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TV Review: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 11 / January 7, 2014)

Jan. 7, 2014by: Alex Maidy

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EPISODE 11: "The Magical Place"

SYNOPSIS:  Coulson uncovers vital information about the mystery of his death, but, with Centipede out for blood, this knowledge may come at the cost of one of the team.

BREAKDOWN: (The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode).

After a cliffhanger ending where Coulson was captured by the forces of Centipede, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. had a nice hiatus to try and right the ship.  Viewers have been slipping away from the new series since the pilot episode as the show has struggled to find the right balance between direct connections to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and forging a distinct identity for itself.  The central connection between the two has always been Clark Gregg's fan favorite character.

As the latest episode opens, we are treated to the team functioning as a unit despite Coulson's 36-hour absence.  Taking down a man who deals in Chitauri artifacts to try and find their kidnapped leader, Ward, May, Fitz, Simmons, and Skye are now under the leadership of Agent Hand (Saffron Burrows) who immediately banishes Skye from the team despite Ward's plea.  May gives the final nay and drives another wedge in that fledgling love triangle.  Skye is on her own to try and find Coulson using her hacker skills while Ward and the crew try to get intel from their prisoner.

Meanwhile, we find Coulson dreaming of Tahiti as he is tortured by Po and his Centipede minions.  References are made again to the mysterious Clairivoyant who Po claims foresaw Coulson's death but not his resurrection.  It seems that trick is quite important for some unknown reason.  What feels odd about this little fact is that it seems Centipede has had numerous moments where they could have taken Coulson and yet they instead chose a very roundabout way of getting there.  Either the story was intentionally convoluted or the writers just figured out how to get where they wanted to go.

Skye finds it difficult to hack anything with her S.H.I.E.L.D. mandated wristband that blocks Internet access so she devises a plan to use a sketchy financial wizard (Rob Huebel) to hack for her.  Crashing a car, using a golf club to dial a phone, and dressing up in leather and aviator sunglasses, Skye pretents to be Melinda May to coerce Lloyd Rathman (Huebel) to do her bidding.  Skye successfully convinces the unsure Rathman by taking down two armed guards, which surprises her as much as him.

Coulson's torture is halted by The Clarivoyant who kills Po via cell phone and has Reina user her powers of persuasion to break their prisoner.  Reina uses the good cop method on Coulson and tries to convince him that S.H.I.E.L.D. is just as dangerous as Centipede.  Coulson questions the power they have with an army of super-soldiers to which we learn they want Coulson's secret to be able to bring their dead back to life.  Reina asks Coulson to allow the machine that was torturing him to unlock his unconscious so that they both can learn what happened to him after Loki killed him.

This is the central scene so far this season as we finally see Coulson begin to lose faith in S.H.I.E.L.D..  Building up to CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, seeing the holes within S.H.I.E.L.D. is integral to what is to come for the MCU at large.  Coulson is the one character who has professed undying faith in the system and having him lose even a small part of that is a massive blow.  Coulson goes into the machine and his recurring Tahiti dream begins to crumble.  First we see the doctor from the pilot asking who ordered "this" to which we hear it was Nick Fury.

It is here, finally, the explanation for what happened.  We see Nick Fury, green liquid, an operating room, visions of space, and Coulson begging to die as a machine does something to his exposed brain.  Before anything further can be seen, Skye and May rescue Coulson and disable the machine.  Reina is taken into custody and Coulson is back.  Coulson tells the team nothing was real, but...

Coulson finds the doctor who tells him he was actually dead for days, not seconds.  Fury employed scientists using questionable practices to try and save him.  During the seventh surgery, Coulson was in extreme pain and the machine we saw working on his brain was used to replace that will to die with a pleasant memory and the will to live.  The doctor tells Coulson if he only knew, but Coulson gets out of the car they are in and leaves.

The closing tease shows Mike Peterson, presumed dead, in a cell, burned and missing a leg.  His Centipede implant is glowing and as he looks in a mirror, we see instructions flash across the screen as in the previous episode "Eye Spy".

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES:

Chitauri and Coulson play central to this episode's plot and we see Nick Fury in a quick flash.

BEST LINE:

Hand: "It's unprecedented.  This kind of response for a Level 8 operative, the sheer manpower involved.  I've been on the phone all day with Director Fury, Commander Hill.  Everyone wants an update.  I don't understand it.  No single agent is that important."

