Agents Of SHIELD


Episode Date: 4.1.14

Episode Title: End of the Beginning

Rating: OMG I can’t Live Without

Recap and Review

*Warning Contains Spoilers*

Agents Coulson and Skye have a mystery to solve and May speaks to someone via a secret encrypted line. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agents chase after The Clairvoyant and Deathlok makes an appearance.

In “End of the Beginning,” the agents hold unconventional meetings with the big-wigs of S.H.I.E.L.D., after Agents Garrett and Triplett have another run in with Deathlok. Coulson wants to allow Skye to have high-class Intel to set up missions in an attempt to trick and capture The Clairvoyant. While there is some hesitation with the agents we don’t normally see, Skye is now an official Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., badge and all. I for one can’t wait to see her pull out when she needs to.

However, the new title is small potatoes compared to everything else in the episode. Using Skye’s idea of a double-blind mission, the agents are sent into the field in random pairs. These random pairs don’t seem all that random to me, but I love them. May being sent with Agent Blake is perfection, Garrett and Coulson is hilarious and Ward with Triplett is sheer genius. The wit and banter between the characters is great. However, as our agents arrive at the location of the possible suspects, things aren’t quite right. Most of the locations are abandoned and suddenly Deathlok appears where May and Blake are. Deathlok attacks and Agent Blake goes down.

Agent Blake shoots at Deathlok before going down, and because of how he shoots him, it makes it possible for S.H.I.E.L.D. to track Deathlok. Those actions lead S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to an abandoned racetrack, where Deathlok is located. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, lead by Garrett and Coulson, deploy to the racetrack and begin searching for Deathlok, who soon makes his presence known as he begins firing at the agents.

As the episode progresses, my stress level increases. I’m not sure what direction we’re headed. When Carlson and Garrett figure out someone else is at the racetrack, it feels too easy.  But there he is, The Clairvoyant, confined to a chair but looking dangerous. For once, I want it to be easy.

Thomas Nash, a.k.a. The Clairvoyant, sits there in his arrogance, taunting Colson and Ward about their team, talking about Skye bleeding to death in his arms. This creates an emotional response from Ward, who simply shoots the man in cold blood. However, this man says Skye will die, and his team will hurt. Agent Ward can’t have that. The moment is a simple, cut-and-dry. The Clairvoyant is dead. Coulson is a good agent, so he knows better. I appreciate Agent Coulson for going with his gut. It makes for him a better agent.

Back on the bus, when Coulson and Skye discuss the events, they start putting the pieces together. Making Skye a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is the best thing that’s happened on the show. She can now use her hacking skills and clearance to probably figure any puzzle out.  Finally, they figure out The Clairvoyant isn’t gifted, he just has clearance. The reason The Clairvoyant can’t see Coulson is because Director Fury won’t release Coulson’s file. Now there’s a spy or mole in S.H.I.E.L.D..  Who could it be?

Agent Melinda May doesn’t want to go with Coulson on the bus at the beginning of the season, but he talks her into it. Or does he? At the end of last episode, there’s May and her encrypted phone line, reporting to someone about Agent Coulson.  Once we figure out May can’t be trusted, thanks to Fitz and his discovery of the hardwire line, it becomes a showdown between Agents May and Coulson.

I have no clue how that showdown ends, because it doesn’t have a chance to come to a conclusion due to the bus being driven by someone else. I suppose you should never trust a lady with two tones in her hair, even if it’s cheap generalization and she can’t choose a color or in this case, a side.  Next, Victoria Hand orders for everyone’s death except Coulson’s. I mean, really! Honestly, I don’t know how I feel about that. I’m excited to see how this plays out. I really am worried about Agents Coulson and May’s relationship. Those two are good friends whether or not she did that on purpose. I trust her a little more than I did at the start of this episode.  It’s going to be an interesting ride until the finale. I’m watching. Are you?

Random Side note: Did anyone else notice in Garett’s sweet little speech to Skye? He talks about how he’s Ward’s significant other and Ward was Skye’s and he said, ‘I guess it call comes full circle… turn, turn, turn…” That’s next week’s episode title. Any idea if that was a clue about next week’s episode? Is it just a coincidence? Is anything a coincidence in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?” What would it be a clue of?

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