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This past weekend, millions flocked to theaters to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Its story would have a huge impact on the events in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Turn, Turn, Turn,” puts the pieces together that we’ve been hearing about week after week. (Spoilers below for Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

The Players:

  • Director: Vincent Misiano
  • Writer: Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen
  • Cast: Clark Gregg, Bill Paxton, Ming Na-Wen, Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Iain de Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Saffron Burrows, B.J. Britt

Episode Title: “Turn, Turn, Turn”

S.H.I.E.L.D. is falling apart, especially in wake of the reveal that Hydra’s been running the organization all along. Agent Coulson (Gregg) and his team are at odds with each other, unsure of who to trust. At the same time they’re being dragged to a S.H.I.E.L.D. base where they’re still puzzled as to who the Clairvoyant is.

The Good:

  • The Puzzle is (Mostly) Complete: There were multiple episodes about Agent Coulson trying to figure out who he is. For the most part he understands that he’s not entirely human and there’s some weird stuff flowing in his veins. What he didn’t know was that Agent May (Wen) was keeping tabs on him and constantly reporting back to Director Fury. She wasn’t the double-crosser in the group, but suspicions were raised about Agent Ward (Dalton) after he shot what they first believed to be the Clairvoyant. When the organization fell apart, it was the perfect time to answer some questions, even ones we didn’t think we needed to know. For instance, Agent May revealed to Coulson the reason they have the monstrous team around; to keep him or dispose of him, depending on how he began to react to his life-saving treatment. We also found out whether or not Agent Triplett (Britt) was a bad guy, and the same goes for the always mysterious Victoria Hand (Burrows).
  • Not So Useless After All: The second biggest reveal, next to who is the Clairvoyant, was the fact that Agent Ward is the traitor. He guns down Hand and a few S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, pledging his allegiance to Agent Garrett (Paxton) aka the Clairvoyant. Ward appeared a bit shady when he suddenly gunned down the fake Clairvoyant, and his reasoning for that wasn’t too strong. He had to shoot him to protect Skye? I don’t think so. This will make his dynamic with the group even more interesting, especially if he does have feelings for Skye. Will he be able to pull the trigger if need be on her or any of the others? This kind of conflict for what’s been a very bland character makes him fit much better within the show.
  • The Clairvoyant: Surprise! The Clairvoyant was Agent Garrett all along. Even his best agent had no idea that he was right inside S.H.I.E.L.D., which makes the betrayal all the more painful for Agent Coulson. After the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a lot of fans speculated that the Clairvoyant would be the now computerized Zola. While this wasn’t such a monstrous twist, it fit with the TV universe set up in S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s beginning to expand now, really connecting to the movies that I didn’t expect to see for a while. I’m just happy seeing Bill Paxton chewing the scenery, especially when he reveals his identity. Is Agent Garrett the Clairvoyant? He didn’t actually fess up to it, so perhaps he’s just the second in command, but that’s just fan speculation at this point.
  • Choreography/Direction: Right now Vincent Misiano is two for two when it comes to directing great episodes. Not only did he get his hands on a cool script but he does a fine job of darting us back and forth between various characters and situations. He also knows how to shoot great fight choreography. It doesn’t appear incredibly blocky and lame like it has in episodes past.

The So-So:

  • Special Effects: It’s been mentioned before but it looks as if the effects budget for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been cut. I know the show’s been suffering from lack of viewership, so that could be the cause of it. They’re able to make out with what they have but it doesn’t look good.

Overall:

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s quality is going up at a fast rate. Now that the agents are on their own, and the villains they captured are under Hydra command, there are a lot of great stories that could come out of it.

Rating: 9.5/10

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs at 8 PM, Tuesdays on ABC.

What did you think of last night’s big episode?