TV Recap: Agents of SHIELD – 1.08 – The Well



So Marvel continues to tie their movies into “Agents of SHIELD” with the much anticipated episode “The Well”. For those who haven’t seen “Thor: The Dark World”, you won’t be too lost or anything. Much of what is relayed in the episode is general background information about Asgardians.


The episode picks up directly after the events of “Thor 2” and has SHIELD playing clean-up in the aftermath of the epic battle in London. Coulson quips about how he wishes the Asgardians would send the God of Cleanup after one of their visits. Skye is in full geek-out mode as she questions Coulson about Asgardians and whether other deities may have been aliens. A great moment comes when Skye comments that Thor is dreamy, and Coulson says sure he looks good, to which Agent May says, “No, he’s dreamy.”

Two Norwegian anarchists are searching for something in a national park, and after cutting down and opening a tree they find what they’re looking for. After the team does their analysis, Coulson goes to see a man who specializes in Norse mythology, and who previously helped them research Thor’s hammer. That man is Professor Elliot Randolph (Peter MacNicol, a delight in the role). After the anarchists use the object, known as the Staff of the Berserker, to cause a riot in the streets and draw more to their cause, things begin to heat up.

PETER MACNICOL in Agents of SHIELD - 1.08 - The Well

The Staff of the Berserker was broken into pieces to keep it out of the grubby hands of humanity, but using old poems SHIELD manages to track down the second piece, only to run into Randolph, who has the piece. Ward grabs the staff and in doing so becomes possessed by rage. Randolph gets away, but is attacked by the anarchists and is relieved of his prize. SHIELD takes Randolph into custody, while Fitz/Simmons tries to figure out what is affecting Agent Ward. Simmons is especially anti-magic. Meanwhile, Ward’s temper begins to flare and he has painful visions from his past about a young boy struggling in a well. The visions trouble Ward, and he tells Coulson he doesn’t feel he can trust himself, that he’s losing control. Coulson suggests Ward let loose by interrogating Randolph, and in the ensuing interrogation it is revealed that Randolph is an Asgardian who decided to stay on Earth.

Randolph tells the team the location of the last piece of the staff and there, where they run into the anarchists. Randolph is stabbed in the heart and almost dies, while a huge fight ensues, leaving Ward and May to save the day.

Toward the end of the episode, Skye and Ward are out for a drink, and Ward turns in. As he opens his hotel door, he sees May enter her room with a bottle, and she looks at him before entering, leaving her door open for Ward — who takes her up on the offer. Ooooohhh!!!! Nobody saw THAT one coming I bet! The episode ends with Coulson having a dream of Tahiti and how “magical” it is, with him waking up from it as if it were a nightmare. The mystery of Tahiti continues.


Agent Coulson and Crew:

This week’s episode was the first time we see a more vulnerable side of Agent Ward. His memories were actually kind of heartbreaking and it kinda shows why he’s so gung-ho about protecting people. I do wish we could’ve found out a bit more about what happened, but I like that we were teased with something so vital to his character. Skye and Fitz/Simmons didn’t do much this episode, with Skye as always our Everyman point of view into the story, so we get to geek out with her.

Coulson plays leader here as usual and his character is just fun to watch, especially when he tells Randolph how he knew he was Asgardian. It was Agent May that surprised me the most though, with her actions at the end of the episode. I truly didn’t see that coming, and I always thought of her as staying away from doing something like that, but I guess she saw something in Ward and wants to keep it at bay. We’ll have to see how all this pans out.

As a whole I’d say this was definitely one of the better episodes. Not because it was connected with “Thor 2”, but because it moved the characters forward and told a good story that didn’t rely on its connection to “The Avengers”. Its connection to “Thor 2” was small, other than the Norse/Asgardian connection. I’d really like to see MacNicol return as Randolph at some point though, as he was a lot of fun.

Until next time!

Promo for next week’s episode, “Repairs”

Author: Dedpool

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  • Ford A. Thaxton

    As far as Im concerned, the show is getting better each week as it finds it footing and what works and doesn’t…

    Im in for the season.

    • Dedpool

      That’s what the show needed was time to find traction. Hopefully it will continue to rise in ratings again.

  • Kal-El-1983

    this was imo the best episode so far…I think because it had less Skye centered plot. I see alot of people trying to say “Oh Ward and May are just going to talk”….maybe so..but that didn’t seem like a “let’s talk invitation” .

    • Aegon the Conqueror

      Their emotions where way past talking by that part of the episode.

      • Kal-El-1983

        oh I know…so many want Sky and Ward together and Coulson and May that they don’t want to admit that it makes perfect sense for Ward and May to have at least a “fling”. Both Fighters, filled with rage and dark thoughts etc.

    • Dedpool

      My thoughts exactly. That was definitely not a “Let’s talk” look. That was a lets both work some frustration out look.

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    As good as the episode was a little part of me is disappointed. I really wanna know what happened to the Yotun Ice monster loose in London.

    • Dedpool

      SHIELD happened to it. LOL Or Thor!

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    PS Arrow! Reviews!

    • Dedpool

      Dude I gave up on that note. I mean I guess I could start now but it’s like a quarter through the season.

      • Aegon the Conqueror

        Give us your general thoughts for the first seven episodes and start from there.

        • Dedpool

          I’ve actually missed a few. But I will do so next week. Comments section of the Arrow gets a Mask article.

          • Nix

            If I ever reviewed Arrow, every single episode review would essentially be making fun of the show’s awful writing, gaping plot holes, and horrible characterizations. Seriously, I like Arrow as a goofy superhero show, but it’s easily one of the worst written shows on TV right now, even by CW standards.

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            And here I thought its one of the better shows. Light years beyond smallville and. Much better than agents of shield. Although i will admit count vertigo is a solid joker rip off.

          • Nix

            Don’t take this as an insult, but you obviously don’t watch a lot of TV. Arrow has the feel of a show written by 12-year olds.

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            No just the good stuff that I know I will enjoy. Between playing sport, coaching, teaching and studying there’s not much time for tv.

          • Dedpool

            LOL the way you put things sometimes. I like Arrow too, and I’m glad it’s doing well. But I agree that some of the things they do and the writing can be kinda juvenile. That said I’m a peson that loves Supernatural. I know it’s not the best show but I love the mythology and stories. Plus it’s just so Meta!! LMAO But seriously, I like how the show doesn’t take itself completely seriously and has fun with the fans. Arrow I think suffers because it’s trying to be SO serious. But like you I take it as an entertaining superhero show. Reminds me more of the tone of the 90’s Flash tv show.

          • Nix

            I love Supernatural, but I’ve taken it off the DVR this season. Life’s too short for a show that’s still on the air for the single purpose of cashing in.

          • Dedpool

            LOL I thought that was the point of all long running shows!

          • Nix

            Sure, but that doesn’t mean I have to invest an hour of my life to going along with it.

  • Brian

    I don’t like that they called this a “tie-in” though. Just because something Asgardian happened, doesn’t mean it was Thor 2 related.

    • Nix

      Tie-in in the sense that they were cleaning up “Thor 2’s” mess.

  • Lexavi80

    I knew this wasn’t going to be centered in the Thor 2 events, and I’m cool with that.

    Right as usual, Ded, Peter MacNicol was really good on the part, and I really want him back again. To have a “peaceful” asgardian on the ranks could be really good. Although I doubt it happen.

    May and Ward? Damn! And I mean, DAMN!! I didn’t saw that one coming either. I guess the next few episodes are going to have the aftermath of that (and Coulson’s death mystery).

    Can’t wait for next epsiode!!