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TV Review: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Episode 14

03.04.2014

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EPISODE 14: "T.A.H.I.T.I."

SYNOPSIS:  Coulson goes on the attack to save Skye—enlisting the aid of Ward's former S.O. John Garrett (Bill Paxton)—and uncovers shocking truths about his own life and S.H.I.E.L.D.

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

After the last episode of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel and ABC seem to have been in rescue mode to try and reestablish the tone of the series. Commercials airing during the Oscars subtitled the next story arc as "Uprising" with Captain America's shield coming into play. We have heard for a while that CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER would be a major event in the plotting of the television series and now we will begin to see how that will occur.

Picking up with Skye in Intensive Care, the team ponders their actions while Coulson tries to get Nick Fury on the line to save her.  The doctor says Skye cannot be saved which sends May in to kick Ian Quinn's ass.  But, here is where things begin to connect.  Coulson decides that the only course of action is to bring Skye to the doctors that saved him to do the same for her.  We learned over the last couple of episodes that Coulson's resurrection and the special nature of who Skye was as a child would come into play.  Maybe the big reveal that disappointed everyone was not the end of the story.

After disobeying an order to hand over Quinn, S.H.I.E.L.D. takes over the Bus and Coulson's command.  Boarding the plane is John Garrett (Bill Paxton) who has a history with both Coulson and Ward.  They decide to team to save Skye as she is evidence against Quinn.  Meanwhile, Fitz and Simmons review Coulson's file to see if they can find a way to save Skye.  What they find instead is that all of the data in the file seems to not exist and the doctors who treated Coulson are suddenly missing.  Quinn reveals that he shot Skye on orders from the Clairvoyant who is desperate to learn what happened to Coulson.

What is becoming more apparent now is that the disparate subplots and stories from the first 13 episodes of the season are somewhat interconnected.  Whether this is intentional from the outset or the result of the writers trying to appease dissatisfied fans, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. is beginning to focus which is what it was missing for the last several months.

Fitz and Simmons discover a secret location known as The Guest House that may be where Fury had Coulson taken to be saved after THE AVENGERS.  Unable to confirm the entry passcode, the team storms the base.  Discovering the failsafe will self destruct the installation in 10 minutes, Coulson frantically looks for the medicine that helped save him.  He then finds the operating bay he remembered from his torturous surgery which in turn leads them to the GH-425 serum and a while marked T.A.H.I.T.I.

With Skye seizing and on the verge of death, Ward takes the serum to the Bus while Garrett finds Coulson dazed and wandering the base shouting not to give Skye the serum.  Barely making it off of the location as it explodes, Coulson reaches the team after they inject Skye, stabilizing her.  No one seems to know what Coulson saw or why he was afraid to give the serum to Skye.  Garrett takes Quinn into custody, leaving Coulson and the team to patch themselves back together.

May confronts Coulson about what he saw on the base.  Flashing back to that scene, we see Coulson in a room full of tubes linked to vials of the serum.  Within a large containment unit, Coulson discovers some sort of blue alien body missing it's lower half, seemingly the source of the serum.  

The closing scene shows a mysterious woman named Lorelai mentioning Midgard and taking a man under her spell.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES:

Coulson calls Nick Fury in the opening scene and the entirety of the episode deals with Coulson's death and return.  The closing scene features villain Lorelai who has direct connections to THOR and Loki.

BEST LINE:

"Catchy, right?  Sounds like some sort of wrestler from the 80s." - Agent Garrett in reference to Deathlok

COOLEST SCENE:

Fitz and Simmons using the holo-computer to deduce how to save Skye was pretty cool, but the reveal of the blue alien dude was pretty damn trippy.

DO WE (REALLY) KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO COULSON YET?  OR WHAT SKYE'S POWER IS?  OR WHO THE CLAIRVOYANT IS?

More layers of mystery!  Now we have this blue creature that somehow links to Coulson's resurrection as well as Skye's.  Plus more references to the Clairvoyant wanting to know Coulson's secret.  But, nothing concrete.

