Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap – “Girl in the Flower Dress”

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Previously, on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson and the gang matched wits with a rogue agent with abilities stemming from her cybernetic eye.  Skye and Agent Grant got into espionage hijinks as Fitz and Simmons made witty retorts.  The “Cavalry” showed off some of her fighting prowess, Agent Coulson revealed a bit more of his past, and viewership overall waned.  Tonight’s episode, “Girl in the Flower Dress”, finds the team stumbling across a new super soldier. Will this episode be enough to bring folks back into the fold?  Hit the jump for our recap.

marvels-agents-of-shield-season-1-episode-5-girl-in-the-flower-dress-recapWe start our episode with the Agents of M.A.L.T.A landing in Stockholm, Switzerland and…kidding guys, kidding.  The episode begins with a street magician, Chan, with powers beyond those of mortal men, think the Human Torch, wrangling a beautiful woman from the crowd.  The woman, of course, is more than she appears to be and takes the magician hostage with the help of two men in hazmat suits.  Meanwhile, Skye and Grant are playing Battleship in a whimsical scene to help further Skye’s training.  Coulson looks on with Agent May, sowing the seeds of a possible romance as she states that she’s willing to bust out the mats downstairs for some *ahem* training.

Good start to the episode, as they give you a clear goal of what the gang will be dealing with, but also give some time to the interactions and developing characters of the team itself.  I found this scene to be charming, and one of the more “Whedon-esque” interactions which the show has been without these past few episodes.  Fitz and Simmons are….there, which is starting to become a problem.  I almost feel like Skye could be given their roles moving forward, as there isn’t much meat on the bones for them.

agents-of-shield-episode-5-promo-girl-in-the-flower-dressI was digging the antagonist, “The Girl in the Flower Dress” aka Raina, as she seemed unassuming at first and not the typical villain that you would see S.H.I.E.L.D. tangle with.  Her proposal to Chan, now dubbed “Scorch” (Not the best code name out there by any stretch of the imagination), is to increase his powers so he’ll be remembered forever, a la Captain America. Though as is the case with most shadowy organizations, not everything is as it seems. Skye, on the other hand, helps an old friend who’s still a part of “The Rising Tide” and finds herself in some trouble as her allegiances or questioned.

There were some good twists and turns in this episode, with just the right speed for the overall pace; not too fast, not too slow.  I didn’t foresee Scorch going full-on super villain once S.H.I.E.L.D. rescued him, in quite the horrific display of power, burning a hole through his original liaison and later, burning one of his captors alive.  This also led to some of the funniest scenes of the night from Agent Coulson with some great line delivery.  As I’ve said in previous reviews, Clark Gregg really does carry the show and its great to see him get some lines he can really play up.

Ultimately, the episode hit a lot of strong beats and was, in my opinion, the strongest episode since the pilot.  Having a full blown super powered villain was a breath of fresh air, regardless of the corny codename which was rightfully ridiculed.  While I felt the resolution of Skye’s subplot with “The Rising Tide” may have been a tad cut and dry, it was better to see it come to a conclusion with some new mysteries sown into the plot.  To be fair though, I thought the big mystery being revealed to be Skye is looking for her parents is a bit…out of nowhere. Heroes are only as good as their villains, and putting faces to Centipede, as well as hinting at something bigger with the “Clairvoyant”, was a good decision.  The episode did something that the previous episodes could have taken a hint from, it made me want more.

Grade: B+

marvels-agents-of-shield-girl-in-the-flower-dress-elizabeth-henstridgeAgents of Miscellanea:

-The List is an interesting concept, though I think it was a tad unbelievable that S.H.I.E.L.D. would just let some of their super powered folks walking the streets, liaison or no.

-“Hacktivists” Haven’t heard that one before.

“You almost got scorched” The villain was almost endearing in his need for showmanship, but the turn into a full blown villain who would burn anyone in his way made for a good contrast to show he meant business.

- Centipede WAS the name of the organization!

- Best Coulson lines of the night – “We’re good, right?”

“Ah crap. They gave him a name.”

-Give Fitz and Simmons something to do already!




