Lorelei gets people killed and makes off with Ward. There is a mention of the Kree, events escalate, Coulson is snappy and his default setting is as a tool of immense magnitude. Ward and Lorelei go at it. Coulson tries to do ‘threatening’ and comes across as an insolent toddler. May’s face doesn’t move, Fitz is not relevant, Ward fancies Skye and Fitz gets punched out. ‘Odin’ wants Lorelei, May denounces and dumps Ward. May bristles and is spying on Coulson. This was okay but why is Skye the creator’s pet?
“Asgardians are allies.”
“Fine doesn’t look like this.”
“I’m tired of this Rooster. Make it stop.”
“You mistake me for someone who fears you.”
“A place inhabited only by scary people and reckless teenagers.”
“You better type fast.”
“Watchpost is compromised.”
“What do you need?”
Elizabeth has no idea of appropriate behaviour. There is no moral certainty here. Gaad is on his way out. This ep was not compelling or spine-tingling tense. Oleg gets speculative. Elizabeth gets poignant. Nina is beguiling Stan whose fondness for her bloats his egocentricity. The scientist is put on a slow boat to Russia to Philip’s callous indifference. The scientist wails unpervasively. Yawn.
“What does he do?”
“Let me put on my big surprise face.”
“Your name isn’t your name is it?”
“You’re not a man. Whatever you once were, whoever you were, they trained it out of you.”
“What a nice bed you must have to sleep in at night.”
“I don’t have anything to give you.”
“Funny. I don’t think he very much wants to go.”
Leonardo works on a pipe organ musket for Florence and at first tastes the bitterness of failure. Nico is menaced by the Vatican’s lackey Count Riario who is mirthlessly undynamic as he shows off his Widow’s Tear device to Nico. This conspiracy view of history has no cohesive thread. Donati seems to be spying for the Vatican under duress. Riario boasts of being Sixtus IV’s bastard son. Riario and his invasive rottenness prompts acrimony. Lorenzo menaces Leonardo. Riario looks like he has lice living in his pores. The things that call themselves Lorenzo’s courtiers bore. Leonardo ponders the key and his other friend used to be Owen on ‘Being Human’. A beggar is all-knowing. Leonardo looks for a book.
The Papal guard reek of squalor. Lorenzo’s wife Clarice stands around. There are mentions of the future Sistine Chapel, bank debts, a Pisa Archbishop and provocations. Rome and Florence have antipathy. Leonardo has no ownership and deserves the scorn in which he is held. He is vacant and vacuous. The Vatican is rowdy and sordid. Lorenzo stages a floorshow at his party. This was unenthralling and full of braying by the narcissistic Leonardo. This was insufficiently stimulating despite the big reveal at the end.
“Your already compromised character.”
“Be sure to clench.”
“Would you mind skulking around making the proprietor apprehensive?”
“You offend me.”