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TV Review: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Episode 17

Apr. 8, 2014by:

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EPISODE 17: "Turn Turn Turn"

SYNOPSIS:  Coulson and his team find themselves without anyone they can trust, only to discover that they are trapped with a traitor in their midst.

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

Hopefully you watched CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER in theaters before this week's episode because the events of that film are all bringing AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. to a head now. So, as you were just warned, this column will contain spoilers related to the events of the latest theatrical film from Marvel Studios.

I cannot recall any juncture in movie history where the events of a feature film have directly affected a television series like what is happening on AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.. Aside from the inclusion of Agent Sitwell in both the series and the movie, the events of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER effectively ended S.H.I.E.L.D. as an organization. Well, as a sanctioned organization. With Nick Fury presumed dead and operating in a shadow capacity, what will happen with our newly assembled team of agents now that there is no oversight?

The episode opens with John Garrett (Bill Paxton) flying his S.H.I.E.L.D. jet while ominously listening to "Don't Fear the Reaper" as two planes attempt to shoot him down.  These are quickly revealed to be S.H.I.E.L.D. aircraft.  The scene shifts back to the standoff in the cargo bay where May reveals her encrypted line is actually a direct connection to Nick Fury.  Fitz is also accused of being a spy and he explains his line was to Simmons who is testing Skye's blood.  This turn of events is interesting as all the trust built between the squad is in jeopardy.

The team incapacitates May and rescues Garrett mid-air but Agent Hand (Saffron Burrows) indicates they will still take everyone down when the plane lands except for Coulson.  She refers to the encoded message on all S.H.I.E.L.D. channels as their signal to work together within the agency.  Skye decodes the message to read "Out of the shawdows, Into the light" followed by the one word: HYDRA.  So, not even halfway through the episode and we already have the big connection to CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.  Coulson and his crew decide to return to the Hub to rescue Simmons and Triplett and deal with HYDRA.

Coulson allows May to call Fury to try and figure out what the hell is going on and they are informed that he is dead as they are also attacked as they land in The Hub.  May reveals her job was to monitor Coulson for signs of mental or physical deterioration and that she was fully aware of what happened to him during his return to life.  May swears her purpose was to save Coulson, but their relationship is clearly marred by the lies and deceit from May.  Coulson is not fully trusting, but the team still bands together to break into The Hub for Simmons.  Skye meanwhile is charged with wiping all information from their plane.

The big twist of the episode comes when Hand discovers Simmons and Triplett and spouts some HYDRA information before threatening them with death.  When they pass her test, Hand reveals that she is in fact not a HYDRA agent but that she believes Coulson is.  Based on all of the events from previous episodes and Coulson's Level 8 status, he seems a perfect fit for being a HYDRA agent.  On their way in, Ward confesses his feelings for Skye and the two share a moment and the promise of getting a drink together before she kisses him.  Warn then takes down a hallway full of agents as they prepare to blow the computer system.

As Garrett tries to convince Coulson and May to take out Victoria Hand, he slips and makes a reference to the Woman in the Flower Dress being put in a machine, something only Coulson knew.  Garrett reveals himself to be The Clairvoyant with the battle cry "Hail Hydra" as guards storm the room they are in.  Garrett explains that he swore allegiance to HYDRA years before and monologues about how he hopes they join him.  Skye and Ward use the explosives to surprise Garrett and May and Coulson team to take him down.  Knocking Garrett out, Hand and her agents overhear everything and trust Coulson.  Garrett is taken into custody.

The episode ends with Coulson and Hand witnessing the concluding events of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.  They reveal that key locations in Africa, The Hub, and The Fridge are back in their control.  Hand reveals that she and Coulson are the highest ranking remaining S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.  Ward decides to join Hand to deliver Garrett to The Fridge and the other agents assemble to learn what will happen next.  Coulson orders the team to repair the plane so they can get back to work.  Hand offers Ward the chance to shoot and kill Garrett, but he instead kills everyone but Garrett, including Hand.  The episode ends with Ward giving a knowing nod to a smiling as the show fades out to the HYDRA logo.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES:

It is apparent that watching CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER will be vital to understanding HYDRA and what is happening in this episode.  There is very little explanation as to what HYDRA is, it's purpose, and how it relates to S.H.I.E.L.D.

