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“The Walking Dead” Recap S5E5 – “Self-Help”

It’s the Doctor Mullet show!

Kill it! Kill it with fire!

Kill it! Kill it with fire!

Good golly, I never thought I’d miss Beth.

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Agents of SHIELD: Making Friends and Influencing People Recap

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Here we are at a new episode of SHIELD and this was one looks to be a lot more promising then the last episode. Really the only highlights of last weeks is that Mac can understand Fitz a bit, Raina is back, and we saw Skye’s dad. Yes, they really killed off Xena after one episode.

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What We Would Like to See Happen on ‘Agents of Shield’ This Season

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With Agents of SHIELD starting next week I thought we would go over what we would like to see happen on the second season.

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Agents of SHIELD Recap: Beginning of the End

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Here we are at the season finale of SHIELD, very happy to say that it is the season finale and that we will be seeing the show again next year. The most important things to remember from last episode is that Garrett now has GH325 in him. Ward is possibly an ass because he ejected Fitz and Simmons into the ocean.  We learned Ward’s back story and he has always been Hydra. Oh, that the Howling Commandos had some really awesome gadgets back in the day.

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Agents of SHIELD Recap: Only Light in the Darkness

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Here we are again for another episode of Agents of SHIELD, last week we found out the truth about Ward, I am still rather upset about that. The rest of Coulson’s team found an underground SHIELD bunker to stay at for now.

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Agents of SHIELD Recap: Providence

Well here, we are after last week’s crazy episode where we learned that we pretty much can’t trust anyone. (Still some spoilers for Captain America: Winter Solider)

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Agents of SHIELD Recap: Turn, Turn, Turn

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Well this is one of the most anticipated episodes of Agents of SHIELD. Quick recap, Ward shot Thomas Nash who they thought was the Clairvoyant. Turns out the Clairvoyant is in SHIELD and SHIELD is currently controlling the plane. They found out about May’s secret phone. This episode contains Spoilers for Captain America: Winter Solider – since I have the movie, I will be making tie in references you have been warned.

(Spoilers – last warning this will contain some spoilers for Captain America: Winter Solider.)

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Agents of SHIELD Recap: End of the Beginning

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After a 2 weeks break we get an all new episode, I have to say I am happy that there will be no more breaks between episodes. Let’s recap last episode, well Lorelei escaped from Asguard and enslaved Ward. Lady Sif came down to bring Lorelei back to Asguard. While Ward was enslaved, we discovered that he cares about someone on the team who is not May.

This episode starts with Agent Garrett and Agent Triplett being attacked by Deathlok. I still don’t like his chest piece.

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Deathlok attacking them makes Agent Garrett think that they are getting close to the Clairvoyant.

Victoria Hand, Agent Garrett, Agent Triplett, Agents Sidwell and Agent Blake all come aboard the Bus. Of course, most of them are wondering why they are there. Since the team knows that the Clairvoyant is on to them, Coulson has come up with a plan, where they do not tell everyone all the information so it is harder for the Clairvoyant to ‘see’ all the information. Coulson mentions that he has an amazing hacker who can help them. Victoria Hand mentions how she would have to be a SHIELD agent and Coulson says that is something else he wanted to discuss.

Fitz and Simmons are talking about how they cannot find anything in Skye’s blood and how they wish they could send the sample out. May over hears them and asks if either Coulson or Skye are showing any weird symptoms. Simmons tells her no and then May tells them to let her know if they do. What does May know? What was she sent there to find out?

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The team meets with Skye, where Coulson presents her with a SHIELD badge, telling her that she earned it. Garrett mentions how she took 2 bullets which is more than Sidwell has. Coulson’s team congratulates her, even May and it was obvious that Ward likes Skye during this scene.

Skye gets her SHIELD badge

Skye gets her SHIELD badge

Skye thanks Ward for being a great SO

Skye thanks Ward for being a great SO

Victoria Hand and Sidwell will not be participating in the mission but Victoria agrees to monitor and help them from HQ. I wondering if Sidwell could not participate because he was busy on Captain America.  Skye then tells them that she will come up three different possible people who could be the Clairvoyant. Three teams of two people will go out after that person, she will only tell one member of that team where they are going and then send the information about the target to the other member of the team. This way only those team members know where they are and whom they are going after.

