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TV Review: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Episode 15

03.11.2014

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EPISODE 15: "Yes Men"

SYNOPSIS:  When Coulson and his team are attacked by Lorelei—a deadly seductress who escaped from Asgard—Thor’s Lady Sif, her longtime nemesis, steps in to try to save them.

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

This week's episode seems to be a departure from the "Uprising" story arc that focuses on CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and gives us a nice connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the inclusion of the lovely Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif.  While not a direct continuation of THOR: THE DARK WORLD like earlier episode "The Well", this episode references the Asgardian realm directly by introducing us to Lorelei, the future love interest to Tom Hiddleston's Loki.  Does this mean we can expect to see another THOR cross-over with AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. in the future?  I would bank on it.

But, "Yes Men" is not merely an episode designed to satiate the fans who have lost faith in Joss Whedon's series.  It both furthers our understanding of the Coulson/Skye mythology the show is developing while featuring some kick ass superhero action.  The episode title refers to Lorelei's power over men which she used on a newlywed at the end of last week's episode.  In the opening, Lorelei uses her powers to entrance an entire biker gang to help her do her bidding.  MAGIC CITY hottie Elene Satine plays Lorelei as a temptress not to be messed with.  I could easily see the sexy actress take the role to the big screen alongside Hiddleston if we ever get a Loki solo film.

But where the episode really picks up is with the arrival of Sif.  Jaimie Alexander is perfection, per usual, as she joins up with the split S.H.I.E.L.D. squad.  Coulson, after a flashback to his surgery, has enlisted Agent Jasper Sitwell to help him find Nick Fury to try and get some answers.  Fury's whereabouts are unknown which may be leading into the events of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.  In the meantime, Skye has awoken thanks to the alien serum she was injected with last episode.  The serum itself is a contentious item in this episode as Coulson, Fitz, Simmons, and Skye all seem to be at odds as to the origin of the blue alien and what the serum actually is.  Coulson even asks Sif about her knowledge of blue beings to which she mentions Kree and Frost Giants but neither has been to Earth recently.

Lorelei's desire on Earth is to enslave mankind and the team has to stop her.  While the biker gang is a somewhat goofy diversion, it is not until she shows down with the team and takes Ward under her spell that the meat of the episode arrives.  Ward takes Lorelei to Caesar's Palace ("a place fit for a queen") and proceeds to sleep with her.  Ward is definitely the unexpected slut of the series, but it does serve a purpose.  Lorelei and Ward make their way back to The Bus and she takes Fitz under her spell.  While there, the showdown between everyone occurs.  Ward holds May at gunpoint and Lorelei reveals that Ward showed her who he desires and it is not May, obviously alluding to his feelings for Skye.  A fight breaks out and Sif and Lorelei have a showdown.

Sif and Lorelei exchange blows with Lorelei challenging Sif's feelings for Thor which fall on empty ears as Sif kicks all sorts of ass.  While tempting Sif to kill her, Sif instead takes Lorelei into custody with the aim to return her to her Asgardian cell.  With everyone safe and sound, Sif thanks Coulson and the team and returns with her prisoner.  All seems fine and dandy, but now we need to pick up the pieces from the chaos Lorelei has brought.

At this point, May and Ward are done.  Their romance is at an end and now Ward must deal with his feelings for Skye.  May also pushes Coulson into explaining what he saw in the previous episode to Skye.  As he shares what he knows, Skye doesn't seem phased by the extraordinary events, but Coulson does make a promise that he will break rank and S.H.I.E.L.D. code to find out the answers about the serum and the blue creature no matter what.  This may be the beginning of the "Uprising" arc as the episode comes to a close with Melinda May listening to Coulson and Skye's conversation and reporting to an unknown S.H.I.E.L.D. superior.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES:

Loads of Asgardian references due to the inclusion of Lady Sif.  Sif invokes both Thor, the events of THOR, and Lorelei's escape due to the Dark Elves attacking Asgard in THOR: THE DARK WORLD.  Sif also mentions the Frost Giants and Kree having been the only creatures she is aware of having been to Earth.  Nick Fury's name is invoked again.  Agent Sitwell makes an appearance.

