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Old 06-04-2019, 09:00 AM
ebb is offline
Join Date: May 2002
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The Fear and Loathing episode was fun, despite only using half the crew. But the latest episode, Code Yellow, was just terrible writing. It really felt like the writers just came up with a couple of scenes that they wanted to have happen and then... just had them happen, without laying any of the necessary groundwork or having the situations arise naturally from the characters. That's kind of the essence of bad writing.

I'm willing to overlook a lot of logic in order to get to the "cool parts", but there's a limit. I just couldn't buy most of what happened here.

- Deke being allowed to develop and market future technology for a year without SHIELD or anyone else caring, despite (twist) there being a SHIELD agent embedded with him.
- YoYo not using her powers to handily defeat the alien parasite, just to set up the alien scene and take TallGuy out of the picture.
- May charging off alone to take out the female member of Coulson's gang, despite having no real connection with her, just to get another woman v. woman martial arts fight.
- New scientist guy being used solely for speculative exposition rather than actually doing anything to address the problem. A stethoscope? An EKG? Having the containment unit located conveniently down the hall rather than in the medical lab?
- Deke heading back into the building to rescue Sequoia, unarmed, rather than informing the rest of the team what's going on. And the SHIELD agent who was watching him letting it happen, and then not even following.
- Deke emptying his weapon into the bad guy who's already down, as an obvious joke, just to set up the 'click, your gun's empty' moment with the next bad guy, so that we get a flight scene instead of a fight scene, despite there being at least one other agent there with a loaded weapon.
- Coulson's team being experts on eliminating these anomalies, but not knowing that extracting the knife from the body would allow the thing to regenerate and live again. Even if SHIELD wasn't a thing, normal law enforcement would have removed the knife sooner or later.

On a larger level, they're obviously trying to steer things so that Coulson and team have a noble purpose, or at least are the lesser of two evils. Presumably as a way to maneuver into having NewCoulson rejoin the show as a team member. I don't have much confidence that they're going to be able to support that kind of heel-face turn, though, given how casual the bad guys have been about killing innocent people along the way. There's only so far you can go with 'the ends justify the means' and still have a sympathetic character. Unless it turns out that NewCoulson isn't really the one in charge, or he's been brainwashed, or some other handwavium, that's going to ring pretty false.