertainment I expected at least. It feels so good to finally say this about an episode. I am really pumped for next week too. There was soo much good stuff here this week. For the first time, the people felt kind of real. They did a really good job of leaving us in the dark wether Simmons will survive or not(until Fitz entered the room, I thought it would suck after that, but it still got better)
However, imo it would have been a way better idea to let Simmons die. Or (in the future) someone else of the team. That would do so much for the characters and the team, plus it would raise the stakes. I was so psyched to see what would happen to all these paperpeople if something truly terrible happens, something that they can not just make a funny joke about or do away with line that fits the stereotypical character.
But next week looks good... I am going to be positive about AoS until next week.

Also I liked the parachute scene. Mostly though because I actually thought they would kill Simmons off.
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Nov 06, 2013
nice character piece, touching at times. getting a lot better!
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