Each episode I wonder how the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writers and the wonderful cast can possibly mange to top themselves. I mean, does it get better than watching Hunter work with Fitz to help save their friends in the future? Well, the Fitz-Simmons reunion was everythingI’d hoped it would be and then some. Director Clark Gregg (see my #5 for more details) not only nailed the emotional beats, but that rescue at the end was pure Marvel! Gregg gave us not one, but two beautifully shot/choreographed fight sequences. The episode definitely played out like a mini-movie, after all we’re talking about a guy who has been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since its inception. He brought his years of experience and fanboy energy to the table. Who knows the characters of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. better than Coulson himself? I read an interview with Gregg stating the hour would prove “bloody” and we did lose Ben, Grill and Tess, but our S.H.I.E.L.D. heroes survived. Is the show’s time in space coming to an end? Where the heck is the Kree portal anyway? Ready to discuss some of the best moments from “Fun and Games?”… let’s go!
1. Fitz & Jemma’s Reunion
The moment Jemma walked into the room, and Fitz let out that little gasp… yeah it killed me. Then there was the scene with her staring into space as he walked up behind her. Couldn’t she see Fitz in the reflection as well? We, the audience, knew Jemma couldn’t hear him, but it was still heartbreaking to hear him profess his love to her. After everything Fitz-Simmons have been through, I am hoping the writers find it in their hearts to give them a go. Let them get married guys, and stop allowing the universe to get in the way. Would that make things boring? Hmm possibly. At some point, you’ve got to give the good guys a win and no one deserves it more than these two. Now that both Fitz and Simmons have proposed, I say an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wedding is in order.
2. Flint’s Terrigenesis
Not only did the episode open with this new character going about his day, but there was tons of attention placed on Flint right up to the Terrigenesis scene. When writers focus that much on a newbie, chances are he’s either the unfortunate sacrifice or a hero in the making. Naturally, the kid was picked for Terrigenesis and right away I knew he was our latest Inhuman. What powers would he be gifted with? By the way, didn’t the metamorphosis take longer in the past? Perhaps the pure Terrigen crystals speed up the process, who knows? Yoyo didn’t waste any time zipping Flint out of there the second his husk cracked open. I’m assuming his gift is telekinesis, which should prove even more useful than Ben’s telepathy. Grill certainly learned that the hard way. Ouch!
3. Fight(s) to the Death
With Agent May limping around since the premiere (Ming-Na Wen blew out her ACL and meniscus during a stunt last season), I’m surprised how much fighting she’s done this year. I assumed, incorrectly, that Fitz was being prepped for battle by Enoch. Throwing Leopold and Daisy into the arena together wouldn’t be quite fair, would it? Though Fitz did hold his own against Kasius and the other snobs at that dinner, but I digress. It was a fun twist that May was forced to do battle against Inhuman Ben. Since there was little chance she’d win with him reading her mind, it’s a good thing Fitz intervened. He, as well as the audience, wanted to see Quake in action. I’ll admit, I’m a little disappointed the “destroyer of worlds” didn’t simply tear Sinara apart. Still, their fight sequence was intense and as I mentioned at the top wonderfully choreographed. I’m not sure why Sinara’s silver orbs took out poor Ben so easily, yet only knocked Daisy to the ground a few times. It didn’t seem either of them was fighting at their full potential. That’s probably because they’re going to face-off once last time before our S.H.I.E.L.D. team heads home.
4. The Blues Lose
The arrival of Kasius’ brother threw the megalomaniac for a loop. The Kree villain was at his evil best throughout the hour, even piecing together Ben’s betrayal and killing him. I loved the tension between Kasius and Fitz too, it was a true battle of wits. Brilliant! Then daddy’s favorite son arrived, yes we learned Kasius had been banished while his brother took over the family empire, and it was all downhill from there. Even the Kree have daddy issues, eh? Was Kasius a little too eager to impress his brother? Yup. However, he also allowed Fitz to get the better of him on more than one occasion. Our heroes escaping was inevitable, though triggering Daisy’s inhibitor was a smart move. She would have wrecked the entire place given the chance. OK so the Kree lost this particular battle, but there’s still a chance they can win the war. Even Sinara will be back to fight another day. Not good.
5. Clark Gregg’s Directorial Debut
I was aware Clark Gregg had written/directed a few indies, so it came as a surprise to learn this was his Marvel directorial debut. Sure it’s got to be tough to direct yourself in a scene, but this installment was light on the Coulson stuff, allowing Gregg to focus on directing and post-production. Kevin Smith has directed some of my all-time favorite episodes of The Flash and Supergirl. There’s just something about a fanboy being thrown in the driver’s seat that simply works. Coulson was literally given the keys to L.O.L.A! Gregg brought an attention to detail and character moments reminiscent of the Marvel movies. Jed Whedon also directed an episode last year, which turned out to be one of my favorites of Season 4. Gregg’s “Fun and Games” is easily right up there with Whedon’s directorial debut. These guys have been living and breathing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for years, and I hope they get a chance to sit in the director’s chair again. Bravo Mr. Gregg, you killed it!
What did you think of “Fun and Games”? Did the Fitz-Simmons reunion break your heart? Were you surprised no one actually died in the big “fight to the death”? How do you feel about Clark Gregg’s directorial debut? Let’s discuss the episode in a little more detail below, shall we?
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC and CTV.
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