TV REVIEW: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.09 “Ye Who Enter Here” | FanboysInc

TV REVIEW: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.09 “Ye Who Enter Here”

By Jason Pickup

TV REVIEW: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.09 "Ye Who Enter Here"

 

So I walked into this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. under the belief that this was in fact the season finale. Which was actually refreshing because about 45 minutes in I was starting to get a little irritated that not a lot was happening. So in fairness I went back and watched it a second time without the expectation of all my questions being answered, or, replaced them with new cliffhanger-y ones.

This season AoS has been all about using the allusion in its episode titles and this week is no different. “Ye who enter here” is a reference to Dante’s Divine Comedy which, despite the name, is actually about a guy wandering around Heaven and Hell. In this case the line in question is describing the entrance into Hell.

“Before me things create were none, save things
Eternal, and eternal I endure.
All hope abandon ye who enter here.”

That pretty much sums up how well things go for Coulson and crew at the entrance to the city, which is apparently under Puerto Rico, more specifically in a reputed, haunted guard tower. Fitz’s copters short out shortly after being deployed and Mac, after heading down to investigate, catches a nice alien booby trap and goes haywire trying to kill the rest of the team. It’s pretty much a bummer episode, even for those who haven’t entered.

If I had to make a comparison, this is the Empire Strikes Back episode. The momentary advantage is gone. Skye is in enemy hands (at least she’s not in carbonite) and SHEILDForce One is about to be shot out of the sky. To quote Clerks, “it ends on such a down note.” It’s actually a great way to roll into next week’s finale, the good guys were finally close to grabbing the brass ring, only to have it raised just out of reach. I fully expect all Hell to break loose next week, given that all three factions will be in the same enclosed space for the first time.

The Great:

TV REVIEW: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.09 "Ye Who Enter Here"

Serious face, serious gun

How Many of You are There?: I’ll be the first to admit I’m a huge Patton Oswald mark. Between his constant trolling of Twitter and his crossover explanation of how to best handle Star Wars Episode VII. He’s a nerd’s nerd and I love his bits, regardless of how small they are on this show. My hunch is he’s a series of Life Model Decoys ( a term Marvel created to cheat permanent character death roughly six times a year) and not three identical siblings. Though to be fair, there is a Whedon behind this, so stranger things could happen.

TV REVIEW: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.09 "Ye Who Enter Here"

This ain’t no Na’avi , buddy.

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Kree: With one simple word this week Marvel linked this year’s blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy to the rest of its universe. The Kree have apparently been on Earth long before one of their guys decided to go rogue and pick a fight with a plant and a talking raccoon. In one fell swoop AoS went from being the show that got good because of the fallout of one movie to being a good show that is now setting up the universe around it. It’s the type of direction I’d be hoping we’d see them push and hopefully it will be something that continues.

The Good:

This Week’s Less Rampant Speculation: So I was close, it’s not Attilan, but it’s most likely an Inhuman Terrigen chamber. Basically if you have Inhuamn DNA in you the Terrigen mists will most likely give you some sort of powers and possibly some sort of deformity for your troubles. Right now we have Raina and Skye as the two potential candidates for Terrigenisis, I don’t think either will end up being canon characters – though if Skye’s father is in fact Mr Hyde I expect Skye to develop powers similar to his daughter in the comics. But this seems to be a great way to start introducing more super-powered beings without having to drop the M word, given FOX still owns all the mutant related stuff.

Ward, the X Factor?: He’s playing an angle on Hydra, given in acquiring Raina he took Skye as well and opted not to shoot down his old teammates, both against Whitehall’s orders. The question simply becomes what the angle is.  He sold out S.H.I.E.L.D. for Hydra, selling out Hydra for a guy who might be in control of some people with super powers is a logical move for a guy climbing his way up the jerkface ladder. He’s also steadily climbing up my “man I can’t wait for someone to shoot this guy”  list.

The Bad:

That Opening Dream Sequence: Nothing says, “hey I’m a dream sequence!” like filming it differently than the rest of the episode. I’m all for opening new cans of worms for future hooks (i.e. whatever Mockingbird and Mac are hiding from the rest of the group) but for now this just feels like superfluous padding at a time when efforts could be better focused elsewhere.

Agent 33:  I’m just going to say if you can go toe-to-toe with Agent May for that long, you should have wiped the floor with Skye. Nuff said.

Verdict:
Hot damn! I’m both excited and sad that next week is the mid-season finale. Sure, I want to see what happens in the temple and if Whitehall or Ward end up getting bumped off. Wait, this is Marvel. “Bumped off” gets an automatic air quotes around it. Yet at the same time the show has wormed its way into my heart this season; I don’t want it to go away for a couple months. Sure in that time I’ll probably see Agent Carter causally, you know: dinner, some drinks, maybe a movie. But that’s a different column.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Ye Who Enter Here” keeps it steady at a 9/10

Jason Pickup

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