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  • ScratStitch

    You know what I read in every review of a 007 movie? Complaints about how Q really needs to be more than just “Bond’s funny gadget guy.” Oh right, I forgot, I actually don’t…

    In other words, Fitz and Simmons complaining in *every* single internet article I read about this show has gotten very old, very quickly.

    • Alec Safreno

      The difference is that this is a show carried by the entire cast. Or its at least set up that way. With 007, its like the title says 007, where he is the main focus. There is no team in 007, just himself.

      Fitz and Simmons are part of this team and cast. They need roles outside of being gadget guys, but it adds more to the entire team. You look at all of Joss’s previous work, every single member of his cast got fully fleshed characters and so far Fitz and Simmons have been nothing but gadget guys and even Sky’s side kick at points.

      Next episode tag seem to imply that they were getting in on the action so it gives me hope that we will see more of them. Sky’s had her episodes, same with Coulson, it time to move away from them and start giving us a more well rounded view of the entire team.

      • ʝoe Cûddleš ßloggs

        What aspect of Fitz and Simmons is remotely interesting? Just curious.
        I’m having to fight through bad accents before anything else.

      • juepucta

        bad accents?

      • ʝoe Cûddleš ßloggs

        Sorry meant Henstridge’s English accent and Iain’s Scottish. I realize of course they’re natives of England and Scotland obviously. I just find it distracting.

      • LEM

        “WE MUST HAVE ACCENTS!!” -every network exec

      • cimmerian

        Mostly Joss Whedon.

      • LEM

        Greg Fitzsimmons does a bit called guess the Asian…kinda related.

    • LEM

      The problem is there seems to be 3 people doing one job and that may sound about right for a government agency I would think a clandestine shadow agency would be a little more streamlined.

      • Alec Safreno

        I completely agree with that. Which is why they need more character development for those two characters. Show us why they’re important, show us they’re more than lab nerds that could be easily replaced by nondescript extras.

        Coulson carries the show, May and Ward are the heavy hitters that give us enough quirk and background that we know they’re more than just muscle. And Sky is the new girl, the one that takes the audience along while they both learn about this organization from the outside in. Fitz and Simmons have yet to show us that they’re more than glorified extras. I enjoy the banter between the two, its straight nerd speak and I love it. The little I’ve seen of them as characters, not them as extras – which really was all the way back during the pilot when they were first introduced – I enjoyed and wish I could see more.

        The casting on the show has been really good, none of these actors have had a high profile career yet they’re still really talented and are all capable of bigger and better roles.

  • YodaRocks

    Who else thinks Skye is Tony Stark’s daughter from his first girlfriend ever?

    • LEM

      Just you I think.

      • cimmerian

        Who else thinks Nerdgasm is Evan Valentine?

  • ʝoe Cûddleš ßloggs

    Haven’t watched it yet but for me this will be the make-or-break episode. 4 eps in I’m about to dump watching this…but this review seems promising.

  • Benjamin

    I can’t work out if your ‘Hacktivists’ quip is sarcasm or not. I’m guessing it is as the term has been around for years.

  • Northern Star

    Hey Collider staff! Why are you not reviewing the awesome and criminally underrated ‘Person of Interest’… it’s not only one of the very best shows on now – network or cable – but it’s also one of the highest rated dramas too! And you seem to be reviewing just about every other show, so why not POI?

    Pull yer finger out and give us a weekly POI review to spread the word round these parts…

    • Leo Spaceman

      They aren’t paid to do so and aren’t being provided with an early copy of that show.

      And any one who says they aren’t being given an early copy of the show, they let it slip once in I think a premiere episode review for The Walking Dead if I recall. Also they review shows that air at the same time with reviews coming out almost immediately after airing.

      Also Agents of Shields is getting rated in the B range consistently, they got to be on take.

      • Nerdgasm

        They only get 3-5 episodes as do most reviewers. Thier copies run out which they also “Let slip” (as if you are a witty detective and caught them red handed.) on a Ray Donovan review.

    • The Flobbit

      Person of Interest, with the ending of Breaking Bad, is the best show out there right now. Brilliantly acted, slick and cool, excellently written, fast-paced, and amazingly addicting – Person of Interest will be looked back upon in 10 years as the height of TV thrillers.

