Week of March 6, 2022:

Thor: The Dark World released November 8, 2013 (where to watch)
The Hub (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. s1 e7) released November 12, 2013 (where to watch)
Erik Bates | March 6, 2022

I got some good chuckles out of this Thor installment. And I appreciate that most of the action takes place away from Earth, which takes away the “where the hell are the rest of the Avengers?” argument.

Shield is still… CSI: Shield to me.

Scott Hardie | March 20, 2022

Thor: The Dark World: Well, that was unexpected! I actually liked it this time. For years I considered this the worst Marvel film, and low expectations might have helped me get more out of it today. The stiff Asgardian dialogue played better (you can sense the actors getting more comfortable with it), the CGI-driven action played better (streaming in HD helped me notice more detail), and the plot made more sense this time (I think because I cared enough to pay more attention this time).

The film has just two major problems. One, the villains are incredibly dull. I can't tell frost giants from dark elves any better than I could tell the various mer of Skyrim apart, so this felt like a rehash of the last film, except that the henchmen all wear masks this time so that they have no facial expressions. Malekith and Kurse have zero personality. There's a huge void in the film because we should have feelings about them. And two, there's just not enough humor. The film really needed punching up by a script doctor to add some wit. There's a van floating in the air and slowly spinning, and the funniest thing Darcy can say is "that doesn't seem right"?

The music is pretty good here, with a decent heroic theme and especially good music in the funeral, which was a gorgeous sequence if a bit fridgey. There's only one piece of music that could have improved the film: Kelly suggested that during the Greenwich finale, when all of the characters and monsters were chasing each other into and out of portals, the movie should have played "Yakety Sax." (original opinion 3/10, today's opinion 6/10)

Scott Hardie | March 20, 2022
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Scott Hardie | March 21, 2022

The Hub: Worst episode yet? Skye continues to misunderstand the assignment so badly that the fact that she hasn't been fired yet is doing real damage to the show's plausibility. The scene where Simmons shot Sitwell (say that ten times fast) was hard to watch. How were both Simmons and Skye not drummed out of the service immediately, and Coulson demoted for this fiasco? I think the A story was meant to flesh out Fitz the way that last week's "FZZT" fleshed out Simmons, but other than showing him being quick to improvise, I don't think we really learned much about him. I do appreciate the show planting seeds in earlier episodes about Ward distrusting Fitz's competence so that he could gain respect for him here; the series is better at long-term plotting than scene-by-scene writing so far. The part where May rolled her eyes at Coulson was the most relatable moment. (2/10)

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