T.V. Series Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 1

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 1 Summary

The first season of the American television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D., follows Phil Coulson and his team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents on several dangerous cases revolving around Project Centipede and Coulson’s mysterious resurrection following his death in the film The Avengers(2012). The season is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and acknowledges the continuity of the franchise’s films. It was produced by ABC Studios, Marvel Television, and Mutant Enemy Productions,

Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot

Following the Battle of New York, Agent Phil Coulson, having survived his apparent death before the battle, assembles a team of agents (Melinda May, Grant Ward, Leo Fitz, and Jemma Simmons) to investigate superhumans and other related phenomena, which are now public knowledge. Their first assignment involves Mike Peterson, who was supplied with an extremis-containing serum by Project Centipede. Skye, a member of the hactivist group the Rising Tide, who saw Peterson in action, warns him about S.H.I.E.L.D. and offers to help him, but he declines. While visiting the scene where Peterson rescued a woman from a burning building, the team learns that the fire was caused by another subject exploding due to the Extremis. Skye is kidnapped by Peterson, who is now on the run and makes her erase all his personal information. Coulson’s team is able to track them down and subdue Peterson, taking him into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. Viewing Skye as an asset, Coulson offers her a place on his team.

Season 1, Episode 2: 0-8-4

Skye is now integrated into Coulson’s team as a consultant. Their next assignment is in Peru, tracking an “0-8-4”, a S.H.I.E.L.D. code for “an object of unknown origin”. Once there, the team quickly realizes that the object is a piece of forgotten Hydra technology powered by Tesseract energy. Coulson meets with a former colleague and officer in the Peruvian military, Camilla Reyes, and brings her team aboard their plane, the Bus. Reyes betrays Coulson in order to take the Hydra weapon for her government so they can defeat Peruvian rebels. The squabbling team members band together, and take out Reyes’ men. When the plane lands at a S.H.I.E.L.D. base, Reyes is taken into custody. Later, Skye is revealed to still be loyal to the Rising Tide, while Director Nick Fury scolds Coulson for the damage to the plane, and warns him of the risk Skye poses.

Season 1, Episode 3: The Asset

S.H.I.E.L.D. searches for one of its assets, Dr. Franklin Hall, who was kidnapped by Ian Quinn, CEO of Quinn Worldwide, using a gravity-based device. Quinn wants to use Hall to take control of the planet’s gravity by building a giant “gravitonium” generator. Heading to Malta with the team, Skye volunteers to infiltrate Quinn’s mansion during a party so that Coulson and Ward can rescue Hall. Skye tricks Quinn into believing she is betraying S.H.I.E.L.D. for the Rising Tide. However, Coulson soon discovers that Hall perpetrated his own escape in order to find the gravitonium along with the generator and destroy both. Coulson warns him that doing so would end up killing millions. Their violent disagreement forces Coulson to send Hall into the generator, seemingly consuming him, but shutting the machine down at the same time. Coulson orders that the gravitonium be placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. high security and off the books; however, S.H.I.E.L.D. does not notice that Hall is still somehow alive within the gravitonium.

Season 1, Episode 4: Eye Spy

Coulson and his team investigate a series of diamond thefts by Coulson’s former protégé Akela Amador, who is being blackmailed by an unknown handler using an explosive cybernetic eye. Coulson is able to take Amador to the Bus, while Fitz and Simmons create a pair of glasses that hijack her feed. This allows Ward to carry out Amador’s mission while the team attempts to disarm and remove her cybernetic eye. Ward completes the mission, discovering mysterious carvings, while Coulson finds who he thinks is Amador’s handler, only for that man to be killed through a similar device to Amador’s. With the cybernetic eye now removed, Amador is taken away by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, though Coulson promises her she will have a fair trial in which he will testify for her. Before she goes, Amador tells May that something seems different to her about Coulson.

Season 1, Episode 5: Girl in the Flower Dress

The team attempts to find Chan Ho Yin, a Chinese street performer with pyrokinetic abilities, after he is kidnapped by Project Centipede recruiter Raina. Raina injects him with Extremis to increase his power, before harvesting his blood platelets for further experimentation. Skye knows a hacker who could have released the information on Chan’s location and abilities, and secretly sleeps with him, trying to discover the truth. May finds them and, not trusting Skye, arrests them. S.H.I.E.L.D. attacks the Centipede facility, and attempts to help Chan, but he refuses and May activates the unstable Extremis within him to kill him. Coulson questions Skye, and she reveals that she joined the Rising Tide and S.H.I.E.L.D to find her parents. Coulson agrees to help her, but fits her with a device to block any computer access. Raina visits Centipede member Po in prison, telling him to inform the “Clairvoyant” of the experiment results.