      Don’t let it slip through your fingers. Watch it – keep the show going!

      • LEM

        Yeah thats a great show and with the addition of Sarah Shahi it’s only become more watchable.

      • The Flobbit

        Can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic…?

      • Sweet Pea

        I dont think he can anymore either…

      • Sweet Pea

        I dont think he can anymore either…

      • LEM

        Dead serious. I like that show and Sarah Shahi is a damn dream girl.

    • Nerdgasm

      POI and this show are bores.

      • The Flobbit

        YOU are a bore. Go away.

      • The Flobbit

        YOU are a bore. Go away.

  • Redjester

    How is this show? Is it worth checking out?

    • Random Bystander

      For someone who isn’t very aware of this type of stuff; not yet, but it’s building up. I’d say it will start to be genuinely worth watching somewhere between episodes 8 and 12.

    • LEM

      Nah it’ll be cancelled after this season probably.

      • Bob

        Hahahahaha lol. Okay.

      • Bob

        Hahahahaha lol. Okay.

      • Alec Safreno

        You kidding? With how much its viewed and torrented? Nah, worse shows have stayed on longer plus marvel and Disney can take the hit if it starts to flop. ABC is Disney, so is marvel , this is their pet project and in reality a giant commercial for their movies. They could go straight smallville on us and start cranking out garbage but it’d still be profitable.

      • LEM

        Well they don’t count torrents especially advertisers won’t since they usually exclude commercials and sure ABC/Disney could let it run while losing viewers and money but it seems pointless. If they start to use it to intro and transition characters to the movies that would be something else but right now it’s little more than a marvel version of “Firefly”.

      • Alec Safreno

        Is that a bad thing? Firefly was a pheonominal show with writing so far ahead of its time. If you would’ve put firefly on a cablenetwork it would’ve taken off.

        And advertisements and commercials are only a fraction of how a show makes money. DVD sales is the comparable income. The real money comes from syndication, which is why networks are obsessed with viewer numbers. The more viewers, the more popular it is, the more likely the show is to be syndicated. Thats why torrents count, its the only reason cummunity is still going.

        You may see cameos – never coulson, coulson is dead in the marvel movie universe – but not a full on transition. I wouldnt be surprised if they didnt do an episode or two dealing with the aftermath of a movie though.

        This show is a revolving door of self advertising and money generation. Unless it really goes to shit, its hard to justify canceling the show.

      • Alec Safreno

        Is that a bad thing? Firefly was a pheonominal show with writing so far ahead of its time. If you would’ve put firefly on a cablenetwork it would’ve taken off.

        And advertisements and commercials are only a fraction of how a show makes money. DVD sales is the comparable income. The real money comes from syndication, which is why networks are obsessed with viewer numbers. The more viewers, the more popular it is, the more likely the show is to be syndicated. Thats why torrents count, its the only reason cummunity is still going.

        You may see cameos – never coulson, coulson is dead in the marvel movie universe – but not a full on transition. I wouldnt be surprised if they didnt do an episode or two dealing with the aftermath of a movie though.

        This show is a revolving door of self advertising and money generation. Unless it really goes to shit, its hard to justify canceling the show.

      • Alec Safreno

        You kidding? With how much its viewed and torrented? Nah, worse shows have stayed on longer plus marvel and Disney can take the hit if it starts to flop. ABC is Disney, so is marvel , this is their pet project and in reality a giant commercial for their movies. They could go straight smallville on us and start cranking out garbage but it’d still be profitable.

      • mattinacan

        Joss Whedon specifically said he wants to return to TV and work on Agents of Shield after Avengers 2, sooo this show isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

      • LEM

        If they continue hemorrhaging viewers it won’t last.

      • Me

        It hit a series low last night..

      • Mikey Tauber

        Is joss whedon god all the sudden? He wanted firefly to stay on the air as well, and that didn’t happen. Viewership has dropped dramatically since the first episode and is now on a steady decline, the show will probably go one or two more seasons but I doubt it goes farther than that as they will probably be afraid of alienating it’s viewership from marvel. So far the show is protected by having marvel’s name on it, without it about 90% of the viewers would not be watching.
        The writing on this show is flat out bad and marvel knows it and they don’t care because they know the marvel logo on it will still make it money just like it did for the wolverine origins movie and xmen 3 movie (god where those movies terrible). Can’t wait to see how much more this show is willing to shit on the eyes of it’s viewers.

