Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1.07 – ‘The Hub’ Review

You know all that stuff I said about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. sticking too close to stereotypes? Well, yeah, I take it back.

This week sees Fitz being very un-Fitz-like and I don’t like it. Instead of giggling away in the lab, he’s off with Agent Ward attempting to disable some kind of goofy doomsday device in Russia, complete with gun firing and ass kicking. But rather than being a refreshing piece of character development, he just becomes a bit unlikable, really. Even to the point that I suddenly cared way more about Ward than I did about Fitz, which is saying a lot seeing as the former is still basically a chiselled cardboard cut-out.
That’s not to say there isn’t some decent stuff happening back at ‘The Hub’, because there is. Skye’s lack of conformity is predictable – but refreshing, nonetheless – and the changes Agent Coulson is undergoing/has undergone are interesting and seem more challenging and complex than most of the drama at the moment.
Overall, episode seven felt too much like filler and focused far too heavily on a mission that totally lacked any tangible danger and, therefore, any excitement.

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