This week sees Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s first cliffhanger episode and, though it took a while to get there, the final moments were suitably action-packed.
Mike Peterson, the centipede patient from the pilot, is back after being called upon to support the team’s latest mission. But, other than a fun training sequence, he seems oddly out of place; a problem only made worse by a poor performance from J. August Richards.
However, in the build-up to the finale, there is an effective emotional scene between Coulson and Peterson, which draws obvious comparisons with the moving ending to the pilot all those weeks ago. This chat also marks Coulson out as an interesting father figure for the rest of his team and, even though he’s been serving that role from the start, it was only now that I realised how engaging that aspect of his character is.
Shoddy writing and some weak performances towards the beginning of episode 10 are ultimately overcome by a manipulative, but gripping final few minutes . . . that we have to wait weeks to see resolved.