‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Redefines Itself with ‘Captain America 2′ Tie-In

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[This is a review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Episode 17. There will be SPOILERS.]

The uprising has begun, and this week Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. delivers a thoroughly enjoyable Captain America: The Winter Solider tie-in episode which manages to not only completely justify its synergistic world and movie prerequisite, but it also makes terrific use of the momentum of Captain’s America’s most recent adventure to dare everyone watching – network executives, fans, etc. – to try and let go of this now blossoming series.

In this week’s episode, “Turn, Turn, Turn,” written by Jed and Maurissa Tancharoen, Coulson (Clark Gregg) and co. take a one-way flight to the HYDRA-infested Hub, where Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Triplett (B.J. Britt) continue to investigate Skye’s blood sample. After Agent Hand (Saffron Burrows) takes control of the Hub, and Coulson and co. make their move to bring down the HYDRA threat, allegiances are broken, friends are lost and traitors are revealed.

Experimentation in any medium can be dangerous; on network television, specifically, it can quickly become disastrousAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s launch, while not perfect, was met with more than enough missteps to allow fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to step away without feeling as if they were missing something. After this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., however, it’s fair to say that they’re missing quite a bit.

In this week’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier tie-in episode, which reveals Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Ward (Brett Dalton) as HYDRA agents, among many others, a new, energetic soul is breathed into the continuously evolving series. It may not technically be on-par with Marvel’s theatrical endeavors, but what it does do, surprisingly, is reignite the feeling you get in the theater, from being immersed in 70+ years of comic book characters and tales just waiting to be revealed. Most importantly, it makes you want to earnestly tune in next week and the week after that.

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Even with a visual budget pushed to the limits of what television can afford, and a string of action scenes which will get the heart pumping, this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. never allows Captain America: The Winter Soldier to redefine what the series is at its core; instead, it provides the characters with the perfect setting to show their full range, while also making sure to include enough humor to make its viewing as entertaining as it is enthralling.

Coulson is now in charge, against all odds, and it truly feels like he’s actually the leader of a team that is ready to take on the world and HYDRA. All of the supporting characters – Skye (Chloe Bennet) included – are much stronger than they were before, and their ability to maintain such believable roles throughout the episode is pleasantly surprising, and hopefully a sign of things to come. Such a drastic shift in quality, at first, is very disconcerting, as if they’ve just recently realized that Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) can successfully deliver more than a few words of dialogue; however, the tone and execution of this episode – as well as a few recent revelations – leads one to believe that Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. has finally found its voice.

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Series co-creators Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen recently revealed that, after the series was picked up, they were then made aware of what’s going to occur in Captain America: The Winter Solider, which meant they had no option but to stay afloat until S.H.I.E.L.D.’s doomsday arrived. Sure, previous episodes could have been filled with alternative filler, but with the weight of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe hanging over their heads – and 16hrs of time to fill – there’s not much room to adequately envision a series which will essentially be changing toward the end of its first season run.

Fans will have to tune in next week and see whether or not Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues upon its new path and maintains its newfound energy. Either way, no matter what happens next, the strength of this episode is proof that Marvel’s experiment in synergy, when executed correctly, delivers a viewing experience you won’t find on any other network.

Perhaps now it’s time to talk about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2.


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  1. If Ward turns out to not really be “evil” I will be upset. They made a ballsy move making Ward be Hydra. It was a move that I appreciated and it was a punch I did not want them to pull. I called it about halfway through the episode and was going to be supremely disappointed if they did not do it. However, the stinger at the end makes me worried that they are going to give themselves an out on Ward being evil to try to bring him back to the good side.

    I think that is the wrong choice entirely. They landed a great twist and to pull back on that twist with a twist of “Oh no, Ward is actually good” it will make the show look weak. It finally found it’s footing in this episode and the Ward being Hydra was the icing on the cake. Do not ruin this. Making Ward good will be very disappointing. Just let him be Hydra. That is so much more interesting than him being a “good guy” at the end of the day. That is the boring and safe choice. Be bold. Make him Hydra 100%. That is what would make this show interesting.

    • The only problem with this is that there was zero foreshadowing of this twist, unless murdering the invalid was it. But that doesn’t work for me.

      My bet is that he is undercover on Coulson’s orders. Garrett probably turned after Ward was cut loose from his training, so Ward had no idea.

      • He is infiltrated, if there is a foreshadowing, he would not be doing such a great job, would he?

        This is a plot twist, not foreshadowing is the point of it.

  2. I just wanted to point out that telepathic marvel comics villain Mentallo has an extensive history with HYDRA and SHIELD. Seems like a pretty interesting candidate for the Clairvoyant.

  3. I thought this was a pretty good tie-in episode – definitely better than the weak Thor 2 tie-in
    However I am not convinced that this episode was good enough to excuse all the other bad episodes we have had to deal with
    I am still curious to see though whether this show can be good without directly tying to a quality movie or whether they will just reverted back to the hit and miss routine that the show has been on

    Not convinced Coulson told Ward to become Hydra as others on here do, I think all he was telling him when they walked Garret by was what had happened with Garret and Ward was just doing a ‘no that true, that’s impossible!’ type of reaction
    Shield really should train their guys better if 1 level 7 agent can take out 12 level 5s on his own
    Skye was no better this episode but thankfully didn’t get much to do really

    Personally I would rather this season had been planned as a 13 episode thing, once the writers knew that such a big change was coming down the road cos so much of what they have put out is still pretty meh – save the money spent on the wasted episodes on a better executed first season
    2 before Xmas, pilot and Coulsons capture
    Then come back after with the reveal of how he survived and go from there

    • It was a good tie in to the movie, I think the show may have three or four more quality tie-in episodes in it before it reverts back to its boring – Skye’s parents, Ward’s brother, Coulson’s resurrection storylines. Therefore, I think the show closes out the season on a high note.

