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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review

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  • Episode: Repairs (Season 1, Episode 9)
  • Starring: Clark Gregg. Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge
  • Written By: Shalisha Francis
  • Directed By: Holly Dale
  • Network: ABC
  • Studio: ABC Studios, Marvel Television, and Mutant Enemy
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Repairs Review

Agent Mulder er, Agent Coulson investigates a telekinetic

By Tim Janson     November 27, 2013

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Repairs Review
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When a disaster strike a particle accelerator kills several workers, Coulson and his team are called in to investigate a woman who seems to have telekinetic abilities.  They arrive at the woman’s home to find a mob gathered, blaming her for the disaster at the plant.  Agent May defuses the situation by shooting the woman with a tranquilizer, allowing the team to take her into custody aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. plane.  One aboard they isolate her to keep her from using her powers.  But the plane is soon disabled and has to make an emergency landing. The team learns that the woman is not the cause of the strange events but rather it is a former employee of the plant who was caught in the explosion and left trapped between two worlds, giving him the capability to phase in and out in a puff of black mist, quite similar to Nightcrawler’s “Bamf” teleportation power.  The team has to somehow stop a man that can instantly teleport anywhere he wants, trapping them inside the plane.

In the other, and even more important plot thread, Agents Fitz and Simmons plan to haze Skye with a S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy prank that plays up the myth around Agent May and why she has gained the nickname “The Cavalry”.  This may have been the most effective character development thus far in the series.  We learn why May has become so distant and was hesitant to rejoin the team as an active field agent.  Her legend grows with each Adacemy Class’s retelling of the story but Skye gets the truth from Coulson in a poignant moment.  She learns that what May did wasn’t some gung-ho, guns-blazing event but rather a tragedy from her past that resulted in her saving several fellow agents but left her scarred.  Coulson says that May was different then, even had fun pulling her own pranks on teammates.

The main plot this week was another one that was highly disposable and will be quickly forgotten.  It’s interesting that a particle accelerator is playing a key role this week and will soon do the same in Arrow although likely with much greater long term ramifications.  The character of Tobias Ford (this week’s villain) could have been used to develop a recurring villain and perhaps he will but it certainly appeared as if this was a one-shot deal and thus a lost opportunity.

Eagle-eyed viewers hopefully noticed that the gas station used in the early scene belong to Roxxon Oil, the fictional conglomerate energy company in the Marvel Universe which has longtime ties to HYDRA and A.I.M.  The MU references were almost non-existent this week which I think is a good thing.  It’s time to start making nods to Marvel’s comic roots only if it means something rather than only to remind us that we are in the Marvel Universe.  Loved what they did with Agent May, giving her some seriously needed depth and background.  Another plus this week was the toning down of the humorous elements.  This was Whedon’s MO with Buffy as well and for the show to have success it needs to take itself more serious.  And of course we had the surprising development of Agents May and Ward getting together and bumping uglies and the best thing about this was that there didn’t seem to be any emotion to their tryst but rather done for convenience and need.  Even if the main story was a little to X-files-ish, the subplot helped raise the bar above the past couple of weeks.


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DarthBob 11/27/2013 11:07:48 AM

I must admit that this show has grown on me.  Finally getting into Arrow and am now going back to watch Dr. Who repeats! 

momitchell7 11/27/2013 11:12:25 AM

 I still didn't quuite understand the ending of this episode... So, just because agent May tells the guy to "let go", he disappears into the netherwolrd completely and leaves the girl alone? Is that what we were supposed to believe?

Vocabulate 11/27/2013 11:30:25 AM

 I don't think Tobias is "gone".  He's in whatever other dimension was found in the particle explosion, and I don't think it's the Asgardian Hel - there's a planet there and I don't think there is one in Hel.  Could this be the Negative Zone?  Or is that under license along with the FF?

WarCry 11/27/2013 11:30:45 AM

Marvel fans should have noticed a few other things, as well.

Magik, Colossus's little sister has the power of....well, dark magic. As a kid, she was taken to a dimension where she lived about 10-15 years in just a year or so "real time". It was a realm filled with demons where she was developed her abilities. If you look at pictures, you'll see what it looks like.

The realm is called Limbo, and is sometimes referred to as Hell. If you look closely at the hologram they were reviewing last night, it's pretty similar.

But wait, there's more!

Another attribute of Limbo in the Marvel universe, it was discovered that it's the alternate dimension where Nightcrawler teleports to and from when he "bamf"s.

When he bamfs in a cloud of heavy blue smoke.

Any of this sounding familiar to last night's show?

almostunbiased 11/27/2013 11:39:03 AM

This would have been good for halloween

WarCry 11/27/2013 11:40:41 AM

 And, on the off-chance that anyone missed it, Roxxon is actually a big part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well. There's a very brief glimpse of it in Iron Man. It showed up again in Iron Man 2 as a sponsor for cars in the Gran Prix that was being run. Later, it's the gas station Coulson stops at in the One-Shot "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer". And finally (I think it's the last one before the show started), you could see the logo all over the containers, crane, etc at the port for the big finale-fight in Iron Man 3. It's all over the place!

WarCry 11/27/2013 11:41:26 AM

 almostunbiased, according to the cast tweets during the show, they filmed the episode over Halloween, so there is that....

jedibanner 11/27/2013 1:11:06 PM

The episode was good.

But the preview for the next episode....(SPOILER); The dude form the first episode comes back as an agent? Really? Of all the superheroes/villains to use they go back to a no name for the episode?

That sucks....

ElBaz13 11/27/2013 1:13:45 PM

I loved it and the characters are growing on me. 

I picked up on the Roxxon gas station right away too an definitely the whole "hell" thing has ties to Mephisto, Belasco, etc...

Looks like they are going more serialized in December. 2-part story arc with that strong black guy from ep 1 who joins the team. I like having a super powered member but would much prefer an actual Marvel character.

SarcasticCaveman 11/27/2013 1:23:58 PM

 Well, there's every possibility he could BECOME an actual Marvel character...after all, based on his popularity with fans of "Arrow", John Diggle made it into the current DC continnuity.

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