Comic Tavern: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ picking up momentum

Graphic by Kathryn Messinger

Graphic by Kathryn Messinger


Well, it seems Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is finally finding its groove. After 14 episodes, “AOS” finally had a solid episode  but failed on certain levels, still suffering on some writer’s issues.

In the first episode back since its poorly timed month-long break, entitled “T.A.H.I.T.I.,” an acronym that is never explained, the series resumes with the team seeking a solution to saving Skye’s [Chloe Bennet] life after being inflicted with life-threatening bullet wounds, courtesy of Ian Quinn [David Conrad]. Agent Coulson [Clark Gregg] would stop at nothing to save her, even if that meant killing innocent soldiers in the meantime. “T.A.H.I.T.I.” also introduced two new characters straight out of the Marvel Comicverse, with an excellent acting addition in Bill Paxton playing Agent John Garrett and Elena Satine playing Lorelei, an Asgardian and the younger sister of The Enchantress (an extremely vital and important part of Thor’s comic mythology). Lorelei was also recently featured in issue two of Marvel comic series “Loki,” which I wonder if it was done on purpose.

“T.A.H.I.T.I.” took a little bit of a slow start, but picked up as the episode progressed into something finally worthy of praise and interest. “AOS” once again utilized some characters directly from its comic library, which is literally filled with thousands still under Marvel Studio’s possession. It just took two-thirds of the first season to it, starting in episode 13 introducing Deathlok. “T.A.H.I.T.I” also left on a cliffhanger, finally making me excited for the next episode, with unknown ramifications from the mystery chemical used to save Skye and the mysterious blue humanoid Coulson discovered while seeking help within a hidden base.

The negatives for the show are small in comparison to my usual list. First, I don’t mind the interrogation scene, after all the things Ian Quinn did on scene and alluded to, I don’t mind a little lawless vigilante action from the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. However, I do mind Coulson and his team killing two soldiers for doing their job. Coulson’s team of S.H.I.E.L.D agents, while searching for vital medical equipment to save Skye’s life, enter a secret military base guarded by two unknown soldiers, which they attempt to communicate their situation to. However these two soldiers, would not let the team in, so Coulson’s team proceeded to kill them in the process. Lack of morality much?

Finally, I would like to revisit and end with the huge cliffhanger “T.A.H.I.T.I” brought up in the half-bodied blue humanoid found in this secret facility. I, like much of the Internet, am going with one of two theories:

One, it’s possibly a Kree body, which could possibly help introduce Captain Marvel and Miss Marvel to the MCU world, especially with non-stop rumors of Miss Marvel being a character used in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” I would have originally guessed Atlantean if Namor wasn’t currently under Universal Studio rights.

Two, it’s actually Coulson’s real or original body, with the one used in the show actually being one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. life model decoys, which are basically robots imprinted with the original person’s mind. This would explain the massive amounts of machinery used on Coulson’s brain and the blue body having a scar shown over his left chest, where he was stabbed by Loki in “The Avengers.” This is slightly elaborated in this week’s episode by Lady Sif, who basically mentions every blue alien in the Marvel library, leaving the identity of the half body unknown. However, I’m leaning toward the Kree theory, for now.

I’m glad to see “AOS” finally becoming what it should have been from the get go and what it was meant to be. The March 11 episode featured Lady Sif [Jaime Alexander] to help against Lorelei, giving Alexander some well-deserved screen time to this talented and beautiful actress who plays an amazing, bad-ass Lady Sif. Marvel’s ”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

For comments/questions about this story, email or tweet @thewhitae.

, , , , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Leave your opinion here. Please be nice. Your Email address will be kept private.