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Agents of SHIELD Review: Not All Heroes Are Super

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It has been many weeks since Skye found herself on SHIELD’s radar after getting tangled up with Mike Peterson and Centipede.

This week's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Episode 10 took us back to where it started, as we got to learn how Mike has fared since being shot in the face by Agent Ward and Skye caught a ride on the Crazy Plane. 

Being former military and having recently starting a new job, I can empathize with Mike’s desire to do his very best, training as hard as he can. But in his drive to be get to the top and do the right thing, he made one mistake: He allowed himself to be ruled by regret.

I realize that every good hero story has a ribbon of regret or angst in it (just ask Spider-Man). But part of the hero’s journey is overcoming that regret to make better choices. Sadly, Mike was so blinded by his that it led him to make a fatal (albeit heroic) choice; I doubt many people could survive two cement trucks exploding around them.  

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While we talk about Centipede, was Raina’s feeble attempt at affection for Po supposed to make him seem scarier? It if was, it missed; all I got was the creeps. When we met Raina she seemed cool and spooky, very in control and confident in her actions. This Raina was more like an untrained puppy who wags their tail at the slightest thing and will tuck it and run just as quickly.

Back on the bus, I really feel bad for Skye. Her quest to find out about her parents is not only hitting walls within SHIELD, but now it looks like Coulson and May have decided to be obstacles as well. What could possibly be so bad they need to totally block her without telling her why? 

Speaking of Coulson, after 10 episodes, I really feel like we should know more about what happened to him after the battle of New York. Did he die? Is he a clone? Does he really hang out with Thor?

The worst part is the longer they drag out this super-secret-mystery, the longer they have to wait to introduce us to the next big plot twist. When the show resumes, here are a few things I would hope they would do to help the show: 

  • Tell us what happen to Coulson – With how long they have dragged out his death in New York, it will be next to impossible for the answer of how he is here to live up to the expectation that has been built up. It will either be under-whelming, (i.e. he’s a clone). Or it will be so big, it will be unbelievable, (i.e. resurrected by aliens from Mars riding unicorns).
  • Team Balance – I enjoy the mystery around Skye’s mom; could we have a mystery around one of the other team members for a bit? Maybe Simmons has residual super side effects. Or May has visions of being stuck on a starship with a Star Gate. Something! 
  • Use more of the Marvel Universe – There are literally thousands of characters in the Marvel Universe. Please use some that were not in the Avengers movie. Why not get a jump and start mentioning Guardians of the Galaxy? 

Overall, it was an acceptable episode. I was hoping for a bit more, but I knew going into the episode would be a cliff-hanger. Here is hoping that things continue to improve when Agents of SHIELD returns on January 7.

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Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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I'm more intrigued about who the Clairvoyant is than the mystery surrounding Coulson's resurrection. Could the Clairvoyant be an existing character from the Phase 1 movies like Samuel Sterns (portrayed by Tim Blake Nelson in the Incredible Hulk)? I enjoyed this episode for incorporating different elements from previous episodes to give the series an over-arcing plot. It has left me yearning for more.

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I actually thought this was a great episode. I mean, in the end, you could tell Mike wasn't really being truthful about what the plan was going to be, but I still didn't know what was going to happen. I felt myself on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. And for the first time, I actually found myself feeling bad for Skye. I don't usually resonate that well with her character much. I am actually more interested in this May and Ward hook up than I thought I would be. I'd like to see where that goes. I agree though that they really need to delve into the Marvel comic books more and get some characters from there. I'm not that upset that it's taking this long to reveal Coulson's secret. I think the build up will make it more exciting. I can't wait for this show to return!

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I actually thought this was a great episode. I mean, in the end, you could tell Mike wasn't really being truthful about what the plan was going to be, but I still didn't know what was going to happen. I felt myself on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. And for the first time, I actually found myself feeling bad for Skye. I don't usually resonate that well with her character much. I am actually more interested in this May and Ward hook up than I thought I would be. I'd like to see where that goes. I agree though that they really need to delve into the Marvel comic books more and get some characters from there. I'm not that upset that it's taking this long to reveal Coulson's secret. I think the build up will make it more exciting. I can't wait for this show to return!

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Loved the scene in which Simmons babbled about Mike's physique and Fitz got a bit jealous. Also liked May's and Ward's training scene and their fight later ("Here's whiskey for you" - "Don't ever do that again." - "Uhm, Brandy, then?"). Very good episode imo. I'm curious to see what "Tahiti" really is about and how the team will work together without Coulson. He was the one thing holding them all together in the very beginning and until now he was like the foundation of their team.

Braafhond

:-) Mike is stabilized (that helps) … big question is : was he wearing his suit under his clothes (that would help even more) … team : Ward was shot, Coulson is M.I.A. and Skye is currently mad at May … it shall be joyful (…or not) … Coulson would love to know the meaning of "Tahiti"… evil unicorns on the bus … mwahaha

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Ok everyone, settle down. I think that 'they' should release a little more of Coulsons' story, and a bit more of Mai's too... But I also think that many people are asking for the answer before the question is asked...

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OK I HAVE A THEORY - MAI IS SKYE'S MOTHER! - Did anyone else notice the similarity in looks?

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@ Wayne

I told same thing weeks ago

Marissa

Good episode. I can't wait till the show comes back I really want to learn more about what happened to Coulson and how they brought him back to life. I also want to learn more about Skye's story and we know that May and Coulson know something they aren't telling her which I think is mistake because what could be so bad it's worse if she continues to search for something and never gets the answer to or there's she find the answer and then she's mad at them for not telling her. Can't wait till January when the show comes back the preview makes it looks really good I can't wait I really want to know what's going to happen next.