Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Review “End of the Beginning”

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Episode 16 End of the Beginning (2)

After several frustrating breaks and hiatuses, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD returned tonight with “End of the Beginning”, which is the first of seven straight episodes that will close out the season. This series has had some issues with pacing and character development, but the fact that we could barely string two episodes together without a break was really messing up the momentum. Hopefully having all of these episodes together will end this first season on a high note.

We’ve had several SHIELD agents introduced in the films, TV shows, and Marvel One-Shots, but we saw basically all of them together tonight. After Mike Peterson/Deathlok attacked Agents Garrett and Triplett, they meet up with agents Coulson, Hand, Sitwell, and Blake to track down the mysterious Clairvoyant once and for all. They weren’t the only agents in attendance, though, as Skye officially becomes a badge-carrying member of SHIELD! It was a nice little moment for her, and it was good to see her take a bit of a leadership role as she coordinates the pairs and heads up the operation to find the Clairvoyant. Skye has been the most underdeveloped character on the show thus far, as she’s really just more of a walking and talking plot device than anything.

For instance, there’s still that ongoing mystery as to what’s happening with her blood. I really didn’t care much about this storyline in the first place, but now I feel like they’ve kind of written themselves into a corner. On one hand, they need the payoff to be big enough that it will warrant all of this build up and hype, but on the other hand they would need to explain why this GH-325 hasn’t had any major repercussions for Coulson or Skye. All that we know is that The Clairvoyant couldn’t see coulson since he died, but we don’t really know what that means.

Speaking of the Clairvoyant, we kinda sorta found out who it might be. At first I was pretty disappointed that this Thomas Nash guy was supposed to be The Clairvoyant. I mean, he was a pretty cool villain while he lasted, and Ward shooting him was a pretty surprising moment. I love the development that The Clairvoyant might be a SHIELD agent, though. It sounds cool and all, but it has to be someone that we know, right? So were we supposed to assume that Agent Hand actually was The Clairvoyant? Was that the reveal here? Or was she just recalling all of the SHIELD planes to lead into the Captain America movie? We were told that both tonight’s episode and next week’s will be book ends for this weekend’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so I’m interested to see if next week’s installment will be affected by the events of that movie. The Thor tie-in episode was very tenuously attached to the movie, so that’s probably what they’ll do here.

I will say that The Clairvoyant being a member of SHIELD does make sense, because it sure seemed like Deathlok was going out of his way not to kill anyone. He could have easily stomped on Agent Blake’s head instead of his torso, and he seemed to be missing May and Ward by a mile.

Tonight’s episode was one of the most exciting and revealing installments that we’ve ever seen, and I hope we keep the momentum up as this series concludes it’s first season. I’m sure this show will get renewed, so I’m excited to see how they’ll set up season two. So who do you guys think The Clairvoyant is? Is it Agent Hand? Or is that just what we’re supposed to think?!

Random Thoughts:

– I like how Skye sees a heat signature reading of a dude with one leg and a big centipede thing on his back and says “I need to get a closer look to make sure it’s him”. Oh yeah, ’cause maybe it’s the other cybernetic soldier in the abandoned factory!

– So will Skye just go by “Agent Skye” now? Does she even have an official last name on the show?

– It will be interesting to see how they react to the events in Captain America. The Thor tie-in episode didn’t really tie-in much, but the movie itself didn’t have much to do with SHIELD. The Captain America movie, on the other hand, looks like it has a lot to do with SHIELD, so I guess we’ll see!