The Clairvoyant gives Deathlok a gift, a wrist gauntlet that at first kinda looked like the bracelets that Wonder Woman has. The Clairvoyant tells Deathlok that they are going to meet because the team is closing in on him.

Garrett and Skye finally meet officially because you know being in a coma doesn’t count, Garrett asks her how she is doing. Garrett then shows off his war wounds. Nothing says team bonding like showing off your war wounds.

Garrett and Skye officially meet

Garrett and Skye officially meet

Ward and Triplett are one team; Triplett says how he will kill the Clairvoyant when they find him. Ward reminds him that the mission is to bring in the Clairvoyant not kill him.

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Triplett tells Ward how the Clairvoyant killed his partner, Triplett wonders if Ward would feel the same way if Skye hadn’t made it. Does everyone know that Ward likes Skye?

Coulson and Garrett are the another team; they are talking about a past mission that Garrett had completely forgot that Coulson was there.

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Also they are going after a female, I am pretty sure everyone has said the Clairvoyant is a male.

The third team is May and Blake, Blake is apparently nervous or something because he keeps trying to ask May if she is a Scorpio. Which prompts May to say, ‘you don’t believe in the Clairvoyant but you believe in Astrology.” May and Blake are going after Thomas Nash – once they are inside the building Deathlok shows up.

Hello Deathlok - thank you for letting us know we are on the right track

Hello Deathlok – thank you for letting us know we are on the right track

Well I am guessing that May and Blake are on the right track. Deathlok begins firing at them and May fires back with a gun, May is using a gun, I get shocked every time I see it happen. Deathlok goes after Blake and knocks him out. May calls to let them know that they have an Agent down and Victoria sends people.

We learn that before Blake got injured that he managed to put a trace on Deathlok so they know where he is going. Triplett talks with Simmons about something before he leaves to go after Deathlok. Simmons looks very happy to see Triplett, does she return his crush?  What is up with the bus does everyone on here have a crush on someone. Also I would like to point out that Fitz did not seem jealous about this at all which proves that my theory that they are do not like each other but more like siblings or best friends.

The team gets ready to enter into the abandon building where Deathlok is currently. Skye does her hacking thing to find him but somehow he knows what she is doing and cuts the feed.

Hacker version of Deathlok

Hacker version of Deathlok

The team knows where he had been so they head in that direction. They find Deathlok who fires on them and takes off with May chasing after him.

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Deathlok runs to another part of the building where Coulson who is using a rather large gun follows him. I have to say I really want to see Coulson use this gun, because it’s almost bigger then him.

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As Coulson is pursuing Deathlok he runs into Garrett. Both Garrett and Coulson find Thomas Nash who is confined to a wheelchair and is using a computer to talk. In front of Nash are bunches of monitors where he can view various parts of the outside world.

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Thomas Nash aka The Clairvoyant?

Thomas Nash aka The Clairvoyant?

Nash says that he is the Clairvoyant, the rest of the teams enter the room. Thomas Nash taunts them with information that he knows but when he brings up Skye, well Ward shoots him. Everyone looks at Ward as if he has lost his mind because Ward killed Nash.

Did Ward really just shot him?

Did Ward really just shot him?

I would like to say that I am not buying Thomas Nash as the Clairvoyant because it seems too easy.

Back on the bus Skye visits Wards asking him why he shot Nash and what will happen to him. Ward will be sent through a hearing and probably disciplined for what he has done.

Fitz is tinkering about in the bottom of the bus where he finds a secret phone line. Coulson and Skye talk about how they don’t think Nash was the Clairvoyant and they both come up with how the Clairvoyant knows everything that SHIELD seems to know. Since Coulson’s records were never released that is why the Clairvoyant could not ‘see’ it. That is when they realize that the Clairvoyant is in SHIELD. Coulson goes into the interrogation room where he demands Ward to tell him who told him to shoot Nash. Ward tells Coulson that no one did.

