Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Review “T.A.H.I.T.I.”

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Episode 14 T.A.H.I.T.I. (2)

In an ongoing effort to destroy the period key on my MacBook, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned tonight with an episode titled “T.A.H.I.T.I.”, as we find out what happened to sky after Ian Quinn shot her way back on the February 4th installment. I thought that all of these mid-season breaks between episodes would make it pretty tough to keep the suspense up, but I found myself quickly falling back into the rhythm of the show.

As you might have already predicted by the episode title, Phil and his team decided to try to use the same T.A.H.I.T.I. program that saved Coulson’s life. However, finding out how exactly to go about doing that turns out to be a bit harder than they anticipated.

I thought that we already kinda found out what happened to Coulson, but it turns out nobody else really knows how it works specifically. The drugs he used don’t exist, the doctors that treated him don’t show up in the SHIELD database, and even the Clairvoyant doesn’t know how he came back from the dead! In my head I just figured that Nick Fury and SHIELD used some unregulated machinery to put his brain together and that was that, so it was a really cool twist that Fury actually went out of the agency to find help. You would imagine that SHIELD would be capable of any technological feat, so the fact that they had to go this shady Guest House to get this done is really interesting.

We’ll talk more about what we actually found at this mysterious Guest House later, because this episode also introduced us to a few new characters. We met comic book character Agent John Garrett, played by Bill Paxton. He acts basically just how you’d imagine Bill Paxton would act as a SHIELD agent, which is to say with a bevy of sarcastic wise cracks. I got more than a few flashbacks to him playing Private Hudson in Aliens, but I guess that isn’t a bad thing. Anyway, he used to be Ward’s commanding officer, so Ward has a bit of a rivalry with Garrett’s new tactical guy Agent Triplett. I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing Garrett and Triplett again, and it seems like Triplett might have a thing for Simmons, so I can’t wait to see how Fitz reacts to that.

The most interesting things were the two final scenes of the episode, as we first get the big reveal of what exactly the GH is. We see that this mysterious drug that saved Skye’s life was harvested from the body of the upper half of a big blue monster of some kind. I don’t know if this big blue dude is a character from the comics or anything, but it certainly was not what I was expecting. I was thinking that they were just going to try to explain away Coulson’s recovery on some fancy SHIELD technology, but I like that they’re really coming out of left field with this explanation. They definitely aren’t going for the easy answer here, which I like. I’m really interested to see if we’ll get an explanation of what this guy is, even though his whole compound was blown up. I’m also intrigued what this mysterious drug is going to do to Skye. Maybe it’ll activate whatever mysterious 0-8-4 powers are laying dormant inside her, or maybe it will do something to make Skye a little more interesting!

The final scene was really just a big setup for yet another Thor tie-in episode, with Jaime Alexander making an appearance as Lady Sif next week to go after Lorelei. So this is already the second episode that ties into the Thor films, so I’m interested to see how many times they try to tie in to the Marvel movies. With a new Captain America movie coming out next month, I would expect them to mention the events of that film as well. I hope they can be a little more judicious with how often they tie into the larger Marvel Universe, as it can definitely be overdone. If I hear them mention “The Battle of New York” one more time, I think I might snap.

What did you guys think of the episode? Sound off in the comments below!

Random Thoughts:

– Any guess as to what the convoluted acronym “T.A.H.I.T.I.” might stand for?

– My first thought was that the blue dude in that tank was Doctor Manhattan from Watchmen, but then I remembered that he’s in the DC universe.

– It’s been a theory for a while now, judging by the trailers, that Nick Fury might die in the upcoming Captain America film. If that happens, I wonder how quickly they will reference it in the show.