Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “The Asset” (Season 1, Episode 3)

Chloe Bennet in Agents of SHIELD Episode 3 - "The Asset"“The Asset” wasn’t a spectacular episode, but it’s the first time Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has put together a consistently entertaining hour, and it’s enjoyable enough to keep me coming back.

Much of the appeal of the episode came from focusing on three strong elements:

  • Guest star David Conrad as a charming Maltese millionaire who anchored a plot that focused less on uninteresting action and more on, you know, plot.
  • Clark Gregg operating as a field agent with a proportional bump in screen time, and demonstrating in his showdown with Dr Hall that S.H.I.E.L.D. aren’t intended to be unambiguous, unquestioned good guys (thank god).
  • Chloe Bennet proving that she can hold her own and look damn good running in a red dress (“……..Boobs?”) … even if her will-they-won’t-they relationship with Mr Bland (Grant Ward) has everyone hoping they won’t (and ignoring that the whole fashion-model-as-“hacktivist” bit is somewhat unconvincing).

The episode had its flaws – that terrible piece of special effects when Dr Hall met his (apparently temporary?) end, the mediocre “Are we there yet?” joke that took all the air out of an otherwise engaging opening sequence – but enough charm and momentum that I was happy to look the other way.

4 thoughts on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “The Asset” (Season 1, Episode 3)

    • Haha, really? I thought this was entertaining, not in an appointment television kind of way, but in a “throw on the background while doing something else” kind of way.

    • I think episode 3 and 4 are each better than the episodes that preceded them. The series has yet to produce a really good episode though, sadly.

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