Fitz tells Simmons about what he found only to have May walk in on him. May ushers him out of the room and she begins to use the phone. Simmons tells Coulson how there is a secret phone line in the cockpit that only May could be using. Coulson tells her to cut the line so Fitz cuts the line before May can make her phone call. May realizes what happens and chases after Fitz. Poor Fitz, I would not want May chasing after me. Coulson finds May in the hanger bay after she tries to shoot Fitz, why is May all gun happy now?

Poor Fitz

Poor Fitz

May tells Coulson that the bullets are not real; Coulson tells May that his gun and bullets are real. Coulson is pissed and his inner badass is coming out. Skye also comes out from the shadows holding a gun pointing at May.

Skye is really letting this SHIELD agent thing get to her head

Skye is really letting this SHIELD agent thing get to her head

Coulson asks May about who the Clairvoyant is and who she is working for. May says she know nothing about the Clairvoyant and cannot tell him who sent her. May tries to convince Coulson that she is not the bad guy.

I am not your enemy

I am not your enemy

Out of nowhere, the plane reroutes and Coulson’s demands that May tells him what is going on. May has no idea who is controlling the plane.

Back at HQ, Victoria Hand is saying that they need to bring Coulson in but everyone else on the bus can be eliminated.

I knew she was evil - I never liked her

I knew she was evil – I never liked her

I knew it was Victoria Hand because I have never liked her.

This was a good episode; it started off a bit slow but not in a bad way. I like their plan to find the Clairvoyant and I really liked how Coulson told Skye how much he trusts her. Coulson knows that Skye can pick up different things because she does not think like everyone else. I would also like to remark on how everyone seems to know that Ward likes Skye even Garrett. I feel really bad for Deathlok because he has no choice in what he is doing and he really just wants to see his son again. I was on the edge of my seat when May was chasing Fitz, because I really wanted to see what she might do to him. I really think May is working for Fury because he just wanted an eye kept on Coulson. While I think it might be too easy for Victoria Hand to be the Clairvoyant, I really don’t like her so I would like it to be her. That means I am also willing to get over the fact that they usually say that the Clairvoyant is a guy.

Next, week’s episode looks to be a really good one because it seems that no one can b trusted. The team has to deal with the fact that the place is flying on its own.  I am  also curious to see if the next episode ties into Captain America: Winter Solider.

Until next week.

Amy Acker is joining Agents of SHIELD

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We all know how much Joss Whedon loves working with the same people, so we knew it was only a matter of time before we saw people from Buffy, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse.  Whedon had already started by using J. August Richards who was Gunn on Angel, well Mr. Whedon went back to the Angel (and Dollhouse) cast and has cast Amy Acker as Audrey, Agent’s Coulson’s cellist girlfriend.

Acker’s character had previously been established in Avengers when Agent Coulson and Pepper Potts are talk about Coulson’s long distance relationship with a cellist.  The character of Audrey had been mentioned in a previous episode of Agents of SHIELD when they told Coulson that she had cried after learning about his death.  Audrey is set to appear in an episode a few weeks from now and she has no idea that Coulson is alive.

Agents of SHIELD did have this to say about the character of Audrey:

“A talented musician turning heads in Portland, Audrey believes Coulson to be dead and has no idea that he’s guarding her from a distance as a super-powered threat from her past re-emerges.

It will be very interesting to see how that episode play out, I am a fan of Acker as an actress so it should be good.  Now that Whedon is starting to pull from his previous shows, it makes you wonder who else is going to pop up.  Alyson Hannigan’s show is ending this season and David Boreanaz’s show will be ending next season.  I know that Alexis Denisof does not have a huge part on Grimm, but he is a part of a big story line, maybe a guest spot from him in the future.  Of course Eliza Dushku, Charmisa Charpenter, and Alan Tudyk are possible.  Unsure if we will see Nathan Fillon, Sarah Michelle Geller, and Gina Torres since they are all on current running shows.  Whedon has worked with many great actors, I am sure we will be seeing them in future episodes once Agents of SHIELD gets picked up for another season.

Who is excited to see Amy Acker on another Whedon show?  Who else would you like to see make a guest appearance or become a recurring character?

