“Heavy is The Head”
Directed by Jesse Bochco
Written by Paul Zbyszewski
I have to say this season is starting off well. Last week’s episode was as good or better than anything thrown at us last year, and this week’s episode didn’t have much of a drop off of quality. (If the second episode was better than the first they would be doing something wrong, so there is nothing wrong with that.) Going by the title, it’s clear that this episode would be Coulson as Leader heavy, but it also had a more extensive introduction to Hunter, and to a lesser extent, hardware whiz, Mac. Guess who else is back? The girl with the flower dress, and she introduces us to Skye’s father.
The episode opens where last week’s left off. Hunter is stuck in the SUV with two dead bodies. May finds him and gives him a tool to cut himself off while she badassedly hops on the motorcycle and shares lanes to catch up with Creel. Coulson orders her to follow Creel, and not take him down… Immediately after she leaves Hunter the army arrives to take him in.
Ah, Hunter. Seeing Lucy Lawless cast in the show we were all left to think that she would be the important one from that team. Her character’s death might not affect us much, since we barely got to meet her, but the aftereffects are clearly shown to deeply affect Hunter, and Coulson. (I guess Idaho’s family gave up on him long ago. No need for a special funeral.) And, Hunter is the character from the new team that is going to stick around.
After Skye and Triplett bring the jet back to the base Coulson has Mac go through it to find out how the cloaking hardware works. While Mac shows the hardware to Triplett and Skye a sad Fitz walks in and sees what they are looking at. Triplett and Skye talk to him as if he is a small child. (Oh also. They think Simmons abandoned them. A bit of a different version than Coulson and May have of the situation.) Fitz can’t get his words together to describe it, but Mac is able to translate what he meant to say. Mac asks him for help, but he isn’t able to say anything useful.
Hunter is taken in by Talbot and offered to name his price to give up Coulson. He asks for a military funeral for Hartley, and 2 million dollars. He returns to SHIELD in a fancy car after losing his tails from Talbot. He demands a chance to go after Creel from Coulson. (Keeping in mercenary character he also asks for 2 million dollars.)
Fitz and Fake Simmons (I realize now that FitzSimmons works better this season than it ever did last season.) hatch a secret plan to find a way to defeat Creel. Mac walks over as they are talking it over. He gets to both Mac (and fake Simmons) by talking to him as a real person, and not a delicate doll. He’s able to get him out of his shell. When discussing the secret to taking down Creel he is able to decipher what Fitz is trying to say, and get the answer he is looking for. It’s an old design he had used before. Mac puts the weapon together, even if he doesn’t know exactly what it does.
Creel is not dealing well with aftereffects of the obelisk. I mean. He’s dealing better than the waitress who touched him, or Hartley, or any number of other people who died after turning to stone. But, he’s dealing much worse than he is used to. Even his collection of different things to absorb isn’t helping him feel better. Rayna, the girl with the flower dress, ambushes him and offers him a carbonite ring. Which is some sort of harder than anything material that comes from stars and absorbs energy. She then, suspiciously, lets him steal the ring from her. He’s known for absorbing things, not figuring our transparent plans.
Rayna calls the team and tells them about how Creel has stolen a ring with a tracker on it. Coulson puts together a team including Hunter to follow Creel to his minders… Unfortunately, Hunter is less interested in following and more interested in revenge. He ices the entire SHIELD team, and tries, unsuccessfully, to kill Creel. In the confusion Rayna arrives and steals the obelisk. Coulson saves the day with the device made by Fitz and Mac turning Creel into a statue.
At Hartley’s military funeral Coulson invites Hunter to be a part of SHIELD in spite of his betrayal. He needs people who are willing to do the wrong thing for the right reasons. His first mission is to get Coulson a meeting with Talbot. That meeting happens and after Coulson gives Talbot Creel in a stasis field, he shows off his power with two cloaking jets.
Skye has worries about Coulson. He’s not sharing information, he doesn’t seem to care about the weird schematic stuff he has her looking into and he’s just acting weird. May says he is just fine to her, but talking to Coulson it is clear that there is something wrong. She insists that he stop fighting the episodes, and let it happen. They lock up the room, and he draws more schematics, and May takes pictures of everything.
Skye’s father (Kyle MacLachlan) forces Rayna to touch the obelisk. Despite her fear, it doesn’t kill her. In fact, it shows some of those same schematics. He promises to show her what it can really do if she brings his daughter to him.
This episode offered a wonderful introduction to both Hunter, and Mac. While there was never any doubt during the episode that Hunter would betray SHIELD, it was interesting to see his character defy the original expectations of his character being money grubbing to being extremely loyal to Hartley, and Coulson seeing him as someone who would do the right thing. Mac’s scenes were less extensive, but far more engaging. Having Mac connect with Fitz, a character we know so well, and feel for, was a perfect way to introduce him to the audience. The more he brings Fitz out of his shell, the more we will know of him and the better we will think of him.
[li]“That doesn’t sound covert!”[/li][li]Coulson Minority Reporting[/li][li]“Try Yoga. Or soemthing. “ “I tried it. But, I’m… Realy not flexible…. But thanks.”[/li][li]“The guy is jacked AND he can turn any body part in to annnny material.”[/li][li]“You’re pissing htem off”[/li][li]“Watching Cake Boss, I believe.”[/li][li]“Can I call you Glenn?” “No.”[/li][li]“I know. And we just retiled the bathrooms.”[/li][li]How funny was Simmons when Mac was talking to Fitz?[/li][li]Yay Kyle MacLachlan![/li][li]Invisible planes showing Talbot up![/li][li]Triplett has been consistently awesome since he appeared. And, that hasn’t lessened.[/li][li]Fake Simmons is neat. But, I look forward to seeing what the real one is doing.[/li][/ul]