The team is struggling to get their hands on a seductive Asgardian during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but that’s not their only problem. The never-ending internal conflict in Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is rising to an annoying level, while Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) and Agent Ward’s (Brett Dalton) relationship takes a surprising turn.
- Director: John Terlesky
- Writer: Shalisha Francis
- Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Iain de Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Jaimie Alexander, Elena Satine
Episode Title: “Yes Men”
Lorelei (Satine) has escaped from Asgard and is roaming the Earth, looking to create an army. There are only a few people standing in her way, and that’s Lady Sif (Alexander) and S.H.I.E.L.D. When Ward is put under Lorelei’s spell, will this mark the end for his steamy affair with Agent May?
- Lorelei: In the catalog of villains that could appear in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Lorelei was a good choice. Her goal is simple, and while she may be a powerful force, she still comes off as a secondary villain. She can manipulate any man with the sound of her voice or a single touch. Lorelei possesses some superhuman strength, but would rather have men do her dirty work. She wouldn’t be able to carry her own story on film, so throwing her in a S.H.I.E.L.D. episode was a good move.
- May/Ward: Similar to what Agent May said to Ward after their first bedroom encounter, audiences knew their relationship wasn’t going anywhere. When Lorelei seduces Ward, May is visibly hurt. We know there are more layers to her personality that she doesn’t share with the world, but Ward was too much of a dope to see it. When Lorelei spouted out that Ward had been crushing on another agent this whole time (not May), it put the final nail to the coffin. Ward may have been somewhat hurt when May decided to break things off, but May is better off. In my opinion, Ward isn’t that intelligent, and rather average mentally and physically. I’m happy to see this silly storyline die off.
- Finding The Source: Agent Coulson’s sick and tired of waiting for answers about his mysterious recovery, which now involves Skye (Bennet). The surgeon that tended to him went missing, along with Director Nick Fury, so what is Coulson to do? And why is May calling up someone about Coulson’s actions? I know she’s a concerned friend, but who did was on the other end? I hope there isn’t anything sinister happening because her relationship with Coulson is one of the better aspects of the show.
- Sulky Coulson: In the past couple episodes Coulson’s suffered through several mental hardships. And he hasn’t been a great leader as of late. In some ways, May is running the show more than he is. Coulson’s always been this beam of light, but that’s quickly fading away. Once he gets the answers he’s searching for it would be great if he turned back into the character we all adore. That is, unless the truth is so much it alters his personality.
- Direction/Edits: There’s something a little blocky about this episode’s direction. It’s understandable that anything inside the Thor universe is difficult to manage in regards of shooting. But the camera work in “Yes Men” felt a little awkward. When you combine that with the quickly edited action scenes, the episode looked amateurish.
“Yes Men” wasn’t perfect but the fun storyline with Lorelei, and the ending of the Ward/May relationship, was enough to keep me entertained.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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