AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: PARTING SHOT REVIEW

Written By: Tim Janson

I must stress the typical spoiler warning to even further lengths as a major change that will shape the Marvel TV Universe takes place on this week’s episode of Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Continuing the action from last week, Bobbi and Hunter have stowed away Gideon Malick’s airplane bound for Russia.  Malick is seeking to negotiate with the Russian government to setup a sanctuary city for Inhumans.  However Malick’s plans are much more devious.  Malick intends to use a Russian Inhuman who has the power to use his own shadow a sentient assassin, to kill the Russian Prime Minister.   In order to save the Prime Minister, Bobbi and Hunter are forced to kill several high-ranking Russian government members and are subsequently captured.

In order to keep the existence of S.H.I.E.L.D. a secret and prevent a national incident which could lead to war between the U.S. and Russia, the government (and Coulson) is forced to disavow any knowledge of pair or its actions.  While Bobbi and Hunter are released by the Russians it means they can have no further contact with anyone associated with S.H.I.E.L.D.  It also leaves them vulnerable to enemies they had made in the past as they are no longer under government protection, effectively considered as rogue agents.

This leads to a touching, although an overly dramatic final scene in a bar in which the other members of the team sit at separate tables and raise a silent toast to the pair and then leave the bar one at a time.  It was particularly difficult for Mack who had known the couple the longest.  In a final scene we meet Gideon Malick’s adult daughter who is well aware of her father’s activities and Hydra and seems fully involved in the organization.

If you were not aware, this is not the last we are seeing of Bobbi and Hunter.  A pilot has already been shot for a potential new Marvel series called “Most Wanted” which would feature the pair on the run for a laundry list of enemies who want them dead.  They will form an alliance with the Howard Chaykin-created Dominic Fortune, an adventurer and mercenary.  Of course should the show not pan out I am sure that Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. will find some way to work the characters back into the show.

Other than the Bobbi and Hunter farewell this week’s episode was nothing special.  The final toast might have gone on too long and seemed to fly in the face of the whole idea of not having contact with S.H.I.E.L.D.   The new Inhuman seemed to be included just for the hell of it and the entire plot with Malick and the Russians was uninteresting and difficult to connect the convoluted dots.

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