Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came back from its month long hiatus almost as strong as when we last saw it. ‘T.A.H.I.T.I.’ wasn’t as much fun as 'T.R.A.C.K.S.' was, with Skye’s life hanging by a thread there wasn’t much room for levity, but it compensated for that with a serious amount of Bill Paxton. Who doesn’t love a bit of Bill Paxton? Game over, man! Game over!
As well as shedding some (more) light on Coulson’s resurrection, this episode introduced two new recurring characters - Paxton’s Agent John Garrett and B.J. Britt’s Agent Antoine Triplett. Thanks to the Paxton factor, Garrett was instantly likeable. Rather than being some by the book foot soldier, he was sort of like a less cocky, more professional version of Hudson. Which is most definitely a good thing. Agent Triplett, whose brief punch up with Ward was completely pointless (macho men being macho for no reason whatsoever), was a little more on the bland and seems to have “Potential Simmons Love Interest” stamped across his forehead. Which is odd, because the way he talk about Simmons’ feeling for Skye (“But you can’t imagine a life without her”) made it sound like he saw them as a couple. Is he secretly a Skimmons shipper?
The team manage to get Skye to a S.H.I.E.L.D. hospital, but it is too late, there is nothing the doctors can do. Coulson, a man who has come back to life, won’t accept that. Which is exactly what the Clairvoyant is counting on. Whoever this puppet master is, they are cunning. They couldn’t get the information they wanted out of Coulson himself, so they’ve manipulated him into investigating it himself by having Quinn shoot Skye. That explains why Quinn shot her twice in the stomach. He wasn’t being cruel, he was being precise. All of this has got me wondering if Quinn himself has one of those eye implants himself? And did May break it when she delivered that much deserved beat-down? If I were Coulson, I would’ve just left her be.
Turns out the “truth” Coulson was told about what was done to resurrect him wasn’t exactly the truth. S.H.I.E.L.D. is just nothing but secrets wrapped in riddles. Not that I’m complaining. I’m glad there was more to Coulson’s resurrection than what we’d previously been told. That explanation was too mundane. Far better to involve aliens. Aliens make things better. That’s assuming the corpse was an extra-terrestrial. It could’ve easily been the result of another super-soldier program gone wrong. Perhaps S.H.I.E.L.D.’s attempt to create their own, more controllable, Hulk using Smurf DNA? Whatever it was, S.H.I.E.L.D. used it to resurrect Coulson and now he’s used it to save Skye.
This will not be without consequences, for both Skye (will the wonder serum trigger her dormant powers?) and Coulson (will he… start to turn blue?). Not professional consequences, mind you. The team’s cavalier actions will likely continue to be overlooked by their so-called superiors. I am still amazed by the autonomy Coulson and his team are allowed. S.H.I.E.L.D. just doesn’t seem like the sort of organisation to allow an agent and his team to run around the globe doing whatever they want with next to no supervision. In this episode alone they broke into a top secret facility, killed two people -- not bad guys, just a pair of guards doing their job -- and then let that facility get blown to kingdom come. All without so much as an angry phone call from the man with the eyepatch.
Intel and Assets
--If Doctor Manhattan is an alien then he will likely be a member of the Kree, a major race from the comics who have blue skin.
--Fitz and Simmons are truly masters of holographic interfaces.
--Is Nick Fury deliberately dodging Coulson’s calls or is really busy with other stuff?
--When the ginger Asgardian said her name was Lorelei I bet the first thing that popped into a lot of people’s heads (including mine) was Gilmore Girls.
Coulson: “They scratch my plane, I’m gonna be pissed,”
Coulson: "What the hell are you doing here?"
Garrett: “Well, as opposed to the Leven 8 jackass I'm staring at, I still follow orders.”
Lorelei: “Is all of Midgard this desolate?”
Three out of four Smurf Hulks.
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