TV Recap: Agents of SHIELD – 1.14 – T.A.H.I.T.I.



“Agents of SHIELD” is back. Again. I do need to get this out the way though. I know the show takes breaks because they are still filming episodes, and because of other schedules (Olympics, etc) but dammit the breaks need to stop. Okay, got that off my chest. The last episode left audiences with a cliffhanger: would Skye survive being shot by Quinn? Could the team save her? Keep reading to find out.

The Story:

The episode picks up right after the end of the last one, with Skye taken to a SHIELD trauma center after being shot by Quinn. The doctors tell the team they can only make her comfortable, and to get her family there ASAP, to which Coulson responds, “We are her family.” At this point May loses it and goes after Quinn, beating him senseless in the interrogation room. The crew is ordered to bring Quinn in for questioning, but Coulson refuses. Instead, they decide to take her to the same facility where Coulson was saved, but en route a SHIELD escort arrives in the form of Agents John Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Antoine Triplett (BJ Britt). Garrett and Coulson go way back, with Garrett also being Ward’s former commanding officer. Coulson convinces Garrett to let them try to save Skye, while Ward and Triplett get into it briefly before being told they’re now working together.


We find out that most of the information in the file about Coulson’s resurrection is false, but it does contain mention of a possible miracle drug called GH 325. (SHIELD and their secrets.) Fitz/Simmons are able to use SHIELD archives to trace a paper trail back to a hidden facility called the Guest House, and the team travel there, arriving at a secret bunker hidden at the base of a mountain. Coulson, Ward, Fitz, and Garrett head off to find something that will save Skye, while Simmons stays behind with Triplett and May. The agents come under fire once inside the bunker, and discover the place has been rigged with explosives and they only have 10 minutes to get out. Coulson and Fitz search for anything to help Skye, while Ward and Garrett use some of the Semtex to blow the door and make their escape.

Coulson, meanwhile, finds the room where he was operated on, along with the GH 325. He also discovers a door marked T.A.H.I.T.I. (Damned acronyms), and when Garrett finally finds him, Coulson seems dazed and says not to give Skye the drug. Back on the Bus, Skye’s condition has worsened, and Simmons is forced to inject GH 325 into Skye before Coulson can prevent it. The drug, as hoped, saves her. In the aftermath, the two SHIELD teams part ways, with Garrett and Triplett taking Quinn into custody. May sits down with Coulson in his office and asks why he didn’t want them to use the drug on Skye. It’s then that we get a flashback to what Coulson found back at the bunker: a tank holding the upper half of a blue figure, which is also the source of the GH 325.

The last scene is a woman walking through Death Valley, where a newlywed couple is getting directions. The woman approaches the man and asks for his help, and ends up taking off in the newlywed’s car, leaving the new bride behind. When he asks her name, the woman replies, “Lorelei.”


The Crew and Coulson:

This episode really highlighted the team’s family dynamic, and is a testament to how close they’ve become. Other than Fitz/Simmons, everyone were pretty much loners, but now they have each other. This dynamic isn’t lost on visitors, as Garrett and Triplett definitely see it, and Victoria Hand before them. Triplett seems to be a little sweet on Simmons, but at the same time I think he truly envies what the team has. We got to see Fitz in the field again (which he’s not bad at, at all), and find out exactly how far Coulson will go for his team. Even May shows some serious emotion. With the second half of the season moving into high gear, I really can’t wait to see the group come into their full strength.

The episode also sets up the last half of the season, with the “Uprising” subtitled added starting with next week’s episode and the appearance of Lady Sif from the “Thor” movies. There was only a quick mention of the Deathlok project, and Quinn did say the Clairvoyant was still trying to figure out Coulson’s resurrection. With Skye saved, the villain may now have part of the answer. The game is now truly afoot.

A preview of next week’s episode, “Yes Men”

Author: Dedpool

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  • TotesMagotes

    Do we think that half body in the tank is Coulson’s real body?? Is Coulson actually a Life model Decoy???

    • sin isfree

      it’s alien

    • Dedpool

      Coulson was never that built. LOL. Alien all the way. Just no idea what kind. Could be Kree with the blue skin, but think they’re waiting for GoTG to do Kree.
      My initial thought was the GH was gama blood. But guess not.

