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  • Episode: The Magical Place (Season 1, Episode 11)
  • Starring: Clark Gregg. Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, J. August Richards
  • Written By: Paul Zbyszewski and Brent Fletcher
  • Directed By: Kevin Hooks
  • Network: ABC
  • Studio: Walt Disney, Mutant Enemy, Marvel Studios
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Agents of SHIELD: The Magical Place Review

The second half of season one begins

By Tim Janson     January 09, 2014

The Magical Place Review

The first season mid-break ended with a cliffhanger featuring Coulson abducted by the Centipede Operatives which apparently leaves super-soldier Mike Peterson dead in an explosion.  As the first season starts up again, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows) is leading the effort to rescue Coulson, noting that even Director Fury has an interest in seeing Coulson rescued.  The team captures a a man who deals in the black market sale of Chitauri artifacts and a known associate of Raina, the woman in the flower dress.  Hand has expelled Skye from the team after Agent May refuses to vouch for her but we know instantly that this was May’s plan all along.  She wanted to get Skye away from S.H.I.E.L.D.’s eyes so she can use her hacking skills to try and locate Coulson.


Meanwhile Coulson is interrogated by Edison Po who tortures him to reveal the secrets of his resurrection.  Po reveals that the Clairvoyant has been unable to get a read on Coulson, which is part of the reason they have such a high interest in him.  When Po fails, Raina takes over, appealing to Coulson’s own sense of curiosity as well asS.H.I.E.L.D.’s rejection of his requests for more information about what happened to him.  Coulson’s memories gradually return with aid of a machine.  The illusion of Tahiti disappears as Coulson reveals being in an operating room pleading with the doctors to let him die.  Dr. Streiten (Ron Glass) objects believing that he should be allowed to die but we see Coulson’s brain being given electric stimuli by a weird machine that looks sort of like a giant, metallic insect.  Dr. Streiten divulges to Coulson that thememories were implanted into Coulson on orders from Fury himself.  But why?


One door opens and another closes this week on MAOS.  We now know that Tahiti was all an illusion and that Coulson wasn’t just dead minutes or hours but several days.  Why did Fury want him alive so badly?  What technology was used to bring him back to life?  Was it human or alien?  The episode reveals a lot about Coulson while adding even more mysteries.  I think it’s safe to say that Coulson is definitely not a Life Model Decoy.  We see his body being brought back to life and I would guess that Raina would have figured out that as well.  Clark Gregg goes through a wringer of emotions throughout the episode.  Raina uses Coulson’s love for a woman and that S.H.I.E.L.D. basically has screwed him to get him to break down.  As he lay on the operating table, begging to die you could not help but sympathize with the character.


This episode helped galvanize the team unlike any other.  While Skye initially feels betrayed by May she quickly finds out that it was her plan all along.  Skye goes solo for much of the show and gets to show off some previously unseen fighting skills.  And you had to love the one punch KO of Raina.  After the final break we get to see what happened to Mike Peterson and it isn’t pretty.  Now…One thought crossed my mind when I saw Peterson at the end…or I should say one name…Deathlok…specifically, the Luther Manning version of Deathlok.  I’m convinced that Peterson will become the Cyborg character.  


A lot of pieces were put in motion to get the second half of the season off to a strong start,  The writing is becoming tighter with more of a focus towards on-going plotlines rather than self-contained episodes.  This is a must if the show is to be successful.


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Wiseguy 1/9/2014 5:25:46 PM

Yeah TJ I agree with you mostly. Lots of questions raised now. And we have to assume that Coulson will no longer be such a company man now that he knows some of what happened to him.

ElBaz brought up the prospect of Deathlok too, that would be a cool twist if it goes that way.

dalgoda 1/9/2014 5:31:50 PM

Seems like the show is starting to hit its stride.  They do need to keep building on this and have less standalone episodes.  It would also be nice to have some lower level Marvel heroes and villains pop up. There are so many characters like that they could choose from.

ElBaz13 1/9/2014 5:43:39 PM

El Baz via Bleeding Cool, but yes,  If you read the article there, some great points to consider.

I love Melinda May. Can't believe she's 50 years old. wow!


redvector 1/9/2014 6:04:53 PM

It was implied in the Avengers that much of SHIELD's technology was based on reverse engineered HYDRA tech. So it wouldn't surprise me if that machine was based on a HYDRA design. Probably as a means to resurrect dead soldiers.

And since the Clairvoyant didn't get everything he needed from Coulson the next step is to go after the doctors that brought him back. And he'll use a fully converted Mike Peterson to do it.


Higgy 1/9/2014 7:14:32 PM

 If he is going to be Deathlok then maybe the clairvoyant is Simon Ryker.  That would explain how he knows so much since he has access to the omni computer.  Which would explain the computer like implant in the eye, etc...

DarthBob 1/10/2014 5:23:42 AM

Great episode, probably the best so far. The show is starting to get some legs. Three things that have really caught my interest are what is centipede (AIM, HYDRA or alien tech), why is Agent Coulson so important that Fury went through such great lengths to bring him back to life and who is the clairvoyant?

redvector 1/10/2014 9:15:10 AM

Three possibilities. 1. Simon Ryker. 2.MODOK. 3. The Leader. 

hanso 1/10/2014 9:39:47 AM

Fury wanted Coulson alve cause they needed someone to tie back to The Avengers movie plus Coulson is Fury's only white friend.  Now if anyone accuses Fury of being racist he can be like, "I'm not racist, I got a white friend."

Fuk this site, its still redirecting me.  Adios!

eldrik 1/10/2014 9:45:05 AM

 I think it will be revealed eventually, even during the Age of Ultron, perhaps, that Coulson has been made into Vision.  There is no mention yet of the character in AoU, but the Scarlet Witch is in it.  Just food for thought.  Perhaps the robot was replacing his brain with electronic circuitry to replace the dead neurons.  Now Coulson's only part human.

monkeyfoot 1/10/2014 10:23:25 AM

Yes, liked this episode alot.





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