Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Asset

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Couch Baron: B | 125 USERS: B
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Hey, look who reevaluated her view of the value of physical training! Skye, on her own, is working the heavy bag with more effort and proficiency than before when Ward joins her; she asks where he and his brothers grew up and he tells her Massachusetts. She confesses that she was in and out of foster homes as a child, but there was one family she wanted to like her who sent her back after month, saying she wasn't a good fit. Ward exhibits some stoic sympathy as Skye goes on that she tried calling the foster mother "Mom" once to try it out. "Guess it wasn't a good fit." I'm actually fine with the dialogue and acting in this scene (although I'd really prefer the show not to push these two together romantically), but the maudlin music sounds like something appropriate for a reluctant mother seeing her baby for the first time and realizing she wanted her all along. Some subtlety from the supervisor wouldn't be unwelcome. Ward tries to assure her that S.H.I.E.L.D. won't abandon her, but Skye cuts him off and tells him it doesn't matter. "I've made my choice. I want this… bad." The camera pans out as Skye adds that she knows there's a truth serum, and despite its flaws this is a stronger dramatic effort than the "Yay, team" offering of last week. I'm impatient for this show to work out the kinks and for the network to trust it to be smarter, but despite my criticisms I think it's doing all right. See you next week.

Oh wait, I forgot! In the depths of whatever S.H.I.E.L.D. location this is, a huge safe door is closed on the gravitonium -- but inside, a hand reaches out from within the substance. When Graviton makes his way out of the vault, that's going to be a shock for the S.H.I.E.L.D. custodial staff.

John Ramos is a writer and film producer living in Los Angeles. His new film, a documentary on online privacy and the exploitation of personal data called Terms And Conditions May Apply, a New York Times Critics' Pick, is now on iTunes here. You can get news on it from the film's Twitter accountor website, or check out trackoff.us to learn how to protect your privacy. Also, you can email John at couchbaron@gmail.com, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/couchbaron, or check out his blog, "Pull Up A Chair," which he'd just love for you to stop by.

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