TV Nights: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #11

TV Nights: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #11

Episode: The Magical Place
Original Airdate: 1-7-14

After a brief midseason hiatus, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back and continues to kick the latter half of the season off in high gear, continuing from last episode’s cliffhanger. There are quite a few interesting character developments from almost everyone except for Fitz Simmons, I’m even starting to get a feel for Ward here. There are some nice moments of kick ass action, some quieter dramatic moments, and still plenty of room for some comedy. And while I’m certain that the revelation of Coulson’s revival won’t please too many people, I’m glad it’s finally done with. And for my point of view, the situation surrounding the revival was always going to be more interesting than the payoff no matter what they would have come up with.

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The episode jumps right into the story without wasting any time. They’ve got support from S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters who remains distrusting of Skye, and there’s a massive manhunt trying to find Coulson. We get a bit more insight into the Centipede organization; the head of the organization is someone referred to as the Clairvoyant who is never seen in person, only communicating through telephone. The Clairvoyant appears to have the ability to see into anyone’s dreams, or Theta waves, or however they want to explain it. Rayna, the woman in the flowered dress returns and takes over Coulson’s interrogation from the Seven-John-Doe-lite serial killer guy trying to find out what happened to Coulson after he died. She has quite a bit of information about Coulson, including the cello player he has referred to several times as well as some type of father/son relationship, though it’s unclear exactly how she got this information. I got the feeling that it was implicitly given by the Clairvoyant, but we see the first and likely only conversation between Rayna and the Clairvoyant which wasn’t enough time to include this info.

For the rest of the team, there’s a great moment of them working together smoothly as a team to capture someone dealing with Chitauri salvage as their only lead on Centipede. Skye still has her locking bracelet which gets her into trouble with S.H.I.E.L.D. brass so she gets kicked off the team with Melinda getting the final say. At this point I hope this is the last time they go for the bait and switch where the team thinks that Agent May is working against them when she’s actually working with them, only two steps ahead. Skye goes after the intel on Coulson in the only way she knows how, and it is some of the most amusing scenes in the episode, ending with the removal of the stupid bracelet, thankfully.

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As far as how I thought they wrapped up the Coulson in Tahiti business? Basically it’s explained in the episode as merely highly advanced neuroscience where they had to rebuild the pathways in his brain, giving him some new memories, and likely some altered personality traits in the process as he had lost the will to live. There’s also a great post-credits teaser showing us a badly injured, but still living Michael Richardson. Complete with his shiny new instruction-giving ocular implant. Things are really ramping up for this show and I’m pumped for where it will go from here, even though I’m disappointed in the constant changing-of-the-guard with Centipede as Rayna is currently in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.


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I'm a comic book movie enthusiast who has watched and reviewed over 500 superhero and comic book movies in the past seven years, my goal is to continue to find and watch and review every superhero movie ever made.

Posted on January 8, 2014, in TV Nights and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I’m with you, the revelation of how Coulson was brought back was never going to be as interesting as the ramifications of it. And I’m also glad that they decided to finally reveal it… long-standing mysteries are seldom a good thing for a show of this format.

  2. AGentleandQuiteSpirit

    I really liked this episode. I felt a lot more emotionally attached to the characters and was glad to see them acting like a team! It was great. Again, my only real beef was Ward setting up the “bracelet” in the middle of a combat scene. That’s like a soldier or cop taking the safety off his gun, or cocking it, after they’ve already entered the house….never happens. But, he is feeling more like a real person. The scene with Coulson screaming “Let me die” was great. Brought tears to my eyes and helped me connect more emotionally with him. Also finding out about his cello player was great! πŸ™‚

    • Yeah, Ward really is starting to grow on me. They’ve definitely been giving him more personality as the episodes have gone on. Coulson has actually mentioned the cello player a few times in earlier episodes briefly and I had a feeling that he was romantically involved with her, and it was nice to see that confirmed here. I also really liked the fact that when she was brought up, there was a bit of cello that popped into the score.

      • AGentleandQuiteSpirit

        Yes. It was a nice touch. I’m assuming it’s the same woman Pepper Potts brings up in the Avengers. πŸ™‚ I think this episode really grew Coulson. Fleshed him out a bit. πŸ™‚

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