Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 15 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled “Yes Men“. Now this is an episode fans have been waiting for, you have not only the return of the lovely Lady Sif but also another Asgardian who is related to Enchantress, you can’t go wrong with that kind of additions to this who right? So how has this week’s 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.
Lady Sif from Asgard has traveled to Midgard (Earth) on the hunt for the deadly fugitive Lorelei, who has the power to enslave men’s minds. To stop her from building an army and terrorizing the realm, Lady Sif must join forces with Agent Phil Coulson and his team to track her down.
What I Liked
Well episode was certainly interesting. We got action, Asgardians, character development and some secrets were let out of the bag. As I’ve said before this show is definitely getting better as it is really starting to dive into some cool and interesting territories with the stories and characters that are being introduced.
What really struck a chord with me was the theme of relationships. Because of Lorelei’s presence presented some intriguing and surprising scenarios for several of the characters in today’s episode. Seeing the bikers, Ward and even Fitz under her control was mental and funny at times to. One thing that got me was Lorelei’s conversations with Sif, at one point Lorelei gives the impression that she once had the control of a man Sif desired, is she referring to Thor? I would love to know.
Outside of Lorelei, we also start to see some traction on the story involving Coulson and his search for the truth behind what he saw in the Guest House. His meet up with Agent Sitwell was a nice brief little encounter, I also love how Coulson said that Tahiti “sucked”, that was funny and he even probed Sif for questions about the creatures from the nine realism she has seen. It was interesting that she mentioned Frost Giants as the only one’s who have been to Earth. Guess that gives us a bit of clarification as to what that blue guy in the tube could be from the last episode (even though I don’t think it looks like a Frost Giant). And at the end of the episode it seems like he finally told Skye about what’s happened recently and now he’s ready to break the rules and find out what the deal is. I love this. It perfectly ties-in with the themes introduced in The Avengers and are now being brought to light in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Something tells me that there will have to be some sort of crossover or connection here. Oh and I love how May overheard Coulson’s conversation with Skye and is telling the higher-ups that Coulson’s become self-aware, so not only has May been in on Coulson’s incident but she’s been lying to him for AGES, surprised? Yeah I am and it is good shit.
As for the characters they were great. Firstly Elena Satine as Lorelei was great, she was the gorgeous, soft and yet so dangerous woman who could command men and dump them whenever she was done with them. I love how strong she was physically and mentally, she also seemed like she could fit into the Thor films just fine. Also I loved her screen time with Ward, they made a nice pair even if it was just mind control, and DAMN who knew she was such a freak in the bedroom? That was unexpected but totally awesome lol. Another great performance came from Jaimie Alexander as Sif, she is STILL the most amazing woman ever and I love her. But outside of that she was still badass and gave us some funny and quite endearing moments like when she described her thoughts on Jane Foster taking Thor away from her. That was the first time that’d be explored before so it was interesting to see her divulge that information.
The regular cast was pretty good too. Clark Gregg is really starting to add some dimensions to Agent Coulson as he is becoming a lot more fierce, aggressive and developing layers especially with all the fear and secrecy his been hiding. Ward is definitely becoming moe and more likeable as he has a personality, smiles and seems to get a lot more screen time, his confession scene was definitely surprising as he admits that he had feelings for someone on the Bus and it wasn’t who some had guessed. Also Melinda May was great as we got to she just how much she actually felt for Ward, having him under mind control opened up some interesting story dynamics for her as someone who has never had a thing for him, but just might feel something more than we had anticipated, possibly even jealousy. Simmons was awesome this week, while she was mainly caring for Skye, she wanted to pursue the G.H. medicine and get help from the higher-ups with Coulson denying her request, but this time Simmons put her foot down and confronted Coulson in one the coolest moments ever, so heated and tension-heavy. Fitz was nice, I like how he hadn’t gotten over what he saw in the last episode, but he was even funnier when he was love-struck over Lorelei, his lines were frigging funny and seeing run around after Simmons was jokes too. What a plum. Oh and by the way Skye is awake and still cracking jokes, however she seems to have matured and become less annoying so that’s always a good thing.
What I Disliked
Now for the stuff I didn’t like. I was just a little annoyed that the fight between Sif and Lorelei wasn’t a bit longer and done with a bit fancier choreography. But other than that I’m okay with the episode as a whole.
In conclusion “Yes Men” is another really strong episode, the inclusion of Lorelei and Sif add some great comic book elements, creates some interesting scenarios for the key characters and help flesh out the Marvel Cinematic Universe in new ways. While it wasn’t as awesome as “T.R.A.C.K.S.” I still consider it to be one of the higher tier episodes if this series. P.S. sorry for the slightly junkie review, but there was a lot to talk about.
Rating: 8.5/10 (The Asgardians bring some interesting fun to this episode)
So what did you think of “Yes Men“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 16! :D