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Agents of SHIELD recap: The Seed

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Lets recap what happened in last weeks episode, well we basically get some idea of what happened to Coulson after his apparent “death”.  All I can say about that is feels, lots of feels.

This episode starts off in the SHIELD academy where some of the students are going into the pool.  While swimming in the pool, a giant sheet of ice starts across the top of the pool.

Student swimming away from the sheet of ice

Student swimming away from the sheet of ice

My first thought was Iceman is at the SHIELD Academy (yes, I know he can’t because of all the legal stuff but hey ice and its marvel – it was a logical jump to).  It did make for a good action scene at the beginning of the show.

In the Bus, Ward, Fitz, Simmons, and Skye are all talking about the SHIELD Academy.  Skye is trying to understand it better since she never attended.  Fitz tells her she would have been recruited to the easiest part of the academy.  Naturally Skye wants to know which part is the hardest to get into, Ward says Operations, Fitz and Simmons say theirs.  There is definitely rivalry between those two sections, it is not surprising since we find out that basically none of the section communicate with each other.  Coulson is hiding in his office looking at the file of his death that Nick Fury had sent over.

Coulson's files

Coulson’s files

We find out that Coulson and May won’t be joining them at the academy.  They instead they will be heading to Mexico to check out a lead that could give them more info into Skye’s past, not that they tell anyone else on the team this.

Ward, Fitz, Simmons, and Skye get to the academy, which causes Ward to make fun of the science division.  That causes Fitz to make fun of Ward’s division.  Fitz and Simmons are whisked off because well they are big shit on campus.

Fitz and Simmons giving their talk

Fitz and Simmons giving their talk

Fitz and Simmons come in to give a talk to the student body, which is actually going very well until Donnie one of the students turns into a block of ice.   Iceman is apparently at the academy (I guess the x-mansion was getting boring) and he doesn’t like Donnie.

Donnie before he was turned into a block of ice

Donnie before he was turned into a block of ice

We find out some great information about Donnie, he is basically super smart and is a stand out much like Fitz and Simmons who were the youngest to graduate.

May and Coulson are chilling in Lola looking for the guy who could give them more information on Skye’s past.

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May is trying to convince Coulson to stop obsessing about what was in the file and about what happened to him.  May tells him she knew him before and after if she thought there was anything more or anything that needed to be looked into she would help him, but she doesn’t.  Coulson does not want any more secrets, so May tells him that she has been sleeping with Ward.  Right at that moment Coulson sees the guy they are looking for (Agent Lumley).  May jumps out of the car and run after him while Coulson follows along in Lola.  May gets Lumley into the alley where she fights him; this guy must have left SHIELD before May became a thing because seriously fighting her is dumb.

May - seriously your going to fight me

May – seriously you are going to fight me

I will give Lumley credit he does manage to get a hit on May that might be the first time anyone has hit her all season. As Lumley is running up the fire escape to get away, Coulson blocks him by flying up in Lola.  Coulson tells Lumley that they are from SHIELD and Lumley is excited to hear this because he thought they were someone else going after him.  He knows that they are there because of the girl.

Ward, Simmons, and Skye all head down to the boiler room, of course Ward makes fun of the fact that they hang out in the boiler room.  That is until he sees what they have done to it; of course, the nerd kids modified it, there are lights, tables, pool table, and a bar.  Ward is quite jealous because they have nothing like this in Operations.  Skye find out who else was up for the Sandbox (the place you want to go to) in order to find out who might have something against Donnie.  Apparently, Iceman is not up for the Sandbox nor is he actually at the academy.  Skye points him towards a girl playing pool; Ward goes over to make friends with her.