BEST LINE:

"She's a sleeper.  Well, the other kind of sleeper." Coulson referring to an unconscious May as a double agent.

COOLEST SCENE:

Ward revealing his true colors at the end of the episode may have been the darkest and most surprising move the series has made so far and a damn cool twist that I did not see coming.

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

We now know that the HYDRA threat within S.H.I.E.L.D. has been planned the entire time, but the true nature of who Skye is and what happened to Coulson are mysteries.  We do now know that The Clairvoyant is actually John Garrett and he is a part of HYDRA.

EPISODE CLEARANCE LEVEL: 10/10

Holy shit, that may have been the best episode of the entire AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. run.  Gone are the jokes and Whedon-esque one-liners in favor of a dark and challenging series.  The action was well choreographed and there is finally some gravitas behind this team.  The tie-ins to CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER are direct and work very well and now all open storylines (aside from Coulson and Skye) are tied up.  Now, the show can become what it was always meant to be and I couldn't be more excited.

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

Episode 18 "Providence" airs April 15th - With Colonel Glenn Talbot now on their trail, Coulson and his team seek refuge in the last place anyone would look, where they begin to uncover S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most dangerous secrets -- secrets that could destroy them all.

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7:51AM on 04/15/2014
I don't know how to feel. This show was sold to us on the premise that it would be stand alone. I work shifts and haven't been able to get out to see CAP2. So now I'm left with a huge hole in the Marvel narrative and spoiled I guess parts of the movie! I won't repeat what was spoiled for me, but for crying out loud... Anyways, the show has taken an upswing in quality, but I'm giving it a neutral review because right now I feel a major plot line in CAP2 has been spoiled for me.
I don't know how to feel. This show was sold to us on the premise that it would be stand alone. I work shifts and haven't been able to get out to see CAP2. So now I'm left with a huge hole in the Marvel narrative and spoiled I guess parts of the movie! I won't repeat what was spoiled for me, but for crying out loud... Anyways, the show has taken an upswing in quality, but I'm giving it a neutral review because right now I feel a major plot line in CAP2 has been spoiled for me.
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11:49PM on 04/10/2014

SPOILERS?

Couple things. Coulson took ward to the side shortly before the whole "where do we go from here speech". Then, in the last part of the show, Hand is shown bleeding on the floor holding what appears to be a capsule.
THEORY: The aside was Coulson instructing Ward of a plan. By "Shooting" the transport members, Ward gains favor with HYDRA. Since HYDRA doesn't know who their own members are, Ward can pass as a member. Ward's little meditation scene is him gathering his composure for his new role
Couple things. Coulson took ward to the side shortly before the whole "where do we go from here speech". Then, in the last part of the show, Hand is shown bleeding on the floor holding what appears to be a capsule.
THEORY: The aside was Coulson instructing Ward of a plan. By "Shooting" the transport members, Ward gains favor with HYDRA. Since HYDRA doesn't know who their own members are, Ward can pass as a member. Ward's little meditation scene is him gathering his composure for his new role as Coulson's mole.
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11:10PM on 04/09/2014

Yes, a very enjoyable episode.

