Fitz-Simmons take centre stage for this emotionally charged episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
After two weeks break, the team are back, this time facing some of the repercussions of the Attack on New York from ‘The Avengers’. But rather than anything too cosmic, this small-scale problem is made incredibly human and ends up providing some truly moving moments.
Ex-‘Lost’ writer, Paul Zbyszewski, also does a good job of sharing the emotion out between the characters with most of them getting their own teary-eyed moments. However, though most of these work surprisingly well, there are still a number of instances that are less successful, seemingly due to the lack of week-to-week consequences. This episode, like some others, just seems to tie up too nicely and lacks some of the rough-hewn, but undoubtedly more thrilling, endings of serialised television.
To support the character-focused nature of this episode, the actors are also asked to do slightly more than just play along to stereotypes, which is suitably refreshing. Too often have Fitz-Simmons purely been restricted to sciency-waffle, so it was a pleasant surprise to see them being called upon to deliver something a little different.
Episode six sees an effective change in tack for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with the emphasis placed far more on the emotional side of things.