Posted by Mark Bridge On December - 11 - 2013 0 Comment

This was an exciting episode for fans of AOS as the mid-season finale delves into the main threat of the season, Project Centipede.  Micheal Peterson (J. August Richard) from the pilot episode makes a very welcomed return.  Also returning for a second time is the girl in the flowered dress, Raina.  The episode begins with a bang as a group of Extremis mercs bust through the roof of a prison to rescue Edison Poe, who we last saw in the post credit scene in a past episode.

With the team now having to face off with super powered villains, Coulson turns to Mike who is in training to be a SHIELD agent.  We see him pushing a bulldozer across a football field.  I loved how he asked if he had beaten Captain America’s time (Not even close).  I guess it’s away to kill a potential debate on who’s stronger.  Captain America or Mike Peterson.  His dynamic with team is a definite highlight of the episode.  I really hope he becomes a permanent member of the team.  Despite that big explosion at the end, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of good ol’ Mike.  The only problem they could face with having him on the team is coming up with valid reasons why they would still need Ward or May as point on any mission when they would basically have their version of a Hulk or more appropriately, Captain America.

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Speaking of May and Ward, I’m happy to see the continuing thread of their secret night time coital engagements and how they deal with it during business hours.  It seems Ward may be falling for Ms. Black Widow part 2, and she may have a problem with that.  Or maybe she just doesn’t want the rest of the crew to know.  This leads to Ward having a conversation with Coulson about having a love life as an agent.  We get to find out more about the cellist that was mentioned in the Avengers that Coulson was dating.  I wonder if we’ll ever get to meet her.

Fitz and Simmons didn’t have much to do in this episode, but I thought the scene when they were giving Mike a physical was pretty hilarious.  Skye also got a bit short changed this episode as the only thing we saw her doing was searching Shield databases for her mom and getting reduced to tears by May.

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As for the villains this week, I really enjoyed Raina.  She looks like one of those villains that will pop up throughout the entire series run.  So far we’ve only seen her seductive side.  Not that she has to be a bad ass in terms of combat, but I want to see something that solidifies her as a real threat.  She is off to a good start with the abduction of Coulson.  Then there is Poe who seems like a cross between Hannibal Lecter and Reddington from The Blacklist.  He is definitely a very creepy dude.  And the last of villains wasn’t even on screen, yet we are still intrigued. The Clairvoyant seems to be the one running the show.  But the question is, is he psychic or is it just a title?  Despite the face that they are aware of individuals around the world with extraordinary abilities, Shield still believe that Psychics are a myth.  I think it’s just a defense mechanism on their part in refusing to believe they could be real.  Hopefully we get some answers pretty soon.

Another answer we may be getting soon is the revelation of Coulson’s resurrection. It seems like Project Centipede is more interested in his resurrection than Mike’s stability with Extremis.  I can honestly say I did not see that switch at the end coming. That cliffhanger makes the January 7th return unbearable.

I think this has been a solid first half of a season and I wish the naysayers would get over their preconceived notions on what the show should be, and enjoy it for what it is.  A nice little slice of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Rating: ★★★★☆ Great

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