Shield continues to prove why it is one of the best shows on television and the Punisher changes things up on this edition of Talking TV.

Agents of SHIELD Season 5 Episode 4: A Life Earned

One of the best things about Shield is that every member of the cast is fantastic and can make an episode theirs. This episode belonged to Mac and Henry Simmons. The way he portrayed his anger when interrogating that guy and then going right to shame and disgust after was great. When Mac is sad we are all sad and it all relies on Henry Simmons.

I’m liking the character of Deke so far but he isn’t as important as I’ve wanted him to be. He felt thrown aside this episode and it was after a big build up for his plan. I may just be impatient because he did say he was playing the long game.

Another thing that has been bothering me is how Kasius hasn’t changed at all. I want to see some depth for him and understand him better. He justs keeps ramping up the creepy factor but I want something more. This episode was probably my least favorite of the season but with the return of Fitz, I’m so excited for next week.

7.8 out of 10

Agents of SHIELD Season 5 Episode 5: Rewind

Fitz has been my favorite character on Shield for a while now so I was predisposed to like this episode. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say this is one of my favorite episodes of Shield ever. One the things that made this episode so good was the humor. Fitz is such a fun character because he isn’t afraid to joke around. He joked with multiple people and seeing him watch soccer cracked me up.

The single biggest factor to the success of this episode was the relationship between Hunter and Fitz. I’ve missed Hunter so much and he slid right back into the groove of things with his playful banter with Fitz. He was also perfect as a foil to Fitz with there opposing ways of doing things and Hunter’s understanding of a dark side. I really hope they bring Hunter back when they go back to the present.

Something that surprised me for this episode was how much I enjoyed Enoch. The way he played everything completely straight and his mission as an observer made me really intrigued by his character and I’m glad that he is joining the rest of the cast in the future.

9.7 out of 10

Punisher Episode 9: Front Towards Enemy

Jon Bernthal is so consistent each episode that it shouldn’t surprise me how good he is, but man was he good in this episode. His feelings of rage about Louis and his bombs was frightening and the scene with him explaining how Curtis lost his leg showed an entirely different side of him that broke my heart.

I also really enjoyed the conversation between Billy and the anti-gun politician who has hired Anvil for protection. It was just a good scene that made me agree with Billy’s point of being hypocritical even though I’m actively rooting against him.

The big downside of this episode was Dinah’s plot. It felt like nothing happened up until Micro showed up. I felt like it should have been cut and something else should’ve been given attention.

8.3 out of 10

Punisher Episode 10: Virtue of the Victorious

The framing of this episode was my favorite part of this episode. It reminded me of the classic POV episode of Batman: The Animated Series. Bringing in Brett from Daredevil to conduct the interviews was a great choice. It allowed for the seeing of multiple different character motivations while also showing how each person sees Frank.

Daniel Webber did a fantastic job in his final episode and the level of fear and brutality he showed was tragic. If I’ve taken anything from this show it’s the way it handled PTSD and how disturbing it is. His speeches to Frank showed me more about PTSD than any previous show and really made me feel awful for him.

9.2 out of 10

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