Ward befriending SHIELD student and fake Katniss

Ward befriending SHIELD student aka fake Katniss

Well this girl happens to be fake Katniss from Starving Games the horrible Hunger Games spoof – if you have not seen it check out my previous blog post about it before seeing it.  Fitz on the other hand was sent off to talk to Donnie.  Donnie is doing the loner thing in his room.  Fitz reaches out to Donnie by basically telling him that he was like him, he hated the school but it all changed when he made a friend.  Fitz notices Donnie’s ideas along the wall, Donnie shows Fitz his idea for something else that he cannot get to work.  Fitz being the helpful person that he is tells him how to fix it.  Back in the boiler room, Ward continues to talk to the girl who basically tells them that Donnie and Seth have been talking to each other about how Fitz was coming to the school.  They are both huge Leo Fitz fans.  Fitz was never supposed to come to the school until this happened….oh no they are the ones who have been freezing everyone.  Simmons calls Fitz to make sure he is all right, Fitz then realizes that Donnie was trying to create basically an ice gun.  Fitz goes running towards Donnie’s room to confront him only to be hit in the head with an air gun by Seth.

Agent Lumley

Agent Lumley

Coulson and May are talking to Lumley, they find out that him and his partner had been called in to investigate a 0-8-4.  When they get there, an entire Chinese village was dead and so were various SHIELD agents.  They had all died to protect Skye who is considered to be the 0-8-4.  Wasn’t an 0-8-4 an alien or unidentified object in the second episode? Lumley’s partner took her from a dead agents arm and then took her to an orphanage.  From there Skye was bounced around different foster homes to protect her, Lumley’s partner was killed by people trying to find Skye.  May begs Coulson to not tell Skye any of this information.

Donnie and Seth have been working for Ian Quinn who we have not seen since Skye infiltrated his home while undercover for SHIELD.  Seth calls Quinn telling him that they have been discovered.  Quinn is not happy to hear this and convinces Seth to turn on the machine so he can see what it does.  Seth then peer pressures Donnie who is not sure about turning on the machine to do it otherwise Quinn won’t give them the money.  Donnie does it, (note peer pressure sucks) but it is a waste because Quinn had already decided to turn his plane back around and give up on the boys.

Skye and Simmons are on the plane; Skye confronts Coulson about why he is ignoring her.  Coulson then tell Skye about everything he had discovered causing Skye to cry.  Coulson’s only way to comfort her is to touch her cheek.  This caused a lot of feels for Skye.

The machine Donnie has created caused a massive ice storm around the school.  Ward, who was chilling in the basement the whole time, tries to go outside but the storm was too much.

Coulson and Skye in the plane after Coulson tell her about her past

Coulson and Skye in the plane after Coulson tell her about her past

May decides to fly into the storm since the only way in is through the eye of the storm.  Donnie tries to turn off the machine because is it causing way too much damage but the machine explodes throwing him and Seth back.  May wins the pilot of the year award by flying the plane into the storm without killing anyone.  The team runs out and grabs both Donnie and Seth and then flies out of there.  Seth sustained horrible trauma to the head.  While Simmons does her, best to save him Coulson calls it.  Donnie now has to deal with the fact that he killed his only friend.

Donnie is being shipped off to the Sandbox but not as a scientist but for observation.  May confronts Coulson about telling Skye about her past but Coulson tells her that Skye took it very well.  Instead of it, destroying her she actually said that she was wrong about thinking no one wanted her; this whole time she had a SHIELD family watching her.  Skye visits the wall of fallen agents to say good-bye to Lumley’s partner.

While Donnie is being taken over to the Sandbox, we discover that he can create ice from his finger.  Again, I go to Iceman, but since this is Avengers he has to be Blizzard – I foresee a future villain.

Bizzard aka Donnie

Bizzard aka Donnie

Coulson calls Quinn to tell him that he knows what he was up to and that he should stop because SHIELD is after him.  Quinn just tells Coulson that the Clairvoyant tell him hello.

This was another good episode of SHIELD, I enjoyed finding out more about the SHIELD Academy.  It was great to see who popular Fitz and Simmons are now.  Of course, it was great to see Ward being all Operations pride.  I am happy that Coulson did not keep Skye’s past from her.  It was really great to see that maturity in her character.  She really took that great, I don’t think I would have taken that as well as her.  I do have a question about the whole ice storm thing the machine broke.  Wouldn’t that mean the storm just keeps going, there was no mention of how they stopped it.  It is just disappear because if that is what happened then I think we found the cause of the polar vortex.  I guess we just accept that broken machine means the storm eventually stops.