EPISODE CLEARANCE LEVEL: 9/10

Another really good episode.  This is the tone and style that would have made the first 13 episodes of the series a hell of a lot more consistent.  A few mild moments of humor, but overall a serious, action-packed and fun hour of television.  The mystery elements set up from the pilot continue to be invoked while references to the Marvel Universe are built into the plot rather than dropped in just for name value.  This is what the show needs to be and hopefully the second half of this season will be as good as this episode.

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

Episode 15 - "Yes Men" airs March 11th.

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9:43AM on 03/06/2014

Where is the Arrow review?

That show has had consistent great episodes, 2 seasons of growing improvement and fandom, but no review for it. AoS dropped the ball not being "Marvel" enough, fans have caught on and the inflated ratings are dropping every week it's on. Not trolling for Arrow, but come on JoBlo, that show deserves a review about as much as this disappointing let down of a show.
That show has had consistent great episodes, 2 seasons of growing improvement and fandom, but no review for it. AoS dropped the ball not being "Marvel" enough, fans have caught on and the inflated ratings are dropping every week it's on. Not trolling for Arrow, but come on JoBlo, that show deserves a review about as much as this disappointing let down of a show.
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4:26PM on 03/06/2014
I personally think Arrow is just as bad as Agents Of SHIELD. Both could be 10x better.
I personally think Arrow is just as bad as Agents Of SHIELD. Both could be 10x better.
8:42PM on 03/05/2014

me likey.

Glad to see something cool like the possible first sighting of a Kree, making a nice tie-in to Guardians this summer and possible explaining Skye's mystery status (i am betting she's a pink-Kree or a hybrid). And Paxton was his usual cool.
Glad to see something cool like the possible first sighting of a Kree, making a nice tie-in to Guardians this summer and possible explaining Skye's mystery status (i am betting she's a pink-Kree or a hybrid). And Paxton was his usual cool.
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3:55PM on 03/05/2014

It's getting better

The show is improving, There are still some issues but i like where it's going! Bill paxton was Great! If i remember correctly he was signed for 4 episodes? Hope to see more if him! And maybe now that skye has got the serum she Will Discover her powers as hinted in previous episodes?
The show is improving, There are still some issues but i like where it's going! Bill paxton was Great! If i remember correctly he was signed for 4 episodes? Hope to see more if him! And maybe now that skye has got the serum she Will Discover her powers as hinted in previous episodes?
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11:43AM on 03/05/2014
Sorry, but I must disagree. This episode just felt like filler. Completely useless except for some points here and there. 5/10.

And if you are wondering I don't hate the show. Actually I thought over the past few episodes it was getting better.
Sorry, but I must disagree. This episode just felt like filler. Completely useless except for some points here and there. 5/10.

And if you are wondering I don't hate the show. Actually I thought over the past few episodes it was getting better.
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7:43AM on 03/06/2014
This is just a classic joblo bullshit review.
This is just a classic joblo bullshit review.
9:50AM on 03/06/2014
It's not getting better, people are lowering their expectations. Wait till they screw up Deathlok.
It's not getting better, people are lowering their expectations. Wait till they screw up Deathlok.
12:11PM on 03/06/2014
Nivekian - In my opinion the past couple episode before the Tuesday episode have been a lot better. I'm not some Marvel fanboy either. I admit the show started off very slowly. And I never completely give a show a final rating until it has an entire season under its belt.
Nivekian - In my opinion the past couple episode before the Tuesday episode have been a lot better. I'm not some Marvel fanboy either. I admit the show started off very slowly. And I never completely give a show a final rating until it has an entire season under its belt.
11:27AM on 03/05/2014

What if....

