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TV Review: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Episode 12 / January 14, 2014)

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EPISODE 12: "Seeds"

SYNOPSIS:  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.

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

After last week's letdown of a reveal regarding Coulson's post-AVENGERS resurrection, this week's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. had the difficult job of taking what we learned and building on it.  But, first a mission needs to be undertaken.  While Fitz, Simmons, Skye, and Ward investigate a mysterious attack on cadets at the S.H.I.E.L.D. SciTech Academy, May and Coulson go off on their own.

Now that AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. is building a world of their own, more of the agency's heirarchy needs to be established.  In this case, the various S.H.I.E.L.D. academy branches and their Hogwarts-like rivalries and connections.  Fitz and Simmons investigate a device using technology they both developed that is being used to carry out attacks on the students that freezes anything in it's path.  As Fitz and Simmons are treated like royalty, it becomes apparent that the victims of the freezing attacks are not what they seem.

Fitz and Simmons started out as annoying characters on the show but are quickly growing on me.  One of the strengths of Joss Whedon series is making the outcast and the nerdy cool.  Fitz and Simmons fit that mold perfectly and are the relatable characters in the group while also pretty good agents.  But, they do make stupid mistakes.  In this case, Fitz mistakenly helps the cadets who staged the attacks complete their massive ice weapon.  Good move and one that the writers telegraphed from the moment the episode began.

May and Coulson travel to Mexico City to find a missing agent who may have background on the death of their colleague, Agent Avery.  During their stakeout, Coulson questions what he learned about his death and May tries to convince him to trust the report and what Director Fury told them.  They find their target and May goes toe to toe with the guy who almost escapes.  Coulson uses Lola to catch the guy who references "the baby girl".

It seems we are now getting some more on Skye's backstory.  After a dozen episodes of build-up, can they screw this up as badly as the Coulson reveal?  As the agent recounts his story of a mission to retrieve an OA4 (Object of Unknown Origin), he tells May and Coulson the baby was that object.  He mentions the child had powers of some sort that they were not witness to.  When they returned with the infant, the agents began being executed, they faked Level 8 clearance and left the baby with foster care.

As the team comes back together, they deduce that Ian Quinn, the millionaire scumbag who appeared in the third episode "The Asset" is backing the two cadets to build the device and sell it to him.  When Quinn backs out due to S.H.I.E.L.D. getting involved, the two cadets trigger the device.  The weather goes out of control, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS style,   As the device is destroyed in the storm, May lands The Bus in the middle of the storm and saves the two injured cadets, one of whom doesn't survive.  He is then taken to The Sandbox for observation but only after displaying that the freezing powers are now within him.

Skye asks Coulson why he has been asking odd around her.  Despite May telling Coulson they should not reveal the truth to her, Coulson feels a kinship after his ordeal and relates the story of what happened to Skye as a baby.  While we still don't know exactly what happened to her, the way this scene plays out actually works really well and gives an emotional depth to a subplot building all season.  This makes Coulson's reveal even worse in comparison.

The closing scene has Coulson giving a warning to Ian Quinn to not come near S.H.I.E.L.D. airspace.  Quinn's response is to tell Coulson that The Clarivoyant says hello.  Dun, dun, dunnnn!

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES:

While looking at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Wall of Valor showing agents lost in the line of duty, Skye notes the name Bucky Barnes, aka the future Winter Soldier.

During a speech about S.H.I.E.L.D. history, Fitz and Simmons reference HYDRA and AIM.

BEST LINE:

"Agent Ward and I have been having sex." - May to Coulson who doesn't hear her as they find their target.

COOLEST SCENE:

May flying The Bus right into the eye of a hurricane was pretty damn cool.  After weak CGI early in the season, the VFX crew seems to have hit their stride.

DO WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO COULSON YET?

Coulson spends time reviewing his file and questioning what he learned last week, but no new information.

EPISODE CLEARANCE LEVEL: 7/10

The prospect of Skye being more than just a hacker is a damn good idea.  We have all been clamoring for this team to have something more than just the stereotypical bunch.  Developing Skye as a superhero could be the push in the right direction that the series needs.  The Skye we have come to know with her search for who she was can now be left behind and she can continue her path to discovering her potential.  With this episode, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. went from being Coulson's show to being Skye's as well.

