Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Bouncing Back
March 9, 2016 10:52 PM - Season 3, Episode 11 - Subscribe

Mockingbird and Mack find a yo-yo. Coulson takes Strucker to Tahiti,and gets asked the be the man behind the man. Quake shakes things up. And Malick's guest is looking skeletal and carnivorous. AoS returns from winter break, adding some kind of hidden ... fighters?
posted by the man of twists and turns (17 comments total)
They really should have called this episode "Yo-yo".

There were nice bits in this (the "welcome to the cavalry" and *fistbump* scenes but... I just wasn't feeling it last night. It felt a bit lacklustre.

Maybe it's a consequence of losing the momentum during the break.
posted by Mezentian at 12:55 AM on March 10, 2016

So.. Did they actually verify that the police were 'bad guys'?

On the bridge, from their perspective they stopped foreign agents from selling guns to a cartel, and killed a gun-runner.

Then they disarmed an already under-equipped police station.
posted by FallowKing at 4:48 AM on March 10, 2016 [1 favorite]

So.. Did they actually verify that the police were 'bad guys'?

I was kind of sad they didn't delve more into this. There was a lot of setup of local politics and corruption, and then it kind of fizzled out in favor of a few action scenes and the season arc. And while I prefer my TV shows stay decidedly out of social/political issues, it felt like a lost opportunity.

It's not the last we've seen of Yo-Yo, so maybe the story is simply unfinished.

There's some very clear setup here for Civil War / Marvel's Most Wanted with all the talk about how to handle inhumans and how the job is getting tougher for the unpowered street level guys. Oh, and of course Hunter took a couple tainted fish oil pills to test if he would get powers. One of the things I like about this show is they have a pretty clear trajectory so they're able to build slowly toward certain character decisions. I was just complaining about how Walking Dead throws stuff at us out of nowhere. (Remember that these two characters are in a relationship? We told you about it once two seasons ago. It's a critical character moment now.)

I missed the "3 months from now" in the opening scene with the spaceship, so I had no idea what the heck was going on until I looked it up afterward. We see Yo-Yo's cross necklace, and someone in a shield uniform, and then an explosion. My hunch is that sometime between now and then Mack gets the necklace (probably when Yo-Yo dies), and it's him on the ship.
posted by 2ht at 5:15 AM on March 10, 2016 [1 favorite]

Meanwhile Ward is watching Koyaanisqatsi nonstop on eight TV screens. If only there was some faint Phillip Glass audible in the background.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 6:07 AM on March 10, 2016 [6 favorites]

Just go for a crossover with Einstein on the Beach and have Ward counting to ten over and over.
posted by rmd1023 at 6:08 AM on March 10, 2016

For the record, Bogotá is not some hyper-corrupt dystopian shithole. It's... pretty nice, actually? Colombians are certainly less afraid of their police than Americans are of ours.
posted by zjacreman at 6:12 AM on March 10, 2016

So.. Did they actually verify that the police were 'bad guys'?

What was there to verify ? The police had an inhuman working for them who froze a guy and they subsequently shot him dead. Seems pretty bad to me.
posted by Pendragon at 7:41 AM on March 10, 2016 [1 favorite]

Maybe I'm cranky but this episode seemed terrible, like "why am I still watching this show?" bad. The new character seems boring and mostly irrelevant if she's being placed off-stage. The stuff with Ward and Big Bad Guy was just silly and dumb. The setup for this half-season is "Ward wants to eat inhumans"? Um ok, that's pretty basic as motivations for bad guys go. Just didn't see anything to draw me in.
posted by Nelson at 8:14 AM on March 10, 2016 [1 favorite]

I can't take any more Ward. Seriously so sick of him. And of FitzSimmons agreeing to start over so presumable they can moon over each other anew for yet another season.

Glad to see that Talbot will reappear in the honeycomb kill room soon, I like his character.

The police did walk up to an incapacitated man on a bridge and shoot him point blank in the head.

Really lackluster premier, was very much looking forward to it but after last night I might start thinking of AoS as the filler between Agent Carters instead of the other way around.
posted by the webmistress at 10:17 AM on March 10, 2016

I really find Ward uninteresting and uncompelling as a character. I suspect making him 'Ward possessed by Hydra-spirit" isn't going to make him more interesting or compelling.

I'm hoping that the rest of the season will be better now that they've managed to get their "as you know bob" exposition and basic stage-setting out of the way.
posted by rmd1023 at 12:48 PM on March 10, 2016

I missed the "3 months from now" in the opening scene with the spaceship

I am so very over this nonsense mechanic. It is the laziest possible way to create tension/interest and it smells like desperation to me. NO PLEASE DON'T GO HOW WILL YOU EVER KNOW WHO DIES?
posted by phearlez at 2:18 PM on March 10, 2016 [3 favorites]

I am not quite to the point of hate-watching this, but I'm certainly to the point of "Well, the only reason I'm really watching this is because I spent forty bucks to buy it on Amazon, so I'm at least going to get my money's worth."

Particular gripes:

"Wait, new policy: we can just let people out of the containment units now 'cause we like them and obviously they're just misunderstood!"

All Hydra air assets use callsign Hydra? and talk on the radio to nobody in particular because exposition, I guess? The show doesn't trust me enough to expect me to figure it out when high-tech people we don't recognize do bad things?

FitzSimmons status quo: I have lost the ability to give a shit. They're not evolving the relationship, they're just doing some sort of weirdo Groundhog Day thing.

Zombie Ward is just yet more terrible awful uncompelling character. I really want to see these characters doing something that has eff all to do with Hydra, but it's Marvel, so nope, overwrought must-save-world-because-obviously-Ironman-is-busy crap it is.
posted by Alterscape at 7:56 AM on March 11, 2016

Was it just me or did that turkey leg Ward was eating look like it was made out of prosciutto? I would totally eat that!
posted by srboisvert at 5:09 PM on March 12, 2016 [1 favorite]

You were not alone in your food-related leg watching mystery.
I wondered what kind of leg it was, and concluded it must have been smoked meat of some sort.

*adds prosciutto to shopping list*
posted by Mezentian at 6:59 PM on March 12, 2016

I think the prosciutto turkey leg was supposed to look like raw meat (they showed other raw meat on the table).

Like Nelson, my first reaction after this episode ended was "why am I still watching this show?" Still working on the answer, I guess.
posted by sleeping bear at 7:53 PM on March 13, 2016

I liked Elena, her spirit and her little smirk whenever she was doing things at speed.

Other than that, yeah, I wasn't too into the episode either.
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:25 PM on March 18, 2016

I think the flash forward can work well if we catch back up to that within the episode it's used with. I'm not really feeling this flash forward and then oh yeah we'll deal with that later in the season maybe. I liked the character though.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 12:56 AM on April 14, 2016

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