On Agents of SHIELD this week, we got a better look at Centipede as we met Raina, a new key player in the organization who arrived as the "Girl in the Flower Dress."
Raina has a lot more subtly to her style, easily charming Chan, a street pyrokentic, and convincing him that taking the name "Scorch" would give him a chance to be remembered by the world. The Yin to her Yang was the doctor we previously met in the pilot, who was much more direct in her methods of wanting to use him up.
The doctor, "Debbie" (as she was listed in the credits), was well portrayed by actress Shannon Lucio, but the character felt a bit two-dimensional, which is why I suspect she was given a spectacular send off in a ball of fire from the hands of Scorch. What better way to improve your antagonist than killing one off and introducing an improved version?
Speaking of Scorch, I was truly impressed that the solution to neutralizing Chan Ho Yin wasn't a warm and fuzzy ending; that Melinda and Coulson made the hard choice of taking him out by over dosing him Extremis and making him blow up.
This single story point gave the whole episode a darker and more realistic feel to it, especially when you consider how hard Coulson worked to keep Mike from exploding in the first episode from the very same thing.
If you consider that in conjunction with the full exposure of Skye’s reason for hacking and joining SHIELD, it looks like we might be seeing some evolution of the story telling for the show.
Was anyone else surprised that they opted to complete so much of Skye's story this soon? While I realize there is another chapter to her story in the form of what she's looking for on her parents, I was surprised that they had Coulson learn about her lying and connection to Miles this quickly.
That said, now that Skye has shown her hand and Coulson has offered his (again), I really hope that we see some love spread among the other characters. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled with what we learned about Skye this week. From her fling with Miles to her realization that she wants something different than the Rising Tide, it was all great. I’m just ready to learn about Fitz, May, Ward or maybe even Coulson.
I guess we will find out in two weeks if there is a different tempo/feel to the show. But I’m kind of excited to see where Raina and her prison bound contact take Centipede and if they are going to turn up more often now.
Overall, I’m giving the episode 4.6 lost shirts in honor of Skye losing hers along with the lies. What did you think about the episode? Are you happy with what we've learned so far?
Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.