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Review – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Episode 16 – “End of the Beginning”

[NOTE: This review is for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode “End of the Beginning” and contains SPOILERS!]

134698_7977r1_pre2This week’s episode “End of the Beginning” brings agents Sitwell, Blake, Hand, Garrett and Triplett to assist Coulson and his team in their search for the Clairvoyant. They add one more to their ranks by making Skye an official agent and try really hard to sell the Skye and Ward relationship. The hunt for the Clairvoyant ends with an encounter with Deathlok; his trail leads the team to Thomas Nash, a vegetable who claims to be psychic. However, it turns out to be a ruse and the Clairvoyant – while unidentified – turns out to be less supernatural, but actually an agent within S.H.I.E.L.D., furthering the theme of dissension among the ranks. Particularly when the bus changes course and agent Hand orders a strike on the team except for Coulson.

Shifting the focus back to the Clairvoyant is a reminder of just how underwhelming that story can be. Especially with an episode like “Yes Men” which had a better connection to the cinematic universe or including the Kree and the potential impact it can have on Coulson and Skye. This week’s episode though seem more interested in setting the stage for the Captain America sequel and included a clip from the upcoming movie where Nick Fury’s SUV is taken out by The Winter Solider.

Considering the set photos of Deathlok were pretty rough – to say the least – it didn’t turn out so bad seeing him in action. And thanks to Fitz’s tracker, fans got a real treat getting a glimpse of a more authentic Deathlok via an X-ray POV shot. Unfortunately, he isn’t in the episode for very long other than a means to an end in order to reveal the Clairvoyant’s identity. As disappointing as the reveal was, it was his prediction of Skye’s death that caught my attention. Saying a force beyond comprehension is coming for both him and Skye. This news pushes Ward over the edge and he kills Nash thinking it would in some way protect Skye, which is as melodramatic as it sounds. The plot thickens as Coulson suspects a mole in his team, and to further complicate the situation Melinda May’s encrypted phone line is discovered. We don’t discover who agent May works for or even the true identity of the Clairvoyant, but it doesn’t seem like they are one in the same.

Captain America: The Winter Solider comes out this weekend in the states, I’ll be interested to see how much overlap “End of the Beginning” actually had. Whereas next week’s episode “Turn, Turn, Turn” will be influenced by the events of Captain America: The Winter Solider and promises to be a game changer. I’m wondering if the movie will reference the show or if any of the Easter eggs will pay off. Like the reference to Nick Fury waiting at the Triskelion, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s island headquarter tied to the Ultimates who’s roster include but aren’t limited to Hank Pym, Janet Pym, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver. Ant-Man kicks off phase three, which is sure to include Hank and Janet Pym, while Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will be making their debut in the highly anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Who or what do you think is coming for Coulson and Skye? For those of you who have seen Captain America: The Winter Solider did this episode enhance the movie or did the movie enhance the episode?

The “Uprising” continues next week with “Turn, Turn, Turn” on ABC.


The writer of this piece was:
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Laurence Almalvez
Laurence has previously written over at Whatculture.com.
Laurence tweets from @IL1511

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