‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Uprising’: New Name, Same Show

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[This is a review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Uprising season 1, episode 14. There will be SPOILERS.]

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns after a month break with a new name – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Uprising – which hints at a possible shift in tone for the series. However, much like Coulson’s vacation in “Tahiti”, names are not always what they appear to be – as this episode reveals.

In ‘T.A.H.I.T.I.,’ written by executive producer Jeffrey Bell, Coulson and co. rush to find a way to save Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) life, which leads them to a room called T.A.H.I.T.I., in a place known only as the Guest House, in search of a way to replicate the procedure that saved Coulson’s life. When agents Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Triplett (B.J. Britt) attempt to bring Quinn (David Conrad) in for questioning themselves, the two realize the seriousness of the situation and, instead, offer their help. As Skye’s life is saved, T.A.H.I.T.I. is revealed, and Coulson finds out exactly where – and who – his newfound health comes from.

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – is the situation Marvel’s television experiment currently finds itself in, and the much-touted rebranding of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Uprising does little to change that, as the episode never conveys what the new title proclaims. Convenience appears to be the name of the game now as the series has a “second go” at revelations which were previously promised, then technically sidestepped.

“Uprisings” aside, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will find a bevy of information in ‘T.A.H.I.T.I.’ which lends itself to over-speculation. Whether or not this is truly enough to pique the interest of those watching still remains to be seen – though the future of the series definitely depends on it.

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Both Paxton and Britt make their inaugural appearance in this episode, and though their characters are not any stronger – or important, even – than Coulson’s ragtag team, the two breathe new life in to the series, helping to elevate the performances of those around them to a level which removes any need to qualify your viewing. Through them, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has revealed, ever so slightly, what the quality of the series could potentially be elevated to – if it were to make it to season 2 and 3. Based on their debut, there’s little doubt that fans would appreciate seeing Garrett and Triplett return, in whatever capacity that’s required for them to do so.

Yes, it takes only but a few strokes of the keyboard for Garrett and Triplett to be written back in to the series; however, there needs to be a real reason for them to return. No matter how earnest producers intentions are at delivering a synergistic world, they’re still playing what can be called a season 3 game in season 1, where logic and reasoning have yet to push through endless mysteries and promises which, if we’re all being honest, rarely pay off – and if they do, it’s often by way of a proverbial loophole. Fans need to be able to define what a series is in order to justify their viewing – and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while thoroughly enjoyable, is not enough to carry the weight of what this series has become – at least not with the constraints that a billion-dollar movie franchise forces its television counterpart to work with.

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Despite all that,  answers have been provided and Coulson now knows the truth about what happened to him. With 7 episodes left, the series still has more than enough time to deliver a string of a episodes which prove a season 2 renewal is worthwhile based on quality and not necessity. Now that Lorelei has arrived from Asgard, next week we’ll see Lady Sif (Jamie Alexander) crossover from the movie world in order to stop her. If there’s anything that will prove whether or not a shared universe can truly span both film and television, next week’s AoS episode is it.

Now, can we please get a Twister 2?

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  1. did Skye get whacked yet?

  2. This episode had so much potential at the start. The frantic pace of getting Skye to the operating room and the doctor directing the surgical staff to get Skye’s shirt off. It all goes to crap after that.

  3. Why does everyone hate this show :( I am a Marvel geek and I LOVE this show :/

  4. Twister 2 reference? Seriously? If Anthony put half as much energy into his mudslinging as he did his actual reviews, then we’d actually know what he thought of this episode as opposed to his hate boner for the series in general.

    As it stands, I look forward to SR’s “review” so I can read the user comments. Anthony bashing aside (as there are only so many ways you can describe his opinion as bland, generic, insipid, and derivative), some of you guys have some really great insights to offer.
    It’s a shame that such interesting speculation and theorizing has to ride on the coat tails of Anthony’s weekly regurgitation.

    • Why is this guy still reviewing this?

      Get someone who actually pays attention to the show, and at least has a moderate liking of it.

    • Exactly… I was like well this is his opinion, I disagree, but I can live with it. I can deal with opposing views… and then the Twister 2 reference?! Your whole article lost any relevance to me. Oh well…

  5. Um why do they force this guy to review a show he clearly hates like its crazy I wouldn’t do it it just seems like a drag.

  6. F*ck off trolls. The show is delivering.

  7. The show’s ratings were down. That’s why the producers try to tinker with AoS to keep they ratings up.

    Last month almost all TV shows across all channel ratings were down because of the Winter Olympics. Now that it’s over, there’s no more excuses for their recent ratings drop.

    Also the producers must be looking at the direct competitor, mainly CW’s Arrow, and they thought “hey, how come that Arrow show is steadily gain ratings and fan base ?”

    As a Marvel fan, I do hope AoS gets better and won’t be cancelled off too soon.

    • AoS producers/writers aren’t looking at Arrow as a competitor. AoS has twice as many viewers as Arrow. According to TVbythenumbers, Arrow’s viewers have dropped since last week. The most recent airing garnered in 2.19 million viewers compared to AoS 5.46million viewers.