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

The series returns on February 4th with an episode featuring a cameo from Stan Lee and the promise of a major cliffhanger/reveal.

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12:49AM on 01/18/2014
I liked this episode, the world-building with S.H.I.E.L.D. Hogwarts was done well and really fun. Had a chill when Bucky Barnes was pointed out as one of the stars on the wall of honour.
I liked this episode, the world-building with S.H.I.E.L.D. Hogwarts was done well and really fun. Had a chill when Bucky Barnes was pointed out as one of the stars on the wall of honour.
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10:52AM on 01/16/2014

Disappointing

I hope things tie together. Does this Clairvoyant know about Graviton and the Blizzard? Is he/she trying to recruit a version of the Masters of Evil? Why did he/she let Scorch die? Why did he/she break the asshole out of prsion and then kill him? Is this going anywhere or are we just being teased?
I hope things tie together. Does this Clairvoyant know about Graviton and the Blizzard? Is he/she trying to recruit a version of the Masters of Evil? Why did he/she let Scorch die? Why did he/she break the asshole out of prsion and then kill him? Is this going anywhere or are we just being teased?
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1:40PM on 01/15/2014

good episode

They seem to be going in the right direction, but they need to quit the Smallville shit. I was a fan of the later seasons of Smallville, but the early ones that were so terrified of being a comic book show and introduced young versions of known characters that rarely got aliases and never got costumes...C'mon Marvel, you are playing in your own world now, with hundreds of available characters, and you don't even mention them? the Barnes tip of the hat was a good one, setting up The Sandbox as
They seem to be going in the right direction, but they need to quit the Smallville shit. I was a fan of the later seasons of Smallville, but the early ones that were so terrified of being a comic book show and introduced young versions of known characters that rarely got aliases and never got costumes...C'mon Marvel, you are playing in your own world now, with hundreds of available characters, and you don't even mention them? the Barnes tip of the hat was a good one, setting up The Sandbox as a place where Blizzard and others might be harnessed is another, but especially, with this group, I want to see Fitz/ Simmons debating known marvel tech like the mandroids, the wizard's gear, The Guardsmen armor.... I want Moon Knight and ward to fight, dammit! I want news footage with lesser known characters, I want Fantomex to pull of a heist on The Bus while it is in flight....actually, just give me that last one and I'll be happy. In short, I am a comic book fan, and this is a great time to be one. I want to love this show, and Clark Gregg's awesomeness and Elizabeth Henstridge's beauty are always welcome, but it is time to stop sticking your toes in the pool and just dive in
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1:15PM on 01/15/2014
This show is awful, thank God Arrow comes on tonight.
This show is awful, thank God Arrow comes on tonight.
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1:46PM on 01/15/2014
There is potential in this show that they are wasting (see my post) but, yeah, I completely agree, I love Arrow and it is a far superior show that they seem to be having a blast making. I get the feeling the writers are smiling when they drop names like Ra's Al Ghul, knowing how we will react when we hear it
There is potential in this show that they are wasting (see my post) but, yeah, I completely agree, I love Arrow and it is a far superior show that they seem to be having a blast making. I get the feeling the writers are smiling when they drop names like Ra's Al Ghul, knowing how we will react when we hear it
8:38AM on 01/16/2014
No one was talking about Arrow the first season, The first part of season 1 of Arrow WAS AWFUL! second got a little bit better and yes the second season is knocking it out of the park. The same will be about SHIELD, there needs to be an introduction time. I feel like everyone expected SHIELD to be an automatic hit with the avengers, xmen, defenders making appearances. in the Early history of SHIELD (comics) there wasn't a ton of cross between super heroes and SHIELD later on SHIELD
No one was talking about Arrow the first season, The first part of season 1 of Arrow WAS AWFUL! second got a little bit better and yes the second season is knocking it out of the park. The same will be about SHIELD, there needs to be an introduction time. I feel like everyone expected SHIELD to be an automatic hit with the avengers, xmen, defenders making appearances. in the Early history of SHIELD (comics) there wasn't a ton of cross between super heroes and SHIELD later on SHIELD started having black widow (which they obviously can't use) and other main heroes...before that is was a spy story trying to catch a particular baddie. is SHIELD with its faults...yes of course it is. I am tired of hearing SHIELD compared with Arrow. Its like comparing adult Michael Jordan with High school Michael Jordan. GIVE IT TIME!
7:40AM on 01/15/2014
I see no one thinks what i do. Skye is the clairvoyant. It's so obvious. they said they didn't see how she used her powers. For her to easily hack S.H.I.E.L.D. is a bit odd. it would be a great twist that no one saw coming. She knew exactly where Coulson was when he was getting his memory extracted. Just watch...
I see no one thinks what i do. Skye is the clairvoyant. It's so obvious. they said they didn't see how she used her powers. For her to easily hack S.H.I.E.L.D. is a bit odd. it would be a great twist that no one saw coming. She knew exactly where Coulson was when he was getting his memory extracted. Just watch...
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6:56AM on 01/15/2014