Agents of SHIELD recap: Yes Man

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Let’s recap last weeks episode, Skye was dying so Coulson went to the facility where he was treated hoping to find something there for Skye.  They gave Skye GH325, which comes from an alien but it also regenerate tissue in the body.  We got to meet Agent Garrett and Triplett and May beat the shit out of Quinn.

This episode picks up exactly where the last episode left off; Lorelei and Jimmy are driving when Jimmy pulls into a biker bar. Lorelei sees a motorcycle and meets Rooster.

Lorelei sees something she likes

Lorelei sees something she likes

Rooster tells Lorelei to get rid of the Jimmy because he is a better man.  During this conversation, Lorelei learns that Rooster is the leader of the biker gang, well that makes Rooster a much better choice because he comes with men.

Lorelei meets Rooster

Lorelei meets Rooster

Jimmy comes back upset that Lorelei has left him for someone else but Lorelei doesn’t care and punches him into the car with her Asgardian strength.

Bye Jimmy

Bye Jimmy 

Skye is awake, yay the alien drug worked, granted Coulson and Simmons are doing everything to keep Skye from moving around.

Poor bedridden Skye

Poor bedridden Skye

Simmons keeps taking blood from Skye because she is trying to figure out what they gave her.  Ward comes by to see Skye and tells her she looks better than when she was dying.  Wow, Ward, you really know how to sweet-talk the ladies. Simmons has not been able to find anything weird in Skye’s blood.  Simmons wants to send the blood samples to the SHIELD labs but Coulson won’t let her.

Coulson’s team is chosen to be the Asgardian welcome wagon for Sif.  Ward, May and Fitz drive into the desert to look for the energy wave that will be Lady Sif.  While driving the truck the energy wave comes crashing down in front of them.  Thankfully, May is a really good driver because she was able stop the truck from running into the energy blast.  Lady Sif is shown at the end of the blast letting them know that their world is in grave danger.  Earth always seems to be in grave danger.

Back on the plane, Coulson is excited to see Sif because he had seen her fight in New Mexico in the first Thor movie against the giant robot creature that Loki sent down.  When Sif first sees Coulson she freaks out because Thor had told her that Coulson was dead.  Did Thor bring pictures of the Avengers with him to Asgard?  I get it that he talked about his time on Earth but how would she know what any of them looked like?  Coulson tells her that he is not dead and Sif informs him that Thor will be happy to hear it because he considers Coulson a friend.  Coulson then asks Sif if he can be the one to tell Thor.

Sif please tell us what you know

Sif please tell us what you know

Now that we have the whole Coulson is alive thing out-of-the-way, Sif can talk about important issues like who Lorelei is and what her powers are.  Six hundred years ago Lorelei led an army on Asgard, I should mention an army of only men.  She was defeated and contained in a prison until recently (I am guessing Thor: The Dark World) and she came to Earth through one of Loki’s secret passageways.  Lorelei can only control men because they have an inherent weakness that women do not have.  Lorelei can control men with her voice but for the really strong ones she has to use touch.  Sif has a collar with her that can contain Lorelei’s powers.

This collar will contain her powers

This collar will contain her powers

Lorelei is now wearing biker chick clothes because that is what happens when you hang out with bikers.

Biker Chick Lorelei

Biker Chick Lorelei

Apparently everything on Earth is bothering Lorelei so the guys can barely do anything.  During this scene, we find out that Rooster is married, Lorelei is wearing his wife’s clothes, and his wife owns the bar.  Since Rooster’s wife is annoying Lorelei, Lorelei commands Rooster to kills his wife.  Now the interesting part is that Lorelei cannot change who the men are she just controls them.  Rooster does feel bad about killing his wife.

Back on the plane, Coulson decides to ask Sif if she has ever seen any blue alien creatures.  He would like to know what that was that he saw in the facility.  Sif names off a few aliens that she has seen that are blue, one of which being the Kree.

The Kree

The Kree

Most people are speculating that the GH is a Kree since they play a big part in Guardians of the Galaxy.  The team finds the bar where Lorelei is hiding out at with her biker gang.

