28 May 2015

Agents of SHIELD S2E20 "Scars" review

After last weeks "The Dirty Half Dozen" saw SHIELD attack a Hydra base in order to rescue Lincoln and Deathlok from SHIELD, "Scars" has Coulson attempt to set up a meeting with the Inhumans in Afterlife in order to make sure that they aren't a threat, while Gordon and Raina infiltrate Gonzales's ship in order to find out if one of Raina's visions was accurate.

21 May 2015

Agents of SHIELD S2E19 "The Dirty Half Dozen" review

If I could use any one episode of Agents of SHIELD in order to try and convince people to watch the show, I would show them this weeks "The Dirty Half Dozen" which acts as the tie in episode for Avengers: Age of Ultron. We follow the original line-up of Coulson's team at the start of the first season as they attempt to assault the base where Dr. List is performing experiments on enhanced people in an attempt to rescue Lincoln and Deathlok.

18 May 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road review

Despite the lengthy gap between Mad Max: Fury Road and the previous instalment in the series, not much has changed for our titular character. His world is fire and blood, and as always he finds himself begrudgingly helping those that need his help - this time, a woman named Imperator Furiosa who is leading a small group of women previously held as 'breeders' as they flee from the clutches of their oppressor, Immortan Joe, the leader of a cult-like tribe of bandits known as the War Boys.

The set-up is simple but the pay off is magnificent. Essentially, Mad Max: Fury Road is a two hour long version of the final chase sequence from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, but with everything turned up to 11. The wasteland is bigger and badder and madder than it has ever been, and there is frequently more imagination in one shot of Mad Max: Fury Road than there is in some entire films. Even better, the film doesn't blow all of it's creativity in the opening chase sequence - new ideas are being introduced throughout, constantly upping the ante as the chase rages on.

14 May 2015

Agents of SHIELD S2E18 "The Frenemy of My Enemy" review

Despite having potentially the worst episode title Agents of SHIELD has ever produced, "The Frenemy of my Enemy" is one of the most important and memorable episodes that the show has produced since the mid-season finale, taking huge steps towards bringing the several different storylines that the show is juggling together in time for both the Avengers: Age of Ultron crossover episode and the ever looming season finale. 

7 May 2015

Agents of SHIELD S2E17 "Melinda" review

Set 7 years ago (slightly before the events of Iron Man, which kick-started this whole cohesive cinematic universe experiment) "Melinda" follows Agent May and Agent Coulson on the much talked about Bahrain mission as they attempt to recruit a woman with super-strength onto a new initiative that Fury is setting up - a not so subtle nod towards what we know will later become the Avengers. As the title would imply, this episode is predominantly concerned with finally revealing the meaning behind why May is referred to as the Cavalry, and why she hates it so much.