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  • Episode: Seeds (Season 1, Episode 12)
  • Starring: Clark Gregg. Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge
  • Written By: Monica Owusu-Breen & Jed Whedon
  • Directed By: Kenneth Fink
  • Network: ABC
  • Studio: ABC Studios, Marvel Television, and Mutant Enemy
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Seeds Review

The mystery of Skye Revealed? Well sort of.

By Tim Janson     January 15, 2014

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Seeds Review
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Well, so much for Agent May being Skye’s mother…After last week’s episode revealed some of the mystery behind Agent Coulson, this week’s tackles Skye’s shrouded past.  Ward, Skye, Fitz, and Simmons travel to  S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy to investigate an attack on a student who was frozen while in an indoor pool.  A device is found which was responsible for the pool’s quick freeze.  During a lecture in which an instructor mentions both HYDRA and A.I.M., another student named Donnie Gill is frozen solid and only the quick actions of the team are able to save him.  Fitz bonds with the brilliant, but introverted Gill, and even helps him solve a problem with a new type of battery he built.  But the team realizes too late that Donnie and another student are behind the attacks and are using the battery to build a bigger and far more powerful device that is capable of quickly freezing large amounts of moisture.  They discover that the two students have the financial backing of ruthless businessman Ian Quin (seen last in episode #3) who wants to buy the device but only after the students prove it works.  But in unleashing the device the pair creates a super storm that rains down volleyball-sized chunks of ice.  

While most of the team is at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, Coulson and May track down a lead about Skye’s past.  They learn that the agent who dropped Skye off at the orphanage, Linda Avery, was not her mother and was killed trying to protect her.  Avery’s partner Seth Dormer disappeared shortly after.  May and Coulson locate Dormer in Mexico City where he reveals that Skye was an “0-8-4” and object of unknown origin and a S.H.I.E.L.D team was sent to protect her.  Dormer is the only survivor.

There was no ugly in this week’s episode of MAOS but there was some (mostly) good and some bad.  We are finally starting to get some serialized storytelling in the series that was lacking for most of the first half of the season.  Coulson is dealing with the own traumatic revelations of his return to life which prods him to help Skye learn about her past.  Noteworthy is the fact that Dormer didn’t just state that Skye was an 0-8-4 but that she had powers.  So just as with Coulson last week mysteries are revealed but new ones take their place.  One thing we don’t know is how much Coulson told Skye.  Clearly he told her about the agents who died trying to protect her but my assumption is that he said nothing about her powers.  

In the name Donie Gill sounds familiar to Marvel fans then pat yourself on the back.  Donald Gill is the real name of the Iron Man villain Blizzard although in the comics his powers are derived from a suit.  However we see at the end that Donnie has apparently absorbed the abilities of his ice creating device which sets up another potential super villain.  The fact that Quinn also has a connection to the Clairvoyant elevates his status as well.  

The plot involving S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy was mundane and reminiscent of too many of the first half season disposable episodes but at least this time the writers (and Joss Whedon co-wrote this one) built on the events and have setup several plotlines and a couple of new villains for the future.

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lusiphur 1/15/2014 10:10:57 AM

Good episode.  Not as good as last week's, but almost as good.  The show is finally gaining traction and the pace seems to be picking up.  I am glad I stayed with it so far and am looking forward the rest of the season.

CaptAmerica04 1/15/2014 10:23:25 AM

I think the show is almost at the pace that we've been waiting anxiously for it to get to.  Any fan of Joss Whedon's past T.V. shows knows that he just needs about one full season (or close to it) to hit his stride and get a show up to the level of awesome that we know he's capable of.  MAOS is just about to that stride, and I think that by season's end, we will have the show that we have all been waiting for and expecting since we first heard it was coming.

axia777 1/15/2014 10:35:10 AM

I give it an A because of the serious character developments that happened.  Skye is something more than human for sure and Coulson is as well.  That is all confirmed now.

By bet?  Skye is Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman and Coulson may be Vision.



hericson1 1/15/2014 11:04:29 AM

I think Coulson may be Vision and  Skye maybe the Celestial child whose mother was Mantis.    This story arc  has ties to both the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.

monkeyfoot 1/15/2014 11:07:31 AM

Yes indeed a great episode!!

I love that Skye's story took such a completely unexpected turn. I was assuming she would end up maybe being May's daughter or something along those lines. Not the revelation she is something powerful and danger and death has been in her wake.

Now we have to wait another couple of weeks, dammit!

tjanson 1/15/2014 11:29:32 AM

 I don't think Coulson is the Vision.  The vision is an android not a Cyborg.  Clearly Coulson is human...mostly.  And I don't think they'll waste the vision on TV

axia777 1/15/2014 11:31:49 AM

Skye being the Celestial child would be cool too.


gammenon 1/15/2014 11:35:53 AM

I liked this episode a lot and where the series is going.  I'm dying to see who the clairvoyant is as well as what powers Skye has.

Rizing 1/15/2014 12:48:50 PM

Did anyone catch Skye mention the name, "Bucky Barnes" at the memoriam? If the show continues into April, we may hear that name again during the tie-in to Captain America: Winter Soldier.

I think the Clairvoyant has the mind gem.

The scene with May chattering in the car with Coulson shouldn't be overlooked. It was a great little scene where the actors got a chance to interact in a way that was closer to theater; I think the audience benefitted from it. The fight scenes were incredible.

We see more glimpes into May's character, especially her reactions when she listened to the horrific testimony of that former agent. More and more, we see S.H.I.E.L.D. is really not that cool of a place to be. The first sign was how Nick Fury manipulated in The Avengers. All that is hard to reconcile, even with Skye's positive attitude about her past. The speech at the end. Skye has youthful naivete. Coulson is... damaged, and in need of some inspiration in a world of hardened, cold government agents. I'm not saying we should focus on the negative in life, but we shouldn't adopt a myopia either to things that are wrong, especially if we can do something about it. Of course, this is just one episode. I guess I feel some relief that Coulson has a better outlook, but I don't think for a character that sophisticated and likable that that's the end of that. 

"Seeds" was a different kind of story that switched gears from "The Magical Place" episode. That's cool, but for me, it wasn't as exciting. I wish it was exciting because it was a worthy story about Blizzard, his friend and Leo Fitz. That sort of dip in episode energy happens all the time and I can forgive it. I still like the show. I think Marvel takes chances and goes against the conceited, uppity Hollywood grain and I love it!

moonsunne 1/15/2014 1:55:44 PM

 I think they ended it wrong.

When Fitz said he knew how to stop the device. I started smiling cause i thought i knew how it would end.

It didn't happen that way.

My way is better. I thought Fitz was going to grab a parachute and jump out of the plane through the eye of the storm. (this would have shown the growth of the character from when he hesitated to save Simmons). Instead we get a plane doing things a plane can't do. 

So his idea was to fly to it. What a genius!

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