The clairvoyant is Loki? I saw a video and a guy had this interesting theory that this might be the case. We all know Hiddleson has wanted to appear on the tv series and it seems to have a lot of close ties to Asgard. It would explain a lot that the clairvoyant knows everything about Coulson except about his resurrection and since he is on the throne in Asgard he can keep close tabs on the agents from far away. Loki won't be in Avengers 2 so something's gotta keep him busy.
The clairvoyant is Loki? I saw a video and a guy had this interesting theory that this might be the case. We all know Hiddleson has wanted to appear on the tv series and it seems to have a lot of close ties to Asgard. It would explain a lot that the clairvoyant knows everything about Coulson except about his resurrection and since he is on the throne in Asgard he can keep close tabs on the agents from far away. Loki won't be in Avengers 2 so something's gotta keep him busy.
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2:32PM on 03/05/2014
Interesting, although Loki doesn't seem to be the kind of guy to control people with cybernetic eyeballs.
Interesting, although Loki doesn't seem to be the kind of guy to control people with cybernetic eyeballs.
2:57PM on 03/05/2014
Yeah you've got a point. Still kinda fun to think about.
Yeah you've got a point. Still kinda fun to think about.
9:49AM on 03/06/2014
The Clairvoyant is no one special, probably a Smallville-esqe/ Heroes-esqe made up crap character. Someone at Disney has to catch on that Loeb had something to do with those two disappointing shows, and see he is poisoning AoS with the same lackluster storytelling. Fire him, hire someone like Brad Bird to push the show in a more fantastic, Marvel friendly direction.
The Clairvoyant is no one special, probably a Smallville-esqe/ Heroes-esqe made up crap character. Someone at Disney has to catch on that Loeb had something to do with those two disappointing shows, and see he is poisoning AoS with the same lackluster storytelling. Fire him, hire someone like Brad Bird to push the show in a more fantastic, Marvel friendly direction.
9:55AM on 03/05/2014
It sounds like this series is finally starting to find its groove. I'll have to start watching again.
It sounds like this series is finally starting to find its groove. I'll have to start watching again.
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9:04AM on 03/05/2014

Show still sucks

It feels like a horrible soap opera based on the lowest of the low civilians set in the marvel univserse. Seriously though, this show got boring and fast. I stopped watching, along with 80% of the people who made it past the first 4 episodes. It just isn't interesting.
It feels like a horrible soap opera based on the lowest of the low civilians set in the marvel univserse. Seriously though, this show got boring and fast. I stopped watching, along with 80% of the people who made it past the first 4 episodes. It just isn't interesting.
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9:01AM on 03/05/2014

I thought it was GH-425?

I liked this episode and baffled at what kind of alien race that was. Though quick check on Google provided a good candidate that could tie into the Clairvoyant:
Interdites - A humanoid race with blue skin, they have developed precognition as well as other psionic powers. They come from the planet Interdis, seventh from the sun in the Tartaru star system in the Milky Way galaxy. Their civilization was demolished by the Badoon, and surviving Interdites have turned to mysticism and live like
I liked this episode and baffled at what kind of alien race that was. Though quick check on Google provided a good candidate that could tie into the Clairvoyant:
Interdites - A humanoid race with blue skin, they have developed precognition as well as other psionic powers. They come from the planet Interdis, seventh from the sun in the Tartaru star system in the Milky Way galaxy. Their civilization was demolished by the Badoon, and surviving Interdites have turned to mysticism and live like hermits scattered across the galaxy. First seen in Warlock #15 (November 1974).

Also hope Quinn is gone for good, such a lame villain.
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6:04AM on 03/05/2014

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Aww I have missed this site sucking marvels dick!!
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1:52AM on 03/05/2014

