MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - "The Magical Place" -- Coulson uncovers vital information about the mystery of his death, but, with Centipede out for blood, this knowledge may come at the cost of one of the team on MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Ron Tom)
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We’re back from the break with Marvel’s Agents of Shield. Episode 11, simply titled The Magical Place.

SHIELD agent Victoria Hand has taken command of the Bus. She’s got a ton of personnel doing things their way. Melinda May is not too bothered but Ward, Fitz and Simmons don’t really appreciate people messing with the way they work. As they keep following up clues on where Coulson is being held, they detect an intrusion into their network. Of course it’s Skye from her bunker. Agent Hand is quick to dismiss her from the Bus, prompting the rest of the gang sans May to stand up for her. Knowingly, Hand asks May if Skye is of any use on board the Bus. May replies no.

Anybody else saw that a mile away? May is obviously referring to the fact that Skye would be a lot more valuable outside of the Bus where she will operate freely. It was plain as day the moment the question was phrased by Victoria Hand. As the team continues to question a suspect, Skye is dropped off – with some hints from Ward to dodge the intended escort that is supposed to pick her up and a “sandwich” from Fitz and Simmons that is actually a device to communicate back to them. Also, don’t miss Ward’s own interrogation technique with the aid of Fitz and Simmons.

Skye has to fend for herself with one added disability: her bracelet has been amped to block her from accessing any network. It’s very entertaining to see her workaround this barrier. She will somehow manage to impersonate a SHIELD agent without a badge and infiltrate a network without touching a keyboard. Of course, she’ll end up calling the cavalr- I mean, the main team roster once she manages to locate Coulson.

On Coulson’s side, the interrogation eventually serves his purposes – unfortunately. As he uncovers a gruesome image in which he’s being operated in a rather unorthodox way, you can feel his pain as he begs to die. Eventually the team arrives, without Hand’s approval, to save Coulson and imprison flower dress girl Raina but you can see Coulson has been scarred and his character will not heal quickly from this ordeal. Expect an evolution process on Coulson’s character, which should be interesting.

The cliffhanger at the end involves Mike Peterson. I won’t tell you what happens, but it was to be expected. Centipede is not completely done yet, and although that’s a good thing for the series, that means the show needs to craft a new set of villains and probably give the mysterious Clairvoyant an actual face.

A great episode all around with little to no dull moments. Hopefully we’ll get more of that for the rest of the season.

(Source: ABC)