Holy crap, this episode- sorry, disclaimer first. Spoilers ahead. This is Series Issues. Let’s get started!
This week on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 1×13: Yes Men, you can finally feel we’re going in with all guns blazing. Earth – ok, Nevada if you want to be specific – is under siege as Asgardian newcomer Lorelei (Elena Satine) dumps the poor sap from last week’s epilogue for a gang of bikers.
However, the real big gun is arriving after her. Direct from Asgard, it’s Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) whose arrival is tracked down by our favorite SHIELD team. I loved the fact that she’s not impressed by technology. It’s Agent Coulson’s appearance that shocks her. Phil asks her to keep the fact that he’s alive from Thor. I welcome the attempt at preserving continuity. Whoever’s in charge of the timeline should be taking notes.
Thankfully, we don’t get much runaround regarding Lorelei’s powers. Sif comes out and says it. Lorelei can charm men to make herself the epitome of everything we desire. Yeap, things are going to become very interesting. Sif also does a better job at handling the holographic interfaces that Coulson, and manages to track Lorelei in a pinch. Coulson manages to ask her about blue aliens and Sif names a handful of species.
After a lot of lying around, Skye is finally awake and talking. She’s still confined to the med pod but has a lot more to say lately. She’ll also have a lot to take in before the episode is over.
After upgrading their weaponry courtesy of Fitz, the team and Lady Sif track their prey to a bar where their first resistance is the actual authorities that got there first. I’m surprised nobody thought of a device to filter hearing or sound-proof helmets. Anyways, Sif provides some much needed cover by kicking a trailer home and SHIELD takes down the first wave.
Entering by herself and kicking everyone’s ass is Sif as she proves unstoppable. Lorelei sneaks out the back and manages to catch Agent Ward. Mesmerized, he takes off with her to Las Vegas. Then there’s a scene in which Ward and Lorelei go at it in a hotel room where all I could think of is how hard is Melinda going to punch his face after he comes back to his senses.
There’s bad news. The collar that Sif brought to silence Lorelei was broken during the fighting. Fitz has to repair it. Coulson also gives Skye her first task back on the team. Track down the resourceful Ward. Then we hit on one very small but brilliant scene with Simmons as she begs him to send a sample of Skye’s blood to HQ so they can tell what was in the drug. Coulson turns her down stating her orders are to keep this inhouse. I love when Simmons yells after him that his order is not enough. Give Elizabeth Hensridge more scenes like this in the future, please.
SHIELD arrives at the deserted hotel room in Vegas. Cue Miranda looking at the messed up bed and looking pissed off. The team goes back to the bus. Fitz lets Sif know that he has fixed the device and that it’s in her room – the containment chamber. The door locks behind her. It’s a trap. May figures it out a minute too late. Ward and Lorelei have taken over the bus. Simmons and Skye are locked into the med pod.
May races to the cockpit just to encounter Lorelei who knocks her out of the way. Coulson runs into a charmed Fitz, plays at being mesmerized himself and finds out where Simmons is. Meanwhile Sif is in another dilemma, the airlock is getting opened by a dazzled Ward. She gets sucked out while grabbing the collar. Coulson liberates Simmons and Skye. Simmons tells her about the airlock, but Coulson discards the tragic implication. Lady Sif is an Asgardian.
That she is. Cut to Sif, who has managed to grab hold of the fuselage and is inching her way back to the airlock. May rises to find out Ward standing by with Lorelei. The temptress leaves Ward to fight May and goes to retrieve the sword that Sif has left behind. As she steps inside, the door closes. Sif is back and it’s payback time. As Lorelei attempts to use the two-edged sword against the warrior, the weapon separates in two blades. It’s a sword fight.
Meanwhile, May is going against unhinged Ward and she’s holding her own although barely. Simmons runs into Fitz, but it’s just a distraction as he follows her just to get his lights knocked out by Coulson. I would have preferred to see Simmons taking him out herself but I guess this had to be a team effort.
The battle in the cell draws to a close as Lorelei gets beaten. She tries to get Lady Sif to kill her by talking about the men in Sif’s past whose lives she ruined. Lady Sif just puts the collar on her and makes a snide remark. Lorelei is done!
Ward finally comes to a second after he tries to shoot May with a gun that is empty. She shows him the magazine (there should be one in the chamber, but let’s not worry about the details). Then the about-to-be-pulp Ward claims he’s back just as Lady Sif comes around the corner with a captive Lorelei. May punches his face in anyway.
After Lady Sif and her not very talkative prisoner leave, May urges Coulson to share what he has been keeping secret – if not with her, with Skye. He does exactly that, telling Skye that the drug that saved both of them has an alien origin. He pleads they don’t tell anyone on the team to avoid endangering their lives. He also tells her he’s willing to break all rules, breach all codes and go after the person responsible for Skye’s plight. He means the Clairvoyant, but I almost though he was going to say Fury for a moment.
After the break, we get part of the same scene with Coulson and Sky again from a slightly different angle. The camera zooms in on a small bug in the wall. The listener is none other than Agent Melinda May, who accesses a secret phone and submits a report numbered 93. “He knows,” she states. “I repeat, Coulson knows.”
Highs: Almost everything. Lady Sif was amazing and kicked ass. Lorelei was both seductive and hateful. Simmons has some subtle but great scenes. Ward going rogue was believable. May’s and Ward’s fight was so off the hook that it was akin to Lady Sif and Lorelei’s battle. Of course, May and Ward were outside so they got to break stuff. Coulson coming clean with Skye was long expected.
Lows: I could say the fact that the team learns that Lorelei can control men and still decide to go after her risking exposure, but I’d be nitpicking. No, honestly… nothing. My only fear is what do we follow this episode with?
That will do for now.