Gamersledge Reviews – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Ep 105 “Girl in the Flower Dress”
I wish my wife had seen this episode, because I would REALLY like to know her thoughts on it. I have a feeling there is an event in this episode that is going to not make her like this episode, but I think a lot of the folks that haven’t been feeling the series are going to love this episode. I think this episode has the tone, the arc and individual plot progression and just that Whedon something that fans have been feeling like wasn’t quite there. So as has been said pretty much every episode by me – Best episode yet!
This episode opens with a street performer, Chan Ho Yin, having a rough night with his magic act. He sees our titular “girl in the flower dress” and for some reason feels prompted to show off something that seems to be a little more than magic. The girl identifies herself as Raina, and gets invited to our powered friend’s place. From there we find out she is no mere fan of magic or powers and our story is off. We also get back to the Rising Tide in this episode. Of course this causes a skewed eye to be cast at Skye, but she helps by tracking the hack and getting them on target. From there, it gets hard to say much without getting really spoilery. Things happen. Moments are had. Things go south. Two week wait for episode 6. Yes, for some reason (I suppose it is that little sporting event going on), there is no new episode this week, so there is that.
There are several great character interactions in this episode. Skye and Ward, Coulson and May, Coulson and basically anyone and Chan and Raina. Acting is the best it has been. Everyone seems to really be in touch with their character and the reactions all seem genuine. Dalton as Ward has a subtlety at a critical juncture that I think many thought he couldn’t produce. This episode does have a lot of tension in it, and the entire cast steps up to the task.
Visually this show has always hit it dead on. This episode is no exception. We have a super powered individual, with a highly visual power. The effects are VERY nearly movie level quality. There is actually an event at the end of the episode that I think IS a movie effect.
Story-wise again this episode gets it almost all right. There is the episode arc that overlays perfectly into the larger story arc. Everything lines up and fits together in a way that just feels right. There are a good number of reveals, and character building. This story is a little darker than what has come so far, and shows that there is a point where things go just so wrong they are willing to handle it with extreme prejudice. I have recently read that this episode just barely makes the show tolerable….and I have no word to express my disbelief and sadness on that.
Overall I have a hard time scoring this one simply because I scored the earlier episodes too high. After rating the three sections we come up with a 9.5 out of 10 S.H.I.E.L.D. tracking bracelet rating. I think this episode really sets the bar for where the series is going. Looking forward to the next episode!!
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