Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “Together or Not at All” Exposes the Season’s Weaknesses

Agents of Shield Together or Not at All
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“Together or Not at All” Plot Summary:

Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the team make a daring escape to the Earth’s surface to regroup with May (Ming-Na Wen).

This current arc is starting to run stale for me. Hard to believe, isn’t it? I loved the premiere and enjoyed the episodes that followed. Could it be the storyline has run its course? Maybe. But I believe its something else.

The biggest reason that this storyline isn’t doing it for me right now is stagnation. Most of the characters have stayed in relatively the same place for seven episodes now. While the agents do fly to the surface in this episode, it’s not until the very end. We’ve seen plenty of fights with the Kree at this point, so it would’ve been nice to speed things up.

The second reason is a more recent issue, one I talked about last week. Flint (Coy Stewart) continues to be a boring character. We’ve met so many Inhumans over the course the series; Flint fails to stand out. That’s saying something when we’re in space, a totally unique setting. To make matters worse, Mack (Henry Simmons) and Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) are staying on the station with him.

There are some positives this week. May makes contact with a group of survivors on Earth. If anyone has answers, it’s them. And lo and behold one of the survivors is an older Robin Hinton (Willow Hale). She was psychic girl from a couple episodes ago, if you recall.

Another positive this week is Kasius (Dominic Rains) becoming more unhinged. Unhinged villains are a lot of fun, if the writers know how to handle them. And Kaisus can really let our heroes have it, now that he’s settled his family dispute. Let’s just hope he stops calling Daisy (Chloe Bennet) “the Destroyer of Worlds.” It’s irritating how much he says it. Just call her Quake!

In regards to how much it moves the plot, “Together or Not at All” is probably better than some other episodes this season. But in the context of the season as a whole, the show took too long to get here. Let’s hope Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can wrap this space adventure up in three or four episodes.

Rating: 7 out of 10 (Good)

Aaron Sarnecky is The Pop Break’s Television Editor and covers Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., among other things. He is a TV/Film grad of Rowan University and the fraternal twin of staff writer Josh Sarnecky. He probably remembers that show you forgot existed.