Howdy ladies and gents, time for my review of episode 11 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled “The Magical Place”. So after a little break the show returns and promises to reveal secrets and amply the danger, does it deliver? Read on and find out.
As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.
In this episode Agent Coulson takes the war the war back to Centipede and this time he brings Mike Peterson for some super-soldier support. As they get closer to the truth, startling secrets are revealed.
What I Liked
Firstly let’s get to the most important aspect of this episode, the mystery behind Coulson’s resurrection. It was finally brought to the forefront of the series and while it wasn’t full explained, some of the revelations you learn about quite shocking. I mean that scene with Coulson having his brain being operated on with that crazy machine, finding out that it was Nick Fury who commissioned it and seeing Coulson freaking out and asking for death, pretty heavy stuff.
Outside of that main stuff there were some other decent moments like:
- Melinda May and Ward fighting and kicking ass is always fun to watch
- Skye pretending to May made a decent change from her normally annoying self
- Raina and Po are still devious and dodgy characters who had different means of interrogating Coulson which was interesting to see
- That tension-based conversation between Coulson and Dr. Streiten was one of my favourite moments because of the delicate subject matter
- Whenever Victoria was bossing Coulson’s team about, talking to them about protocol. That made me smile because that team need some restrictions and authority!
In terms of characters the usual crew all pretty decent, but the one that really stood out was Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson as we really got to see some emotion of his character that’s to his torture scenes and his reliving of his past while being operated on (even if at times it came across as a bit hammy). Another person who was on point with their acting was Saffron Burrows as the straight-talking, no-nonsense, all-about-authority Victoria Hand, really like her character. Oh and one other person who I really like was Ron Glass’ return as Dr. Streiten whose performance was the most realistic and believable of anything that’s come in this show so far. In his conversation with Coulson you can see that he is sorry for what he did and fears for his safety at the point in time.
Oh and that ending with Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) was cool and very intriguing, so he’s been captured by the opposition eh? Nice, this should add some cool and dangerous adventures for him.
What I Disliked
Now for the stuff I didn’t like. SKYE! Bloody hell! Skye, oh dear god how does she get away with so much, how does she get so much screen time, how did she become incorporated into this group with no proper initiation, protocol or natural progression? I understand Coulson drafted her in, but she’s been a hindrance on many occasions and has never been actually officially accepted into the group as an agent, she still just seems like some outsider operating within this spy group. I just hate her existence and the way she operates on the team because in the real world shit like this would not apply and even in the MCU with all of its fictional elements, the realism still applies and Skye and her attachment to the team is bullshit.
Yeah that’s right keep running, just run away and leave this show, I hate you.
I was also disappointed with the Coulson history reveal, it was hyped up before the episode aired that we’d learn what happened to him and while we indeed did get some clarification, in the end we still didn’t get a clear answer and there’s still unanswered questions like: 1) So what is Coulson just a repaired human? 2) Or is a robot? 3) Is he a combination of the previous answers; a cyborg? So many questions and still no answers. Weak.
And there’s Centipede who for a while with Po and Raina seemed to be a few steps ahead of S.H.I.L.E.D., however once the team got to the location where Coulson was, things came to Coulson’s group a little too easy, with them dispatching the soldiers and Raina and somehow Victoria and her group took out the organization in the short time behind the scenes while the action was focused on the group and Coulson. Again, weak, I want to see this other stuff going on yo.
In conclusion “The Magical Place” is an interesting episode that is definitely in the “better” category of AoS episodes. The mystery behind Coulson’s resurrection while not fully explain had some really creepy and dark aspects to it and finally seeing S.H.I.L.E.D. go all-out against Centipede was cool. However some of the shows main problems haven’t been solved and it doesn’t quite satisfy all of your burning questions, but in the end it isn’t completely pants and that’s always a good thing..
Rating: 7.5/10 (Some dark, interesting and mysterious stuff, but ultimately leaves you wanting more)
So what did you think of “The Magical Place“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 12! 😀