The Magical Place
Directed by Kevin Hooks
We need more episodes where Skye goes off on her own to get shit done. May said she could get more done without SHIELD agents breathing down here neck, and that is absolutely true, but I think it also made for a much better story. It would be great if they could figure out new ways to do that. Also, bring Rob Huebel back. He is very good at making me laugh.
The episode opens with Mr Van Chad trying to sell some Chitauri artificats. In the middle of the deal a Roomba bomb interrupts the proceedings and Van Chad is brought in. (after a perilious elevator ride courtesy of Sky.)
While Agent Hand and the majority of SHIELD are looking for Coulson he is 100 miles from civilization being questioned by Edison Poe. The questioning is violent, and we don’t learn very much beyond what we previously know.
During a briefing Skye attempts to use SHIELD’s computer technology, which is quickly caught by Agent Hand. With May agreeing that Skye is of no use on the plane Hand has her put in line for detention. FitzSimmons and Ward help her escape before she is taken back to SHIELD headquarters.
Ward takes over questioning and using a hole in the plane they are able to get all the information about Centipede they can use from Van Chad.
Skye is out in civilization trying, unsuccesfully, to break into computer systems with one hand behind her back. She sees an article about a sleazy businessman and, after a shopping trip, decides to use him to be his hacking hands.
Meanwhile, The Clairvoyant has decided that Poe’s violent efforts to get information about of Coulson aren’t good enough. Raina is chosen to lead matters. All of the work of getting Poe out of prison last episode are for naught when he is given a murderous hang up by the Clairvoyant. Perhaps, he should have used the speaker phone. Raina has a lot of private information about Coulson. She pushes him while asking about his former love in Portland, and how she cried for days when told that he died.
Hand is able to use the surprising (to her) amount of resources to track down most relevant places Centipede could be.
Skye, dressed in a black SHIELD type outfit and using May’s name, forces Rob Huebel’s Lloyd to use his computer to log into Swiss bank accounts. Security guards drawn by Lloyd’s silent alarm are bad assedly taken down by Skye. One of these guards is used to type commands into the computer when Lloyd admits that he usually has an assistant to do that kind of work. She tracks down where Coulson is. She takes Lloyd’s sports car and makes her way there. She calls the plane and has an awkward conversation with Simmons and then she finds out that May is still supporting her when she takes the phone away from Simmons.
Coulson is able to see what really happened when he was in “Tahiti”. In a awfully disturbing scene, Coulson is screaming out for death while some sort of robot jiggers with his open brain. He doesn’t seem to tell Raina anything useful. But, it doesn’t matter anyway, since Skye and May get there to save the day before she can report to the Clairvoyant.
The episode ends with Coulson in the back seat of Dr. Ron Glass’ car. The doctor tells Coulson that he had been dead for days and he had 7 surgeries to bring him back when he was brought on. They were reordering his neurological system to give him the will to live.
The last scene shows Mike Peterson waking up with one leg missing and half of his body burned. A message appears in his vision showing that he is, now, another Centipede puppet.
I thought it was great. Then again, I always do. And, I am usually surprised by how poorly people find the episodes. I do think that Skye being off on her own made for a stronger episode, her character just makes more sense as a lone wolf out on the world tracking down information. I wonder if there is a way they can make that happen more often, while still having a story about Skye wanting to belong. So, Coulson, not a robot? Yes? I guess so. But, lots of surgeries. Did Fury just really like him, or what? Still more to find out, but I think we got some more pieces of that puzzle. No headway on who the Clairvoyant is, and if he/she has actual powers, or just lots of moles. We do find out that The Clairvoyant can kill over cell phone. Overall, I found this to be one of the better episodes. Good action. Funny humor. And, movement on the seasonwide plots. Plus, everyone was very good acting wise.
[li]Did anyone really think May was upset with Skye? The wording of the question made it obvious. I still enjoyed the reveal.[/li][li]Fitz was being something of a badass this episode. I guess missing Coulson, and having a mission gave him a bit of backbone.[/li][li]Still. Old reliable Scissors, huh Fitz?[/li][li]I said it before, but man was it fun to have Skye take over Lloyd’s house. She used her hacker mad skillz, AND the new found SHIELD Judo. That was fun stuff.[/li][li]I hope we meet the Clairvoyant soon.[/li][li]“What’s with the flowers?” “Thanks for noticing!”[/li][li]I also hope we find out soon why Fury wanted Coulson alive.[/li][/ul]