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Just when we were on the brink of giving up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “T.A.H.I.T.I” reels us back in. It takes on the same non-stop action as the previous episode “T.R.A.C.K.S.,” but with a major character’s life at stake. There’s also another big reveal about Agent Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) new lease on life.

The Players:

  • Director: Bobby Roth
  • Writer: Jeffrey Bell
  • Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Iain de Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, David Conrad, B.J. Britt, Bill Paxton

Episode Title: “T.A.H.I.T.I.”

The group races against the clock to keep their newest, and possibly most valuable member, Skye (Bennet) alive. Before they can find the cure, they get a couple of sudden S.H.I.E.L.D. guests such as Garrett (Paxton). He and his agent board their plane to interrogate Ian Quinn (Conrad). Coulson tries to take a risk in saving Skye by going through his Level 10 classified files to uncover the location where he was operated on months back. But the question is will that be enough to save the newbie agent?

The Good:

  • The Race to Save Skye: The minute “T.A.H.I.T.I.” begins, we’re whizzing in and out of corridors as surgeons struggle to stabilize Skye. The rest of the team is in emotional shambles, hoping and praying that their colleague makes it to see another day. It’s quickly revealed that Skye doesn’t have much time to live, and that sets the entire pace of this episode in motion. There isn’t a minute to spare for as the team fight its way through to obtain some sort of treatment, a miracle of sorts, in order to keep her alive. Some viewers, like myself, may have their own varied opinions about Skye, but the recent story line has been the punch in the gut Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. needs. It’s fast paced, action-packed and has a lot more character revelations than the past two episodes.
  • More Colleagues: The arrival of Agent Garrett (Paxton) was nothing short of surprising for the various members in that gigantic S.H.I.E.L.D. plane in the sky, but a welcome change. Garrett is a skilled S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, one with a sharp wit that makes him appealing to many. The fact that he’s played by veteran actor Bill Paxton, makes it all the sweeter. If Agent Triplett (Britt) ends up making moves on Simmons (Henstridge), we could see a love triangle going on between them and Fitz (Caestecker).
  • Coulson’s Discovery: Towards the end of the episode, Agent Coulson is found exploring various rooms of this hidden facility. Why? Because that’s where doctors pieced him back together, along with altering his memories while in surgery. He comes across another room, the door branded with the name “T.A.H.I.T.I.” When he opens it up, he finds the serum that’s being used to save Skye, but where does it originate from? It’s coming out of the remains of a blue-skinned man, one who’s been dead for quite some time. It could be some sort of alien that Marvel fans haven’t been formally introduced to, or it could be the original copy of Agent Coulson. The latter theory is a little too outlandish to hold onto. At this point we know that Coulson isn’t Vision, but the mystery of how he’s still alive hasn’t been fully answered. It’s starting to get on our nerves.
  • Slick Editing: Whoever they hired to piece together “T.A.H.I.T.I.” really knew what they were doing. There are some instances, even in dialogue-heavy scenes, where a conversation may barely contain a pause. It’s obvious that there were some pauses trickled in but the editor was hard at work, making sure the episode was tightly cut together.

The So-So:

  • Lorelei: The “zinger” endings for some episodes haven’t been the most thrilling. This one falls into that lukewarm category. Marvel’s had a fairly difficult time translating Thor onto the big screen, and we hope that isn’t reflected in the upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. We see a newlywed overcome by the powers of the alluring sorceress Lorelei, an Asgardian whose mischievous nature slightly rivals that of Loki. She’s found herself on Earth, but her motives are unclear. Even though the introduction wasn’t particularly explosion-worthy, one can only hope the rest is fun to watch.

The Bad:

  • Quiet Coulson: Agent May (Wen) went to Coulson’s office, asking him about why he was against Simmons injecting the mystery drug into Skye. He refused to tell May why, but his motivation for staying tight-lipped didn’t make a lick of sense. Throughout the episode, it’s revealed that the entire group is aware of what happened to Coulson, so why keep anything else a secret? There’s no reason for him to shut out the group when new developments come to light.

Overall:

Hopefully, “T.A.H.I.T.I.” won’t be the last thrilling episode we get from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It delivered the kind of drama and action this show should have from this point forward.

Rating: 8.5/10

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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