Alex Straker graduated with a degree in English and Film in 2010 and has been actively feeding his obsession with cinema ever since. As well as blogging regularly, he writes screenplays, novels and short stories. In 2012 he took part in the prestigious EastEnders: E20 Writer’s School and has also performed on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Episode 9 continues Agents of Shield’s recent run of darker, more ambitious stories with a genre-hopping tale that delivers countless red herrings before it reaches its conclusion. This episode is unlikely to win the series many new fans, but for its returning audience it’s a playful but flawed hour of television that depicts one of the more memorable standalone missions.
This week’s story is essentially a well-disguised filler episode, offering a break from the intensity of the on-going prison drama to present us with a compelling character study of one of the series’ most fascinating villains.
There are several moments in this fifth episode of the season when the events being depicted on-screen are torturously tense. From the gruesome, tone-setting teaser through to the surprise conclusion, this episode stands up as one of the finest episodes of The Walking Dead so far
Friday’s seventh outing for the Agents of Shield team follows closely in the footsteps of its predecessors, with the main storyline lagging behind the development of its central characters, who continue to provide us with an endless package of humour, flawed espionage and touching heart-to-hearts.
Downton’s darkest series to date concludes with broken hearts, spurned lovers and new mysteries. Business as usual, basically. In a finale as full of sumptuous costumes as it is melodrama, the various storylines that have dominated this series are brought to a close, setting up plenty of material for the show’s fifth series in 2014.