With the DVD release date of Sept. 9 for Season 1 of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., there's just enough time to watch a couple episodes every day before season 2 begins! And so, a binge rewatch is in order.
And from the beginning, there will be spoilers!
This one's about family, folks.
Our team? They're a family. They have fought together and fought with each other.
They have faced loss and are facing loss, with Skye on her deathbed.
And they are going to do anything they can to save her.
This is an episode where we know what is going to happen. Skye is not going to die. This show is about her as much as it is about anyone, except possibly Coulson.
So the question is not “what?” The question is “how?” And even knowing the ending, there can still be satisfaction.
So to get from Skye's near death to Skye's recovery…
* Coulson gets character moments that push him to get the answers he was already looking for, only faster. There is more urgency here.
* We meet a new agent. Garrett.
* We meet a new agent. Trip.
* We get orders disobeyed.
* We get conflict.
* We get characters making choices.
* We get drama. Action.
“You wouldn't believe what I could talk this son of a gun into.” ~Agent Garrett, about Ward? There's a heavy line with new weight after the revelations later.
Until a few episodes ago, I don't know if the writers truly knew how they were going to let Winter Soldier specifically affect the characters. But here? Things are hitting the fan, and you can see how almost everything is setting the stage with foreshadowing and double meaning.
Example: Quinn is sitting there, explaining who the Clairvoyant is…TO the Clairvoyant.
But the BIG news? T.A.H.I.T.I. The Guest House. And…
After this episode we weren't asking about Garrett. We were asking about the alien. Who was he? What was he? Where was he from? When was he from? Why was he there? How did he get there?
None of those answers are given. I wonder if they will be. And I still say, I would love to see this episode setting up a bunker from World War II where Agent Carter and her friends brought a dead alien in an episode with some classic old school UFO imagery. Not the movie UFO stuff from the 40s and 50s, but the UFOlogy stuff from the 40s and 50s.
Anyway, another enjoyable episode, and one that is pushing us toward a crazy climax to this story arc.
Too bad it had to end on some weak special effects…