Ward: "Coulson is."

COOLEST SCENE:

Brief, but seeing the S.H.I.E.L.D. jet redirect in mid-air to go rescue Coulson was a nice bit of CGI.

DO WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO COULSON YET?

Yes...no...sort of?  To be honest, we now know that Coulson died for a long time and was brought back and his memories replaced but we still have no idea what the hell happened.

EPISODE CLEARANCE LEVEL: 5/10

Alright, this was f*cking bullshit.  First off, if you are going to kidnap Coulson and give the team the goal to rescue him, don't make it for one episode.  Everything seems to tie up so neatly on this show week to week and this was just another example of it.  Having the team split and trying to find Coulson could have been a cool multi-episode story arc but instead plotlines building since the pilot are all neatly wrapped and put away.  But, the big "reveal" of what happened to Coulson ends up being nothing more than another tease to the big mystery.  I originally didn't want to know what happened to him and then they hinted at it a dozen times each episode.  Now I just want to know so we can move on.  Overall, this was a pretty good episode ruined by the shitty Coulson reveal.

NEXT ON MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.:

January 14, 2014 - "Seeds" - Coulson and May uncover startling information about Skye's past, while the team is swept into a storm at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy.

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6:54AM on 01/11/2014
Brought myself around to watching it, wasn't going to but figured what the hell.
Awful, just awful. Skye acting as a SHIELD agent was just embarrassing, in fact the whole season is an embarrassment.
Joss Whedon needs to step in and take over the reigns from Jed, who clearly cannot construct a TV series.
Surely Marvel/Kevin Feige are not happy with the output so far?

And to those below saying people are only hating on the show because there's no super heroes in it every week. No, people
Brought myself around to watching it, wasn't going to but figured what the hell.
Awful, just awful. Skye acting as a SHIELD agent was just embarrassing, in fact the whole season is an embarrassment.
Joss Whedon needs to step in and take over the reigns from Jed, who clearly cannot construct a TV series.
Surely Marvel/Kevin Feige are not happy with the output so far?

And to those below saying people are only hating on the show because there's no super heroes in it every week. No, people are hating on it cos its fucking awful. Daytime soaps have actors that are less wooden and better scripts.
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3:26AM on 01/10/2014

It didn't make sense

In the first episode, Ward thought Coulson was dead. Then Coulson appears and says "Welcome to Level 7." Now Agent Hand says "Everyone is looking for Coulson" but how can that be if they don't even know he's alive? If someone without Level 7 clearance were to find Coulson then how would they explain that Coulson was still alive? Anyway, they avoided this problem by having the regular cast find Coulson themselves. It would make sense if that was what Agent Hand wanted all along.
In the first episode, Ward thought Coulson was dead. Then Coulson appears and says "Welcome to Level 7." Now Agent Hand says "Everyone is looking for Coulson" but how can that be if they don't even know he's alive? If someone without Level 7 clearance were to find Coulson then how would they explain that Coulson was still alive? Anyway, they avoided this problem by having the regular cast find Coulson themselves. It would make sense if that was what Agent Hand wanted all along.
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10:17PM on 01/08/2014
I really liked the Jordan hitting the game winner over Russell joke from Coulson. Does it fit his character? Nope. The writer must have been sitting on that one for awhile.
I really liked the Jordan hitting the game winner over Russell joke from Coulson. Does it fit his character? Nope. The writer must have been sitting on that one for awhile.
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3:36PM on 01/08/2014

I wonder

Why they are using the name Clarivoyant when there is an actual comic character named Claire Voyant who is a operative for Satan and the original Black Widow. Who has a "Death Touch" Which makes you wonder, how the guy died over the phone. And also, in a past episode "The girl in the flower dress" When they made mention how the clairvoyant doesnt like to be touched. Its not the best tv show out there, and Arrow is way better but i like to keep watching just to see what comes next. Its like
Why they are using the name Clarivoyant when there is an actual comic character named Claire Voyant who is a operative for Satan and the original Black Widow. Who has a "Death Touch" Which makes you wonder, how the guy died over the phone. And also, in a past episode "The girl in the flower dress" When they made mention how the clairvoyant doesnt like to be touched. Its not the best tv show out there, and Arrow is way better but i like to keep watching just to see what comes next. Its like that really bad Sci Fi tv movie that you talk about and say how garbage it is and before you know it you sat through the entire movie.
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2:44PM on 01/08/2014
Um when does Arrow come back?
Um when does Arrow come back?
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3:35PM on 01/08/2014
Next Wednesday the 15th!! So excited to have it back!!! Especially after the Deathstroke reveal!
Next Wednesday the 15th!! So excited to have it back!!! Especially after the Deathstroke reveal!
1:06PM on 01/08/2014

I have been loving this show.

