Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: More Questions, Less Answers

3/05/2014 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has gotten to the point where I can't decide if the good episodes benefit the series, or hurt it.  Last night's episode T.A.H.I.T.I was so much better than the past few episodes in so many ways, but all I can think of is how disappointed I was last time that happened.

It seriously calls the show into question when the best episodes just serve to point out the flaws in the weaker episodes.  All that aside, T.A.H.I.T.I was probably the closest thing we've seen to what everyone wanted this show to be from the beginning.  Go watch it, it's good.  Spoilers from here on out.

After Skye got shot in the last episode (right before a month long break!) Coulson and the team race to save her.  They get her to a S.H.I.E.L.D hospital, where someone dressed like a medical professional uses some TV medical speak to say that traditional medical means just won't cut it, so the team sets out to save her on their own giving them enough of a MacGuffin to follow for the rest of the episode.


Bill Paxton's Agent Garrett and Agent Antoine Triplett board the "bus," to recover Ian Quinn.  A convenient collection of events leads to them conveniently joining up with Coulson and crew to provide some convenient assistance, conveniently.  Catch a pattern here?  I liked having them in the episode, but they sure didn't spend much time justifying it in the writing.  I prefer that to spending too much time failing to justify it, though, so I'm glad they just took it and ran.
 
Turning to Coulson's classified medical file, FitzSimmons discovers a reference substance called GH325 that could hypothetically promote cellular regrowth.  Further examination leads them to the "Guest House."  A non-S.H.I.E.L.D facility located in an old WWII bunker at the base of a mountain.  The facility where Coulson was likely treated.  The facility is guarded by two non-S.H.I.E.L.D agents who are disposed of in a way much easier than their mere presence in the show would suggest they should be (seriously, just use some sort of automated defenses or robots or something if they aren't going to put up a fight worth watching.  Worst guards ever).


After dispatching the guards, it is discovered that the entire "Guest House" is wired to blow, so the search for the GH325 is on.  After discovering the operating room where Coulson was operated on, Coulson and Fitz find GH325 and Fitz runs to give it to Skye while Coulson hangs back to snoop around suspiciously.

After Coulson meets back up with Agent Garrett, Garrett tells him he looks like he's seen a ghost.  Coulson replies that they can't give the GH325 to Skye and they run to the bus (of course narrowly escaping the exploding bunker) and get to Skye just in time to see her injected with the substance.

It works and Skye begins to recover, but then we get a flashback to what Coulson saw in the guest house.  He discovered a room labeled T.A.H.I.T.I  and inside there was a canister in the wall labelled G.H. with tubes running out of it and into vials label GH325.  Upon pulling it out, it is revealed to be the remains of a pale blue skinned creature.  Likely an Alien.  General consensus at this point leans towards Kree, but I'm sure we'll have more theories soon.  Theories on what the GH is, theories on what Skye is, etc.


We also had some additional teases from Quinn regarding the Clairvoyant.  The insistence of all the characters in the show to refer to the Clairvoyant as "he" feels like misdirection and the Clairvoyant is actually a woman.  With the tease of Lorelei and Lady Sif for next week, I am leaning more then ever towards the Clairvoyant being Lorelei's sister, Amora the Enchantress.

Either way, hopefully they can sustain the excitement through to the finale and have some good tie-ins with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of The Galaxy.


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