TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 15 – Yes Men

Warning Spoilers Ahead

Agents_of_SHIELD_logoWhile Skye recoveries, the team sets to find and stop an Asgardian seductress by the name of Lorelei. For that, they will need the help of Sif, one of Thor’s most trusted allies. As last week’s episode ended, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team was clearly heading towards an Asgardian issue as the show attempted to keep up the action set up last week. It’s interesting to do that, the show felt the need to weave further into the Marvel cinematic universe and bring in Sif, instead of continuing to build it’s own corner of the universe.

The team is dealing with Skye’s death and resurrection, trying to figure out how exactly it happened while Skye herself decides she needs to get tougher and kick more ass. Coulson on the other hand is on a mission to figure it all out himself, and he’s trying to track down Fury to do it. There’s a line in this scene that shows us exactly where his head is at.

Sif joins up with the team, and there’s some nice nerdy moments in it, where she mentions a bunch of races she’s met… including Kree…. So that’s cool, and you’ll want to rewind the scene a few times to pick all of the mentions up. However, after the first interaction with the team, there’s a moment that’s such a slap on the forehead that it’s inexcusable. After being briefed that Lorelei can control people with her voice, Ward just stands there with his gun pointed at her… Worst. Agent. Ever. Of course he’s taken over by Lorelei.

From there, there’s lots of kung-fu fighting and punching, and breaking things. It’s all a bit meh, and very predictable.

Overall, the episode is a return to the ones from the first half of the season, more monster of the week. It’s actually a step back from the previous week’s season best episode. The episode falls back into the pattern of set up, search for the problem, some sort of fight, then a heart to heart moment at the end. In this case Coulson has a discussion with Skye about what he has found out, and from there a discussion of his plan…. and then there’s a twist! Overall, a meh episode that takes a step back from last week.

Writer: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Brent Fletcher
Overall Score: 7