BEST LINE:

"He knows." - Melinda May revealing her true colors on a secure line.

COOLEST SCENE:

The showdown between Lorelei and Sif may not have had the grand scale it could have had in a feature film, but it still presented one of the best sequences we have seen thus far on AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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

No progress with the Clairvoyant this week, but Coulson and Skye get their secrets forwarded along.  Both want the truth about their pasts but are embracing that something unique has happened to both of them.  May's ulterior motives lend creedence to the fact that Coulson may be the only one in the dark regarding his resurrection.

EPISODE CLEARANCE LEVEL: 8/10

Another good episode gives us our third in a row from the series.  The direct connection to the THOR films definitely gives this episode a more Marvel feel, but that was also due to Jaimie Alexander's performance.  What truly makes this episode stand out is the developing Coulson and Skye plotlines which are finally becoming interesting.  My biggest detraction for this episode is the reveal that Ward and Skye are going to get together at some point because it is just so damn on the nose.  I was hoping that the writers would have been a little more creative than that, but I will forgive it for now as I am completely hooked to find out what the hell happened to Coulson.

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

Episode 16 - "End of the Beginning" airs March 18th.

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8:21AM on 03/13/2014
Just got done with it, I really liked this episode. Yes, the femme fatale who can put men in her thrall is an old trope, but it was a lot of fun seeing Sif work alongside the team, and the whole gag with Lorelei mistaking Benjamin Franklin for a woman was funny. Fish out of water stuff with Asgardians never quite gets old.
Just got done with it, I really liked this episode. Yes, the femme fatale who can put men in her thrall is an old trope, but it was a lot of fun seeing Sif work alongside the team, and the whole gag with Lorelei mistaking Benjamin Franklin for a woman was funny. Fish out of water stuff with Asgardians never quite gets old.
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5:49PM on 03/12/2014
I'd have to go back and watch the scene again to double-check, but I'm pretty sure Sif told Coulson that none of the blue aliens she listed had ever been to Earth. Her list included the Kree. Assuming Sif is correct, that means the alien in the Guest House was not a Kree, but something else.
I'd have to go back and watch the scene again to double-check, but I'm pretty sure Sif told Coulson that none of the blue aliens she listed had ever been to Earth. Her list included the Kree. Assuming Sif is correct, that means the alien in the Guest House was not a Kree, but something else.
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12:56AM on 03/14/2014
I think, and I'd have to rewatch it again myself, Sif said no blue skinned beings other than the Frost Giants had visited earth yet. And that the Frost Giants was a long time ago.
I think, and I'd have to rewatch it again myself, Sif said no blue skinned beings other than the Frost Giants had visited earth yet. And that the Frost Giants was a long time ago.
11:56AM on 03/12/2014
Correction to this article. The next episode actually airs on March 25th. No episode next week.
Correction to this article. The next episode actually airs on March 25th. No episode next week.
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4:10AM on 03/12/2014
Have yet to check out this episode, but the use of Lorelei kind of reminds me of Arrow going with Nyssa, the lesser-known al Ghul sister.
Have yet to check out this episode, but the use of Lorelei kind of reminds me of Arrow going with Nyssa, the lesser-known al Ghul sister.
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2:19AM on 03/12/2014
The last several episodes have done a great job of building off one another. This was one of the best episodes of the series and I get the feeling the show will really take off right before or after winter soldier is released. I'm very much enjoying the show, and I hope it gets picked up for a 2nd season soon!
On a side note, I think someone's found a way to vote more than once on these comments. An Arrow fan perhaps?
The last several episodes have done a great job of building off one another. This was one of the best episodes of the series and I get the feeling the show will really take off right before or after winter soldier is released. I'm very much enjoying the show, and I hope it gets picked up for a 2nd season soon!
On a side note, I think someone's found a way to vote more than once on these comments. An Arrow fan perhaps?
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2:13AM on 03/12/2014
I don't think there will be a Loki movie but the ending of Thor: The Dark World strongly hinted that Loki would be the main villain in Thor 3. As for Lorelei, fans expected her older sister, Amora the Enchantress, to appear in Thor 2. My guess is that they went with Lorelei here instead of Amora because they want to cast a better actress as Amora.