      • Me

        Yep.. the Pilot was rated a 4.9 and last nights ep was 2.6.. It’s losing viewers pretty rabidly… *Spoiler* Since when does playing Battleship count as combat training? That bit of writing was far beyond stupid..

    • Me

      Well I’ve only seen a couple of episodes so far and I’m not overly impressed. think my wife hit it head when we watched it last night. She called it a kid’s show…. Not absolutely terrible but certainly not real engaging or witty to anyone over the age of 18

  • Norrtron

    I like this show, it’s not great TV, but it’s quick and fun. People have way too high of expectations for it and want it to be something else, just enjoy it for what it is. Plus, Skye is super hot and funny!

    • cimmerian

      Yes, lower your expectations and watch a bimbo and you too can give this show a B. I think that’s what Evan Valentine said. Gah, it’s fucking awful but if you hit your head hard enough before it starts you should be good.

      • Norrtron

        Settle down man, it’s just a tv show. You don’t need to shit yourself with anger because some people enjoy it.

  • eternalozzie

    I am really trying to like this show but this episode was just bad … again.

    • ʝoe Cûddleš ßloggs

      Me too. I’m just struggling to watch it. I keep giving it chances but it fails everytime. Just finding it cheesy and the characters uninteresting.

      Perhaps they should have titled it – Marvel’s BABIES of S.H.I.E.L.D.

      • The Flobbit

        Marvel’s Agents of C.H.E.E.S.E.

      • ʝoe Cûddleš ßloggs

        Both good! Guess who’s the nanny? Son of Coul.

      • eternalozzie

        I think that’s just it … it’s too cheesy and I think it’s intentional

      • eternalozzie

        I think that’s just it … it’s too cheesy and I think it’s intentional

  • LEM

    Yes Centipede is the organization maybe because the show is just as cringe worthy as Human Centipede.

  • The Flobbit

    Stop letting this person review Agents of SHIELD. She is clearly biased and loves this cheesy, badly-acted, poorly written shlock too much.

    • ʝoe Cûddleš ßloggs

      Phew! Glad to know that I’m not alone in thinking this show sucks so far.

      • The Flobbit

        It sucks VERY far

    • Nerdgasm

      Yes! cycle through people until one does reviews i agree … with … …. … … …

    • Nerdgasm

      Yes! cycle through people until one does reviews i agree … with … …. … … …

  • Btbcc12859

    Spoiler*****
    My issue with this story is you have a Asian man with the ability to flame on and his name is……”Scorch” and lives long enough to become the villain.
    I get it, there are rights issue to contend with. Fox owns mutants and apparently any mutant characters. So then create new ones, its like having a guy with knives coming out his hands and calling him “Razor”

    • Nerdgasm

      Ummm…except there are two characters that already exist in the marvel universe that could have been this guy in this episode. Both are named scorch have the same abilities as he did and were controlled by a higher organization until they went nuts and killed a bunch of people and faced off against heroes.

    • Nerdgasm

      Ummm…except there are two characters that already exist in the marvel universe that could have been this guy in this episode. Both are named scorch have the same abilities as he did and were controlled by a higher organization until they went nuts and killed a bunch of people and faced off against heroes.

  • Btbcc12859

    Spoiler*****
    My issue with this story is you have a Asian man with the ability to flame on and his name is……”Scorch” and lives long enough to become the villain.
    I get it, there are rights issue to contend with. Fox owns mutants and apparently any mutant characters. So then create new ones, its like having a guy with knives coming out his hands and calling him “Razor”

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  • Mikey Tauber

    Which show is worse? Marvel Agents of Shield or the show No Ordinary Family?
    Bonus question, which show is more cheesy?

    • LEM

      Damn that’s a good question and I would say No Ordinary Family was actually better than Shield but the cheese factor is up for grabs.

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  • hockablah

    i got fifteen minutes into it before i turned it off. i’m done with this show.

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