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- Episode: T.A.H.I.T.I. (Season 1, Episode 14)
- Starring: Clark Gregg. Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Bill Paxton
- Written By: Jeffrey Bell
- Directed By: Bobby Roth
- Network: ABC
- Studio: ABC Studios, Marvel Television, and Mutant Enemy
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: T.A.H.I.T.I. Review
By Tim Janson
March 05, 2014
After the last episode of MAOS on February 4th I lamented the fact that it would be a month until the next one after having built up a good deal of momentum. I need not have worried as our favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents returned from their month-long hiatus with another strong episode. T.A.H.I.T.I picks up right where the last episode left off as Skye lies near death in a hyperbaric chamber after being shot by Ian Quinn (that bastard!). They take her to a medical facility but he doctors there are unable to do anything other than to make her comfortable. Coulson refuses to give up and takes Skye back aboard their plane with the goal of getting her to the same facility that brought him back from the dead.
Coulson disobeys an order to turn Quinn over to S.H.I.E.L.D. for questioning and their airplane is boarded by Agent John Garrett (Paxton) and Agent Antoine Triplett. Fans may recognize Garrett as a character from the Elektra comic book series. Garrett and Coulson come to a compromise that allows Garrett to talk to Quinn aboard the plane so that the team can get Skye to another facility. After discovering that he was not treated at Bethesda as he had believed, Fitz discovers a secret mountain-top S.H.I.E.L.D. base called “the guest house”. After deciphering Coulson’s medical records, Coulson, Garrett, Fitz, and Ward enter the base, fighting off the S.H.I.E.L.D. guards, to locate a drug called “GH325”. Fitz locates the drug and takes it back to the plane. After finding a secret room in the base, Coulson rushes back to tell Simmons not to administer the drug but it is too late. However after a few tense moments, Skye’s condition stabilizes and the drug appears to save her life.
Ok…let the speculation begin on several counts. Why did Coulson want to stop Simmons from giving Skye the drug? Was it because it was the same drug that was used to bring him back to life and he did not want the Clairvoyant to find out the secret? Or was it because of what he found in the room, namely the upper torso of apparently a possible humanoid alien who was connected to several tubes which seemed to be extracting fluids from his body. Is this creature the source of the GH325 drug? Now maybe it was the chamber he was in or possibly the lighting but it looked like it had blue skin. There are various races/aliens in the Marvel Universe that have blue skin but the first to come to mind was the Atlanteans. Atlanteans are stronger and more durable than humans…
On the other hand the drug was noticeably green in color and then there is the name “GH”. Could that stand for Gamma? Was the thing in the chamber some sort of gamma-spawned creature? That would certainly explain its quick ability to heal Skye’s wounds. Oddly enough, my first thought was that the “man” looked like the Luther Manning version of Deathlok. He was even missing an eye as Manning was. Since we already know that Skye is a “0-8-4” we can presume that this drug might interact with whatever she is already that makes her unique. Spider-Woman? She-Hulk? Something new? Yes I am asking a lot of questions, so sue me!
Loved Bill Paxton as Garrett and hope he pops up from time to time. Guest S.H.I.E.L.D. agents would be a great way to put some well-known actors in the show. Pace was a bit slow at first this week but things got off and running pretty quickly after the first quarter hour. And who didn’t cheer when Agent May beat the living crap out of Quinn in the interrogation room? In the last segment we see the Asgardian seductress Lorelei (created by Walt Simonson in Thor # 337) will appear and next week featuring a guest spot by Lady Sif.