One of the interesting things about Marvel programs is that they have this unlimited library of characters, places and things that have the ability to be interwoven into each other’s stories. “Agents of SHIELD” has already had one big crossover event back in episode 8 when the team has to clean up after the events of “Thor: The Dark World” yet we never really received a proper taste of the Asgard we had already become accustomed with within the individual Thor movies. However, all the stops were pulled out with this episode and not only are we given a really tense and exciting episode but we are also presented with a familiar face in the form of Jaimie Alexander, reprising her role as the Lady Sif.
“How was Tahiti? It sucked.”
In this week’s thrilling episode we are greeted with a new menace in the form of Lorelei (Elena Satine) who has come to Earth from Asgard to amass an army to RULE THE WORLD! SHIELD gets wind of it and goes to intercept with the aid of Sif fresh from her role in the latest Thor movie. However, things do not go accordingly and Lorelei is able to use her manipulative powers against men to woo Agent Ward to her side. Now May and the others must find a way to save Ward before he goes too far and puts the entire team in jeopardy.
“Men kneel before me”
I have to get one thing out of the way before we start. Yes, I like that “Agents of SHIELD” was able to convince Alexander to reprise her role for the episode seeing as how a woman of her talents must be very busy (cough, cough). And yes, I do think it was a good idea to have her fight an equally powerful Asgardian villain that is actually from the comic book world of Marvel. However, after a while, Alexander and Satine will start to make you giggle as you attempt to shoulder through their weak attempts at speaking the Queen’s English. I understand, kind of, that every Asgardian has to speak like they are doing Shakespeare in the Park but shouldn’t they have Scandinavian accents? I’m harping rather pathetically but I just found it really distracting. Alexander gets a pass because she kicks a lot of ass but I think Satine could have put in more of an effort. Other than that, this episode definitely deserves a thumbs up.
“She’s something, isn’t she?”
I really enjoyed the episode because it effectively created this tense environment filled with a lot of great fight sequences between Sif/Lorelei and Ward/May. Lorelei really cements herself as a force to be reckoned with and you get the immediate danger seeing as how she can manipulate pretty much any man that even glances at her while back-handing people like a mythological boss. I almost admired the simplicity of her plan: make the men do all the dirty work and reap the benefits of victory. I was also a fan of how the writers were able to remind us that Ward and May had a “thing” before and now that Ward is under Lorelei’s spell, you get to examine May as a whole and wonder if she is trying to stop Ward out of duty, jealousy or just pure rage. The fight scenes in the climax are very well choreographed and interwoven together to really fulfill on the action quota of the week.
As for the other side of things, Coulson is still hilarious delivering great line after great line in this episode but it kind of dissipates towards the end when he confides in Skye (who is back in action while still being bed-ridden) and you get to see the true desperation that seeps through which is really redundant of the writing team. The entire production team seems obsessed with the “Coulson Secret.” We really need to wrap this up and move on; it was interesting at first but now we are flogging a dead horse to the point where bone is showing. I love Coulson, Whedon, stop ruining the character by having him chase shadows in the dark. Let’s hope this gets wrapped up by the time the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” tie-in episode airs.
This week’s episode may have been a bit bogged down by the silly accent squad brought about by our friendly neighbors from far away but it still stood out regardless. A great villain with an imposing plan to destroy our team of agents from the inside-out mixed with great action and interesting character development regarding May and Ward’s relationship. Let’s just hope this whole what-really-happened-to-Coulson subplot gets wrapped up quickly before this show runs the risk of sticking its head up its own butt.
My Rating: 6.5/10