Season 1, Episode 6: FZZT

The team investigate a series of deaths involving levitation and electrostatic anomalies. Although the team initially assumed the deaths were caused by some form of weapon, the cause is found to be an alien virus from a Chitauri helmet salvaged from the Battle of New York. When Simmons is infected by the fatal virus, she and Fitz work feverishly on a cure while Coulson ignores a direct order from Agent Blake to sacrifice Simmons and save the rest of the team. With time running out and unaware that their last attempt at a vaccine was successful, Simmons leaps from the plane, though Ward manages to save her by jumping out after her and inoculating her before she dies. May tells Coulson, who feels differently than he did before he died, that anyone would be changed by such an experience. The helmet is delivered to Agent Blake, who warns Coulson of the consequences of disobeying a direct order from headquarters, though Coulson dismisses this, accepting that he is different now

Season 1, Episode 7: The Hub

At The Hub, a S.H.I.E.L.D. command facility, Agent Victoria Hand assigns Ward and Fitz to a mission in South Ossetia, where they must disable a weapon called “the Overkill Device”, which turns enemy weapons against their users. Skye and Simmons try to find more information about the mission, which has been classified as Level 8, with Simmons tranquilizing Agent Jasper Sitwell when he catches her hacking into Level 8 files. Skye learns that there is no extraction team for them, and informs Coulson, who takes his team to rescue Ward and Fitz, who are successful in their mission. Later at The Hub, Coulson discovers that the person who brought Skye to the orphanage was an unidentified S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. However, Coulson does not tell Skye the entire truth about the file, and asks May to discreetly investigate further. Coulson is later denied access to information about his recuperation in Tahiti, despite his Level 8 clearance.

Season 1, Episode 8: The Well

The team look into a plot to find and assemble three parts of an Asgardian Berserker Staff which imbues the holder with super strength and an uncontrollable rage. They are opposed by a pagan hate group who have already discovered the first piece of the staff. With Thor off the grid, Coulson’s team is assisted by Dr. Elliot Randolph. While retrieving the second piece of the staff, Ward touches it and relives a traumatic childhood memory involving his abusive older brother. He becomes irritable, aggressive, and his strength increases. The team realizes that Randolph is an Asgardian who has lived on Earth for centuries, and he gives them the location of the third staff piece. The team recovers it, and Ward and May use the completed staff to defeat the pagans. In a hotel, Ward declines Skye’s invitation to talk, instead following May into her room, while Coulson has a nightmare about his recuperation in Tahiti.

Season 1, Episode 9: Repairs

A mysterious force threatens Coulson’s team when they bring in a safety inspector named Hannah Hutchins, who is blamed for an explosion that killed four technicians, and who Coulson believes has developed telekinesis from the explosion. After the plane makes an emergency landing, the team discovers that the mysterious force is one of the technicians named Tobias Ford who is trapped between Earth and “Hell” following the explosion. Tobias “targets” Hannah to protect her from those who would try to harm her. It is later revealed that Tobias caused minor safety issues and filed safety reports to spend time with Hannah. One of his issues inadvertently caused the explosion. May manages to defeat Tobias and convinces him to let go, causing Tobias to disappear to an unknown location. Coulson tells more about May’s difficult past and how he wants to help her recover. May later pulls a prank on Fitz, revealing that she is healing.

Season 1, Episode 10: The Bridge

Coulson recruits Peterson to his team for super soldier support when Edison Po is sprung from prison by upgraded Centipede super soldiers. Coulson’s team traces a Centipede-powered soldier to an abandoned factory and are ambushed by a squad of super soldiers, who were subjected to the same eye implant as Akela Amador. Edison recommends Raina to stop inquiring after the Clairvoyant or it could mean her death. Meanwhile, Coulson and May are keeping information regarding Skye’s parents from her. When Peterson contacts his son, he learns that he has been kidnapped by Centipede, who suggest a trade – Peterson for Ace. Coulson escorts Peterson to the arranged exchange, where Peterson reveals that Centipede want Coulson, not Peterson. Coulson agrees to be taken prisoner. After the exchange, Peterson attempts to rescue Coulson, but is apparently killed in an explosion. Raina tells Coulson that they want to know how he was resurrected.

