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Agents of SHIELD Recap: “The Bridge”


Welcome to SHIELD episode 10, where it’s a mid-season two-parter with a holiday break in between. In other words, plot chickens come home to roost and everything wrong happens so the audience can sweat about it over New Years.

And you know it’s serious when there’s a “Previously, on Agents of SHIELD” intro. It kindly reminds us about when Raina, the Girl in the Flower Dress visited a mysterious guy in a prison to ask about “Stage Three” and “The Clairvoyant,” because I’d completely forgotten to remember that scene and I’m recapping the show.

The mission of the week is to find and recover Edison Poe, former Marine, tactics expert, and convicted murderer, who was busted out of prison by three guys with super strength and Centipede implants. Other early episode exposition: Ward starts to joke about their sex life as he spars with May, and is met with a hard shut down. Skye is still doing research into her parents, and wheedles for more access to help her narrow down which SHIELD agent of the era could have dropped her off at that orphanage. Instead of giving her access (because he wants to protectively keep her from the truth), Coulson says he asked May to look into things for her.

Going up against Centipede means they’ll need backup, and they are provided it, in the form of someone who knows all about it. Mike Peterson, who we find pushing a bulldozer across a football field like a very cinematically-shot boss (“Did I beat Captain America’s time?” “Not even close.” Is Steve really that strong?), is our first recurring POC of the week.

Coulson takes the lull before Peterson arrives to warn May that Skye might be coming after her about research, a bit of subterfuge that May is not happy to be participating in. Not because she thinks Skye should know the truth, more like because she’s exhausted by the thought of having to interact with her. Peterson sticks the landing of integrating with the SHIELD crew by coming out right away with an apology for being a power crazed jerk and kidnapping and kicking a bunch of their butts the last time he saw them. As he says to Coulson, he’s dropped the villain act. This is his second chance, and he knows he won’t get a third.

Everybody heads off to Cleveland, where they have tracked down the sister of one of the soldiers, caught on security footage, who broke Poe out of federal prison. On the way, Peterson visits Coulson, eager to be of help in the field, only to have Coulson tell him that he wants him in the lab for testing. Using his super strength taxes him, and Coulson wants his own techies to be as familiar with Peterson’s limits as those at SHIELD HQ. Now, we all know that we’re going to see Peterson kick some superbaddie butt this episode, so I think that the real point of this scene might be when he tells Fitz and Simmons that it wasn’t SHIELD that perfected his Centipede implant (which now no longer holds the risk of self immolation, nor does he need to be topped up with serum in order to use his powers), it was the technobullet that they developed for Ward to shoot him with. Both SSibs get adorably flustered at his compliments.

On the way to talk to the soldier’s sister, Coulson notices Ward is reading some kind of eBook on the psychology of women, because I guess it’s implied that he wants to understand May better? Ward, babycakes. Even you should be able to tell that May is kind of atypical from the sort of generalizations made in books like that. Pick up The Psychology of Soldiers, for heaven’s sake. But despite how weird that is, I enjoy the rest of the scene for Coulson talking about his ‘cellist and how he had to basically leave her in the lurch when he died. She can’t know that he died fighting Loki, because that’s classified, and he can’t tell her he’s still alive, because that’s classified, so from her perspective he basically just stopped calling her. “Know where she is now?” Ward asks. “Course I do,” Coulson replies.

Then Coulson throws shade all over inter-agency dating, but it’s okay, Ward, because you’re not dating May. You’re just banging. Which is perfectly healthy, so long as that’s what you both want. Using a ruse and a magical high-tech business card Ward and Coulson manage to get the soldier’s sister to call him and to trace the call to California.

Meanwhile on the bus, Skye finds prison footage of Raina visiting Poe to ask about the Clairvoyant, and Mike recognizes her as the lady who brought him to Centipede. Coulson maintains his hard line that the Clairvoyant couldn’t be a psychic because there’s no evidence that ESP is anything other than a myth. At this point I’m wondering if all this skepticism about psychics and telekinetics really lampshade hanging, or ominous foreshadowing. Meanwhile in a room full of shipping containers, Raina and Poe decide to set a trap for the team.

