Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S:01 E:17

Episode: Turn, Turn, Turn
Original airdate: 4-8-14

Once again, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has a tie-in with a currently released Marvel movie, and once again I was able to catch it so I was aware of the connections, and this time around it’s not just the fact that they’re cleaning up in the same location that the movie’s climax took place in. This time around the movie changes everything and going into the episode with that knowledge actually takes away some of the tension that the show tries to present. There’s also a few extra references, like knowing the fate of Nick Fury, the allegiance of Agent Sitwell, and who is the driving force behind the Clairvoyant whose identity goes through plenty of twists and turns in this episode and leaves you guessing until the very end. Things are changing and this episode brings a major shake-up which the show really needed. Fair warning: spoilers abound.

When we last left our heroes, there was the beginning of a major split within the team and within S.H.I.E.L.D. itself as the Clairvoyant. Of course, that split is actually the revelation of Hydra within the organization at its deepest levels, so much so that friends and allies can no longer be trusted because there’s no way to know whether or not they are truly working for S.H.I.E.L.D. or for Hydra and whether or not that are essentially one and the same. Throughout the episode, suspicions are cast upon Agent Hand, basically the highest ranking officer who makes regular appearances on the show, Agent May, Agent Coulson, Agent Garrett, Agent Triplett, and even Fitz for a brief moment. I won’t actually reveal who ends up being the Clairvoyant, but I thought the final reveal was a satisfying moment, which is topped off by a final surprise which is part of the shake up that I mentioned.

This episode is a good companion piece to Captain America not just because they take place at the same time more or less, but because they are also tackling many of the same themes and situations, only the show tackles them on a much smaller scale. There’s still plenty of room for action and tension, and Fitz gets some major bonus points while still managing to be Fitz. Personally, I thought this was a great episode by itself, it was a great tie-in to Captain America, and it’s a great transition to where the season will end and possibly continue on into the next season. Only a few weeks left, no hiatuses, and I’m certainly looking forward to them.

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