Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S:01 E:14

Episode: T.A.H.I.T.I.
Original Airdate: 3-4-2014

It feels like it’s been forever since there’s been a new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I also just read that this episode has had the lowest ratings of the season which is disappointing because I think the show has been getting much stronger these past several episodes. It’s unfortunate that it’s been hurt by both a weak starting few episodes which lost a lot of viewers, and these past two months which have been strewn with frequent hiatuses. Two weeks off, one week on, three weeks off. I almost think it would have been a better idea to have just taken six weeks off so there could have been a continuous string of new episodes. There seems to be a lot invested in this show so I hope that there are strong streaming numbers that help this show get to a season 2 because guest star Bill Paxton sure didn’t bring any viewers.

Anyway, back when we last left our agents, they had captured Ian Quinn after he had fatally shot Skye twice in the stomach and she is in critical condition in a hyperbaric chamber. The team is racing to figure out where Coulson’s after-death operations were held so that the same thing can be done to save Skye while S.H.I.E.L.D. sends a small security team consisting of Bill Paxton and his trainee agent to transport Quinn to the Fridge. Luckily everyone is old friends and they convince Paxton to come along to T.A.H.I.T.I. with them so they can save Skye.

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Overall I thought this was another decent episode, but it put a bit too much focus on Bill Paxton’s guest role who wasn’t really all that interesting, nor did he really add anything to the team dynamics. His role was basically just to be a fly in the ointment that ends up helping them before going on his merry way. Everyone else was focused on trying to save Skye, but I also felt that the tension surrounding that was a little flat because they had set her up to be such an important cog to the team that there was no real worry that she would actually die. What I did like was how it was tied into all being planned by the Clairvoyant who wants to know what happened to Coulson so they brought about these events to try and recreate the circumstances. I also think that there will be a big “reveal” showing that the Clairvoyant is actually a woman since they spent a lot of time referring to them as a “he”. The other reveal of what actually helped save Coulson was also somewhat weak, as it turns out to be samples taken from the partial body of an alien. After doing some super-quick research, it’s also likely a reference to Mutant Growth Hormone, or just G.H. as it’s referred to in the episode. As I said, overall it was a decent episode, but not quite as strong as the past few. Here’s hoping next week’s episode with the Asgardian Lorelai and Sif turns out to be a good one.

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