Were you as disappointed with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s last Thor crossover (and I use the term loosely) as I was? Well, it looks like the writers heard our complaints and decided to make amends with ‘Yes Men’, a rollicking episode that saw Lady Sif visit Midgard to help the team take down a mischievous Gilmore. It’s took its time, but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is finally starting to become the show I hoped it would be.
For much of its run Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has come across like a frothier version of Alias. Most of the plots centred around mad science or super-soldiers. References to aliens and gods from other worlds were kept to a minimum. It was as if the writers were hesitant about fully embracing comic book weirdness for fear of putting off potential viewers. If the last few episode are anything to go by that is all about to change. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now seems more willing to dip its toe into the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with a guest appearance from one of the most criminally underused members of Thor’s supporting cast.
Arriving via Bifröst (it is the only way to travel), the Goddess of War has been sent to Earth by “Odin” to bring Lorelei, a would be conqueror with the power to control anyone with a Y chromosome, back to Asgard. It goes without saying that having Jaimie Alexander stop by was a real treat. I hope Sif becomes the series’ regular liaison with Asgard. It is the only way to ensure she gets quality screentime. She had more to do and say in this episodes than she did in two Thor movies.
Unlike ‘The Well’, ‘Yes Men’ tied directly into the events of Thor: The Dark World. Lorelei’s presence on Earth was a direct result of the Dark Elves’ attack on Asgard, which saw many prisoners escape from Odin’s dungeons. There’s a risk that casual viewers, who probably haven’t seen the movies, will no doubt find all of this very confusing. It’s a risk I’m glad the show is willing to take. They can’t keep playing it safe forever, because that is just as likely to put viewers off.
In spite of all the Asgardian shenanigans going on, Skye’s recovery via alien blood was not forgotten about. Coulson is keeping what he discovered from the rest of the team, as well as the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. Which is annoying Simmons, who finally stood up to him, which I just adored. She has become more and more confident these past few episodes. Coulson is desperate to know what really happened to him now, even quizzing Sif about all the blue aliens she’s encountered. There’s a nice role reversal here, with Coulson now the passionate rebel and Skye the more laidback one. Coulson is fed up with all the secrets and lies. He wants to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. So he’s going after the only man who can give it to him - Nick Fury.
This all leads us to the episode’s final big surprise - May has been spying on Coulson all this time.
After taking a day to process this I realised that it made perfect sense. Someone like Nick Fury wouldn’t send Coulson back into the field without someone to keep tabs on him 24/7 and report back. May is basically Coulson’s monitor. I can’t see him trusting her ever again if he finds out she knew what happened to him all along. Is all of this leading up to a possible fracturing of the team? This is nothing new for a Whedon show. Joss and his fellow writers seem to enjoy creating artificial families and then putting them to the test. The first half of the season was all about bringing the team together, it stands to reason that the second half would be about tearing it apart. Ward is still holding Coulson accountable for Skye’s shooting, Simmons is openly questioning his leadership decisions, and now we’ve found out that May is not to be trusted. If things continue going the way they are then sooner or later the team is going to implode.
Intel and Assets
--It looks like whatever May and Ward had going on between them is thankfully over. Now we just have to endure the inevitable Ward/Skye romance. Can’t we just have no team romances? And pairing up Ward and Skye just seems so…obvious.
--As Asgardian invaders go, Lorelei was no Loki. The accent Elena Satine was putting on made her sound like Jaime Murray. Now that I think about it, Satine looks a little bit like Jaime Murray. Also, this isn’t the first time that Satine has played a comic book character. She appeared as Mara, wife on Aquaman, on Smallville.
--Knowing that Lorelei’s powers only work on men, wouldn’t it have made more sense to send a female only team after her? Or just May and Sif. I’m sure they could’ve handled her by themselves.
--As well as not being a woman, Benjamin Franklin was never president. Back to school with you, Rooster.
--According to Sif, Thor told them Coulson was killed by Loki. Does this mean they sing songs in Asgard about the valiant Son of Coul?
--One of the blue alien species Sif mentioned was the Kree.
Sitwell: “How was Tahiti?”
Coulson: “It sucked.”
Simmons: “Poor thing. He’s always getting knocked out, isn’t he?“
Sif: “Rest easy, Phillip, Son of Coul.”
May: “Ward won’t kill me.”
Sif: "Do not let your feelings cloud your judgement."
May: “I'm not. He might try to kill me. But he won’t.”
Simmons: "I'm not saying you were weak, I’m saying all men are weak."
Three out of four flying boats which is what I am going to call the Bus from now on.
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