‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Finds its Voice and Has Fun with Asgardians

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[This is a review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Episode 15. There will be SPOILERS.]

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This week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. proves that a full-on Marvel Cinematic Universe crossover can not only work and be fun, but that effects-heavy superheroics can be scaled-down to a television budget while still remaining believable. More so, Coulson (Clark Gregg) decides to go after the heart of S.H.I.E.L.D.

In this week’s episode, “Yes Men,” written by Shalisha Francis, Lorelei (Elena Satine) continues her plans to build an army and take over the world, while Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) travels from Asgard to Earth, to recapture her escaped prisoner. When Ward (Brett Dalton) falls under Lorelei’s spell, and Fitz is coaxed to “not muck her plans”, Coulson calls upon his femme fatales to help Lady Sif quiet the man-eater. Elsewhere, Agent Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernández) is mocked, and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is put in the crosshairs.

There are quite a few interesting developments that occur within this episode. The success of Lady Sif’s inclusion is clearly the most apparent; however, the subtle nudges many of the characters receive while involved in this adventure will likely be the most important, long-term. Skye (Chloe Bennet) and Ward show that a one-off, awkward whisper conversation can reveal a bit of range we’ve not seen from them before; Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) proves he can absolutely stand on his own, comedically-speaking; Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) wins every battle – including fighting her way out of her relationship with Ward; and Agent Phillip Coulson draws a line in the sand and goes after Fury.

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Coulson taking on Fury might be most interesting, as it allows Coulson to create a logical divide between the theatrical universe and its television counter-part. Now there’s a real reason for the team to be somewhat distant from the rest of the group, and now any appearance from Fury – or even Sitwell – will bring with it the promise of a confrontation – not just the quarterly “Hey, we still exist in the same world” check-in we’ve seen previously. Additionally, it plants the seeds of S.H.I.E.L.D shenanigans, which Captain American: The Winter Solider will play into upon its release.

As for the actual tale at hand, Lady Sif and Lorelei help bring some of the fun that the show promised from the start. The story may not be as compelling as the inner-workerings of S.H.I.E.L.D. that “The Hub” brought, but as a “do over” of sorts for the previous Thor: The Dark World tie-in, fans should be more-than pleased with how successful this crossover is. Asgardian powers work just as well on the small screen as they do in the films, and when the budget to allow Lady Sif and Lorelei to realistically punch through anything ran out, they relied on established knowledge to help sidestep their limitations: S.H.I.E.L.D. has developed Asgardian-proof items before.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has clearly been attempting to find itself throughout its many episodes, and this is really the first time that this experimental synergistic universe can truly be called successful. Sure, the helping hand of a theatrical voice does make things a bit easier; however, they made good use of Sif’s inclusion and earnestly attempted to include some actual character development. Whether or not this continues still remains to be seen, but Coulson’s newfound “uprising” will certainly give them something to play off of.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns next Tuesday with “End of the Beginning” @9pm on ABC.

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  1. BEST.EPISODE.EVER

  2. I’m surprised you weren’t too busy eating your hat to write this review.

  3. Very good episode. like the last 5 or something. and although yeah Fitz was good with his comical side, I insist he is too serious, too cold for the show.

  4. FINALLY! S.H.I.E.L.D. has got its GROOVE ON! Congratulations!

  5. May: He knows. I repeat Coulson knows.

    Me Watching TV: WELL NO CRAP HE KNOWS, HE’S A F****** ALIEN!!But what kind of alien…when Sif was naming them, only one I recognized was Kree….hmmmmmm

  6. The last three episodes have been a lot better, finally adding characters from the comics. I want to see The Leader show up so I can finally get to see what ever happened to him. If they are not going to use him in the films they can at least use him in the show, and he could be a great S.H.I.E.L.D villain.

