Adapted from Ransom Riggs‘ novel of the same name, Tim Burton‘s latest tells the story of high school outcast named Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield) who is drawn into a mystical and macabre world following his grandfather’s (Terence Stamp) death as he discovers all the childhood bedtimes stories told to him are actually based on real people and real events just waiting for Jake to find them.
While the rest of the team is busy hunting the group responsible for a series of bombings around New York, Jane (Jaimie Alexander) is given a test by Sheppard (Michelle Hurd). Although Jane will fail her assignment to kill as ordered to by Sandstorm, Roman (Luke Mitchell) will step in to cover for his sister. Shaken from the experience, but now accepted by the organization, Jane is offered some ominous words of wisdom from her brother stating he will do whatever it takes to bring back the sister he lost before Sandstorm wiped Jane’s memories. Roman also suggests Sandstorm’s plans will now proceed quickly (which would be news to both the show’s writers and its audience).
“Rise of the Batmen” concludes with our team of heroes taking down the Colony thanks to the quick thinking, and risk taking, of Red Robin who makes himself the target of all the Colony’s drones. His sacrifice saves the lives of hundreds in the city, but to do so Tim Drake will have to make the ultimate sacrifice… or so it would appear.
Continuing to lay the groundwork for later episodes, “Meet the New Boss” is most notable for introducing Jeffrey Mace (Jason O’Mara) as the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Along with filling us in that the job could have been Coulson’s if he wanted it, the latest episode also reveals a good working relationship between the two men (which could be tested in the next few weeks). While the government inspection of the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility provides most of the episode’s humor, and allows Coulson to geek out when called up, it takes up quite a bit of air time without offering any immediate payoff (other than to suggest O’Mara’s character is based on the comic character of the same name).
“One Good Memory” wraps up the search for Donna (Ally Walker). Despite tracking down Walker Browning (Callum Rennie), and further infuriating the Cumberland Sheriff (Tom Wopat) in the process, as well as identifying the person (Mac Brandt) responsible for fire-bombing the doctor’s car, the true culprit (Carrie Lazar) proves to have complicated motives for kidnapping the psychiatrist. By the end of the episode Donna will be safe leaving Walt to deal with other problems (such as his pending lawsuit) over the remainder of the season.
“The Temple of Od” continues as Atomic Robo and Helen are captured by the enemy and taken back to their secret laboratory. Thanks to the timely sneak attack of Helen’s friends from Shanghai, after some verbal sparring with Atomic Robo and his captors, Robo is given just the distraction he needs to sneak into the lab with Helen and find the missing scientist, Dr. Lu.