Mike and Skye share a nested “I’m a parent who can’t be with his child” and “I’m a child who can’t be with my parent” moment (Peterson’s son Ace is still staying with his sister) before everybody suits up to go take out this latest Centipede base. And of course, contrary to Coulson’s indications earlier in the episode, Peterson is along as well, in a brand new suit the SSibs made for him that monitors his vital signs so they can tell when he’s going to be overtaxed.

As foreshadowed, Centipede is ready for them. The three soldiers ambush Coulson, Ward, May, and Peterson and everybody fights. Three to one, Peterson gets injured, but manages to take one of the soldiers down before the rest are ordered to escape. Upon being questioned, the last soldier is killed by brain explosion just like in “Eye Spy.” In the dead man’s eye-feed, Raina recognizes Mike Peterson, and is interested what he has, unlike her soldiers, that lets him keep his super strength without repeated injections. “What he has is your key to Stage 3,” says Poe as the camera shows us a shot of Peterson (and Coulson, but we’re not supposed to think that that’s significant, yet).

Fitz and Simmons confirm that the dead guys’ explodey eye was the same as Amadour’s. Peterson asks who Amadour is and they answer “A one episode guest stint for an actor of color. We helped her, then she disappeared for a while.” “Kind of a pattern with you guys,” he says.

Just kidding, they actually say “Former SHIELD agent. We helped her,” and he says ”Kind of a pattern with you guys.”

Unlike Amadour’s eyeball, this new one is untraceable, so they can’t track down Centipede using it. Coulson is alarmed by how fast Centipede appears to be making technological advancements, which reflects either lots and lots of manpower or very deep pockets or both. And now, some character development.

Poe finally talks to the Clairvoyant for Raina, but says he can’t reveal what he was told yet, and that if she asks too many questions about the Clairvoyant he’ll have to carve out her eyes with a steak knife. He did tell the Clairvoyant that she’s been doing a good job though, and she’s creepy!touched and kind of comes on to him. Actually you could just prefix everything Raina does with creepy! and it would be true. She’s got a very subtle evil about her that I like. May gets pissed at Ward for taking a punch for her in the fight, because A) she doesn’t need it and B) it might betray their relationship, and he gets all IT WAS TACTICAL I DON’T HAVE FEELINGS I NEVER HAVE FEELINGS, rounding it out with a “don’t flatter yourself” like the dumb jerk he is. May’s not the one reading psychology textbooks, Ward. It turns out Skye accidentally overheard at least part of the conversation, which frazzles privacy freak May into telling her that Coulson is not actually helping to research her parents because he doesn’t want her to know the truth. The truth, according to May, is that she needs to figure out whether she’s in SHIELD for the mission, or for herself. Which, okay, super mean to break her faith in her SHIELD dad, but yeah, that’s still been Skye’s problem from day one.

Skye responds to this by tearing up her printouts of possible SHIELD moms and hiding in her bunk. Coulson almost goes in to talk to her, but retreats when he hears her crying. There is sad guitar music. Peterson visits Coulson in his cabin, and it is revealed that he hasn’t seen his son since SHIELD picked him up because he can’t face him after being such a monster in the first episode. Coulson gives him a “you should think harder about being a dad” talk, because being a SHIELD agent means you can’t prioritize him. He says he’s seen “first hand” the kind of damage that can do to a kid, and my goodness, that could refer to anybody from Tony Stark to Skye.

Then Peterson calls his son and finds out that Raina has kidnapped him OHHH NOOOOOO. Thankfully, he tells the SHIELD team right away, so the last ten minutes aren’t the old trope of a character going to a secret hostage trade off instead of just asking for help. So, SHIELD can help out with a non-electronic tracking method that will let them keep tabs on Peterson until he’s recovered from the shipping container fight enough to bust out, and they head out to the trade point, but we were all warned that this was a two parter so of course something’s going to go wrong.

