Nov 21 2013
by J.D. Cook
Sorry folks. I was hit by an Asgardian cold recently and I barely made it through Agents of Shield or my Wednesday. Thankfully I woke up today feeling great with tons of memories of my time recuperating in Tahiti, “It’s a magical place”.
Oh well back to work on ‘Thor’s Day’. Fitting that the episode I’m discussing actually tied into Thor: The Dark World. At first I felt like this episode was a bit slow and silly. I mean why did all of the people in Norway speak English as their first language to each other? Why didn’t Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Hawkeye or Black Widow respond when the mystical Asgardian staff was giving bad people super powers they were using to reap destruction through whole towns? I mean the news was reporting on it. Surely someone could have told any of those superheroes to step in. All of those complaints aside I wasn’t feeling well at all whilst watching it so maybe my mind wasn’t quite connecting all the dots. It was funny that the Agents of Shield started the episode cleaning up after Thor’s destruction in his film.
Now the episode did get immediately better after it was revealed that Dr. Elliot Randolph (Peter Macnicol) was not actually a Professor on Norse legends but in fact a part of them. He was an Asgardian who came down long ago and decided to live on Earth in peace after his years of fighting ended. It’s an interesting parallel to Thor as he is currently doing something similar. As far as character development went in this episode we got to see a bit of Ward’s (Brett Dalton) back story and that Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) is really in charge of her own dark past. If you didn’t watch the episode the mystical Asgardian staff gives you super powers at the cost of forcing you to relive and dwell on your worst memories. Ward used it and was a mess. May used it and was fine. Although I’m not sure how you can’t be a mess when you basically drowned your brother in a well as a young boy. Don’t know what May’s darkness is but it can’t beat that can it? Well we do know she can sleep with it at the very least. Can I get a sick burn high five?! (puts hand up in eager waiting)
A. (puts hand down with a sad look on his face since you didn’t high five him)
B. (puts hand down and looks at you funny for high fiving your computer screen)
In the final scene we got to see Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) dream of his time in Tahiti where his masseuse told him it was a magical place. He woke up shocked but I’m not really sure why. I mean the audience assumes he’s realizing he’s been repeating what he heard there for months but wouldn’t it comfort him to have an actual memory of being there? If anything that makes things less suspicious. Next week the team returns to being…you guessed it…trapped on the plane. There have been far too many episodes set in this location and I hate it and never want to see it again. That’s all.
Other Episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agents of Shield: Pilot
Agents of Shield: 0-8-4
Agents of Shield: The Asset
Agents of Shield: Eye Spy
Agents of Shield: The Girl in the Flower Dress
Agents of Shield: F.Z.Z.T.
Agents of Shield: The Hub