AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: FACE MY ENEMY: May Hates Coffee

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SHIELD May Hates Coffee

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
“Face My Enemy”
Season 2, Episode 4, Story 26 (October 14, 2014)
Written by Drew Z. Greenberg
Directed by Kevin Tancharoen
Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, B.J. Britt, Henry Simmons, Nick Blood, Adrian Pasdar, Ruth Negga, Simon Kassianides, and Reed Diamond.

What’s immediate obvious about “Face My Enemy” is that it crackles with a light, playful energy that celebrates the very concept of a spy show.

There are agents undercover, a fancy party, dancing, multiple agencies after the same object, a support team, snappy dialogue, a sly snatch and grab, cool weapons, icy bad guys, swerves, fake swerves, and face-and-voice altering technology. It’s either exactly what SHIELD should always have been or exactly what SHIELD was trying (and failing) to be after the pilot episode.

This is the first episode of the series penned by TV veteran Drew Greenberg, and…

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THE FLASH: FASTEST MAN ALIVE: The Man in the Red Mask

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Flash Episode 2

The Flash
“Fastest Man Alive”
Season 1, Episode 2, Story 2
Written by Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, and Greg Berlanti (story)
Directed by David Nutter
Starring Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Chad Rook, William Sadler, and John Wesley Shipp.

There is no superhero story I like less than the “I don’t want to be a superhero” story, so it’s to THE FLASH’s credit that they manage to execute their version of Barry Allen’s desire to exit his costume about as well as possible.

What helps the show pull this off is that Barry’s decision is based on his lack of self confidence more than it is a desire to save his friends and family from any potential future harm. The safety and protection angle certainly plays a role in his decision, especially with surrogate dad Detective Joe West jamming the…

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GOTHAM: ARKHAM: Honestly, Sir, I Really Did Vote For You

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Gotham Arkham

Gotham
“Arkham”
Season 1, Episode 4, Story 4
Written by Ken Woodruff
Directed by TJ Scott
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Richard Kind, David Zayas, and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.

“Arkham” is a bunch of good news and a little bit of bad news concerning GOTHAM, Fox’s inconsistent No Batman, Batman show.

What pleases me greatly is that the show, for the first time in its brief existence, delivers an entire episode of a sustained, consistent vision. Previous to this, GOTHAM has bounced between dumbly grim and gritty and clumsily campy, but “Arkham” chooses the dark side of the street and stays there from start to finish. To say it’s the best episode of the series runs the risk of damning it with faint praise, but this episode gives hope to the idea that the producers have learned…

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AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D: MAKING FRIENDS AND INFLUENCING PEOPLE: Did You Think I Wouldn’t Find Out?

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Shield Making Friends Simmons

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Making Friends and Influencing People” – Season 2, Episode 3, Story 25 (October 7, 2014) – Directed by Bobby Roth; Written by Monica Owusu-Breen – Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, B.J. Britt, Henry Simmons, Nick Blood, Dylan Minnette, and Reed Diamond.

AGENTS OF SHIELD is quite often a show that can’t get out of its own way. Not in major ways, anymore, but in small ways that don’t kill a show as much as provide an unnecessary hurdle to it being a great show.

Take “Making Friends and Influencing People,” the really good but almost great third episode of the show’s second season. As enjoyable as SHIELD has been over the past two seasons, the show has lacked a signature moment that people can point to and say, “That’s an AGENTS OF SHIELD moment. That’s something you…

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ARROW: THE CALM: My Risks Can’t Be Your Risks

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Arrow The Calm

Arrow – Season 3, Episode 1, Story 47 – Written by Marc Guggenheim & Jake Coburn; Directed by Glen Winter – Starring Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Paul Blackthorne, Emily Bett Rickards, Colton Haynes, Brandon Routh, Karl Yune, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Grant Gustin, Peter Stormare, and Caity Lotz.

In comic books (heck, in all drama, really), happiness and contentedness equals the calm before the storm, and Season 3 of ARROW kicks off with the characters at their happiest. Crime is down across Starling City, as Oliver Queen/the Arrow (Stephen Amell), John Diggle (David Ramsey), Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), and Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) are now a tightly-focused, highly efficient unit. Detective Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) have put their respective heart attacks and substance issues into proper focus and are moving forward. Ollie asks Felicity out on a date. Diggle’s ex-wife is getting ready to give…

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