Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×10 Review: ‘The Patriot’

You can describe a hero in a multitude of different way, but when it comes to shows set in the superhero universe – like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – the heroes tend to be of the ‘super’ variety. And before this week, Jeffrey Mace a.k.a The Patriot fell into that category but in my opinion, I think of him as more of a hero after this week’s reveal.

It took an assassination attempt, a plane crash and some deaths for General Talbot to reveal that the man that we know as S.H.I.E.L.D. Director, Jeffrey Mace is not in fact Inhuman as we were led to believe but had been given a super serum in order to become some sort of Captain America clone. Coulson had requested that the next director be an Inhuman and because they didn’t find someone with the right skills and Inhuman, they took a man who genuinely wanted to serve and made him Inhuman.

(ABC/Jennifer Clasen)

He intended to resign when the rest of the team found out about his lies, but Coulson told him to stay and be the face of S.H.I.E.L.D, handle the politics of the job while Coulson pulls the strings in the background. I have made no secret that I found Mace to be a better leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. than Coulson. Mace was sort of like Nick Fury in that he could make the tough calls and lead intelligently, even though at times it felt as if he was acting dodgy and we sure didn’t like it when our favorites were not clued up to everything happened at S.H.I.E.L.D. but Coulson’s leadership style had him favoring and mollycoddling his team a bit too much to be smart.

(ABC/Jennifer Clasen)

There is also the matter that Mace’s intentions were genuine, he believed in the cause of the Inhumans and wanted others to see them in a better light and for them to have the same rights as every other citizen, he is an ally of sorts. In the comics, Jeffrey Mace/The Patriot was a fan of Captain America and became a superhero in order to be like and help Captain America. His Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. counterpart is similar in that he is also a genuinely good person made in the image of Captain America (Simmons even name dropped the Erkskine method).

What else happened this week:

  • Doctor Radcliffe is still acting suspicious, May is still alive and locked up on his lab, and LMD May is running around and may finally know that she’s a robot.
  • Fitz has been acting hella dodgy, and I’m keeping an eye on him

Next week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D:

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on ABC on Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

Caryn Welby-Solomon

Marvel/Game of Thrones Writer

Writer covering Marvel TV and Movies and Game of Thrones. Lover of books, TV, comics and films. Member of Ravenclaw, sworn fealty to House Martell, and worships at the altar of Peggy Carter.

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