  4. Personally, its because of the movie tie-in’s that make me stick to AoS series not because of the plot of Coulson, skye or their love story between Ward. Those are just too lame for me.

  5. Something has been bothering me for awhile now and it’s this. I’ve been reading that the MCU cannot have a paranormal/supernatural edge to it. It’s even made it AOS when they deny the types of abilities a clairvoyant would have. They’ve been saying that Marvel Studio has to stay away from this because X-Men own this genre of powers. However, in my novel I have people with similar powers (telepathy, telekinesis, etc) that is explained through science. Just saying.

    Anyway, I think the whole clairvoyant thing was a ruse. It isn’t one person. It’s an infiltration, probably by a precursor to Ultron.

    • No the MCU can have a paranormal/supernatural edge to its film… Nothing is stopping them. They like putting a dash of science and logic to it. Thor, the tesseract, Guardians of the Galaxy, the in-works Doctor Strange. They don’t have a restriction on powers as long as the powers set together don’t mirror a Fox/Sony/Lionsgate owned property. No one “OWNS” genre of power by type but by trait. Like Mutant powers or radioactive spider bite. There can be psionics everywhere! Marvel’s Scarlett Witch is possible a telepath…

      • Nothing’s stopping them, except the fact that they said they aren’t going to do it. Kevin Feige said there would be no magic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s going to be science that’s so unbelievable that humans can’t understand or necessarily comprehend it, but no magic. The prevailing premise they’re going with is if you knew how to tap into the secrets of the universe, it would just seem magical to normal human beings. It would be beyond the understanding of modern earth science. But there would be an underlying explanation for it. I, personally, thinks this works better, as I’ve always had a problem with how magic fit into some comic universes, as if it was an energy source that no one understood, except for the people who understood it and the fact that the cosmic beings of these worlds were always somewhere in between. (??)

        • I’ve seen this in the comments but what article did I miss where there are restrictions on what powers characters can have?

          Aren’t the movie rights just on the characters? Is there really a restriction on type? If that were true, Rhino can’t be in AmSpidey2 because that’s like Iron Man. And I don’t even know if there is a character restriction because Quicksilver is in both the upcoming X-Men film and Avengers 2.

          Screenshots of proof anyone?

          • It has nothing to do with movie rights. There are no restrictions. As I mentioned, Kevin Feige said they’ve CHOSEN not to use magic in the MCU. I don’t think I can post links here, but you can easily Google the article where he discusses this in relation to the Doctor Strange movie.

            • I remember reading those articles too but from what I took away was that

              Magic can be explained by science. So “magic” will be used but there will be some scientific reasoning behind it.

              • I guess if you want to look at it that way. But, essentially, it will be majorly advanced (meaning, made up) science. So magical in appearance. But not magic in the traditional sense.

                • Correct. That is the way I am seeing it too.

          • And as far as Quicksilver goes, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch fall into a unusual rights agreement between Fox and Marvel Studios. Fox can use them because they’re obviously Magneto’s kids and established mutants. And Whedon can use them as long as he never refers to them as mutants.

  6. This does not make sense. Dr. Strage is clearly a magician, a sorcerer, a user of magic, a conjurer of occultic powers. By any definition this is magic not weird science. yet Feige said the MCU will not use magic, yet they name drop Strange. Which is it? I do sincerely hope they make a Dr. Strange movie as this has huge potential, but please, it’s occult magic, pure and simple. And not kid stuff like Harry Potter. Strange is an occultist – dark stuff, invoking demons, etc, etc.

    • I do not believe Feige said the MCU will not use magic. I think he implied that it will seem like magic but the MCU will be able to explain at a deeper level that it is actually advanced science yet appears as magic.

      I believe that is the gist I got from reading the article when Feige talked about it.

      I remember him talking about how an advanced person of physics could go to Hogwarts and figure out how some of the magic is happening. Something like that.

    • In some comic stories over the years, particularly the ones that take place in the distant future, magic is often referred to in the past tense. As if the form of energy that magic once used can now be measured and quantified. I’ve seen Legion of Superheroes do this on one occasion. Marvel Comics implies this on a larger scale. If you think about the Fantastic Four, who were transformed by “cosmic energies”, energies which are comparable to the energies of Galactus or Dark Phoenix, are completely quantifiable to someone like Reed Richards, a brilliant scientist. But then a sorcerer like Strange or someone like Adam Warlock can meditate and go into serene state where they can commune with a cosmic being like Eternity, the biggest, most powerful cosmic being in the whole Marvel Universe. There’s a line there where science and magic blur, and it’s really just that the science is starting to go over our heads.

      Think of it the same way ancient man would react to the technology we have today. Basic everyday stuff we use now would seem supernatural and decidedly magical, because they wouldn’t have a basic understanding of harnessed electricity, radio waves, microwaves or gas combustion. This is just how the cosmic stuff in Marvel should be looked at. Only difference is, we’re intellectual enough now to understand why it’s beyond our understanding, while still appearing “magical”. And might I point out, Thor’s comic has always been completely and utterly about magic and gods. And the science bent hasn’t diminished his character at all.

      • Imagine how many people would have been burned at the stake for performing CPR back in the day.

  7. Triplett is definitely going to join the team now.

    • Ward will be back on the team in a few episodes to continue his lame, passionless romance with Skye, I doubt Triplett is joining the team long term, he does not have that Abercrombie & Fitch look the show creators are after.

  8. lol to the close up of miland’s stunt double around 35:44 when she kick a dude over a railing