TV Review: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 16 – End of the Beginning

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Agents_of_SHIELD_logoAgent Garett and Triplett have returned to assist Coulson’s team hunt down S.H.I.E.L.D.’s devious nemesis–the Clairvoyant. But will Deathlok kill them all to guard his master’s identity?

The episode kicks off with a brief scene featuring Deathlok, our first real look at the character and his abilities other than advertising teasers, but from there, Coulson makes a move to find the Clairvoyant, pulling in Garrett, Sitwell, Hand and more to devise a plan. There’s some talk of psychics and how in this world they don’t believe in them, which is an interesting dig into Marvel’s mutant world.

From there, the group breaks up in teams of two to look for the Clairvoyant while Skye does what she can to try to narrow down who that person actually is. The problem is, that means all those teams will be split up and going in undermanned. As things pan out, they’re all undermanned and overwhelmed. And that leads one pair up against Deathlok, but while a member goes down, they’ll at least be able to track him now due to some luck.

And that leads to everyone engaging Deathlok leading to lots of explosions. This is an attempt at action, but for a cyborg, Deathlok has some seriously bad aim. But, some good news… looks like we finally meet the Clairvoyant.

That all leads to a pretty shocking moment… yes a shocking moment we didn’t see, and the Clairvoyant didn’t see either. But, was that really the Clairvoyant?

This leads the team to dig further into their mysterious foe leading to all kinds of possible crosses and double crosses.

The first half hour of the show was rather dull with a lot of head scratching moments, but the last little bit opens up some interesting possibilities as to what’s to come. As usual, the show is a lot of promise, but not a whole lot of execution.

Writer: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Brent Fletcher
Overall Score: 6.5