Thank You. A serious take on this universe rather than the silliness that plagues the series (with Fitz and Simmons being mainly to blame for that silliness). I just hope they didn't blow their load too soon with so many episodes left in the season. I enjoy the series for what it is, and would much rather watch its worst episodes than all of the "Reality" TV garbage that seems to be all of the rage, but these are the types of episodes that leave me itching for the next one.
Much more of this!
Thank You. A serious take on this universe rather than the silliness that plagues the series (with Fitz and Simmons being mainly to blame for that silliness). I just hope they didn't blow their load too soon with so many episodes left in the season. I enjoy the series for what it is, and would much rather watch its worst episodes than all of the "Reality" TV garbage that seems to be all of the rage, but these are the types of episodes that leave me itching for the next one.
Much more of this!
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2:22PM on 04/09/2014
With Shield being disbanded could this be setting up the intro of Hammer as its replacement?? This show is getting gooder and gooder .
With Shield being disbanded could this be setting up the intro of Hammer as its replacement?? This show is getting gooder and gooder .
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11:40AM on 04/09/2014
I have a feeling that they are gonna do the whole "Ward was brain-washed" thing. Also since it is a Marvel property, there is a review of Amazing Spiderman 2 over at IGN.......
I have a feeling that they are gonna do the whole "Ward was brain-washed" thing. Also since it is a Marvel property, there is a review of Amazing Spiderman 2 over at IGN.......
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11:33AM on 04/09/2014
I have a feeling that they are gonna do the whole "Ward was brain-washed" thing. Also since it is a Marvel property, there is a review of Amazing Spiderman 2 over at IGN.......
I have a feeling that they are gonna do the whole "Ward was brain-washed" thing. Also since it is a Marvel property, there is a review of Amazing Spiderman 2 over at IGN.......
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11:06AM on 04/09/2014
It has gotten much better with the last four or five episodes. Last night's episode was quite a shock. And I like how they can go anywhere from here. I think the darker turn suits the show more than the light hearted tone. Don't get me wrong I love Joss but this show needs to be a bit more serious. I'm excited for the next episodes and the finale.
It has gotten much better with the last four or five episodes. Last night's episode was quite a shock. And I like how they can go anywhere from here. I think the darker turn suits the show more than the light hearted tone. Don't get me wrong I love Joss but this show needs to be a bit more serious. I'm excited for the next episodes and the finale.
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10:27AM on 04/09/2014
The last few episodes have been really good. It continues and hoping for season 2.
The last few episodes have been really good. It continues and hoping for season 2.
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9:30AM on 04/09/2014

Yay! Paxton's a baddie!

I just hope they won't pull another twist in the upcoming episodes that Coulson planned the Ward reveal along with Hand so they'll have someone inside Hydra. Come to think of it, maybe not since Ward's already sporting his villainous facial hair in the previews.
I just hope they won't pull another twist in the upcoming episodes that Coulson planned the Ward reveal along with Hand so they'll have someone inside Hydra. Come to think of it, maybe not since Ward's already sporting his villainous facial hair in the previews.
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9:11AM on 04/09/2014

Great ep

The love interest turning bad is very Whedon-esque.
The love interest turning bad is very Whedon-esque.
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7:01AM on 04/09/2014
What...? No love for Booyah?
What...? No love for Booyah?
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10:56PM on 04/09/2014
That made me laugh my ass off!
That made me laugh my ass off!
6:18AM on 04/09/2014
For the most part I enjoyed this episode and agree that it represents the shows current upswing in quality, but I have to disagree with your "coolest scene" assessment. That Ward twist felt forced and like a cop out - they needed some way to keep the Hydra story going, so they just had a "surprise! Ward was Hydra all along!" twist. Someone in a previous comment mentioned that they saw it coming because "Ward was edgier" and his "What's happening face was too obvious". I disagree. I don't think
For the most part I enjoyed this episode and agree that it represents the shows current upswing in quality, but I have to disagree with your "coolest scene" assessment. That Ward twist felt forced and like a cop out - they needed some way to keep the Hydra story going, so they just had a "surprise! Ward was Hydra all along!" twist. Someone in a previous comment mentioned that they saw it coming because "Ward was edgier" and his "What's happening face was too obvious". I disagree. I don't think anything we've seen from Ward so far set him up to be the bad guy, even throughout last night's episode. I think what that commenter was picking up on was the actor's really crappy performance (seriously, that guy is one of the most wooden actors since Sam Worthington) and when that tacked on ending came up they just read more into his earlier performances than what was actually there.

And I do feel that ending was tacked on. Even throughout the bulk of that episode, there was nothing in Ward's behavior that would suggest that that twist was coming. Ward is not good enough an actor to pull off faking it. It really feels like they slapped his betrayal on at the last minute to keep the plot going, and they used him instead of Tripwell because he would have a bigger impact on the audience since we've been "connecting" with him from the beginning. It was a cop out, and bad writing in an otherwise great episode. I really hope they use this as an excuse to kill Ward off, because I'm really tired of his character all around.
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8:56AM on 04/09/2014
Couldn't we also be in for another twist regarding Ward? Like he's really a triple agent and Hand is actually alive?
Couldn't we also be in for another twist regarding Ward? Like he's really a triple agent and Hand is actually alive?
3:30PM on 04/09/2014
either way, it's poor writing and I hope they get rid of Ward
either way, it's poor writing and I hope they get rid of Ward
1:29AM on 04/09/2014

This was the episode we've been waiting for all along

An episode so directly connected to Capt 2 that it's basically a sequel to the film. And the intensity of who's Hydra and who's not was awesome, making the mystery really worth watching.