Well join me again in a few weeks when I will recap the next episode of SHIELD.  I am very excited for this episode because it will have special guest star Stan Lee.

-Christena

Sleepy Hollow Recap: The Vessel

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Here is a recap of yesterday’s episode of Sleepy Hollow.  For one I have to say I am happy to see Sleepy Hollow again after the long hiatus.  A lot has been going on over the last few episodes, which includes the discovery that Ichabod had a kid and that this kid had such powerful magic that he had to be killed.  Moloch telling Ichabod that he would deliver Abbie’s soul to him.

I have to say this week’s episode starts off great with Ichabod finally wearing some new clothes.  We have all been wanting Ichabod to put on some new clothes, well it has to be a lot to keep up with cleaning the same clothes all the time.  Ichabod in skinny jeans, while I am normally not a fan of them on guys he pulls them off amazingly.

Ichabod in skinny jeans

Ichabod in skinny jeans

Of course, this does not last long and Ichabod has to change back into his “normal” clothes.  Abbie and Ichabod continue to do what they can to find out how Moloch is going to take Abbie’s soul.

Over at police station, Irving is having that poor hot chocolate vendor from last weeks episode questioned and got through a polygraph.  Irving cannot understand why the vendor does not remember saying what he said, well that might have something to do with that fact that the demon jumps people.  The demon continues jumping people until it is a cop, who calls Irving to let him know that he will be coming for Macey’s soul.  Of course, Irving goes crazy and attacks the cop but the demon has jumped people by then.  I have to say this demon is super stalking Irving.

Irving calls Abbie and Ichabod because one they are pretty much in charge of all things paranormal but also because the demon wants Washington’s bible the same bible that Katrina conveniently buried with Ichabod.  Ichabod and Abbie gain some time to find a way to exorcise the demon.  In an attempt to discover more about, the demon they go through Corbin’s old files/videos.  While they find a video that will give them the answer, unfortunately it contains Jenny – Abbie’s sister.

Irving being the smart man that he thinks he is puts his family in a safe house.  I will give him credit he even brings a priest in to guard the house from the demon entering.  That would have been a great idea, except that the demon possessed another cop who happened to have a buddy with him.  Demon Cop, basically gets his none demon possessed buddy to remove the salt that is in front of the door, then kills him, and then goes into the house.  Well Irving that was a really great attempt right there, but you failed.

Ichabod and Abbie being the respectful people that they are called in Jenny and refuse to watch the video without her there.  The video was creepy, Jenny was creepy while possessed and well the possessed look does not look good on anyone.

Demon Jenny

Demon Jenny

Jenny leaves because it is all too much for her because she does not remember any of this.  Ichabod happens to go outside and sees Jenny sitting in the car.  They have a moment, during that time Ichabod finds out that the demon would tell Jenny that she would kill her sister.  Jenny would do whatever she could to be locked back up in order to save her sister’s life.  Ichabod convinces Jenny to help because they do not want Macey do go through what she did.  They go back through the video again, and Ichabod gets excited because he learned how to use the pause button on the remote.  Oh, how I love Ichabod and modern technology.  They did discover that salt keeps the demon back.  Jenny’s brain kicks in and she remembers that sometimes demons talk backwards so Abbie plays the recording backwards.  I have to say that the demon doesn’t sound any less creepy backwards then he did forward.  Of course Ichabod can understand the ancient language that the demon is speaking, Abbie then looks up the demon, which gives them the answers to destroy them.  Ichabod remembers that France gave Benjamin Franklin some of the lanterns needed to contain the demon.  France in an effort to help us with the Revolutionary War gave us some demon possessing lanterns.  As luck would have it, Jenny helped a group of people procure one of those lanterns so she knows where to find one.

Irving steps out of the safe house for a moment to check in with Abbie and Irving about how things are going.