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The team gets to the bar where they find some cops; Coulson asks them if they have seen Lorelei and they tell him yes, she is beautiful.  Great, Lorelei got to the cops; the cops start shooting at them.

Let's hide

Let’s hide

Sif saves the day when she kicks a trailer over thus giving them cover.

Lady Sif to the rescue

Lady Sif to the rescue

Sif goes into the bar and begins a fight with Lorelei, after she beat up the biker gang when they try to stop her.

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Coulson tells Ward to go around to the back of the bar.  Rooster begins to fight with Ward, which of course is a wasted fight.  Lorelei watches the fight from the top of the roof.  She naturally realizes that Ward is a much better prospect.  Lorelei does her mind control thing on Ward, I blame this one on Coulson, Sif said that Lorelei is able to control men not women, I would have sent in May.  Lorelei and Ward ride off on one of the motorcycles.

Lorelei rides off with Ward

Lorelei rides off with Ward

Unfortunately, the collar to contain Lorelei was damaged in the fight so they put Fitz on it.

Skye is tired of sitting around and doing nothing so Coulson has her use her hacker skills to find all of Ward’s secret hiding places; ID’s, money, guns, etc.  Outside Simmons gets frustrated that Coulson won’t let her send the samples to the SHIELD labs.  Simmons gets pissing off, yells at Coulson and tells him that she will send the sample to the lab.  I was so proud of Simmons in this scene; it was great to see some fire in her.  Coulson tells her that will not happen until they have talked to Nick Fury.  Unfortunately, Nick Fury is MIA at this time and if he doesn’t want to be found he won’t be.

Ward takes Lorelei to Caesar’s palace, which Lorelei likes.  She is even happier with her choice of Ward.  Ward of course tells Lorelei that he cares for her more the person on the team he has feelings for, oh poor May.  Lorelei continues her mind control of Ward because she loves his berserker rage.  If Ward gives Lorelei an army, she will give him a present.  Ward and Lorelei have sexy time in one of Caesar’s palace rooms.  Well at least Ward got lucky out of it, that is more than the other two guys can say.

Of course, there is the after sex or coitus as Sheldon would say scene, Lorelei tells Ward that she never wants to be imprisoned again.  Ward tells her that he will make sure that she is never imprisoned again.  Ward might be tough but I don’t see him winning in a fight against Sif.

Lady Sif is cleaning/sharping her awesome double-bladed sword.  May asks if she can play with it and Sif lets her.  We learn that May knows how to use a sword she just prefers her hands.  Sif tells May that Ward is not the man that she knows and he might kill her.  Sif sounds this like she might have some personal experience in the matter.  May tells her that Ward won’t kill her, but he can try, props to May for knowing that she is a badass and a better fighter then Ward.

Lady Sif is always ready for battle

Lady Sif is always ready for battle

The team finds the room where Ward and Lorelei had sexy time and May notices the unmade bed. Coulson asks May back on the plane if the fact that something happened between Lorelei and Ward is going to be a problem.  May tells him that it is not an issue, but Coulson knows that May wouldn’t tell him if it was.  Coulson asks May since Ward and her are similar what would he do next.  Fitz tells Sif that he fixed the collar and invites her to look it over.  The plane starts up and begins to fly off, May tell Coulson that she would take out the team.  Fitz locks Sif in the room and Ward is flying the plane.

Fitz stops Coulson from getting to Sif, but Coulson is smart and pretends to also be under Lorelei’s control in order to get Fitz to tell him what happened to Skye and Simmons.  Ward pushes the button that opens the roof of the interrogation room, which causes Sif to fly out of the room.  May finds Lorelei and begins to fight her because well May wants her plane back.  Granted May doesn’t stand a chance against Lorelei because well Lorelei is Asgardian.  Ward comes in and Lorelei kisses him and then tells May that Ward said he had feeling for someone who is not her.  May of course really does not care because well she is just sleeping with Ward.

