TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 16

Monday 21 April 2014 by

Agents of SHIELD, Joss Whedon, Channel 4, Marvel, Clark Gregg, TV show, Pilot

The problem with being completely up to date with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is that I now have to wait an entire week for the next episode instead of binging on them in one go. And I had to pick this episode to catch up on!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – episode sixteen – The End of the Beginning

*spoilers alert*

Hurrah, Garett and Triplet are back! The daring duo is teaming up with Coulson and the gang again this week, as the net is tightening around the Clairvoyant and Deathlok (Mike Peterson) is on a mission to protect his master.

In a Skye-devised double-blind (in an effort to stop the Clairvoyant seeing them coming) Coulson and some of the S.H.I.E.L.D big-bods head out to find some suspects. Coulson is working on the basis that they may have already met the Clairvoyant, when investigating reports of psychic powers, and so are going through their back catalogue of “rejects” to see what they can find.

Meanwhile, Skye is given S.H.I.E.L.D agent status (a rather ignominious scene that I feel should have been a bigger deal), and May is still sneaking around with her secret phone … but more on that in a moment.

I rather enjoyed the appearance of Titus Welliver as Felix Blake (one of those super-important S.H.I.E.L.D people I mentioned) – you might recognise him from Argo, but I know him better as War in Supernatural, and he always steals any scene he’s in. And Mike Peterson/Deathlok (J. August Richards) is a much better villain than superhero, so overall this is a pretty good episode.

And when I say pretty good, I mean, HOLY COW YOU ENDED IT ON THAT!?

Because May is found out by Fitz, Ward kills the Clairvoyant-who-isn’t-the-Clairvoyant, Skye realises the real Clairvoyant is actually in S.H.I.E.L.D and mid-confrontation with May, the plane is turned around by Big Boss Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows – who is, frankly, amazing).

It’s all very tense.

This is right up there with some of the best episodes in the programme. It had all the right bits – drama, mystery, action, humour and a cliff hanger ending. Just when I started to wonder if Whedon was losing his way, he hits you round the head with an episode like this. Curse him. Although it was a little predictable that the Clairvoyant wasn’t actually the Clairvoyant (and if you were to really think on it, you could probably have come up with the S.H.I.E.L.D agent theory too), the twist was nicely done and there is enough of a question mark over May and her actions that you know that no matter what theory you have, there is going to be a better answer.

We’re over halfway through the season, and Whedon has a way of concluding seasons with something really outstanding, so we might have a few more episodes to go before we get the full force of the Clairvoyant storyline, but I can’t wait.

5 Houses

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