S.O.S Part Two
Why does SHIELD have global renown? They are jerks. May is an axe wound. This episode wasn’t fearsome, just fundamentally flawed and SHIELD has no cultural hubris. Mack attacks Lincoln cos he is a bigot. Fitz tries to be tough and is cold, bleak and distant. More far reaching consequences are set in motion. Coulson is partriarchal. Mack wants to kill Gordon. Why? Women are treated with strange dispassion. Things go depressingly wrong.
Skye and her mom get spectacularly acrimonious and coercive tactics are employed due to an icy impasse. Things get much much worse. Ward’s patina of courtesy towards SHIELD is broken by his absolute devastation over Kara. Skye is the creator’s pet so gets to lead the Secret Warriors. May has moral failings. There is exposition spewing, stupid dialogue and bad green screen. Skye pollutes the global food supply. Gordon dies. Mack chops with his axe. Cal kills. Mockingbird gets to live. Coulson is still smug, cheap and obvious. Cal gets no human dignity. Ward rebuilds Hydra. Something happens to Simmons - is she an Inhuman? This was bland and boring.
“How dangerous are we?”
“You’ve got this wrong, very wrong.”
“See what shakes loose.”
“It’s a big boat with poor signage.”
“You started this war.”
“We’re not bad, we’re misled.”
“Hail Hydra to that.”
How Is Lady Pole?
No epochal events take place just things of lesser importance. I’m not in thrall to the BBC’s shrinking ambitions. Norrell and Strange don’t have conscious exploitation of mutual interests. I’m not enamoured. Mr Norrell has some form of emotional disturbance and a ritualistic attachment to being boring in mental isolation. There is only one singular luminous idea in this episode and that was the sand horses - the rest was just irrelevant rubbish.
Norrell makes another disastrous plot, Strange doesn’t give in - ever and has self-confidence bordering on arrogance. The over zealous Norrell is a stubborn jerk full of bombastic insecurity and he is unethical and has an abundant ego. He makes empty claims of significance. Emma is unbearably difficult to live with and is treated with little ceremony.
Fates are prefigured. An un-foreboding fairyland that has no melancholy charge is shown. There are unnecessary monologues and this has no salience. The Gentleman is particularly toxic and nihilistic. Who was the Raven King? Strange is not a rogue adorable. This was overwrought and not raw or vivid just a meandering undercooked bad seriocomedy with cod-mystical dialogue. Two poshos plot and Norrell’s weird servant lurks.
“God is wholly irrelevant.”
“You will do, will you not?”
“Norrell is no friend to me. I would be better dead than as I am.”
“I see rooms full of people and not a Christian among them.”
“He is just as stupid as the other one.”
“Our allies have discovered their mistake and become our enemies.”
“Norrell won’t be pleased.”
“It is so very dirty abroad.”
A House Divided
“Both vague and dangerous.”
“This world needs structure.”
“That woman’s got friends?”
“Uncertainty. Your personal abyss.”
“Starting to smell like dude.”
“How could you misjudge to that extent?”
“What good’s it done you?”
“The short fat one.”
“If he lives.”