Alien

Was the alien connected a Chitauri with it's mask off?
I wasn't paying close enough attention apparently lol
Was the alien connected a Chitauri with it's mask off?
I wasn't paying close enough attention apparently lol
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2:00AM on 03/05/2014
the Chitauri dont have a human face like this thing did, unless its a different type of Chitauri. Hell for all we know it could be some form of Frost Giant.
the Chitauri dont have a human face like this thing did, unless its a different type of Chitauri. Hell for all we know it could be some form of Frost Giant.
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1:14AM on 03/05/2014
I think it's going to turn out that May is Skye's real mother. It could also be possible that Coulson is her real father, although I don't have as strong a feeling about that one.
I think it's going to turn out that May is Skye's real mother. It could also be possible that Coulson is her real father, although I don't have as strong a feeling about that one.
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12:47AM on 03/05/2014
If that wasn't the remains of a crashed Kree scout, I'll eat my hat.
If that wasn't the remains of a crashed Kree scout, I'll eat my hat.
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8:31AM on 03/05/2014
I was saying the same thing. I am going to be excited if that is a kree
I was saying the same thing. I am going to be excited if that is a kree
12:28AM on 03/05/2014
i really enjoyed this episode thought bill paxton was really great in it
i really enjoyed this episode thought bill paxton was really great in it
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10:42AM on 03/05/2014
Couldn't agree more. One thing this show lacks is that none of the characters has an outgoing personality. They all resemble Coulson (other than Skye), cryptic, reserved, and kind of boring. It's cool in short bits, but you have no one to be interested in from week to week. Paxton was his badass self, and for the first time in the series injected some life into the characters.

Unfortunately, I don't think that's going to become a regular staple. They don't recognize the weakness of
Couldn't agree more. One thing this show lacks is that none of the characters has an outgoing personality. They all resemble Coulson (other than Skye), cryptic, reserved, and kind of boring. It's cool in short bits, but you have no one to be interested in from week to week. Paxton was his badass self, and for the first time in the series injected some life into the characters.

Unfortunately, I don't think that's going to become a regular staple. They don't recognize the weakness of the show and continue to rely on characters whose entire appeal is the thing that makes the show dull to so many.
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12:03AM on 03/05/2014

I liked it but.....

I don't get how they just walk into a secure SHIELD (or somewhat connected to SHIELD) facility, kill two guards (who are presumably good guys), and blow up the entire facility, destroying the weird alien guy the medical people were using for a miracle drug. Isn't there going to be.....you know, consequences for two killings and the destruction of millions of dollars worth of equipment & facility?

It was an exciting episode and I dug the Prometheus-looking dude, but it was also a step away
I don't get how they just walk into a secure SHIELD (or somewhat connected to SHIELD) facility, kill two guards (who are presumably good guys), and blow up the entire facility, destroying the weird alien guy the medical people were using for a miracle drug. Isn't there going to be.....you know, consequences for two killings and the destruction of millions of dollars worth of equipment & facility?

It was an exciting episode and I dug the Prometheus-looking dude, but it was also a step away from the show feeling grounded.
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1:32AM on 03/05/2014
It's Khan's blood from STID :p
It's Khan's blood from STID :p
8:30AM on 03/05/2014
It is set in the marvel universe. It was never going to be grounded. They have had an asgardsian and other super ish powers.
It is set in the marvel universe. It was never going to be grounded. They have had an asgardsian and other super ish powers.
9:03AM on 03/05/2014
Well it's kind of hard to punish someone for destroying a base that you can't admit existed in the first place.
Well it's kind of hard to punish someone for destroying a base that you can't admit existed in the first place.
10:44AM on 03/05/2014
I know it's Marvel, so by definition it's magical, but SHIELD is supposed to be grounded as an organization. They destroyed a facility worth millions and the alien dude (that someone obviously thought was important) and killed two innocent guards. That they could do all that and have no repercussions just seems bizarre.

BTW, what's up with the idiots that vote here? I said I liked the show but didn't get how they could get away with that and I'm up to 20 downvotes? Talk about fanboy
I know it's Marvel, so by definition it's magical, but SHIELD is supposed to be grounded as an organization. They destroyed a facility worth millions and the alien dude (that someone obviously thought was important) and killed two innocent guards. That they could do all that and have no repercussions just seems bizarre.

BTW, what's up with the idiots that vote here? I said I liked the show but didn't get how they could get away with that and I'm up to 20 downvotes? Talk about fanboy temper tantrums.....
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11:57PM on 03/04/2014

Excellent episode

My heart was pounding. I hope Skye wakes up and kills that rich bastard Quinn.
My heart was pounding. I hope Skye wakes up and kills that rich bastard Quinn.
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