Agents of SHIELD, Season 1, Episode 10, “The Bridge”: A Loud, Empty Tease

The Bridge

Agents of SHIELD, Season 1, Episode 10, “The Bridge”
Written by Shalisha Francis
Directed by Holly Dale
Airs Tuesdays at 8pm EST on ABC

“The Bridge” is the first season’s hastily-constructed bridge from the pilot episode to the end of the season. It gives the illusion that the season has been building to a confrontation with Project Centipede when it has really meandered with single episode story arcs and false trails. Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) returns for the first time since the pilot and gives the team what it has been sorely lacking, which is a superhero. Coulson and his team have encountered super-human abilities and even tangled with an Asgardian, but the point of SHIELD as an organization is to protect mankind and provide superheroes like Captain America with what they need to save the world. Without a central figure to rally around, the team lacks a strong direction, even if they have an interesting villain like Centipede. Like Coulson said in The Avengers, people need a little old fashioned heroics, and Agents of SHIELD might need a caped superhero or two at its center to keep it focused.

There are plenty of moments in “The Bridge” that should have carried more emotional weight. Mike’s son’s kidnapping, Skye’s anger at May, the explosive finale on the bridge, Ward getting shot down; these moments should make “The Bridge” a satisfying cliffhanger that leaves the audience begging for the next episode. Unfortunately, the writers take too many shortcuts and the emotional reaction doesn’t feel deserved. Skye and May’s animosity should have had more time to build up and come to a head. Mike should have been brought in to the team several episodes ago so he could work with them and develop some connections with Skye, Ward, and the gang. Otherwise, the only reason why the audience should feel anything when Mike’s son is kidnapped is because kidnapping kids is wrong. A cute child actor is put into danger but the reaction doesn’t come out of concern for the character, rather a basic knowledge of right and wrong.

As for the tease about Coulson’s death on the helicopter, enough is enough. Viewers deserve answers and the writers have put themselves in an impossible situation. No matter what happened to Coulson, it cannot live up to expectations now. They lost their shot at a bombshell and all they can hope for now is a few small firecrackers. When Agents of SHIELD comes back from hiatus, the show needs to finally reveal what happened to Coulson and move on, hopefully learning from their biggest first season mistake.

Add Comment

50 CEOs Who Never Went to College (and how they managed to succeed)
10 Different Types of Financial Aid
Top 10 Richest American Idols
V-Moda Crossfade Wireless
The 5 Most Expensive Wireless Headphones: Ultimate Auditory Clarity
25 Bachelor Party Movie Ideas
People playing the clarinet
10 Different Types of Clarinets
11 Different Types of Drums
7 Different Types of Roller Coasters
A bowl of oatmeal porridge
7 Different Types of Porridge
Shots of tequila
5 Different Types of Tequila (Plus Tequila Cocktails)
Fresh kale in a bowl
10 Different Types of Kale
8 Different Types of Cantaloupes
A Man in a Suit Opening a Car’s Door
9 Different Types of Car Doors
Headlights of a black car
9 Different Types of Headlights
19 Different Types of Construction Vehicles
Fire Truck with Warm Yellow Lights
9 Different Types of Fire Trucks
54 Different Types of Sports Played (Individual and Team Sports)
15 Different Types of Goggles
13 Different Types of Dumbbells
15 Awesome Alternatives to Skateboards (Plus Interesting Facts)
16 Different Types of Technology
man holding smartphone with vintage case
11 Types of Cell Phone Cases and Covers to Protect Your Expensive Smartphone
Black and Red Tablet Covers
8 Types of Tablet Cases for Kids, Protection, and Convenience
Camera, lenses and other photography equipments.
45 of the Best Online Camera Stores for the Perfect Pics