The first thing is that Ward, in his sniper’s perch, loses line of sight on Coulson, Peterson, and Raina as they go to make the swap due to a giant obvious cement truck, so, like, SHIELD agent scouting fail. Maybe next time pick a different building, Ward. Coulson and Raina begin sassy hostage negotiations, and Raina reveals that she’s not here to trade Ace for Peterson. Peterson’s betrayed them all to save his son. She’s here for Coulson.

Peterson grabs her by the throat, his last gambit, and threatens to kill her if she doesn’t let Ace and Coulson go. Raina simply replies that her employer doesn’t care whether she lives or dies, just that she gets Coulson. Still it takes Coulson to talk Peterson down with some advice about how he should be a good dad to Ace, because Coulson has so much dad experience not having kids or a family. I joke about Coulson being SHIELD dad and the team being a bunch of babies, but honestly a part of me was pretty skeptical of Coulson giving advice about how to be the father of a young child to a guy who is already the father of a young child. Not of every scene in which it happened, obviously Coulson’s got some personal experience to draw on about how SHIELD messes with interpersonal relationships, but some of the bits.

Anyway, Peterson lets Raina go and she turns over Ace. After he and Ace leave, she and her soldiers start to drag Coulson away, causing panic among the SHIELD team, who have no idea what’s going on. Peterson leaves Ace with Skye, and then runs back towards the Centipede folks to try and rescue Coulson with his superpowers because he wants to be a hero not a villain. Then that big truck that was blocking Ward’s line of sight blows up, with Peterson in the blast. So does the Centipede car. All the Centipede baddies themselves make off in a helicopter, shooting Ward in his sniper nest for good measure.

Stinger: Coulson tells Raina he won’t give her what she wants. She says all she wants is to hear about the day after he died.

So there you have it, folks, the first recurring POC character of the week and he dies in his second episode. Unless he hasn’t died because superpowers. And that’s not too implausible, in my book: having a dad blown up in front of his kid feels a bit dark for SHIELD.

What Centipede wants with Coulson is certainly the question that the show wants us to be focusing on during the holiday break. What is it about Coulson’s death that makes him the key to phase 3, instead of Peterson, who has somehow acquired a perfected form of the Centipede implant? Is it something that SHIELD did to him that we do not know about? Is phase 3 perhaps not even about perfecting the implants? Was it really Fitz-Simmons’ bullet that made Peterson’s implant non-fatal and self-sustaining? Or was it something SHIELD secretly did to him later at the Bridge?

Speaking of the episode’s title, it’s easy to see “The Bridge” as a reference to the episode’s last scene, it was also mentioned in last week’s ep. “The Bridge” was where Coulson said they were bringing Hannah the presumed telepath. So presumably the Bridge is where SHIELD receives new members of the Index, helps them cope with their new powers, and if, like Peterson, they so choose, integrates them with SHIELD. Integration with SHIELD was a theme throughout the episode with Peterson and Skye, who are both using SHIELD not for its own sake but as a way to get closer to their families, Skye by figuring out who they are, and Peterson by trying to become a hero for Ace.

There are a number of things to look forward to when the show returns in January, most obviously and intentionally, a reveal of more information (if not all the information) about Coulson’s death and resurrection. But there were other things in the episode and the sneak preview that I’m intrigued by. I hope that Peterson is not actually dead. I’m intrigued by glimpses of a harder, combat dressed, Skye. And I’m also interested by the various wrenches thrown into the team’s cohesiveness by this episode. If upon its return the show was about Coulson’s team pulling together to rescue him, it’d basically be the end of “0-8-4” on a grander scale, but serious steps were taken to make big rifts between second in command May, and Ward and Skye. There’s also some hints that SHIELD brass won’t feel the need to prioritize Coulson’s rescue, indicating that there will be some more wrinkles to the story than a simple rescue mission. See you in (nearly) a month!

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  • Anonymous

    1) No shade to Peterson, but I hope he’s dead. There has to be real consequences to things so that you know **** can get real. If everybody (good) miraculously survives deathtraps than you feel no tension from the show.
    2) May didn’t tell Skye Coulson wasn’t looking into it, she deflected by asking Skye why she really wanted to be there.
    3) I still say Doom is behind it all.
    4) AoS, do you really have to name drop one of the Avengers every episode?

