Earlier this month is was announced that Marvel would be releasing a new series based on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The short digital series was released on the 13th and takes place between seasons 3 and 4, incorporating the effects Captain America: Civil War. The 6 episode series is a quick watch, with each episode only 3-5 minutes long. Now that we’re halfway done with season 4, it’s a little odd to go back for a half hour prequel, but it was nice to see Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez (Natalia Cordova Buckley) get more screen time.
The speedy Inhuman also nicknamed, “Slingshot” must sign the Sokovia Accords in order to continue working for S.H.I.E.L.D. With Daisy/Quake (Chloe Bennet) on the run and the team still getting used to the new management, Yo-Yo defies the Accords immediately after signing them and goes off on her own vengeance mission. She uses her speed to steal Director Mace’s credentials and later to fight her personal villain from her past, played by Yancey Arias. You’d expect to see Yo-Yo’s abilities used more in a series starring her, but Quake gets just as much hero time in Slingshot as Yo-Yo does, and continues to be the favorite Inhuman for Marvel TV.
Hopefully, this is leading up to more screen time for Yo-Yo, and maybe even preparing viewers for the Inhumans series. Her powers are very limited, unlike the DC speedsters, but Yo-Yo has more experience with her powers than Quake does. Despite the possibilities for her, the human agents are consistently shown as more useful and save the day more frequently. If they transition her to Inhumans or give her time on both shows, she could be strategically utilized instead of mostly forgotten the way she is now.
Overall, the digital series is unnecessary because the plot doesn’t add anything to the larger series as we await the second half of season 4. But it is enjoyable to watch with quite a few nice nods to the first half of the season. There’s continued emphasis on the team members’ loyalty to each other over S.H.I.E.L.D. as an organization, and the different ways that they work together. Coulson gives Peggy Carter’s original S.H.I.E.L.D pin to Yo-Yo, who gives it to Daisy at the ends of the episode, signifying them remaining a team though Coulson isn’t the director and Daisy is a fugitive. Slingshot only really makes sense if watched after the first half of season 4 because we get a glimpse of Quake’s continued fight against the Watch Dogs. It’s a fun, quick watch that’s perfect for getting through the mid-season break and hopefully gets Yo-Yo/Slingshot some well-deserved attention.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns with new episodes on January 10, 2017.