Agents of SHIELD is finally getting truly consistent with its high quality and darker tone with another incredibly strong episode that might be the best one yet. Unfortunately however, the series reached a new low in terms of viewership with its lowest ratings yet, so it might be too little, too late...
Now that Skye was shot at the end of the previous episode, the team has to save her by finding the location of where Coulson was resurrected. "T.A.H.I.T.I." had a ton of awesomeness and reveals in the episode! To start with, veteran actor Bill Paxton makes the first of several appearances in the series as John Garrett, a character from the comics. Considering that Paxton is such a good actor, it should be no surprise that he killed it in the role and ate up every minute of his screen time! I cannot wait until we get to see him again. The fact that he had a history with Coulson and Ward made his appearance even better. It was great to actually see a SHIELD agent that was not such a by-the-numbers stickler. He even ended up helping Coulson attack the secret medical complex. As for the big reveal about the secret behind T.A.H.I.T.I. and the "magical" GH325 drug that saved Coulson's life, it was utterly unexpected and incredibly exciting! Who is this blue alien? Since Fox owns the Kree, unless they worked something out, theories are suggesting that it is either a Centurion or a Frost Giant. There is a Centurion character in the Guardians of the Galaxy film, so that is not an entirely far fetched idea. Of course, we all know about the Frost Giants from Thor since everyone's favorite "god of mischief," Loki, happens to be one. Considering the amount of Asgardian tie-ins this season, the Frost Giant theory seems the most likely. On other things, the action and attack on the complex was majorly cool! It reminded me of some good action movies. May flipping out and beating the crap out of the prisoner was a great moment as well. One odd complaint that some have had with the episode that some viewers do not view the team as a "family" even though we are being told that with Skye's near death experience. To me however, all of the characters seem to be getting along and having great chemistry, especially in the last few episodes. Also, Skye being shot for the sole reason of the Clairvoyant trying to discover Coulson's secret was a smart choice. The black guy, who's name eludes me, looks like he is going to give Fitz a run-for-his-money in the battle for Simmons' affection. Hopefully it will not lead to anything overly dramatic though.
The extended after credits bit with the Asgardian, Lorelei, was a cool setup for next week's Lady Sif episode that will hopefully not disappoint.
You another opinion, you can read T.M. Hall's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: T.A.H.I.T.I. Review by clicking on the link.
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