The Magical Place

Directed by: Kevin Hooks
Written by: Paul Zbyszewski, Brent Fletcher

Returning Characters:

  • Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg)
  • Skye (Chloe Bennet)
  • Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen)
  • Grant Ward (Brett Dalton)
  • Leopold Fitz (Iain De Caestecker)
  • Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge)
  • Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows)
  • Raina (Ruth Negga)
  • Edison Po (Cullen Douglas)

In the triumphant return of Agents of SHIELD after a short break, the team deal with ‘big SHIELD’ taking over the mission to find and rescue Coulson, who is being held by the centipede group and tortured for information on his own death.

Part of the magic of SHIELD is that I can say a sentence like the one above and it makes total sense within the context of the show. And believe me, they only get more and more non-sensical. I love that so much. This show has certainly hit it’s stride, though it might still be looking for its niche.

The team dealing with normal SHIELD missions without Coulson’s wit and hard-ass attitude (as contradicting as that seems) was a little weird at first. But the show’s brilliant skill at action saved it. This show is excellent at action. Ward’s little fight with a centipede soldier towards the end was hard hitting and easy to follow, just as a good fight should be.

And, of course, the real kicker with this episode, was Raina and Coulson’s discovery of what TAHITI really is. An eerie vision of Coulson’s brain being operated on by some sort of robot, while he screams “Let me die!”. His confrontation with the Doctor cleared up a lot of details about what I consider to be one of the most unsettling mysteries in television. Fury ordered Coulson to be bought back to life. TAHITI is just a memory they planted in his mind so he wasn’t constantly screaming: “Let me die!”

Fury is one hell of a dude. Of course, theres till more to the story as we’ll find out later. But this revelation was a huge moment in the history of SHIELD. And of course, the post-credits stinger revealing Mike Peterson to be alive, with one of those bloody centipede-brand eye implants that keep popping up since Eye Spy. Exciting times lie ahead, let’s see where they lead.

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