Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1x05 “Girl in the Flower Dress”

I review Agents of SHIELD S1x05, entitled “Girl in the Flower Dress”.

Agents of SHIELD

I’ve been behind on TV reviewing in the past week and to make up for it, here’s a review of Girl in the Flower Dress, the latest Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D episode to air in the UK. After Episode 4, things started to look up for the show – for the first time since before the pilot, I was actually looking forward to an episode of this series – but could the show continue after an increase in quality?

Unfortunately, whilst Girl in the Flower Dress is a step up from the first three episodes, it does not quite match Episode 4 just yet, despite providing a pretty solid storyline. The Dialogue is still awful in most places – that hasn’t changed, and Skye, Fitz, Simmons and Ward are as annoying as ever – even if Skye gets some much needed character development. However, it got to the point where I was actually rooting for Skye to be chucked off team S.H.I.E.L.D. by Agent Coulson this week, and it could have been used as a perfect opportunity to ditch the character.

However, despite this – we still had a few interesting moments and the subplot of Skye’s love interest with the hacker didn’t actually feel forced, with her divided loyalties coming across as character driven rather than just being put in there to create more drama and tension. And the bland SHIELD characters, despite the fact that they’re still annoying, did actually manage to display some element of personality this time around, which makes a change from before.

Like the previous episode, Girl in the Flower Dress was a pretty packed episode. Not only do we have to deal with the thread of a pyrokinetic street magician in Hong Kong being kidnapped by Centipede, but also the aforementioned thread involving the Skye as a double agent. I much preferred the first storyline to the whole double-agent Skye drama – The Rising Tide involvement was bound to come sooner or later, and the boyfriend Miles is unfortunately just another walking and talking cliché – he doesn’t bring anything fresh and original to the table and appears to only be a one-off character which doesn’t give him much time for development.

One thing that you have to give Girl in the Flower Dress for is that like Eye-Spy, the maturity of this series has improved. There’s several darker scenes in here than before and we finally get to see that SHIELD are far from the “Good Guys” that we expect them to be. The villains are a mixed bag as well – whilst Raina, the titular girl in the flower dress, could bring an interesting mix to the show and certainly impresses early on – Chan, the street magician turned into “Scorch” was dull and forgettable.

And references seem to still be coming through every now and again. Captain America gets a direct name drop, and the Extremis powered-serum provided by Centipede and whilst Scorch is indeed a Marvel Comics character – in fact, there were two people with the superhero name Scorch in the wider Marvel Universe, but neither of them have the name Chan Ho Yin. Also, how many times does this show have to keep reminding us that Coulson died in The Avengers? It seems that there’s at least one mention of this, if not more per episode.

There’s no new Agents of SHIELD airing on Friday, so it looks like I’ll have to wait until next week. Also – expect a review of the first episode of The Escape Artist to hit the blog at some point later today as well as maybe a comic review or two tomorrow. (and of course, a review of the new Arrow episode that hits tonight).

VERDICT: 3.25/5

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