Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Yes Men Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
See! Now that is smart writing…distract us from the many questions last week’s episode raised by having a guest appearance by Asgard’s Lady Sif. As we saw at the end of last week’s installment the beautiful Asgardian Lorelei (the younger sister of The Enchantress), has come to Earth to stir up trouble by seducing men to do her bidding. We learn later that she escaped from her prison during the invasion of Asgard by the Dark Elf Malekith, giving the show a tie-in to the most recently released Marvel film. Sif must place a magical collar around her neck to negate her powers and return her to Asgard. Lorelei first enchants a biker gang but during a shootout with S.H.I.E.L.D. agents she seduces Agent Ward and the pair escape.
Coulson has been uneasy since Skye’s recovery from near-death after being injected by the alien drug. Unable to get in touch with Nick Fury he desperately searches for answers as to what the strange blue being was in the tube in last week’s episode. He questions Sif specifically about “blue” aliens she’s encountered and she mentions both the Kree and the Centauri. Yondu, one of the original members of the Guardians of the Galaxy was from Centauri so there is that possible tie-in but the being did not have a red fin on his head. Sif had also mentioned none of those races had ever come to Earth although they did battle against a Frost Giant invasion. Now all this was likely to throw people off the track. It still could be a Kree, but it could be a Centaurian…or it still could be an Atlantean. Again, Sif said those alien races had never COME to Earth…but what if they were always here, such as in Atlantis…Sure looked way too small to be a frost giant.
Lorelei, with Ward’s aid, manages to get a board the S.H.I.E.L.D. airplane and also enchants Fitz who locks Sif inside the interrogation room and attempts to flush her off the plane. Simmons and Skye trick Lorelei into entering the interrogation room where she and Sif throwdown…meanwhile Ward and Agent May are engaged in an even more intense fight. Lorelei hit a sensitive spot with May by telling her that while she and Ward may be sleeping with each other, his heart is with another. Sif’s battle with Lorelei was anti-climactic. No way is Lorelei winning that battle. May and Ward on the other hand was downright nasty and should have long term implications for both. Coulson is through playing games and waiting for someone to get back to him with answers. We could be seeing him and the rest of the team go rogue, or at least start skirting even more protocol to find out the secret behind the “guest house” and the strange creature inside. But the most ominous event this week was the final scene in which we discover that May has been spying on Coulson and contacts an unnamed party to say “Coulson knows.”
One thing quite obvious is that this certainly wasn’t the ONLY such creature that S.H.I.E.L.D. has on ice. If it was there would have been much more security. The writers look to be on the same page and building this mystery up for a likely cliffhanger ending to season one. I’m going to overlook some of the impracticalities this week like Lorelei and Ward escaping unnoticed from the shootout at the biker bar and Fitz’s all too easy repair of the Asgardian collar. I mean…what was the point of having the collar get damaged in the first place only to have him fix it so it could be used later?
The appearance of Sif seems to have had the desired result for ABC as the rating for last night’s ep was up 11% over last week’s. The last scene with May is compelling to say the least. We can guess that perhaps she was talking to Fury…but what if she wasn’t. What if she is a double agent? The mind boggles but THAT would be one hell of a twist! But in another scheduling blip that makes you scratch your head, it will not be another three weeks (April 1) until the next new episode. Do these guys hate momentum or what?
Mania Grade: A-
Episode: Yes Men (Episode 15, Season 1)
Starring: Clark Gregg. Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Jamie Alexander
Written By: Shalisha Francis
Directed By: John Terlesky
Studio: ABC Studios, Marvel Television, and Mutant Enemy