Season 1, Episode 11: The Magical Place

Victoria Hand leads S.H.I.E.L.D.’s efforts to rescue Coulson while Centipede tortures him to learn the secret of his resurrection. Believing Skye to be untrustworthy, and after seeking May’s input, Hand has Skye removed from the Bus. Skye sets out on her own investigation which leads the team to Coulson’s location. After the Clairvoyant kills Po, Raina takes over Coulson’s interrogation. She uses a scanning device to compel him to remember aspects of his being brought back to life. As Coulson experiences flashbacks, the team rescues him after capturing Raina. Coulson confronts Streiten, who tells Coulson he had been dead for days, and was resurrected at the orders of Director Fury. Streiten reveals that after his revival, Coulson had lost the will to live, and that the doctors manipulated Coulson’s brain to give him false memories in order for him to continue his work. It is later revealed that Peterson is alive, albeit badly burned, missing the lower half of his right leg, with an explosive surveillance eye implanted in him by someone working for the Clairvoyant.

Season 1, Episode 12: Seeds

While at a S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy Ward, Fitz, Simmons, and Skye investigate an attack upon Seth, a popular cadet, with an “ice machine” that can freeze people and their surroundings. Another ice machine soon freezes cadet Donnie Gill, though the agents are able to save him. While the rest of the team interrogates the other cadets, Fitz befriends Donnie, seeing much of himself in him, and helps him solve a problem with a new power source. Meanwhile, Coulson and May go to Mexico City to find a former agent named Richard Lumley, who tells them of a mission 21 years earlier involving Skye, an 0-8-4 with apparent superhuman abilities. The team deduces that the cadets are building a bigger ice machine for Quinn, and with the better power source, Seth and Donnie give Quinn a demonstration, creating a massive ice storm. Though the team apprehends Donnie, Seth is killed by the storm, and Donnie gains apparent cryokinetic abilities. Later, Coulson calls Quinn, who has connections to the Clairvoyant.

Season 1, Episode 13: T.R.A.C.K.S

Hot on the trail of the Clairvoyant, Coulson and the team board a mystery train that seems to be headed for certain destruction.

Season 1, Episode 14: T.A.H.I.T.I

In an attempt to save Skye, Coulson enlists the help of Ward’s former S.O. John Garrett (Bill Paxton); shocking truths are uncovered.

Season 1, Episode 15: Yes Men

Lorelei, a deadly seductress from Asgard, attacks Coulson and the team; Lorelei’s nemesis, Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander), steps in to help.

Season 1, Episode 16: End of the Beginning

Agents John Garrett and Antoine Triplett are back to help Coulson and his team track down S.H.I.E.L.D.’s nefarious enemy, the Clairvoyant. However, will Deathlok destroy them all in order to protect his master’s identity?

Season 1, Episode 17: Turn, Turn, Turn

Phil Coulson and his team of agents find themselves without anyone they can trust, after realising that they are trapped with a traitor in their midst.

Season 1, Episode 18: Providence

Coulson and his team choose an unlikely refuge to hide from Talbot and work on uncovering S.H.I.E.L.D.’s secrets.

Season 1, Episode 19: The Only Light in the Darkness

With their world turned upside down, Phil Coulson races to save the life of his one true love as the mystery of `The Cellist’, which began in Marvel’s `The Avengers’, is finally revealed.

Season 1, Episode 20: Nothing Personal

Just when there’s no one left to trust, Agent Maria Hill returns to team up with Phil Coulson as S.H.I.E.L.D. is being destroyed around them.

Season 1, Episode 21: Ragtag

Ward’s betrayal and Hydra’s shocking secrets are revealed as Coulson’s team goes undercover on a mission that leaves no one unscathed.

Season 1, Episode 22: Beginning of the End

Dark secrets are revealed as Coulson and his team put everything on the line to stop Garrett and the forces of HYDRA.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 1 Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It was weird going from movies to a show but it fits in with the Marvel timeline. It was slow getting interest into the series but once it got going and knowing the characters, it grows on you.

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