freezing powers ?

Could this be the creation of Blizzard ?
He's an Iron Man villain, hired by Justin Hammer on numerous times...
Could this be the creation of Blizzard ?
He's an Iron Man villain, hired by Justin Hammer on numerous times...
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8:57AM on 01/15/2014
It was Blizzard -- Donnie Gill.
It was Blizzard -- Donnie Gill.
10:08AM on 01/15/2014
Thanks for the Intel... I haven't seen the episode yet, so I didn't know the name of the guy...
Thanks for the Intel... I haven't seen the episode yet, so I didn't know the name of the guy...
2:45AM on 01/15/2014

I bet money that Whedon has hardly anything to do with this show

If Joss was involved, it wouldn't be so bad.
If Joss was involved, it wouldn't be so bad.
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6:10AM on 01/15/2014
snickers....
snickers....
12:55AM on 01/15/2014
It was a decent one. Probably the best of the season.
It was a decent one. Probably the best of the season.
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12:16AM on 01/15/2014
This episode felt like a turning point for the show. They're starting to reveal what they've been teasing all season, while setting up plots and villains for later seasons. What I don't get is why everyone who complains about this show still watches it. If it's that bad why are you tuning in every week?
This episode felt like a turning point for the show. They're starting to reveal what they've been teasing all season, while setting up plots and villains for later seasons. What I don't get is why everyone who complains about this show still watches it. If it's that bad why are you tuning in every week?
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11:52PM on 01/14/2014

Still ...

Still think its a show worth watching, still think it will get better, still think Sky will become Spider-Woman
Still think its a show worth watching, still think it will get better, still think Sky will become Spider-Woman
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11:04AM on 01/16/2014
Spiderwoman doesn't fit.
Spiderwoman doesn't fit.
11:49PM on 01/14/2014

Why??

Seriously I don't get all the hate on this show. Is the writing the best? Nope, but it's not awful either. Many of Wheedon's earlier work had predictable stories but the fun was in the characters coming together. I for one enjoy the show and the chance it brings to expand the Marvel Universe in a way the movies just can't.
Seriously I don't get all the hate on this show. Is the writing the best? Nope, but it's not awful either. Many of Wheedon's earlier work had predictable stories but the fun was in the characters coming together. I for one enjoy the show and the chance it brings to expand the Marvel Universe in a way the movies just can't.
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11:35PM on 01/14/2014
i enjoyed the school stuff but didnt dig the mexico trip this show either flat out sucks or is uneven as hell
i enjoyed the school stuff but didnt dig the mexico trip this show either flat out sucks or is uneven as hell
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11:07PM on 01/14/2014
This show sucks. Thankfully, Arrow comes back tomorrow night.
This show sucks. Thankfully, Arrow comes back tomorrow night.
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1:05AM on 01/15/2014
This show sucks major arrow heads. Too bad they don't do a cross over episode where Queen shows how B.A. he is and takes out the entire SHIELD team, put this show out of its misery.
This show sucks major arrow heads. Too bad they don't do a cross over episode where Queen shows how B.A. he is and takes out the entire SHIELD team, put this show out of its misery.
3:27AM on 01/15/2014
It would be better than anything that this show has done.
It would be better than anything that this show has done.
9:57AM on 01/15/2014
You say the same thing every week. Why do you keep watching and coming here to comment on it if you hate it so much? It doesn't make sense.
You say the same thing every week. Why do you keep watching and coming here to comment on it if you hate it so much? It doesn't make sense.
8:40AM on 01/16/2014
says the Guy with a Green Lantern picture...Having a Green Lantern picture shows your poor taste....
says the Guy with a Green Lantern picture...Having a Green Lantern picture shows your poor taste....
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