      NCIS and the Voice are direct competitors of AoS as they are on the same night and time

      Also, according to tv guide rankings of most popular tv shows, AoS is ranked at 15 and Arrow is 39th.

      • @Clay:

        That’s funny, I never thought to check the Nielsen Ratings to compare the “popularity” of AoS vs. Arrow.

        It was interesting to see that Person of Interest spanks them all at 10+million and that Revolution is at about 4+million.

  8. The show actually gotten good. Yeah this author absolutely hate the show and only cares about criticizing it. The show was crap at the beginning, but now there is something to look forward too. Who is the blue man, thats what I want to talk about. Obviously he is an important figure. The blue man has some healing factor that they are extracting from him. So who do you think the blue man is?

    • I think the blue Alien was a Kree. AND what if Skye’s real name is Carol Danvers and injecting her with the Kree DNA awakens her half Kree Side… It could happen.

      • That’s a good theory. The moment i saw blue i thought Kree and Captain Mar-Vell

  9. With the evidence of the Kree being in contact with the MCU, that alien in T.A.H.I.T.I. Looked a lot like Hiro-Kala.

    • Hiro-Kala is Hulk’s son. In the MCU, Hulk never left the planet yet.

  10. God, this reviewer is the worst ever single week – it’s called objectivity dude, look it up

  11. DCRant at it again. I swear, Iron Man could show up and they’d say that it diminishes the movies.

    Well, more people are enjoying the show and all the build up is finally paying off. The weeks before and after CA:WS are going to be sick!

    • You say “DCRant” like the site is one entity and they’re all against Marvel. The reality is that there are a bunch of folks that work on the site, and the articles and reviews are reflections of those people, not reflections of the site they work for.

  12. Could Skye end up being Crystal?

    • How could a baby display powers? I think Skye is Songbird.

      • Not sure what you are implying or asking?….

        Skye is a young adult not a baby. Crystal was an inhuman who was give powers through terrigen mists when she was young. The show keeps portraying Skye’s character as a mystery…especially her youth. Could it be that she is an inhuman child?

        Could it be that the injection of the “alien DNA” will amplify or give her her powers like how Crystal received hers?

        We know that Inhumans are “in the play book” of characters for MCU. We also know that Quicksilver is appearing in the MCU. Crystal and Quicksilver had a relationship.

        My theory is not beyond reasonable….

        • I think Skye’s a Mutant, and like Forge. Her ability is to talk to computers. She said once that Computers are something she understands.

  13. Ok, so AoS has had it’s weak moments (more than a few). But, it has been gaining ground with (in my opinion) the better episodes coming later in the season. I’d like to see this show get a 2nd season, if just to simply see where they can take it. I have faith in the team running the show. Things have been hit & miss, but overall there is more hit than miss from the Wheadon clan.

    Now… onto theories:
    - First, I like the Kree idea. Nice theory to those who put it out there.

    - I floated the idea a while back that Nick Fury fakes his own death in CA:WS. While Cap, Widow, and Falcon deal with a SHEILD civil war (of which I believe the Red Skull is behind), Fury is after bigger game. I supposed that Fury suspects an invasion by the Skrull (Shapeshifters). Fury “dies” to go deep undercover and returns in Avengers 3 to help fight the Skrull)

    What does that have to do with AoS? Well, maybe the “half Dr Manhattan” guy could be a Skrull (I know, historically they are green). It’s possble they may have taken some artistic license with the skin tone.

    - Somehow the Kree genetics helps in healing (part of their ability to shape shift?).

    - Coulson could be Kree.

    Just ideas. I have more but unfortunately have to get back to work! Be well all!!

    • Skrulls have other visual differences besides being green,

      Also, Kree can’t shape shift, that’s the Skrulls.

      • oops! meant to say Skrull in that last bit. Just a theory, and am using a little literary license so to speak…

    • I love this… I almost wish I didn’t read it just because now if it happens the shock value would be gone! But such are spoilers… and I am TOO CURIOUS!

      Well done…

    • I don’t think the blue guy is Skrull as Sif didn’t mention them as blues skinned in episode 15, but she did mention Kree which also came first to my mind when I saw the guy. Also the Kree seemed to be hid in the middle of the sentence as I and many manipulators do when they try to downplay something to hide it in plain sight.

      Anyways being Kree or not, this injection of blood was probably a major plot factor that will have consequences that are tied to Skyes (probably) alien background.

  14. Skye is indeed half extra-terrestrial. I just hope she wakes up soon. She’s my favorite character.

    Anyway, the scheduling gaps at ABC are killing the show. Move it to Netflix.

  15. Aaaaah I’m so dumb! Old WW2 bunker? When the f-word did Bucky “die”? What technology brought Coulson back to life? The tech from T.A.H.I.T.I probably is the results from the ground work set forth by the Winter Soldier Program.

    • SPOILERS AHEAD

      Bucky appears to die in The First Avenger film. Coulson was brought back to life via an injection derived from an alien corpse. The robot messing with his brain in TAHITI was simply manipulating his memories and keeping his brain stimulated while they worked.