“The Well” is supposed to be the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode tied in with Thor: The Dark World but it doesn’t come off that way. Instead, it transforms into a story that reveals some vague details about Agent Ward’s (Brett Dalton) past, which makes us hate him even more.
- Director: Jonathan Frakes
- Writers: Monica Breen
- Cast: Clark Gregg, Brett Dalton, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Peter MacNicol
Episode Title: “The Well”
Shortly after the events of Thor: The Dark World, Agent Coulson’s (Gregg) team is playing clean up after the monstrous battle that took place in England. A group of radicals have obtained an Asgardian relic that brings them unspeakable powers which could cause utter destruction to any person or thing in their paths. Agent Ward tries to stop the culprits but gets infected with the Asgardian technology. This unlocks childhood memories that he’d rather keep buried.
- Agent Ward, A-Hole: The main story had a great deal to do with Agent Ward. This may come as a disappointment or a relief to some, depending on your view of the character. We’ve always found him to be the most bland out of the bunch, so an episode focused on him was well overdue. Unfortunately, this was approached entirely wrong. We were left in the muddy waters of obscurity as his vulgar childhood deed leaves us with more questions than answers. The only thing it proves is how incredibly unlikeable this character was as a youth and how uninteresting he is once he loses the rage that the Asgardian relic injects in him. When he’s fuming and barking at everyone, he’s a bit more interesting than normal. Sadly, that’s short-lived and we’re back to the bland Boy Scout. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.
- The Thor: The Dark World Connection: What was the point of those Thor advertisements if there was little to nothing having to do with it here? What’s sad is that there were a couple of cool ways they could have tied the show into the movie. They could have had Coulson and company interview the jet pilots who traveled off into one of the other worlds. Or they could have found that weird snow beast that was chasing the birds during the credits. Nope, we didn’t hear anything about that. Instead we got something about a relic that was a forgettable plot point.
- Ward’s Back Story: Apparently Ward was an evil kid, but that’s okay because he learned his lesson and he’s all better now. We’re not sure when they first dropped the hint that he was a huge bully, but there wasn’t really anything explained in this episode. We saw a few shots of him being a horrible brother and that’s it. What did he do? Did his younger brother drown? It was a rather shrug-worthy reveal. We almost forgot about it once those scenes were over.
- Coulson: At this point, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is shouting from the rooftops that Agent Coulson is a clone with implanted memories. There’s a scene where he’s found getting a massage in Tahiti. When the lady is talking to him, her voice begins to get distorted and almost robotic. There isn’t much mystery to this story anymore. Just wrap it up and let’s move on to a more intriguing storyline, like the possibility that Agent Ward and May (Wen) got busy at the end of this episode. We were leaning more towards a strange love triangle between Agent Ward, Fitz (De Caestecker) and Simmons (Henstridge) but we don’t think that will happen if they keep shoving Skye (Bennet) down our throats.
- Plot A & B: A bunch of obsessed people track down this Berserker staff that once belonged to an Asgardian warrior, hoping to possess the rage power inside. What’s strange is that there’s a group of people with this unspeakable power who don’t do anything with it other than cause a small riot. This could have been a much larger story with bigger stakes but they decided to not do anything with it. Then there’s this subplot with Simmons trying to use science to figure out what was going on with this Asgardian tool. We didn’t need that and it was a bit unnecessary. Ward’s strange childhood story was enough of a side story to fill the void that wasn’t getting any help from Simmons. Yawn.
“The Well” is another speed bump that continues to weaken what could be a fantastic superhero series.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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