  7. So many posts here so I won’t go through them, but it was great how they showed Sif angry and bitter about Thor picking Jane over her. Even Odin felt he should choose Sif. So now we know, she was very upset lol

    • And that’s the one thing that disappoints me about Sif’s characterization. She’s looking like the head cheerleader is ticked that the captain of the football team went for the nerd. And Odin didn’t help. When Odin argued for Sif, he put it in the context of Thor ascending the throne – it’s time for you to choose a queen and Sif is the best candidate. It’s as if love didn’t matter; they make a good dynastic match. Sure Thor and Sif are friends; they may have been friends with benefits or full-on lovers at one time, but he doesn’t feel that way now. I still don’t see Sif willling to be the consolation prize if Thor and Jane don’t work out.

      • Sif might not be, but as far as Odin goes that is a perfectly logical argument. Of course he thinks in terms of a dynasty and a “fitting” match for his heir. This is a different society, similiar in style to the pre-romantic era in Western societies where marriage was a property arrangement. Hence love doesn’t factor that much into the equation here with the Asgardians.
        And as far as Sif goes, I don’t think it makes her character any weaker if she has a (not so) secret crush on Thor. The fact that she keeps her disappointment in line and is not doing everything or anything stupid for that matter to “get the guy” seperates her well enough from a love-crazed head cheerleader (as you put it).

  8. Will Lorelei be in the movies too?

    Hear me out.
    ***Spoilers***
    Did anyone else catch the line that mentioned it was Odin specifically that asked to bring back Lorelei alive. And anyone who saw The Dark World knows that Odin is actually Loki in the guise of Odin. Could this simple line be a set up for Lorelei being a villain in a future Thor film? I think that the possibility of that being so opens up AoS for so many more movie tie ins, not just for material already used, but in setting up future plot points in the Marvel movieverse.

    This seemed like an interesting topic and I wanted to see what others thought of it.

    • That was definitely over-looked by me. I hope we see Hel in the next Thor with Enchantress and Loreli

    • Yeah I noticed that but, Loki is Odin part time. cause Odin is NOT dead so he´s still around his kingdom.

      What you say could mean anything…

    • Doubtful, Loki is probably just keeping up appearances, if he doesn’t take action people might get suspicious. Also it seems to me that Sif probably volunteered for the job, pressuring Loki to pretend that he cares. Another reason might be that Lorel crossed Loki and he wants his revenge, or she knows where The Enchantress is and he wants her.

  9. looks like the show is getting better. I have been thinking about the alien, some people think that he might be kree. Well lets hope that there all not like him, a race that can regenerate? unstoppable force even for the avengers. and now that the base is destroyed i wonder if that alien is going to regenerate.Just something to think about.

  10. I called it! 5 months to this day (Oct. 13, 2013) May is a plant with a secondary objective. I hope Whedon didn’t steal my idea, but if it improves the show oh well.

  11. I don’t like calling this a Joss show cos he’s not as involved but for the sake of laziness, most Josh shows take a while to find their groove. This episode kickstarted the MAOS and I hope it goes from strength to strength without relying solely on heroes dropping in.

  12. Wasn’t entirely happy with the episode honestly. Saw the preview for next week (although I don’t think it will be an episode more of a movie featurrette) and I saw a small glimpse of Deathlok!
    Anyway, I know Arrow is on a league of its own and so with Flash, but the series really set a bar/standard/expectation that I feel Marvel TV should be keeping up with (and vice versa in terms of movies). Guest starring Sif and introducing Lorelei is a good touch, but it’s just not there (what happened to Blizzard and Graviton?)…

  13. I wonder if coulsons body might change to something more alien and he goes after fury and the avengers have to stop him and stark is like we can run test see if you can be normal again but coulson is in a savage mental state and somehow coulson regains his humanity but not for long then coulson ask stark to kill him kind of like that scene at the end of watchmen when Rorschach tells Manhattan to kill him and Skye is like don’t do it and agent May is like it the only way but that’s just one possibility

  14. I was actually disappointed in this episode. The general story line was fine. But there were too many cheesy moments that looked like a 80′s tv show. Plus it also appear the story was rushed. This story could carried on a couple of episodes. Its funny the previous episode was well done and I didnt understand the immense criticism. Their was backlash from the fans agianst the last review, now this is a little overboard of the exact opposite. One of my wish list for this show is to improve the action scenes, It gets so amateurish at times.

  15. I am inlove with Lorelei! Please bring her back. She is the best villain ever!!!