  • Lissibith

    Wasn’t it Peterson who was told not to touch Lola in the sneak preview? Or was I mis-seeing?

  • eric bouchard

    Liked it…as usual…i am a sucker for it myself. Man, i loved the Ward-May-Skye slashfest. And May would be a great mentor for Skye when it comes to taking her to the next level. She needs a strict disciplinarian like May, someone to call her on her bullshit and whining. And Ward is a whole box of tools, no?

  • Anonymous

    Surprised that you didn’t mention just how, odd and anti-femist Coulson’s conversation with Ward (when Ward was reading the psychology book) was since it really stuck out to me and a few of my friends. I don’t remember the exact exact wording but it felt like he was saying “women? Nah they aren’t rational, they’re just puzzles” which felt, well, I actually dislike both the characters and the writers for that a bit now.
    Other than that my biggest surprise was that Raina was alive, I could have sworn she had died in one of the previous episodes so thank goodness for those previously on sections.

  • Alex Young

    i thought ward was reading about women on his tablet because that’s what the soldier’s sister was studying?

  • Andrew Michelangelo Furniss

    I am 90% sure that Coulson is a life model decoy as his body is still in intensive care or something like that

  • eric bouchard

    it’s been my theory for awhile now

  • Kris

    Nope, you’re right, I noticed it too. So, he survived the blast and is maybe going to become a member of the team, I hope?

  • Paolina

    I think so, too. He brought it up because that was the class she was in at that time and they wanted to intercept her on campus.

  • kbroxmysox

    Yeah they were both so shocked that their could be a course on women. I read the scene as pretty sexist. “Women? Studies? Feelings? WHAT!?” and “Figuring out women is half the fun!” because they exist to be a man’s riddle.

    The episode had a lot of “weak female” moments…

  • kbroxmysox

    No, it was a regular old army grunt and not J. August Richards.

  • kbroxmysox

    Yeah I definitely expecting that here as well. It rubbed me the wrogn way..

  • kbroxmysox

    Marvel doesn’t own the Fantastic Four :(….I wish Disney would buy back all their properties. This should would be better for it(hello, mutants!!)

  • Haleigh Yonish

    If they follow in the vein of Torchwood and have Skye get all bad-ass’d up like Gwen Cooper when Jack (Coulson) is gone, I would be *happy*.

    I was also so so so so SO happy when they mentioned the cellist. I’ve been waiting for that, because Coulson was so smitten it seemed unlikely he was just going to forget about her. If there wasn’t such an age gap between the actors, I’d be excited for it to be Scarlet Witch, since she’s a cellist. I’ve heard friends say they think it’s her or Doom who brought back Coulson, too. MAGIC PLZ.

    We’ll see, though! It was so fun! Simmons is still my favorite by far, but I liked the Skye/May scenes in this episode quite a lot, too. I have a lot to say. I have a lot of sentences. I watched the actors live tweet and ended up being a little too into the photo of Clark Gregg begging Iain to tweet with them. AGENTS OF SHIIIIELD!

  • Anonymous

    AmI the only one who, when Peterson said “There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my son” instantly thought “that’s his weakness”, followed immediately by “the bad guys will use his son to get him”, followed by “oh crap, that also means he’ll betray SHIELD”? I don’t have a problem with all of that turning out exactly that way, I’m just surprised no one has mentioned it AND that SHIELD did ZIP to protect one of their agents-in-training’s son. (Not that SHIELD has been portrayed as particularly caring, but surely Agent Coulson would’ve at least THOUGHT about it; I mean, Peterson’s son is practically all he talked about with him.)

  • Andrea Pantoja

    I was sooooo excited about the cellist reference too! I’m really hoping it is the Scarlet Witch, regardless of age difference. Besides, if Coulson is Vision, he’s not really going to age anymore. Myy ideal thing would be to have them reunite during the post credits scene in Age of Ultron. That would blow up the internet.

