“Aftershocks,” as in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD‘s return to television after its time out for the highly enjoyable Agent Carter. Not to be confused with Law & Order‘s “Aftershock,” the episode in which Claire Kincaid (Jill Hennessy) died. Or was in a coma, depending on who you asked (the latter mostly fans of Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston)/Claire Kincaid fan fiction). And Lenny Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) in which fell off the wagon and marriage-faithful Rey Curtis (Benjamin Bratt) hooked up with a college student (pre-fame Jennifer Garner). But I’m digressing to an earlier obsession.
So, I recorded Agents of SHIELD‘s 2015 premiere when it aired last week, but just got around to watching it. Sorry I waited so long! It was excellent; in turns emotional, worrying, and humorous. Of note:
- Adrianne Palicki is now a regular. You more or less saw that coming, right? Either way, it’s a great move.
- Much of the episode was spent on how the characters were dealing with Tripp’s (B.J. Britt) death. I’m so glad it was addressed it. He will be sorely missed, but was kind of underused this season.
- Coulson’s scene with Tripp’s mother was heart-breaking.
- I’m surprised to say it. Chloe Bennett did a great job conveying Skye’s confusion regarding her powers, guilt at causing Tripp’s death, and fear of being something, for lack of a better word, inhuman.
- Speaking of Inhumans, how ironic that Raina, so thrilled at being transformed, turned into something porcupine-ish. Ha! But it is rather a waste of Ruth Negga’s beauty.
- Kyle MacLachlan continues to eat up his scenes, delightfully so. Oh Skye’s father, don’t ever change your crazy self.
- Nick Blood’s American accent was so good, I didn’t even realize Hunter had lost his British accent until a few lines into the scene. I don’t care if Bobbi said he sounded like a douche.
- Did you see the Fitz and Skye bonding coming? I didn’t, but I sure did love it. Perhaps because of Fitz’s brain injury, but he seemed to sense Skye’s isolation and fear.
Not such a highlight? Simmons’s new-found bigotry. Granted, it puts her nicely at odds with Fitz, but it feels a bit incongruous. Or maybe not, given the events of the past few episodes.