Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 14 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled “T.A.H.I.T.I.” So after a pretty good episode with “T.R.A.C.K.S.” we’ve had to wait around a frigging month for the next episode and that has really affected the pacing of this show. But now its back with more new and intriguing stuff. So how has the episode fared? 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 Coulson goes on the attack to save Skye–enlisting the aid of Ward’s former S.O. John Garrett (Bill Paxton)–and uncovers shocking truths about his own life and S.H.I.E.L.D.
What I Liked
This episode definitely had a nice amount of mystery, decent pacing, cool new characters and connections to previous episodes. Having Bill Paxton and B.J. Britt come on as Agents John Garrett and Antoine Triplett definitely added some cool, fun and interesting flavours to this show, especially since they’ll be around in future episodes. Both are characters who have past connections with Coulson and Ward which made for some interesting and funny conversations. Paxton as Garrett was awesome, he seemed like such a rebel, was a straight-up badass who could talk the talk and walk the walk. Britt, while not coming off as awesome as Paxton was still nice as he had a cool scuffle with Ward and was showing some clear interest in Simmons which was totally smooth (I swear Simmons seems to be attracting black guys lol).
When it comes to the rest of the regular cast they were are pretty decent. Melinda May is still as beautiful as she is badass as she can still look good while beating Ian Quinn’s face in, that was awesome, proving once again that May is on of the best S.H.I.E.L.D. agents ever. Coulson while not as badass as usual, still had some cool moments of dialogue between him and Garrett, while also finding out more about his past with his recovery and finding something strange in the medical facility known as the “Guest House”. I also liked Ian Quinn, he’s an awesome, but a glassy one at that, even while being held hostage he still smiles and acts like he is in control of his situation. The rest of the cast did well, but didn’t do anything that substantial.
As for the plot itself it was nice enough. Everyone was all sad about Skye getting shot and were even more depressed when they found out from the doctor that she would either live on life support or die, I thought that angle was pretty hardcore, but I knew that she wouldn’t die, especially given the fact that she’s an 0-8-4. I assume it is because of that fact that she survived that drug she was given, only explanation right? Also there were a few interesting tidbits of information here and there, like how the Clairvoyant wanted the team to discover how to save sky by seeing how it was done for Coulson, that was interesting. Also having that hidden medical facility and having Coulson find that half-body blue guy preserved that tube, fucking weird man, but it does open up a few questions. Who or what is this guy? Is he human or alien? Is he some kind of attempted clone of Coulson? Is he good or bad? So many questions and not enough time to figure out the answers!
What I Disliked
Now for the stuff I didn’t like, most of it is nitpicks at best. Well the only things that stood out was: 1) The episode wasn’t nearly as strong as the last, I guess because it didn’t as much action or as complex storytelling. 2) We’re still not given the complete picture on Coulson’s back story and yet the show continues to go on about it, it is getting a little annoying now. Either give us all the info or quit talking about it. 3) The discovery of the blue man is interesting, but I feel like that’s another mystery lost to time because of the implosion of the facility so why even show him off?
In conclusion “T.A.H.I.T.I.” is a pretty good episode, it dives a little deeper into the Clairvoyant’s plan while tieing it in neatly with Coulson’s recovery and Skye’s current life or death situation. The episode is definitely not on the level of the previous one and I could do with a few more Marvel-related things going down in the following episodes. But with some solid stuff from Bill Paxton, Ming-Na Wen and the cool foreshadowing of next week’s episode featuring Lorelei, I think AoS is on-course to get better… At least I hope that’s the case.
Rating: 8/10 (A decent follow-up episode thanks to Bill Paxton and nice connections to previous episodes)
So what did you think of “T.A.H.I.T.I.“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 15! 😀