  • Mandy

    Same. I’ve been on that bandwagon since people started pointing out that Tony even mentions them by name in the Avengers. Like, hello there potential foreshadow. I’d be more surprised if they DIDN’T go that route now since so many people seem to expect it.

  • CyberIstari

    Which is odd, because IIRC (though I can’t go check the DVR just now) the ep was both woman-written and woman-directed. Go figure.

  • Haleigh Yonish

    I have goosebumps. I CAN’T.

  • imaginaryannie

    I was just about to post that. It was written by Shalisha Francis and directed by Holly Dale.

  • Rob Payne

    I honestly thought it was more along the lines of “a good woman is a complex woman.” Which I guess is still troubling, but perhaps less so? I read on the AVClub that it was written and directed by two women. So… buttons.

    ETA: At least in terms of the “puzzle” comment. The rest of the scene, I got nothing.

  • Rob Payne

    It’s been everyone’s theory.

  • Anonymous

    How did I know they were gonna kill off Mike?
    *Sigh*

  • Anonymous

    Fox owns at least the movie rights to Fantastic Four and their assorted villains so they wouldn’t be able to reboot a movie out of it. I’m not sure how rights work with a TV version of the characters but considering there’s been zero X-Men/Spider-Man/Daredevil/etc mentions in SHIELD as of now, I’d guess they’re staying away from those as well. :(

  • kbroxmysox

    Wow, I could have never guessed! It’s sort of like The Vampire Diaries. Under Kevin Williamson the female characters had agency and their own storylines but under the female showrunners they’re sole function is to give man -pain to the male characters and function as parts of a love triangle(Which once again is just there to service the males).

  • kbroxmysox

    I hope Skye doesn’t become Gwen Cooper. Gwen felt earned. Her story, her character never really had a false note. She was the human face of this shady organization and even in her most badass that never faded. I feel they’ve dropped the ball with Skye given that she’s already SO AMAZING at most things and is NEVER WRONG and forgiven for EVERYTHING.

  • SuperFubar

    If Peterson survives and joins the team its going to make Ward and May seem kind of redundant. Whats the point of having them around if there is a super soldier. They’ll have to make Mike kind of dumb and naive to compensate. And I’m glad this show is now following the centipede plot again, i don’t think case of the week format works for this show.

  • Anonymous

    This is why I’m hoping he isn’t one. Not VERY hopeful, but it’d be nice to surprise everyone.

  • kbroxmysox

    To be fair Skye makes Fitz(and sometimes Simmons) redundant, so it won’t be anything new.

  • Haleigh Yonish

    Yeah, that’s totally fair. Agents is like Torchwood Minus. I still like it, don’t get me wrong, but it’s never going to have the impact for a lot of reasons — it’s on ABC, children watch it, Americans don’t kill their characters like the British do, etc., etc.

  • Anonymous

    This was a good episode on its own but it would’ve been better if the show had done a better job at building up their different story lines. They could’ve given one or two more episodes to Peterson before (presumably) killing him off.

    A few notes:

    * No, Steve Rodgers isn’t supposed to be that strong. He’s supposed to be as strong as a trained human can be. They pushed the envelope in the films but this was a bit much.

    * I could have sworn Raina appeared in more than one episode before, becoming the first recurring POC of the week.

    * A few really cheesy lines this week. I can’t believe they did the “He’s behind me, isn’t he?” cliché.

    * When Skye yelled “NOOO!” after Coulson got kidnapped, was I the only one hoping for Cobie Smulders to appear and do her “COULSON!” scene she did in the extras?

  • Rob Payne

    Touche!

  • Anonymous

    American’s don’t kill their characters like the British do? I… I mean that’s usually true, but this is a Whedon show. First day, my brother and I started making bets on who’d die first.

  • Haleigh Yonish

    Whedon would never do a cast purge, though… Right? Right??

  • Alex Young

    I’m not denying it was sexist, just that he was reading it to understand May. He was obviously referring to her during the conversation, but the book came up because of the case.