Coulson goes down to the where Simmons and Skye are and frees them but not before almost getting his head bashed in by Simmons.  Simmons was not sure if he was normal or under mind control.  Skye tells Coulson that Sif was thrown out of the plane but Coulson tells them that Sif is Asgardian so they should open up the door.  Skye does this and Sif climbs back into the room just in time to find Lorelei grabbing her sword.  Lorelei tried to get Sif to not fight her and just let her be.  Sif will not allow that to happen so then Lorelei taunts Sif about her unrequited loves, namely Thor.  We all knew that Sif had a thing for Thor, now it has been confirmed.  The Sif and Lorelei fight and during the fight Sif grabs the other part of her sword and it breaks into two pieces, now they both have swords.

Lorelei and Sif fighting

Lorelei and Sif fighting

May and Ward fight as well during this time which ends with May and Ward on the floor with a gun pointed at May’s head.  Fitz sees Simmons running around the plane and he goes off to grabs her.  It seems like he is trying to protect her from Lorelei.  As Fitz is running after Simmons, Coulson punches him in the face and knocking him out.  Sif manages to best Lorelei as Lorelei taunts her about knowing what Thor is like.  It seems that Lorelei controlled Thor and caused that six hundred year war.  Sif managed to put the collar on Lorelei, which stops her from talking.  May and Ward are lying on the floor, Ward apologizes before he shoots May.

I'm sorry May

I’m sorry May

Nothing comes out of the gun because May had taken the clip out.  Ward gets up and says that he is fine and Sif confirms it but May punches him anyway.  I don’t blame May, Ward almost killed her.

Sif take Lorelei away, but before she goes, Sif apologizes for all the damage that was done to the plane. May lets her know that the plane has seen worse.  Coulson asks Sif why she is bringing Lorelei back.  Sif says that she is a good warrior and Odin commands it.

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(SPOILER for Thor: The Dark World)

I am wondering if it was Odin-Odin or Loki-Odin that commanded Sif to bring Lorelei back.  Coulson tells May that she should talk with Ward about what happened and May tells Coulson he should do the same thing with Skye.

May is getting the plane ready for take off when Ward visits her, to apologize for what had happened.  May tells him that he didn’t hurt her and that he needs to be honest with himself, because he was more honest with Lorelei then he was with her.  I guess May and Ward will no longer be having sex.

Coulson visits Skye to tell her about what he saw, but Skye does not care.  She is happy that it worked and was able to save them both.  This angers Coulson because nothing seems to faze Skye.  Skye talks about how they are both in the dark about everything, but they were saved by an alien and how she is an 0-8-4.  Coulson then vows that they will find out everything and they are going to start with the person that shot her.

Onto the bonus scene, we hear Coulson and Skye talking, only it’s coming through a speaker in the cockpit of the plane.  May was listening on the conversation, why was May listening in.  Then May picks up a hidden phone in the console, she dials a number and says that Coulson knows.  WTF, apparently May was sent there to keep an eye on Coulson.  I am guessing the Nick Fury was the one who sent her.

Of course, I was happy to see Lady Sif in this episode; it was great to see more with of her.  Especially since she was so under developed in the movies and since Whedon is writing this show, I had hopes that Sif would be a stronger character.   She was and she wasn’t, I got to see more of her character background and her awesome fighting skills.  At the same time, there was not much more than what I had seen with her character before.  I am happy that they are incorporating characters from the various Avengers lore; in this case, it is characters from Thor.

I will say this I am not all for the love triangles, granted May and Ward are done so it is not a triangle but still I don’t like that there was an implied one.  At first, I thought that Ward and Skye would make a cute couple and I thought that maybe Ward had something for Skye.

Skye and Ward

Skye and Ward

I would be fine with Skye and Ward but I don’t like him having unrequited feelings for Skye that he was hiding.  More importantly, that Ward was hiding from them by sleeping with May.  While we are talking about May can we talk about how she is spying on Coulson.  It has to be for Fury because there is no other person who would do that.  May is the same level as Coulson so she would know things.  I am trying not to hold this against May and I am going to wait two weeks before passing judgment on her.

It will be two weeks before we have another new episode of Agents of SHIELD.  Next week we will be getting some behind the scene information to upcoming Marvel movies and Agents of SHIELD.