The season has three more episodes, but they all air after the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, so this review is going up now.
Cast and Crew Information
Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May
Brett Dalton as Grant Ward
Chloe Bennet as Skye
Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons
Henry Goodman as Dr. List
Christine Adams as Agent Weaver
Nick Blood as Lance Hunter
Jamie Harris as Gordon
Dichen Lachman as Jiaying
Kyle MacLachlan as Calvin Zabo
Luke Mitchell as Lincoln Campbell
Ruth Negga as Raina
Edward James Olmos as Robert Gonzales
Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse
J. August Richards as Mike Peterson / Deathlok
Henry Simmons as Alphonso ‘Mack’ Mackenzie
Maya Stojan as Agent 33
Written by Brett Fletcher and Drew Z. Greenberg
Directed by Kevin Tancharoen
Lincoln and Deathlok are in the custody of Hydra, and Coulson is in custody of the other S.H.I.E.L.D.
“That’s the first item on a long, long list…”
The last scene was a little heavy handed.
The lack of status quo means the stories feel original with every episode. I give it 5 out of 6.
The effects are effective. We have a new effect with the representation of Skye’s abilities, and the rest are familiar. I give it 5 out of 6.
The story was well structured. It ties in to this week’s major movie release in two conversations, and the first one felt natural. I give it 5 out of 6.
The acting is strong from the leads. Bringing Ward back in changes the dynamic enough to give them new places to go, which is always a nice touch. I give it 5 out of 6.
The production is the usual Mutant Enemy work. 6 out of 6.
The emotional response is strong, with questions about how Jiaying is leading the Inhumans, and the connections to the imminent (on this continent, anyway) release of the movie. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, it’s a strong episode, and as with Captain America: Winter Soldier last year, it’s clear that those who are following the series should check out the new movie opening weekend. I give it 5 out of 6.
In total, The Dirty Half Dozen receives 36 out of 42.