TV REVIEW: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Heavy is the Head” 2.02 | FanboysInc

TV REVIEW: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Heavy is the Head” 2.02

By Jason Pickup

TV REVIEW: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "Heavy is the Head" 2.02


“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” – William Shakespeare, Henry IV Part 2

“Heavy is the head that wears the crown” is the more common translation these days, and fitting for an episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that explored the theme in several characters throughout the episode. At first glance, it is an obvious reference to Coulson with the crown being the new title as Director. But if you expand on the idea of the crown being as Loki once put it, “burdened with glorious purpose”, you can see it applying to Creel and Fitz as well.

Coulson’s crown is that he is still adjusting from being the guy who did the dirty work to the guy who tells others to do the dirty work. Unfortunately his orders have seen two team members killed and one of the two mission objectives fall into enemy hands. He compounds these troubles when he sends Hunter back out into the field, even after a lovely heart to heart about how Hunter has just agreed to sell Coulson out to Talbott. I know he has a lot on his plate, but does he not remember the revolt that took place in his organization recently? The one that already saw one of his own squad jump ship? But sure, what harm could sending a guy you hardly know out with your team to take down the nigh unstoppable monster, you know the one who killed his partner/lover? Also there’s no harm after he botches the mission trying to complete his vengeful side quest in asking him to stay on with the team full-time. We can forgive Coulson somewhat, having prolonged periods of time scrawling intricate (possibly alien) designs that no one friend or foe can identify has to be taxing on an already heavy brow.

TV REVIEW: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "Heavy is the Head" 2.02

Oh, Faux Simmons. You rascal.

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Fitz’s head is heavy because the crown has been taken from him. Once the go-to guy for whatever gadget was needed to solve the mystery d’jour, Fitz can now barely complete a sentence without help from faux Simmons. He’s been cast from glory and in the opening of the episode you can see him utterly dejected as Mack and company get the cloaking project he’s been working on for weeks up and running without him. Fitz however is not content to let his crown be taken from him and decided to help himself to some of the intel on Creel, in the hopes he can find a way to work his way back into the light by finding a way to bypass Creel’s powers. There is a breakthrough moment with Mack, who isn’t phased by Fitz’s new idiosyncrasies and he manages to work Fitz through the stumbling block of, “I didn’t solve this today”, leading Fitz to the revelation that he’s already built a device that can shut down Creel. Granted, later Mack also lets slip that Simmons is currently not on base leaving Fitz to realize what we’ve known since the end of last episode: that he might have some slight complications from the incident.

TV REVIEW: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "Heavy is the Head" 2.02

He’ll be back. If there’s any doubt, just look at his face.

Creel’s crown is literally wearing him, as we learn this episode. As we saw SSR 084 has bonded itself to Creel, and in addition to making Creel lethal when people accidentally touch him, it has caused Creel to lose his ability to transform his body. We begin to see Creel as an almost Damocles-like figure; the sword, instead of dangling overhead, is instead lodged into his arm – constantly reminding him of his choices. He took a job looking for power, looking for his crown, and is now witnessing firsthand that being that high up the food chain isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Creel manages to free himself of the artifact and gets one of the more satisfying scenes of the show when he shifts to metal form to avoid the bullet Hunter has hurtling towards his head. Creel eventually falls due to Fitz’s invention and is handed off to Talbott where we can only assume he will escape sometime before the end of the season.

The Verdict:

Not quite as good as the premiere but we are advancing on a continuous story-line. SSR 084 is still in play and all indications are that Coulson and company are not going to let it go so easy. We now have the added complication of Skye’s father finally entering the picture,  and there seems to be a link between SSR 084 and Coulson’s drawing binges. Business as they say, is about to pick up.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Heavy is the Head” earns 8/10

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