Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Series 3 review by Adrijan Arsovski - Cinema Paradiso
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Series 3 is back not with a whimper, but rather with a bang. Finally, some (not all) of the cliffhangers get answered in an opening that is equal times thrilling as it is adequately blowing all expectations out of the water. As lots of new characters get introduced to an extent that is almost too hard to keep pace with all that’s going on – the third installment offers excitements galore that will keep you busy for days: that is, to finally figure out the agent who will end up holding the ‘baton of death’.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Series 3 puts the entire faith of the world at stake given the Hive’s advances to activate their infamous weapon dubbed the inhuman bomb. This bomb will (supposedly) turn the majority of law-abiding citizens into mindless, asinine zombies (as if the zombie convention hasn’t been invoked enough in the moving picture medium). So, as those things usually go – one particular agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. is supposed to sacrifice his life for the greater good.
As the narrative intertwines and tumbles several key characters into an always-spinning plot centrifuge, it becomes clear that a mole’s actions undermine the S.H.I.E.L.D. initiative – as always. However, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Series 3 keeps us on our toes with the inclusion of yet another Inhuman specimen named Joey Gutierrez – who gets ‘snatched to salvation’ before the evil lady stuffs his belongings in a van. Upon witnessing his metal-melting powers in action for the first time, Joey causes a public disarray and utter chaos and confusion that work in his advantage. And so S.H.I.E.L.D. sends Joey on a trip within the Willy Wonka magic escalator that beams him up to safety.
As joey gathers his belongings, on the other side of town a mysterious creature appears from out of nowhere, as we’re not clearly sure whether it is a friend or foe. One thing is for certain however: it’s played by Matthew Willig, who almost always gets the ‘big tough guy’ part in every movie whatsoever. At this point in time, it’s unclear to whom does this monster lend its destructive talents.
Now, few things are also worth noting: Daisy’s powers seem at full blossom since she was previously able to send few baddies up in the air without much trouble. Fitz also gets a power up and is no longer the dyslexic, word-skipping weirdo. His one-liners are now a thing somehow, and he gets a scene with agent Coulson at the sole end in the introductory episode. Yay Fitz!
The plethora of other characters are mostly either recovering from previous seasons’ wounds, or learning how to overcome their mental losses – also credit to the second series.
So, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Series 3 is kind of a blast, for real.