TV Club: Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “Melinda”

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is sorely lacking in female heroes, but Agents Of S.H.I.E.LD. is the one big exception. I’ve spent much of the last week engrossed in the testosterone-driven world of Netflix’s Daredevil, and while the show has some captivating female characters, they end up as victims quite a bit, and are certainly not cast in action hero roles. Agent Carter had Peggy and Dottie kicking ass, but that show was also dominated by men, a deliberate decision reinforcing the patriarchal environment that wouldn’t allow Peggy to realize her full potential. And when it comes to relationships between women, both of those series are seriously lagging behind Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The women of the cast are in charge in “Melinda,” an episode that specifically spotlights May and Skye. Simmons, Bobbi, and Raina also play significant supporting roles …

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