  • Anonymous

    It was nice to see Peterson again. And FitzSimmons were being their usual adorable selves. I really hope that the implied promise of finding out what happened to Coulson is something we will learn sooner rather than later after the show returns. It SEEMS as if the next ep will cover that, but I am so cynical at this point I’m not sure I trust it. I’m trying to find positive things to say about the ep and avoid all the stuff that had me grinding my teeth, rolling my eyes, and/or yelling at the TV. So yeah. It was nice to see Peterson and I continue to enjoy FitzSimmons.

  • Anonymous

    While it’s probably a bit of a stretch, it could be that the trainer dude was trolling Peterson with the Captain America thing. And if you want to get really obnoxious and technical “not even close” could translate to “Steve could never have done that.”

    The “he’s behind me” thing made me wince. It was awful. Do we really need to keep plumbing these depths? They aren’t funny and they sure as heck aren’t creative.

    Can’t say I thought of Cobie when Skye screamed (although that gag reel bit was hilarious), but I did feel like Skye screams and freaks out a little too often. Yes, she’s a “real” person and reacts like a “real” person, but ugh. I guess they needed SOMEONE to scream and freak out so the audience would recognize that this was a Significant Emotional Moment and none of the other characters was likely to do that, but ugh nonetheless.

  • Lup Lun

    Regarding the whole “Centipede was after Coulson” twist, I thought it was pretty obvious given how they started the “Previously On” with scenes dealing with his resurrection. And any suspense they planned to play up regarding Ward/Peterson’s possible death was ruined by them being right there in the next episode previews. Way to get your signals crossed, ABC. >_<

    I still think someone's going to bite it before the season is out, though. Smart money's on Ward- his contribution to the team is mainly muscle, which May does so much better- but I'm actually thinking Fitz. That stuff he was pulling in Russia a few episodes back isn't what you'd really expect from a bookworm, which makes me think he might have hidden secrets. Maybe that's why Shield Boss Lady wanted him on the mission to begin with? Test to see if he's working for someone else?

  • Cy

    No way can Captain America move a bulldozer. Why send a single rookie agent into the field against three equally super powered and trained ex-military?

    The “clairvoyant” has to be Modok. I really want it to be giant floating head Modok.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    I agree with pretty much all this, but this

    “On the way to talk to the soldier’s sister, Coulson notices Ward is
    reading some kind of eBook on the psychology of women, because I guess
    it’s implied that he wants to understand May better?”

    Ward was looking at the sister’s class schedule, that’s the course she was taking while they drove, Coulson ASSUMED it was a book.

    I’m also on board with Petersen being alive, he could have been blown clear into the water, EASY.

  • totz the plaid

    I hate the whole idea of changing Captain America from simply at the PEAK of human potential to being superhuman.

    That’s not Captain America. That’s just bullshit.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    I saw Coulson as saying trying to understand WOMEN as a monolith was crap, figuring out an INDIVIDUAL WOMAN’S puzzles was half the fun.

  • totz the plaid

    I think he’s been cloned. If he were an LMD, that would’ve been figured out already because, in the comics and EMH cartoon, LMDs are straight-up robots.

    The Tessarect could’ve done something to keep his body in suspended animation, and they copied his brain pattern or something pseudo-sciencey.

  • totz the plaid

    I didn’t watch the episode. The show’s more-or-less lost me until it actually gets _good_, which is when I’ll play catch-up, but seriously?

    They put that sort of bullshit in there?

    Fuck that!

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    He’ll survive, but won’t join the team.

  • kbroxmysox

    My money is on FItz, though I’d actually pay for them to kill Skye.

  • Anonymous

    Fitz was totally my guess as well! At the very least I expect his life to become a living hell. I mean… he’s basically the Xander/Wash/Topher/Fred of the show. That is NOT a safe place to be.

    I’d feel dirty if I said I wanted Skye dead, but… something so she vanishes from the show and never comes back? It seems unlikely though. She’s sort of the Gwen. And as much as you might want to get rid of the Gwen, it’s not gonna happen.

