May 7, 2014 at 7:56 am #185622
Grant Ward is the Torchwood’s Suzie Costello of S.H.I.E.L.D. as he is a traitor within their midst.
Making a brief appearance is Adrian Pasdar and this is not the first time that he has appeared in a Marvel production as he previously voiced Iron Man in animated shows including the anime series of Iron Man.
With his appearance in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Pasdar plays a different character as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is connected with the Marvel Cinematic Universe where Iron Man has been played by Robert Downey Jr.
It would have been interesting if Pasdar had been able to play Iron Man in a live action performance here in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Having said that if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s long-term future is secured it perhaps should not be ruled out the possibility of Downey reprising his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In hindsight it perhaps should not be surprising that Garrett wasn’t the Clairvoyant. Somehow that revelation of him being the Clairvoyant was delivered way too easily.
The agents discovers the secret base Providence run by Agent Eric Koenig (Patton Oswalt) and he was sure a jolly character.
The Only Light In The Darkness:
The highlight of this episode for me as a Doctor Who fan was the TARDIS getting mentioned by Simmons.
In fact the TARDIS did make an appearance in an earlier Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 1.7 The Hub:
While still on the subject of Doctor Who, the name of this Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. looks similar to the Big Finish 50th anniversary Doctor Who story The Light at the End which was released just mere months before this Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. Whether the similarity between the Big Finish Doctor Who story and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode titles is a coincidence really depends whether the love of Doctor Who from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. production extends to the Big Finish Doctor Who stories.
The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode title refers to Coulson’s former lover Audrey Nathan played by Amy Acker. Amy Acker is the second Angel alum to appear in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after J August Richards as Peterson/Deathlok in earlier episodes.
Quite a tragedy that Ward kills Agent Koenig.
Interesting on who May intends to see as revealed at the end of the episode.May 9, 2014 at 8:41 am #185702
Antepenultimate episode of the series/season.
Directed by Billy Gierhart.
Quite a thrilling sequence with Coulson rescuing Skye and them getting on Lola especially the way they went down to the ground.
Quite a revelation when Coulson and May discover an old video file from Coulson himself in his report on T.A.H.I.T.I.
Penultimate episode of the series/season.
Flashbacks from when Garrett had recruited Ward beginning with the former getting the latter out of juvie.
These flashbacks did not in any way make me have any sympathies for Ward.
Quite amusing seeing Coulson and May emulating Fitz and Simmons in their appearance when infiltrating Cybertek.
Also amusing when Coulson and May decided to take an entire file cabinet out of Cybertek.
Oh no when Fitz and Simmons are in a locked room when Ward dumps it with them into the sea.
Meanwhile Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been renewed for a second season.May 14, 2014 at 10:06 pm #185963
Beginning of the End:
Season 1 finale and therefore contrary to the episode title this was the end of the end of the first season.
So funny when May came out of nowhere to attack Ward.
Samuel L Jackson pops up here as Nick Fury and a good follow-up to what recently happened to him in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Skye gives Ace a Hulk action figure. Rather than a general reference to Hulk I wonder if this is specifically a reference to him having his own band of agents in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. In fact just like Ace’s father is Deathlok, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. has an episode that is about another Deathlok.
Very amusing seeing Garrett coming back from the dead only for him to be blasted by Coulson.
Surprised to see Billy Koenig, the twin brother of the late Eric.
Guess it was inevitable that Skye’s father would pop up here.
Wonder what Coulson was writing on that wall.August 9, 2014 at 10:35 pm #189432
Kyle McLachlan will have a recurring role in the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.September 29, 2014 at 1:17 pm #191908
Season 2 opener.
Nice appearance from Hayley Atwell as she reprises her role as Agent Carter in what is obviously as a precursor to her own upcoming series with bores her character’s name.
Also appearing is Lucy Lawless as Agent Isabelle Hartley but sadly this seems to be her only appearance in the series as she seems to have gotten killed at the near end of the episode.
Pity about Fitz who seems to have trouble adjusting in the aftermath of events at the end of the previous season.
Idaho was sure a terrifying villain and what a surprise on who turns up at the end of the episode.October 6, 2014 at 1:01 am #192258
Heavy Is The Head:
Season 2, Episode 2.
In retrospect it should not be a surprise that Hunter may that double-cross on S.H.I.E.L.D. and yet Coulson still wants him to have a place in it.
Quite intriguing that scene of Raina meeting with an unnamed character played by Kyle McLachlan with the latter mentioning his daughter.
