May: Bus to short bus.
Ward: Go for short bus.
Coulson: Next time I’ll decide what we call ourselves, ok?
Episode 1.04 “Eye Spy”
Directed by: Roxann Dawson
Written by : Jeffery Bell
Here’s a major difference between Sweden and the United States for those of you Europeans. If we happened to see fifty odd people dressed like the gentlemen above get on our subway train; you’d find out if quickly which of the passengers were one of those Americans who likes them some firearms and/or people would be running up the walls, hitting people with babies to get them out-of-the-way freaked out of their mind. In the opening to episode 4 of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, 50 identically dressed me do this in Sweden and the most that happens is someone delays taking a sip of coffee. What THE HELL are you all doing up in Sweden? At any rate, the point is made moot when several minutes into the train ride, an American kills all of them and steals the briefcase (the other 49 being decoys) containing millions in diamonds. I’m just saying…cultural differences.
The culprit for the train robbery and for many, many other such acts is rogue SHIELD agent Akele Amadore who, among other things, is one of Coulson’s former pet projects. Amadore displays mutant like abilities during her train takedown and through most of the episode, but that’s silly because due to contractual negotiations with FOX, there ARE no mutants in the MCU. “Heroes”, “Gifted”, “Specials”, etc. but no more mutants (comic reader joke). Amadore isn’t actually a mutant as the team finds out after capturing her. She’s got an implant behind her eye that allows her controller to send her messages and can see what she sees. Also, should said messages not be followed, it has a nifty feature where it turns her head to paste.
Team Coulson took Akele down (rather May took her down and let the rest of them sort out how not to make her head explode….really like May) and bring her into custody. Ward (who was much better this week in the context, like the pilot, of not having to carry scenes but interact with the ensemble, which worked the best it has yet in the series) goes undercover with a mock-up of Akele’s implant and finds her handler only to learn that, he too, is hostage to an eye bomb (they learn this when his eye explodes; surprise to them too). Someone is out there. Pulling strings. New criminal organization? The Rising Tide? AIM? Hydra? We’ll have to see.
On the Agent Coulson resurrection mystery front, just before Akele is taken off to prison, she pulls May aside and asks what it was that they did to Coulson. May doesn’t know what she’s talking about; Akele backs off of it, but her implant essentially let her see x-ray style. What she saw wasn’t enough to freak her out so badly that she wouldn’t interact with Coulson, but she saw something OFF. This, to me, rules out both the clone and the LMD theories. A clone; she wouldn’t have seen anything on an x-ray and a LMD would have lit up like a Christmas tree….so what IS Coulson? I’d ask for thoughts, but you people are rubbish at theorizing.
Points of Geekery/Quick Thoughts
- *Gadget of the Week award goes to the dissolving golf balls Akele was using to smuggle diamonds through customs. THE EYE IS TOO OBVIOUS! Appreciate the subtle, minions.
- May makes this show better. The more she and Coulson have the mother/father dynamic to the rest of the team, the better the rest of the team seems to fall into place. Ming Na-Wen is also the best actor on the show and she should be coming into her own as we go forward.
- Love that Skye calls Coulson “AC”.
- I want to know what’s going on in the John Nash Memorial Scribblenauts room with all the math and circuitry on the walls scrawled there by people working apparently in shifts.
- I thought this was the best episode since the pilot (not that any have been bad) and showed definite growth in the ensemble.
Lola Mentions/Cameos – Several Lola shots, but no Lola action.
Avengers Mentioned – NONE!
Episode Score 8.5/10
Season Score So Far 8.44/10
Description of tomorrow’s episode:
“An elusive girl in a flower dress may hold the key to the mystery that brings Coulson and team to Asia to rescue a young man with an unusual and dangerous power; and Skye has a secret that jeopardizes her relationship with the team right when they need her most.”
NEXT : Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 1.05 “The Girl in the Flower Dress”