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We don't know what will become of Leo Fitz after last night's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finale (warning: spoilers to follow!), but it's not looking good: both Simmons and Fury's rather subdued reactions when asked of his well-being hint at some kind of permanent damage. Since his brain was without oxygen for an extended period of time, brain damage seems his most likely fate. And alas, a brain damaged super-genius sounds like a tragedy ripped right out of the Whedon playbook.
So while we wait out the long and arduous summer hiatus, why not take a look at all the reasons we love him so?
The rest of his team has taken Ward’s new status as a turncoat with a jaded, quiet fury, but Fitz is the only one who believes Ward might just be redeemable (and he’s probably right). To the general annoyance of everyone else, he holds out hope: maybe Ward was coerced! Maybe Ward’s a triple agent! Even when Ward is threatening to kill him and Simmons, he tells him, “I know that you’re a good person, Ward. And you can choose, right now, to be good!”
6. He’s kind of a buffoon
Case in point: he lit the curtains on fire with a Howling Commando’s laser-disguised-as-a-cigarette. And brought along a sandwich when he was being chased by dogs.
5. He's a romantic
His relationship with Simmons might have started out on the wrong side of annoying, but with each subsequent episode, it’s grown more and more adorable. Remember when he made Simmons promise to him she wasn’t Hydra? Or when he said that the one thing he’d want most on a desert island was Simmons? For the record, she’d want to have the TARDIS — us too, Simmons. Us too.
He mixes prints (we’re talking plaid, polka dots, stripes, and more) with surprising aplomb. Who knew this science geek was such a fashionista? (Or is it fashionisto...) In any case, he and Simmons make quite the matched set in their geek chic wares.
3. Sensitive is the new manly
He shed actual tears when Agent Garrett revealed his true colors as an undercover Hydra agent. In a show where characters are trained to tamp down their emotions (see: Agent Melinda May), it was a welcome change.
2. But when it comes down to it, he’s willing to kill for his team
His ability to show his sensitive side doesn’t mean that he can’t be tough as nails when it comes down to it. In a moment of sheer badassery, he had absolutely no qualms about disabling the machinery keeping Agent Garrett alive.
1. Can you say "selfless?"
In last night's episode, he puts his life on the line to save Simmons, and the real kicker is, it's his way of proving his love for her. Now, bring on the tears.
Hopefully, Fitz' fate was left uncertain for a reason. While Whedon may have a penchant for tragedy, it's also worth noting that he also has a penchant for unlikely resurrections. And besides, if anyone can find a way to cure whatever ails him, it's Simmons.
The latest movie in the Step Up franchise aims for a politicized message behind all the flashy moves but it could do with a lot less plot and a lot more dancing. In Step Up Revolution the Miami dance group "The Mob" takes to the streets (and other random locations) to perform intricately choreographed routines with their own DJ a camera guy who uploads their videos to YouTube and a graffiti artist who leaves their signature behind. It takes at least that much effort just to get hipster New Yorkers to ride the subways without any pants on once a year; it's hard to believe that The Mob could pull off their elaborate schemes without getting caught but that's the magic of movies.
The Mob represents the more diverse working class side of Miami a young multiracial group of friends who create incredible works of art that disappear before they get shut down. One of the Mob's leaders Sean (Ryan Guzman) earnestly explains to newcomer Emily (Kathryn McCormick) that the group's reason is to give a voice to the voiceless or to be happy or to dance or something. It's not really clear but they have a lot of fun and look amazing doing it.
Once Sean and his friends find out that a greedy developer plans to raze their neighborhood to make way for another South Beach-style hotel monstrosity they have a reason to rally but until then they're just trying to win a cash prize by getting clicks on YouTube. The typical Step Up twist is that Emily is the developer's daughter. Mr. Anderson (Peter Gallagher) doesn't approve of Emily's love of dancing or other frippery and he certainly wouldn't approve of her hanging out with the people causing such mayhem in the streets of Miami.
Step Up Revolution biggest misstep is trying to give the movie more of a hook than the franchise's typical Romeo and Juliet-style love story and tap into "the Zeitgeist" (I swear that's from the studio-provided press notes) of flash mobs. The film could have cut out most of the plot and characters and still have a completely intact film insofar as the point of the film is its multimedia dance routines. The sort of productions The Mob pulls off are more akin to carefully planned art installations or music videos in terms of scope; it would have been better to at least make that somehow feasible in terms of the storyline. Yes we are here for a spectacle and we surely get a spectacle but it needs to have some roots in reality.
The dance scenes are fun sexy and occasionally a little sappy but overall quite enjoyable for people who enjoy "So You Think You Can Dance" type of shows. Kathryn McCormick and Stephen "tWitch" Boss both appeared on "SYTYCD" and their costar Misha Gabriel is a classically trained ballet dancer turned pro back-up dancer for folks like Beyoncé and Michael Jackson. Guzman doesn't have a dance background but he is an MMA fighter who obviously took his training very seriously. The entire outfit is pretty damn entertaining to be honest.
As far as the 3D goes it makes most of Miami look overcast and grey. The extra zings added in to make sure we get our money's worth like sand flicking out at us or a breakdancer whose foot seems to be aiming for our face only serves to distract from the real show at hand. There is also an awful lot of ramping and generally spazzy editing tricks that look cheap. The screenplay by Amanda Brody is definitely not its strong suit.
Step Up Revolution is the cinematic equivalent of a trashy beach novel. It's embarrassing to be caught actually enjoying it and you'll forget about it almost immediately but it's a decent way to spend a summer afternoon.