I did not see Garrett being HYDRA and part of the whole Clairvoyant thing (Also extremely happy the Clairvoyant shit is over with.)

But Ward being a baddie? Sadly I saw that a mile away from the start of his scenes. They already were playing him with an edgier vibe, and his "Whats happening?" dumb face
An episode so directly connected to Capt 2 that it's basically a sequel to the film. And the intensity of who's Hydra and who's not was awesome, making the mystery really worth watching.

I did not see Garrett being HYDRA and part of the whole Clairvoyant thing (Also extremely happy the Clairvoyant shit is over with.)

But Ward being a baddie? Sadly I saw that a mile away from the start of his scenes. They already were playing him with an edgier vibe, and his "Whats happening?" dumb face thing was too obvious. I kept thinking he was going to ice Skye in that room, instead we got an awesome fight scene. Ward killing Hand in the end? SHITTTT that was major, like yo no Hand in the cinematic universe anymore lol.

This episode shows how more developed the show can get. And it's commitment to keeping with the universe. I hope we keep getting episodes this good.
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1:10AM on 04/09/2014
love this show don't understand the hate that it gets
love this show don't understand the hate that it gets
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9:06PM on 04/10/2014
it gets hate because it sucks
it gets hate because it sucks
11:41PM on 04/08/2014
hands down the best episode was tense i was invested in the whole episode
hands down the best episode was tense i was invested in the whole episode
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12:37AM on 04/09/2014
lmao love the thumbs down
lmao love the thumbs down
12:41AM on 04/09/2014
Of course. You dared to find enjoyment in something the internet has deemed "bad". You should have talked shit about it while needlessly comparing it to Arrow.
Of course. You dared to find enjoyment in something the internet has deemed "bad". You should have talked shit about it while needlessly comparing it to Arrow.
12:56AM on 04/09/2014
i know how dare i enjoy something im not gonna shit on the arrow haven't seen it would not be fair but ya i thought this was a hell of a episode
i know how dare i enjoy something im not gonna shit on the arrow haven't seen it would not be fair but ya i thought this was a hell of a episode
3:05AM on 04/09/2014
Arrow wasn't perfect in its first season either that's why they went away from the different baddie from a book every week to a serialized show. The same thing happened to Agents of shield. Both are good shows that I will continue to watch each week
Arrow wasn't perfect in its first season either that's why they went away from the different baddie from a book every week to a serialized show. The same thing happened to Agents of shield. Both are good shows that I will continue to watch each week
7:27AM on 04/09/2014
Well, I guess ONE person with a smartphone (the only way to give multiple 'thumb down') don't like that people might like this (getting better and better) show...
Well, I guess ONE person with a smartphone (the only way to give multiple 'thumb down') don't like that people might like this (getting better and better) show...
10:40AM on 04/09/2014
@JayStrang

I enjoy the show and know it's generally seen as mediocre, but I see more fervent hatred for this show on this site than anywhere else.
@JayStrang

I enjoy the show and know it's generally seen as mediocre, but I see more fervent hatred for this show on this site than anywhere else.
11:26PM on 04/08/2014

Season 2

Secret Warriors. Bring on Daisy Johnson and co.
Secret Warriors. Bring on Daisy Johnson and co.
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7:34AM on 04/09/2014
It might be complicated to include it in the MCU (story and budget wise), especially with the 'no superheroes' policy of AoS, but I DO like the idea...
And, in the 'Marvel reference', don't you think the 'key African locations' might be Wakanda ?
It might be complicated to include it in the MCU (story and budget wise), especially with the 'no superheroes' policy of AoS, but I DO like the idea...
And, in the 'Marvel reference', don't you think the 'key African locations' might be Wakanda ?
10:45AM on 04/09/2014
I don't think they have a strict no heroes policy (Lady Sif was in an important character in one episode). They just don't want superpowered beings to become the focus because the show is supposed to about the "regular guys". And I don't think the budget is big enough to do that on a regular basis either.
I don't think they have a strict no heroes policy (Lady Sif was in an important character in one episode). They just don't want superpowered beings to become the focus because the show is supposed to about the "regular guys". And I don't think the budget is big enough to do that on a regular basis either.
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