Everyone keeps saying "I'm a die hard comic fan and I'm heavily disappointed by this" I saw someone say he wanted it all about superheroes. If they gave you that it wouldn't be called Agents of Shield. Once they announced the title Agents of Shield I knew exactly what we would get. This show is about the people who support the superheroes. Coulson, Blake, Sitwell all who have showed up in the Marvel One-Shots. You guys seem to love the hell out of those, why is this show any different? I do
Everyone keeps saying "I'm a die hard comic fan and I'm heavily disappointed by this" I saw someone say he wanted it all about superheroes. If they gave you that it wouldn't be called Agents of Shield. Once they announced the title Agents of Shield I knew exactly what we would get. This show is about the people who support the superheroes. Coulson, Blake, Sitwell all who have showed up in the Marvel One-Shots. You guys seem to love the hell out of those, why is this show any different? I do dislike how everything is neatly wrapped, but I have loved the smaller appearances of people such as Scorch, and Graviton. Looking forward to Blizzard. I'm hoping they use AoS to launch some smaller characters into the movies. I think an appearance by Hawkeye would be great, or even someone like Crossbones. I'm also pretty interested if they decided to do "crossover" episodes with those netlfix shows.
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7:56PM on 01/08/2014
No, Man ... we mean the story ...it doesn't matter if they don't have superhero flick .... but please the story, the act , the simple fight ...more like watching soap opera, man.
MARVEL agent of Sh**t is trying to copy story like x-files or fringe (the mission of mystery on the world) but X-files or Fringe have better or Great on thriller story, better acting , good chemistry than M.A.S. Not believe me, try watch Fringe season 1 just 2 or 3 episode on the beginning then compare it with all
No, Man ... we mean the story ...it doesn't matter if they don't have superhero flick .... but please the story, the act , the simple fight ...more like watching soap opera, man.
MARVEL agent of Sh**t is trying to copy story like x-files or fringe (the mission of mystery on the world) but X-files or Fringe have better or Great on thriller story, better acting , good chemistry than M.A.S. Not believe me, try watch Fringe season 1 just 2 or 3 episode on the beginning then compare it with all episode on MAS (Marvel Agent of Sh**t)
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1:04PM on 01/08/2014
Of all the amazing shows on TV, why does Joblo review this awful one? S.H.I.E.L.D is the worst show on TV, I'm actually shocked that it hasn't been cancelled yet.
Of all the amazing shows on TV, why does Joblo review this awful one? S.H.I.E.L.D is the worst show on TV, I'm actually shocked that it hasn't been cancelled yet.
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12:32PM on 01/08/2014

Stopped watching after 4 or 5 episodes.

This show is just boring. It is horribly acted, scripted and is just boring.
This show is just boring. It is horribly acted, scripted and is just boring.
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12:05PM on 01/08/2014

Sad to say...

I don't want it to seem like I am just piling on, but this show is a HUGE disappointment. No longer care what happened to Coulson, I lost interest weeks ago. Obviously I'm not the only one, as the show has lost half it's total viewers from the pilot episode. Even though I haven't been watching, not surprised you say the episodes are getting even worse. It's just not well done.
I don't want it to seem like I am just piling on, but this show is a HUGE disappointment. No longer care what happened to Coulson, I lost interest weeks ago. Obviously I'm not the only one, as the show has lost half it's total viewers from the pilot episode. Even though I haven't been watching, not surprised you say the episodes are getting even worse. It's just not well done.
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10:52AM on 01/08/2014
Sure the show has flaws, but the longer it goes the better it will be. And having it intertwining with the new films will be pretty cool to see. I'm enjoying it for what it is. I never expected it to be a tv version of the avengers. I just hope they work Coulson back into the movies at some point.
Sure the show has flaws, but the longer it goes the better it will be. And having it intertwining with the new films will be pretty cool to see. I'm enjoying it for what it is. I never expected it to be a tv version of the avengers. I just hope they work Coulson back into the movies at some point.
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10:19AM on 01/08/2014