      • Juggernaut

        Besides the theory of The Leader being the Clairvoyant I read other theories of it being Loki. Although the time lines don’t figure. Modok, the golden age Black Widow (aka Claire Voyant), Kree all good candidates. However one theory makes more sense than any if these! The ancient alien race known as the Interpedes, blue skinned race of pregognative beings that have lived amongst humans for centuries after the decimation of their planet at the hands of the Badoon. That would explain not one but two of the mysteries within the series!

        • Dedpool

          For someone not in the know of cosmic stuff, you just taught me something. I have no idea who the Interpedes are, but hey it would fit. I still like Leader and Modok. But Interpedes is a good one too.

        • Lexavi80

          Maybe is the Kree’s Intelligence Supreme wanting to get back his Kree crew member.

      • Lexavi80

        I also think is Kree

    • Lexavi80

      It was Doctor Manhattan’s body.

      No, wait! That’s the other company

  • cdrbly327

    What if the blue half-guy was an Inhuman?

    • Dedpool

      Wouldn’t be the worst idea.

  • M@rvel

    I have a theory that the Clairvoyant is Arnim Zola. He’s already confirmed to make an appearance in Cap 2, and he’s not a huge name in Hollywood so it’s conceivable that he could appear in television. With all the experimental tech involved with the Clairvoyant such as the Deathlok project and the cameras in people’s eyes controlling them, Zola is a logical choice for the main villain. And they said that the events of Cap 2 will carry over to the show. Who’s with me??

    • Dedpool

      Also not a bad theory and one that has merrit. Though the show crossing over was said to happen after the events of Cap 2. But who knows, could be misdirection. Zola, Leader, and Modok make the most sense. All are threats SHIELD alone can handle, all are hyper intelligent. We shall see how this all pans out.

  • Anubis

    I think the blue figure is Kree as well, or maybe Atlantian possibly. Mabye we’ll see Namor in the future.

    • Lexavi80

      An atlantean! Good call sir!

    • Dedpool

      I like that theory. Haven’t had any and it would be a decent way to introduce them without forcing a whole move about them. Though I’ve not heard of Atlantean physiology healing human, but who knows.

  • Lexavi80

    Man, I just end up watching this episode, and WOOOOHE!!! What a ride!!

    I really hope that Bill Paxton and BJ Britt joins the team again soon. Both bad asses.

    Team dynamic… great! Mysteries… still some, but some stuff is taking shape.

    All in all, I can’t wait for more episodes. I do hope they wrap the season clearing most of it. Like Coulson’s death, why Fury wanted to save him, why Skye is a (forgot the number) Unknown Item (or whatever) for SHIELD, who is the clairvoyance?

  • 0ptik

    My theory, G.H is Captain Marvel. or Mar-vell, ( i think thats how you write it) In the comics he gives powers to Carol Danvers, but WHAT IF since they werent gonna do that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they chose to do Ms Marvel but with Skye instead. Since she’s a object of unknown origin, she could have a different effect with the G.H blood than Coulson.

    • Juggernaut

      Good theory. I thought that they might transition Skye into Jessica Jones to have her spinoff into the upcoming Jessica Jones netflix series. She certainly looks the part. However with your theory of the blue dude being Captain Marvel the Carol Danvers tie would be more likely.

      • 0ptik

        Are the new Netflix shows tied into the MCU?

        • Dedpool

          I believe so.

        • Juggernaut

          They are. However, due to some recent searching I have changed my theory. I now believe that Evangeline Lilly will be Jessica Jones! Lilly has an ample background in TV and the character has a romantic history with Scott Lang. I really can’t see Marvel splitting up one of their most well known couples (ant-man & wasp) so here is what I’m thinking, Lilly is playing Jones opposite Paul Rudd’s Lang, they have a semi- romantic relationship but never seal the deal, Douglas plays the older version of Pym with an older actress (my pick is Susan Sarandon!) as the older Janet, in flashback sequences we see a younger Wasp & Pym (played by Sarandon’s real life daughter and Josh Holloway, keeping the Lost cast going, lol). I also think that the character being played in Avengers: AoU Kim Soo Hyun will be a modern version of Wasp much like Lang fills the role of Ant-man. Just my thoughts but you never know!

    • Dedpool

      That’s an interesting theory. not entirely improbable. but we still have no idea what their plans for the cosmic are. We could very well get Captain Marvel in GotG 2, or and a Ms. Marvel by Avengers 3.

      • Juggernaut

        True. I hope that AOS continues to introduce more well know actors to portray existing characters like Bill Paxton and Saffron Burrows. They could introduce Carol Danvers, Mockjngbird, etc and have them eventually transition into the films if needed.