  • kbroxmysox

    I loved that Cobie Smulders extra.

  • Jen Rock

    Rule #1 of TV, if you don’t see a body in a big violent explosion, then they’re not dead! I have much hope for Peterson.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    In addition, the biggest writing crime this episode, was the failure to utilize the lip reading technology Skye used earlier in the episode when Raina, while standing on the bridge, helpfully CLEARLY ENUNCIATED her evil plan while facing Skye’s position in the van.

  • Lemmons998

    This episode also did something that is one of my biggest pet peeves: having a person “driving” in front a green screen which shows a completely straight road keep turning the effin’ wheel! Gah! And then I started paying attention to the background more, and noticed it was a loop video of a straight road! Why do they feel the need to move the damn wheel? Just hold your hands on it so people know you’re driving and keep the damn thing still.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    They wanted to make Cap a central protagonist in a story featuring Thor, Iron man and the Hulk. They kinda needed to give his powerset a little extra push elsewise he would have come off as a third wheel.

  • Anonymous

    That might be an interesting alternative. And it could explain why Centipede is interested in him. Because unless the entire Centipede program is some kind of elaborate ruse, the point of it is to augment humans into supersoldiers. Sure, stick some tech in to keep them obedient, but they’re still basically human. So why would they want a robot?

  • Anonymous

    I have a feeling pretty much everyone followed the same thought pattern as you because this scenario has taken place in approximately a bazillion other movies, TV shows, books, comics, radio programs, and interpretive dance routines that it would have been more shocking if those “twists” HADN’T happened. Originality isn’t really this show’s forté.

  • kbroxmysox

    I never wanted to get rid of Gwen :(.

  • Anonymous

    Fair. I… didn’t like her for a lot of the reasons I don’t like Skye. Her position as the moral heart of the team, I felt, lead her to complain pretty much any time Torchwood did… well… anything. And weird issues with the ideas that top secret organizations… occasionally keep secrets from you. (I don’t actually remember having an issue with Gwen in Children of Earth that I can recall though. And… I didn’t watch Miracle Day. So maybe she was awesome there. But I didn’t like her in the first two seasons. I did like Tosh. And then they killed her. Man, smart people with computers can’t catch a break. … Maybe there’s hope for Skye yet…)

  • Anonymous

    I have to admit the twist about them wanting Coulson was not much of a twist for me. Probably, like others, the “previously on” tipped me off a bit. I was actually confused earlier into the episode as to if the “key” was supposed to be Coulson or the other guy. So… yeah, I wasn’t very surprised. Odd for me, because Dollhouse proved I’m pretty easily surprised by the obvious.

  • Anonymous

    I’m thinking the clairvoyant is Mentallo. He’s a psychic & has ties to SHIELD in the comics. Although he’s a mutant, he only met them once a few years ago so he’s probably not included in the X-Men rights. As much as I’d love to see MODOK, I don’t think this show has the budget to pull him off.
    That said, this show sucks at including canon characters that Marvel Studios has the full rights to & probably won’t get to in any movies. (Missed opportunities include the Wrecking Crew for the Thor 2 “tie-in” & Vector of the U-Foes from the awful prior episode.) So the Clairvoyant will probably end up being Edison Poe’s split personality.

  • Anonymous

    SHIELD is really incompetent. They go in to bust Centipede but only Coulson is armed with the weapon that can take down its supersoldiers? They only ask for SHIELD HQ back-up after the obviously treacherous Centipede doesn’t honor their swap?
    It’s really lame that they showed us how dangerous the supesoldiers are in the beginning but they didn’t put the inept SHIELD team in the ICU. Compare this with (Green) Arrow where just one supersoldier is enough to murder a handful of armed men with ease.
    I liked the bogus lottery ploy.

  • Anonymous

    In the 1970′s Captain America comics, Cap got bitten by a genetically engineered serpent of HYDRA’s and gained Super Strength along the lines of Power Man’s… Check it out at the Grand Comics Database, https://comics.org...

  • Anonymous

    May will come to pay for that at some time… her kind always does…

  • Anonymous

    He had a little push in the Avengers but even then, I never had the feeling he could push a bulldozer across a football field.

