Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review: Feeling A Bit Thor

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For anyone who has been to the theater to see Thor: The Dark World, this week’s opening was for us.

If you haven’t gotten out to see it yet, I can say (without spoiling anything) that the clean up the team was doing in the beginning of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Episode 8 takes place after the events of the movie. 

While it was announced and advertised that an episode of Marvel’s Agent of SHIELD would feature a tie in the Thor sequel, after the nods and jokes in the opening, I was surprised to see the hour continued with the team chasing an unknown Asgardians artifact.

But what a great surprise it was!

Saving One of Their Own

In the continuing trend of giving us more information on the rest of the team, this week Grant was up to bat as he grabbed one part of the broken staff and it stirred up memories of his brother and when he first felt hate.

My compliments to Jonathan Frakes and his team for the clever presentation of Grant’s memory to make us all think that Grant was the one in the well and that his hate was towards his brother. Finding out at the end that he was at the top of the well and that hate was at himself for not standing up for his brother made me like Grant a little more. 

Speaking of liking Grant, I would have never called Melinda and Grant having a nightcap in her room. I’m not sure where they are going to take that little rendezvous, I’m just hoping it doesn’t all happen off camera. 

Did her comment about dealing with her worst memory every day makes you want to learn more about her even more than you already did? Me too.

One of the things this episode did was make me remember how much space there is between the movies for great stories to be set and still fit in the Marvel universe. I loved Peter MacNicol as Professor Elliot Randolph and by far the biggest shock of the episode was finding out he was actually an Asgardian hiding on Earth. 

Okay, to be fair, it was also pretty shocking when Coulson stuck his hand in Elliot’s chest to save his life. Clearly he’s earned his Level 8 status. Who else is going to go fishing around in the chest of an alien? 

Overall, this installment continued the trend of well-written episodes that we’ve been seeing over the last few weeks and it makes me excited to see where they are going to go. Maybe we will end up with an episode in Tahiti. After all, I hear it’s a magical place. 


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["Am I the only one who getting more annoy by Skye every episode. I do not even know what is her purpose."] She is a first-rate hacker, whose skills Coulson uses with great effectiveness. And I don't share your feelings for Skye. I think the reason most fans hate her is because she began on this series as a member of Rising Tide. My only complaint about "S.H.I.E.L.D." is this insistence that Asgardians are aliens. I gather this is something that began in the Marvel canon at the beginning of the decade. Nevertheless, I dislike this inability to accept the possibility of the supernatural world.


May and Sky are mother and daughter, that is clear.


@fortyseven How can you say that?! The well scene told us EVERYTHING about the reason Ward is the way he is! And @ Hookified I also agree... I'm not a huge fan of Skye myself. There's just something about her! Anyways, it was great to get to learn more about Ward this week, and May really. That hook up, I couldn't believe it! I do hope we get to see some flashbacks or something of that. And I love how this show is in real time with the movies. It was so cool to focus on Thor and the Asgardians. One of the best episodes of this season yet!


Am I the only one who getting more annoy by Skye every episode. I do not even know what is her purpose. I am glad that we got a bit more info on Ward background and a bit of Coulsons but can they give us May. I also like how Ward was helping Simmons up the tree and that she knew it.

@ Hookified(dande)

Actually I didn't like her from the start, but was sure I was the only one because the comments usually tend to be positive when it comes to her.


Can we just all agree that Melinda May ROCKS? Thank you for another awesome female warrior from the Whedonverse! Looking forward to seeing her story fleshed out.


It was a great episode. Loved the nod at the end to Joss Whedon's other work. Coulson didn't go to Tahiti, he went to the dollhouse and fell asleep for a little while.


Loved this episode. The beginning with the movie reference, Ward helping Simmons walking up the tree (hilarious), the hiding Asgardian, Coulson being Coulson... really liked every single bit. And it made sense for me that Ward went into May's room in the end - imo it was all about being with someone who's haunted by certain memories just like oneself. Talking with Skye wouldn't have helped, but not-talking with May might ;-)


Too slow. The well parts make no sense and explain nothing. Poor Coulson.


Good episode. I'm glad we found out more about Ward and what makes him the way he is. I also like that we found out something about Coulson at the very end and it made us want to know more about what happened to him. I'm more interested in finding out about May now and I think we'll find out a little more about her in the next episode. I was surprised at the end when Ward went into Mays room I never saw that coming I'm really curious about what's going to happen with that. I saw the Thor movie on Sunday and they must of already cleaned up alot because there was a ton that was really messed up. I agree with Skye flying an alien spaceship should be on your bucket list that would be totally awesome. I liked how Skye said Thor was dreamy and Coulson said he was hansome and May come in and said no he's dreamy. I can't wait till the next episode it looks really good.


Good episode, however the show feels a bit too slow at times maybe I'm a bit biased as I'm used to shows like POI where its fast paced and twist and turns at every corner. If I'm wrong then its just me who is thinking of all this and should just stop watching Agents of Shield.

@ Andrew Jeeves

well, I like POI too, but the fast pace kind of way will not work on AoS. It's a comic derivative show, which set to expand the Cinematic world. It's an Avengers spin-off you can say.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

You know it would be nice? If Thor and his people would send down the god of "cleaning up after yourself." They probably have a magic broom for this kind of thing.


Skye: You guys might think its old news, but its new news to everyone else. Asgardians are aliens from another planet that visited us 1000 years ago.
Coulson: Or more
Skye: Because we couldn't understand aliens we thought they were gods?
Coulson: That’s where our Norse mythology comes from.