You know those complex emotions I was talking about in last week’s review? Well they nailed it this week . . .
Like so many episodes, ‘Seeds’ starts out as a generic mystery-of-the-week but, unlike many of its predecessors, that’s just the beginning.
The team are called to the S.H.I.E.L.D. academy to investigate some near-murderous freshman pranks. However, they soon discover there are some sinister forces at work and, for once, the links back to previous episodes are effective and feel well-integrated. Which is good news, because the post-credits sting suggests we’re in for a whole lot more of that stuff.
The writers also take a moment to address Skye’s past and we’re finally given some actual information, rather than the hazy teases up until now. It’s this sequence that delivers on the emotions the show has been missing, and the relationship between Skye and Coulson is blossoming into something truly intriguing. It’s also only helped by their ever-improving performances and Clark Gregg (Coulson), in particular, is somehow still finding new depths to a character he’s been playing for years.
‘Seeds’ feels self-contained but also part of something far greater and, as a result, it stands out as one of the better episodes so far.