Irving checking in on things

Irving checking in on things

Well that was a bad idea because Demon Cop goes into the room with Macey.  Then Demon Cop calls Irving to let him know that time is up.  Irving runs as fast as he can but the demon has possessed Macey.  I will say it again no one looks good demon possessed.  Then they have a few scenes of creepy Demon Macey – these scenes make me not want to see the Exorcist movies.  Irving does send in the priest to exorcise the demon – which is a great idea until Demon Macey kills him.  Demon Macey is super creepy I mean really creepy, like nightmare creepy.  When Cynthia comes down to see what is going on Demon Macey grabs a hold of her and threatens to kill her.  Irving then calls Abbie and Ichabod to find out where the bible is because he needs to give it to the demon.

Abbie, Ichabod, and Jenny arrive at the place where the lantern is being held, Ichabod and Abbie go in while Jenny tells them how to get past the security cameras.  Jenny and Abbie bond over who can pick locks the fastest, if that is not sisterly bonding then I don’t know what is.  Abbie and Ichabod go looking for the lantern, which happens to be hidden high up, taller, then Ichabod high.  On the way out of the place Abbie and Ichabod run into the guys who own the collection, these people are so happy to see them that they point guns at them.

Our lantern please do not take thank you

Our lantern please do not take thank you

These guys are basically trying to stop the apocalypse from happening which is great, Sleepy Hollow needs all the help it can get in that department but creepy Demon Macey needs to be exorcised like right now.  Ichabod does his best to convince these very nice gentlemen holding guns at them to let them take the lantern to save a little girls life.  It doesn’t work, but Ichabod gets an A for attempt.  Luck for them Jenny shows up standing on top of the car with guns pointed at the guys telling them that they will give them back the lantern but they need to take it.

Badass Jenny

Badass Jenny

Extra lucky for them the guys have a soft spot for Jenny and that she is the best shot so they let them go.  Jenny lets Abbie know that while Abbie can get in the fastest (reference to her picking the lock) that she (Jenny) can get out the fastest.

Irving is at Ichabod’s cabin trying to find the Washington’s bible since that is what Demon Macey wants.  Then Irving remembers that for a brief moment Macey said Daddy while possessed by the demon.  Irving has a moment where he does the father daughter bonding, which works until the wife jumps in, and then the demon goes back into control.  Also apparently, the longer the demon controls you the more demonic you being to look, because wow does Macey look demonic by this point.  Jenny shows up causing the demon to taunt her about wanting to kill her sister.  Abbie comings in being all like look mister demon leave my sister alone.

Abbie is super unimpressed with this demon

Abbie is super unimpressed with this demon

Then Abbie taunts the demon into trying to attack her, which work because the demon gets all up in her face and then trapped by the salt.  Ichabod comes in knowing exactly what to say to trap the demon into the lantern.

Ichabod trapping the demon

Ichabod trapping the demon

The demon leaves Macey who has no idea where she, also the demon made her float so she doesn’t have her wheelchair.  The Irving family is happy to have a non-creepy demon possessed daughter again.

The usual Abbie and Ichabod end of the episode bonding moment happens, is it any wonder why people are shipping this couple hard-core.  (I personally have not made my choice between Abbie and Katrina yet).  After Ichabod squirts himself in the face with the lemon juice, we find out he putting together a liquid to show invisible ink.  There is a secret message written in Washington’s bible any one else thinking National Treasure here.  In addition, Ichabod was able to smell the kind of invisible ink that was used.  Ichabod brings the secret message out of the books, which has a date written in it.  That would not be a big deal but the date was written in Washington handwriting, which would not have been an issue except that the date was 4 days after he died.  In case the episode was not creepy enough lets add to it.

Well this was a great episode of Sleepy Hollow; I would have to say the creepiest one to date.  I did enjoy all family bonding that was put into the episode as a subset.  Irving realizing how strong his daughter really is.  Abbie realizing how much Jenny really cares for her.  It was a great episode to watch, what made it even better was that it still gave background information that was pertinent to the story line.  It was also nice to see something that did not have to do with Katrina and the baby.  I still have not made up my mind about Katrina; I know a lot of people hate her.  It was also great to see how badass the Mills sisters are.  This episode pretty much taught everyone to not mess with them.  I can safely say that this is one of my favorite episodes of Sleepy Hollow.

Until next week when we have the 2 hour season finale, tear, I am definitely sad to see the show go.