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  • Costello: Latest "SHIELD" episode introduces new villain

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  • Full spoilers ahead.
    As a fan of good conspiracies, the newest "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" episode entitled "The Asset" piqued my interest. Who's watching the watchers? Are some people playing both sides? These were the dilemmas that brought intrigue, especially as the show finally may have introduced its first true villain.
    Frank Hall is a scientist who's been captured by parties interested in his work. Hall created technology deemed too dangerous by various "authorities," including S.H.I.E.L.D. Hall goes so far as to stage this capture so he can complete his work in secrecy.
    Naturally, S.H.I.E.L.D. comes after Hall and his new interested party. For proper, and legal, infiltration, Skye is sent in to gather intel. But is Skye really that trustworthy? She eventually gets caught, but rats out S.H.I.E.L.D. to protect herself.
    Eventually, the cavalry shows up as Agents Coulson and Ward break through a cool energy-field security system to break onto the premise. Coulson eventually finds his way to Hall and his lab. Ward retrieves Skye.
    What Coulson uncovers there is incredible. Hall's technology figures out a way to manipulate gravity. Earlier in the episode, cars mysteriously were flipped and caught suspended in mid-air. Coulson learns that Hall's gravitonium was to blame. And before, it was a small device. Now, Hall has created a huge apparatus in his big secret chamber.
    Coulson tries to stop Hall from unleashing his gravitonium. What ensues was a well-shot scene with the entire laboratory flipping around not unlike the crazy spinning scenes from the movie "Inception." Obviously any interaction with Hall's gravity apparatus is risky, so it comes as no surprise that there's a disaster as Hall gets caught up in the explosion and becomes infused with the gravitonium. In the comics, he becomes a pretty formidable enemy with his gravity powers. And with the title announcement "Avengers 2: Age of Ultron," it's likely we'll be seeing more of Hall.
    Ward and Skye continue their interesting relationship. Ward needs to train Skye before she does her spy thing, but he's too cold and hard on her. He eventually opens up with a story about him and his brothers as kids and his "moment" he was full committed to what he wanted to do. A nice writing technique from Joss Whedon as Skye, who is independent-minded and a possible double agent (I'm still not ruling that out), also needs her "moment" to know what she is truly committed to.
    Agent May, who was reluctant in rejoining Coulson in the field at first, now wants to be more a part of the action. It probably won't be long before we see more of her in action than the couple quick fist fights she's already been in through three episodes.
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