In Review: Agents of Shield – Leap

The team must trust each other in order to face impending doom

Synopsis: The team must trust each other in order to face impending doom and an enemy that’s closer than they think.

Review: Paranoia is the order of the day in this episode, which pits our agents against each other as they try to figure out what on earth is happening.

The Story

Picking up from where last week left off. We saw Agent Davies pretty much totally drunk to the point of being passed out, which at the time seemed out of character, which it was. Last week’s cliffhanger saw Agent May shoot Sarge, which yet again was out of character for her. May would have beat Sarge to death with her bare hands or died trying, which is a pretty big clue in and of itself.

We were left off last week with the agents celebrating the defeat of Izel. Which would be totally fine if Izel was a humanoid character, but we find out that she isn’t. This episode sees her possessing various members of shield in order to get to her endgame, and the only person capable of stopping her is Sarge. But to do so he will need to let go of his physical form.

The Acting

It’s really hard to pick out a stand out performance in this episode because all the actors were superb when it came to portraying the fear and paranoia in regards to losing time and not remembering what you were up to during a period of time when you were possessed by some sort of none physical entity. In this case Izel.

But that said I have to give credit to Clark Gregg and Karolina Wydra for the rather confrontational scene where Izel tries to talk Sarge into joining her. Izel knows that she is not a physical being and can jump from host to host. Whereas Sarge isn’t aware that he is the same as her because of his connection to other physical beings whether that be Shield agents or other people he has come into contact with. This twist is going to make things interesting in the finale. And the scene where Izel tries to lay it all out to Sarge is wonderfully done.

Overall

This was a really cool episode. I really enjoyed how it kind of linked back to the season 5 finale as well as to the Ghost Rider story arc from season four and how all of that tied into the various Monoliths that Izen is after. One of which was a monolith of creation, which created Coulson’s double in Sarge. Quite how this will play out in the finale remains to be seen, but I do have to wonder if Coulson’s consciousness has somehow had an influence on Sarge given that Sarge seems to have very strong memories coming through of Agent May.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how this will all play out.

9.6
Agents of Shield - Leap
  • Story
    9.7
  • Acting
    10
  • CGI
    9.2
  • Incidental Music
    9.7

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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