  • Rob Payne

    Step 1: Super-soldiers.
    Step 2: ???
    Step 3: World Domination.

  • Anonymous

    Step 2: Robot Monkey Butler. Yes. Perfect. That guarantees the path to world domination.

  • Anonymous

    Have Skye bust herself out of her net nanny bracelet and bail on SHIELD so she can go track down Mommy and Daddy on her own. I doubt we’d be able to get away with NEVER seeing her again, but reduce it so she only checks in once in a while, or the team only contacts her when they need a quick hacker fix- I mean “hacktivist” fix- and that could go a long way towards making the character more tolerable. The less seen/heard from, the better, IMO.

  • kbroxmysox

    No it doesn’t. As I said, Buffy cried. But crying, running into to her room, ripping up papers and locking your door because someone finally told Skye she wasn’t the most awesomeest person in the world and that the world does not revolve around her does make her look bad.

  • Anonymous

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Asians are POC, right? That makes 2 POCs in the main cast (counting Mike Peterson). That kind of erases the need for POC snark, doesn’t it? To me it’s actually problematic that there aren’t more Hispanics on the show. Latinos are 33% of the US population now, yet they’re almost invisible on mainstream television. African Americans make up 10%, Asians (South and East) are about 5%. I’m mentioning this because in proportion to the population’s demographics, Agents of SHEILD is actually pretty representative to POC, so I don’t understand the reoccurring comments piled on this show. You want to bring it up in virtually any other show, great, but I think it’s weird to complain about lack of diversity in a show that is actually trying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    To be fair, he could probably manage a large truck in neutral with no problem.

  • Cy

    Mentallo was more of a mind reader and less of a fortune teller. Modok has been known to predict the actions of his enemies and he’s a high rank in AIM. You’re right about the budget not being able to do Modok correctly. We’ll probably end up getting something that isn’t from the comics.

  • totz the plaid

    Well, he no longer had that in the 80s/90s/00s comics I read growing up. Nor were those mentioned in any of the Marvel Comics reference books (both in-house and licensed) that I’ve owned over the years.

    So…

  • Anonymous

    I’m talking about the Captain America issues from the 1970′s… Capiche?

  • totz the plaid

    Oh, I get that you’re being a smartass, a dumbass, and an ass in general.

    Also, there’s no apostrophe in ’1970s’, and it’s spelled ‘capisce’, not “capiche”.

  • totz the plaid

    _Also_, clearly that was a temporary power boost that wore off, if you consider that later books and reference guides _don’t_ have that among his abilities.

    It’s also atypical for depictions of Cap to have superhuman strength, at least until very recently where they’re shoving it onto him again.

  • Anonymous

    That’s what I’m getting at. (Flips the bird and Leaves the discussion, pissed off at Millenial Tits…)

  • totz the plaid

    Somehow it didn’t save my comment where I explained that it’s spelled “capisce” and not “capiche”…

  • Anonymous

    The Disqus elves are not the friendly kinds of elves.

  • Anonymous

    The other thing is they might be grading partly on the curve. Cap might have a smaller tractor.

  • Anonymous

    Mike’s got super-serum in him, and it wasn’t that big of a bomb. Meanwhile, Ward’s bleeding out on the rooftop. If we’re lucky, now we get J. August Richards in the main cast instead of Brett Dalton.

  • Friday Foster-ABWW

    So again the people of color in this Marvel Universe are either villains or dead before the end of the hour. The only good guy is an inscrutable Asian. Did Joss Whedon use up all his ability to write complex black & brown on Firefly?

  • Friday Foster-ABWW

    If you are black or brown you are probably going to end up dead.

  • Anonymous

    That was definitely what was happening. The discussion started because of the soldier’s sister’s Feminism class. Ward wasn’t reading it for figuring out May.

  • Lissibith

    This would be the problem with those uber quick scenes. Thank you for the correction! (Though TBH, as an old comics hand, I find it hard to even suspect “dead” without seeing a body. )