Review – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “Making Friends and Influencing People”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 2 Episode 3 “Making Friends And Influencing People” focuses on what has happened to Agent Simmons since she left the team and the reemergence of the character Donnie Gill, aka Blizzard, that we saw only faintly last season. We get the truth behind why Simmons left the team, beyond that she was just worried about Fitz and how his recovery would progress with her around. It turns out she has been doing some very heavy undercover work that I will not spoil here. In the episode, Simmons as a character is pushed to her limits and it was nice to see her introduced again as she was one of the characters I enjoyed because of her always positive demeanor.

Gill was a good “villain” to bring into the mix because, even though he is not a huge baddie in the Marvel universe, he is actually fairly terrifying in this installment. I say “villain” because he was not particularly bad; he just wanted to be left alone. However, that is impossible once Hydra discovers his location and things simply go downhill from there. Since he has the extreme ice powers he can simply touch an object and turn it and everything around it to ice. In one scene he actually turns someone to ice and then pushes them over causing them to break which was a nice touch to show how deadly that kind of power really is. It was kind of disappointing that an opposing force was defeated so easily when he has such great power, but I think all of the scenes involving him were pretty well done.

It was interesting to see a conversation between Ward and Fitz happen where Fitz is finally able to voice his feelings over what Ward did to him and Simmons last season. He is pissed, and rightly so, and he is not afraid to let Ward know that he is never going to be forgiven for the pain that he caused the entire team. Overall, I enjoyed the pacing of this episode of the show and am starting to get back into it more again. It is nice to see more action sequences with specific villains with different power sets and not just operatives from Hydra coming in waves after the agents. Seeing this season progressing so far has been promising, and I hope it continues to get better.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is on ABC at 9pm/8pm central.

If you all would like me to review any more of this season’s biggest shows such as The Walking Dead, The Flash, Arrow, or any others, please let me know and I will do my best to review as many as I can!

-Megan Highwind has left the party.


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