Ok, I know it’s my own fault. I often watch ‘Agents of SHIELD’ and promptly forget the details of each episode, not to mention entire seasons. That is part of what makes watching things like ‘Doctor Who’ fun – I’m not really hung up on the continuity, so when things don’t line up it doesn’t bother me as much. It’s problematic when it comes to things like ‘SHIELD’ though because so much of what happens depends on what happened before. Without intricate notes, some of the plot ends up getting lost.
Such is the case in ‘Leap’. While overall it’s a good episode, some of the finer points are somewhat lost, even to hardened ‘SHIELD’ experts, which I do not count myself amongst. I can watch the episode and enjoy it, but some of the threads on the Monoliths and Coulson’s trip into the ‘fear dimension’ might tick a slight recognition but not really lead to that aha moment I think the producers might have intended. Or maybe the connection between Coulson and Sarge is still needing a bit more explanation than what we’ve been given.
Izel, on the other hand, proves to be a tough enemy to beat despite the lack of a clear motive. The agents end up losing one of their own to her and while there might have been more impact if it was a Fitz or Daisy that died at her hands, but Davis still was winning his way into our hearts further this year. It’s just that by this point we should know a bit more about what her actual goal is. Maybe it’s lost in the details like I mentioned earlier, but I’m still not really sure what it is she’s trying to do. Get to the remains of the monolith? Got it, but why? Sarge’s vendetta against her makes sense, whatever created him infused Coulson’s memories onto whatever it is he is now. But Izel? She’s fun to watch, but she still doesn’t have a lot of point yet. Considering we’re coming up on the end of the season, I’d really like to know a little bit more about the consequences if SHIELD doesn’t beat her.