Anyway, the logical thing to do would be to have the Falcon and War Machine appear in future episodes of MAoS.
I don't think there will be a Loki movie but the ending of Thor: The Dark World strongly hinted that Loki would be the main villain in Thor 3. As for Lorelei, fans expected her older sister, Amora the Enchantress, to appear in Thor 2. My guess is that they went with Lorelei here instead of Amora because they want to cast a better actress as Amora.

Anyway, the logical thing to do would be to have the Falcon and War Machine appear in future episodes of MAoS.
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12:41AM on 03/12/2014

Ugh

So as of now the only reason to watch this show is for the little things that only nerds will pick up, like last week the only cool thing in the whole series so far happened, that was the blue alien aka Kree(alien species) the only thing I hope is its not something stupid this show is obviously good at doing, but it could be a cool way to tie in Guardians(since Ronan is a Kree) or a tie into Avengers 2,other than that shown is still crap.
So as of now the only reason to watch this show is for the little things that only nerds will pick up, like last week the only cool thing in the whole series so far happened, that was the blue alien aka Kree(alien species) the only thing I hope is its not something stupid this show is obviously good at doing, but it could be a cool way to tie in Guardians(since Ronan is a Kree) or a tie into Avengers 2,other than that shown is still crap.
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12:42AM on 03/12/2014
Oh and Bill Paxton is awesome
Oh and Bill Paxton is awesome
11:59PM on 03/11/2014

Any better?

I watched the first 5 or 6 episodes then gave up. Has it gotten better?
I watched the first 5 or 6 episodes then gave up. Has it gotten better?
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12:06AM on 03/12/2014
Better than then? Yes.

Good enough to be a Marvel property? Not so much....
Better than then? Yes.

Good enough to be a Marvel property? Not so much....
4:26PM on 03/12/2014
I was gonna ask THE EXACT SAME QUESTION...lol
I was gonna ask THE EXACT SAME QUESTION...lol
11:40PM on 03/11/2014
i liked it but i miss bill paxton
i liked it but i miss bill paxton
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10:55PM on 03/11/2014
The pilot was pretty entertaining. Then the following 5 or so episodes were complete utter piles of 'meh'. Then it picked up a little bit. Now its actually found some solid footing. It was a bumpy start, but I'm actually liking this show now.
The pilot was pretty entertaining. Then the following 5 or so episodes were complete utter piles of 'meh'. Then it picked up a little bit. Now its actually found some solid footing. It was a bumpy start, but I'm actually liking this show now.
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10:51PM on 03/11/2014

I really enjoyed it but.....

.....it suffered from television-itis. Alexander is no master swordswoman (and Satine was worse). Unfortunately, their "big fight" that was supposed to be the highlight of the episode was really shaky. Ward's fight with May was MUCH better, and was far more entertaining. I did like the plot moving along and them trying to push the envelope, but there were some holes that kept it from being as good as it could have been.

I thought I heard her rattle off a list of blue aliens that she knew
.....it suffered from television-itis. Alexander is no master swordswoman (and Satine was worse). Unfortunately, their "big fight" that was supposed to be the highlight of the episode was really shaky. Ward's fight with May was MUCH better, and was far more entertaining. I did like the plot moving along and them trying to push the envelope, but there were some holes that kept it from being as good as it could have been.

I thought I heard her rattle off a list of blue aliens that she knew (including the Kree), but she told Coulson that none of them had been to Earth. Then she mentioned the Frost Giant invasion. If I'm mistaken, please someone correct me.

This was also the worst moment, where for the sake of the plot, Coulson doesn't bother explaining what the blue alien looked like (to the only alien who might know), instead leaving it vague like he suddenly wasn't concerned. The mystery is the center of his universe at the moment and the only being who can solve it is standing in front of him telling him about blue aliens and he doesn't bother to ask? WTF????
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10:26PM on 03/11/2014
This was a great one.

No new episode next week. I think April 1st is the next one.
This was a great one.

No new episode next week. I think April 1st is the next one.
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11:57AM on 03/12/2014
March 25th actually.
March 25th actually.
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