Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Magical Place

by Alan Rapp on January 8, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – The Magical Place
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“You’d lost your will to live. We tried to give it back.”

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Magical Place

Picking up 36 hours after the end of “The Bridge” which saw Coulson (Clark Gregg) captured by Centipede (the group mashing up various tech to create their own super-soldiers who are even more interested in Coulson’s resurrection than he is), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns from hiatus with Coulson’s team working for Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows) to apprehend a black market supplier (Aiden Turner) with ties to the group. When Hand’s handpicked interrogator (Darren Dupree Washington) proves ineffective, Ward (Brett Dalton) takes the initiative to create a more conducive environment for the man’s cooperation.

Meanwhile, Coulson is stuck in the middle of the desert and subjected to an invasive interrogation of his own by Po (Cullen Douglas) and Raina (Ruth Negga) each seeking the secret to immortality which their clairvoyant believes is locked inside Coulson’s mind. Kicked off the plane by Hand, but still limited by her bracelet (which limits her use of any electronic device), Skye (Chloe Bennet) has to think outside the box while searching for Coulson on her own beginning by impersonating Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) to get answers from Vanchat’s money man (Rob Huebel).

While under the procedure Coulson learns the truth about Tahiti and, after his rescue, confronts one of the doctors (Ron Glass) responsible who informs Coulson of the true story of his miraculous revival after been dead more than a week. Although it looks like this explanation offered in “The Magical Place” kills the theory that Coulson is actually a Life Model Decoy, it does offer the agent a harrowing truth about the measures taken to bring him back and questions as to how much of the man he was truly survived the multiple surgeries, brain manipulation, and more. The episode ends with teases of Mike Peterson‘s (J. August Richards) survival and that Skye will apparently be the next member of the team to confront dark secrets from her past.

CoosCoos January 8, 2014 at 2:58 pm

I felt truly let down by this episode. I get the impression the shot of Coulson’s brain being “re-programmed” by a machine was supposed to be a “big reveal” but I just found it to be confusing.

Alan Rapp January 8, 2014 at 4:37 pm

I thought it was a bit confusing myself as the episode doesn’t touch on the reasons S.H.I.E.L.D. went to such bizarre lengths to keep him alive and stays far away from the specifics of what technologies were used (other than that gruesome reveal which is darker than everything else we’ve seen so far from the series). I almost wonder if they had planned to make him a LMD but too many people guessed it and so they decided to offer something more mysterious instead.

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