Quite impressive last scene with that meeting between Coulson and Talbot and what the former showed the latter.October 27, 2014 at 9:33 am #197726
<p style=”margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;”><span style=”color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;”>Face My Enemy:</span></p>
<p style=”margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;”><span style=”color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;”>Season 2, Episode 4.</span></p>
<p style=”margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;”><span style=”color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;”>Funny to see May laughing whilst undercover at that party. Also unusual to see her in a dress.</span></p>
<p style=”margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;”><span style=”font-family: Calibri;”><span style=”font-size: medium;”><span style=”color: #000000;”>It was extremely fun to see two Mays fighting each other, one of whom being Agent 33 disguising as her. I guess that was what<span style=”mso-spacerun: yes;”> </span></span></span><span style=”color: #000000; font-size: medium;”>the episode title was alluding to.</span></span></p>
<p style=”margin: 0cm 0cm 10pt;”><span style=”color: #000000; font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;”>Quite funny when Talbot said that S.H.I.E.L.D. makes him miss his days as a prisoner at an enemy camp.</span></p>
November 9, 2014 at 6:25 am #198635
A Hen In The Wolf House:
Season 2, Episode 5.
The episode title refers to Simmons’ undercover work at HYDRA, a work that comes to an end this episode thanks to Raina ratting her out.
However Simmons has a spectacular escape by Morse who amusingly turns out to be Hunter’s ex-wife who he always bags on about. I guess it was inevitable that this ex-wife would turn up but did not expect to happen in this manner.
Although this was not his first appearance it was for this episode that I noticed Kyle Maclachlan’s character is refer as The Doctor. The fact that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has a character called The Doctor is contrast to similar series Torchwood in not having The Doctor on their show.November 15, 2014 at 1:07 am #198878
A Fractured House:
Season 2, Episode 6.
Very good teaser in which Talbot, after an attack at the UN by HYDRA posing as SHIELD, talks to a Senator in which Talbot mentioned the problem of the Senator’s brother and then ultimately revealing the name of the Senator by his name plate “Senator Christian Ward”. He of course is the brother of SHIELD traitor Grant Ward.
This episode leaves one wonder which one of the brothers is the worst, Grant and Christian and in retrospect was not surprising that Grant makes his escape during the attempted transfer of custody to his brother.
The episode was also fun in the sparring between the formerly married couple Bobbi Morse and Lance Hunter especially when they killed a villain together whilst still arguing.November 24, 2014 at 12:49 am #199189
The Things We Bury:
Season 2, Episode 8.
Guest stars Dichen Lachman.
For this episode Dichen Lachman narrowly misses a reunion with director Billy Gierhart who directed the next episode …Ye Who Enter Here & Gierhart had directed her in the Torchwood: Miracle Day episode Rendition.
The Dichen Lachman character is among those on what it says in the episode title along with Senator Christian Ward, his brother Grant finally getting his revenge on him.
It should not surprise me that the Senator has a mistress just prior to him being taken by his brother.
Interesting flashbacks to Reinhardt and detailing the events that led to him becoming Whitehall and interesting fleeting appearances by Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter iin yet another prelude to her upcoming Agent Carter series.
What a revelation that the episode ends with the Doctor finding the body of his beloved Dichen Lachman character and therefore the revelation that she was Skye’s mother.
Interesting flashbacks to ReinhartDecember 15, 2014 at 9:45 pm #200697
…Ye Who Enter Here:
Season 2, Episode 9.
Directed by Billy Gierhart. The previous episode The Things We Bury guest starred Dichen Lachman and provided a key revelation that she had played Skye’s mother. The Things We Bury was not directed by Gierhart but he did direct Dichen Lachman in Torchwood 4.2 Miracle Day: Rendition.
While Dichen Lachman and Gierhart narrowly missed having a reunion here on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Gierhart could easily have a clip of her as Skye’s mother in the opening reprise since this revelation provided a key plot point. Whether the omission of a clip of Dichen Lachman in this episode indicates how well she and Gierhart had gotten along in the aforementioned Torchwood episode is something I can only speculate.
Quite intriguing that this episode begins with Skye having a bad dream and the dream was quite creepy.
Oh dear Agent 33 still has May’s face.
Should not be a surprise that when he boards the Bus, Ward not only takes Raina but Skye with him as well.
Quite thrilling scene in San Juan of what happens to Mack.
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