Just when you thought the show could not get anymore intense, Eye Spy cranked it up a notch. Action, emotion, feeling as though someone really is in danger. Of the four episodes so far, this one has shown us most what it means to be an agent while showing more depth to these characters.
Everyone has been quick to jump on this show questioning when it would take itself seriously. That was never a problem, it was more of finding that balance for all who watch it. Eye Spy was the push Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. needed to find its stride. From the start you knew what you were in for when the mysterious woman took out those men on the train, and cut off one of their hands to retrieve a briefcase. Akela Amador would be that character introduced in this episode. The mysterious woman who has single-handedly committed numerous high-stakes heists. While we had some idea as to how she was capable of this, the question of who was pulling her strings made for what created so much tension.
Coulson really stepped up here, both in his role as a leader, and progressively hinting at the change in his character from before the events of New York. This episode gave us insight into another side of Coulson that apparently is different from what we are familiar to. It was interesting to see the position that he can be put in when facing a failure from his past that can ruin his career, while also facing questions of loyalty when keeping this secret to himself put the team at risk. We all know that there were going to be bumps along the way, and this was one which called for a lot of urgency on their part. This allowed the team to really bridge that bond with each other. Finding that rhythm and cooperation that was more so forced upon them in the second episode. There was some funny moments between them, but it allowed them to also find relation and that is key to team building. To be specific, the showing off of high-tech that will be seen throughout this show as Ward and Skye used those lenses to act as Akela to keep the handler from setting off her fail-safe.
I do have to point out that it’s nice to see that there can be some graphic nature in this show between Akela severing a man’s hand, and seeing Fitz and Simmons detach Akela’s cybernetic eye from her socket before it blew up.
Melinda’s fight and questioning of Coulson was the highlight of this episode. We knew she was kick-ass, though we never got to see what she was actually capable of in real combat. Taking matters into her own hands and taking on Akela because she knows that the team is more important than one person that went rogue. Though this was the highlight, it is worth mentioning the emotional connection between Coulson and Akela. That was a very sentimental moment getting a better understanding of who she is and the regret that she carried all these years while being used like a puppet.
Overall this is the kind of episode that we should want to see. Action, emotion, feeling as though someone really is in danger. Since the first episode this one reminded us why Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is ABC’s high-concept action series. It’s familiar enough to feel comfortable while new and interesting enough to be a quirky take on the typical procedural show. Hopefully the next episode can capitalize on this and from the looks of it take another familiar face and do something new with him. If it’s Sunfire, maybe its an indication of how they’ll handle Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver since they are all mutants in the comics.