Welcome to Level 7....

the all anal level.
the all anal level.
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8:24AM on 01/08/2014
Can someone review Arrow every week? Not that I care about the review so much but it gives fans on this site the opportunity to talk about it. And it helps spread the good word. Since this show seems to be dead in the water.
Can someone review Arrow every week? Not that I care about the review so much but it gives fans on this site the opportunity to talk about it. And it helps spread the good word. Since this show seems to be dead in the water.
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3:41PM on 01/08/2014
I agree. Even Yahoo news has been talking about Arrow and did a whole write about how it is the best comic show on TV. Same with EW. This site is very much Marvel biased. Sure we get stories on Batman VS Superman but nothing else. ComicbookMovie does recaps every week of Arrow though....as do most comic centered sites. I just go to there or Superhero Hype. They also cover the new DC Animated film "War" coming out plus all the BvS stuff.



I keep reading these review of AoS to see if it is
I agree. Even Yahoo news has been talking about Arrow and did a whole write about how it is the best comic show on TV. Same with EW. This site is very much Marvel biased. Sure we get stories on Batman VS Superman but nothing else. ComicbookMovie does recaps every week of Arrow though....as do most comic centered sites. I just go to there or Superhero Hype. They also cover the new DC Animated film "War" coming out plus all the BvS stuff.



I keep reading these review of AoS to see if it is getting any better....but sadly no.
8:01AM on 01/09/2014
Thanks for the info Snoopish. Will check it out.
Thanks for the info Snoopish. Will check it out.
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2:57AM on 01/08/2014
Gave up on this series. It just wasn't that interesting anymore. I am so disappointed they missed their opportunity to utilize the Marvel universe in ways that could have made this show a pinnacle of comic book television. They could have surpassed anything the CW has had. Instead, we get subpar stories about subpar characters. There's so much potential in so many of the Marvel characters created over the years. But in an attempt to be original, they created something mediocre. I can't see this
Gave up on this series. It just wasn't that interesting anymore. I am so disappointed they missed their opportunity to utilize the Marvel universe in ways that could have made this show a pinnacle of comic book television. They could have surpassed anything the CW has had. Instead, we get subpar stories about subpar characters. There's so much potential in so many of the Marvel characters created over the years. But in an attempt to be original, they created something mediocre. I can't see this show surviving after season 2, if it even gets that.
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2:36AM on 01/08/2014

I laugh at your review

I didn't watch but YOU have given an 8/10 to episodes that IMO have deserved a big fat 2/10, so seeing you give this a 5 makes me laugh hard. This probably rated pretty low then if you gave it a 5.
I didn't watch but YOU have given an 8/10 to episodes that IMO have deserved a big fat 2/10, so seeing you give this a 5 makes me laugh hard. This probably rated pretty low then if you gave it a 5.
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1:37AM on 01/08/2014

seriously bro,

we need review another TV series, this MARVEL agent SHIELD is Horrible show...... Acting - minus, chemistry - meh, story - bad..... Try Almost human , or the Blacklist
we need review another TV series, this MARVEL agent SHIELD is Horrible show...... Acting - minus, chemistry - meh, story - bad..... Try Almost human , or the Blacklist
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12:33AM on 01/08/2014
ok all i want to know is how he came back yes it was interesting to know he was dead for days but come the fuck on just tell us how he came back instead of dicking us around thats the only reason i keep watching this damn show anymore when or if they revel how he came back im done with the show gettin marvel blue balls over here
ok all i want to know is how he came back yes it was interesting to know he was dead for days but come the fuck on just tell us how he came back instead of dicking us around thats the only reason i keep watching this damn show anymore when or if they revel how he came back im done with the show gettin marvel blue balls over here
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12:05AM on 01/08/2014
I liked this episode more than some of the prior ones just due to more focus on Coulson, but it was still pretty average. The villains on this show have been lame and forgettable.
I liked this episode more than some of the prior ones just due to more focus on Coulson, but it was still pretty average. The villains on this show have been lame and forgettable.
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12:00AM on 01/08/2014
I no longer have interest in this show.It's not a steamy pile of monkey shit,but it's boring.
I no longer have interest in this show.It's not a steamy pile of monkey shit,but it's boring.
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11:51PM on 01/07/2014
Shocking. Another sub par episode.
Shocking. Another sub par episode.
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