Wow… Coming off of a month long hiatus SHIELD returned with its strongest episode yet. TAHITI introduced new characters and some deeper mysteries while also offering some new insight into plot strings that have been hanging around since the shows inception. This episode landed on all fronts and marks a new phase in the life of the fledgling series. One with more payoff and direct connection to the films we know and love, what more could we ask for!
Let’s begin with the newcomers to the cast. Bill Paxton and BJ Britt, portraying Agents Garret and Triplett respectively, brought a sense of experience and know how to a cast that seemed a little green considering they are supposed to be highly trained SHIELD agents. Paxton and Britt immediately fit in with the rest of the ensemble and in some regards upstaged them. Where it took the better half of a season for some of the characters to find their legs, Paxton and Britt stepped up immediately. They owned their characters completely and portrayed them convincingly. Paxton was especially poignant in the role. He brought a much needed toughness and attitude to a team that has not had much till recent episodes. Agent Garrett was a nice counterpoint to the by the book Coulson and it was nice to see the history between the characters play out in believable fashion. There back and forth in the interrogation room was one of the many highlights of the episode. I can only hope that Paxton decides to stick around for a while, his John Garrett was fantastic and it would be a shame to see him thrown away after showing so much potential.
Clark Gregg as Coulson was fantastic as always. The emotion in his face after seeing TAHITI with his own eyes was a sight to behold. The way he can tap into his characters emotional state is astounding and a testament to his acting ability. I could feel the trauma through the screen.
While not as exemplary as Paxton or Gregg the rest of the cast did a great job. Elizabeth Henstridge did a fantastic job showing the fear associated with their current situation and the later relief when everything worked out. Ward continues to be the weak link in the series; he just isn’t a very convincing spec-ops agent in his own right. Put up against Paxton or Britt and his faults become even more glaring.
The VFX in the episode were top notch considering this is a TV show. The plane sequences and the final escape scene were quite well realized. The true stand out however was the secret inside of TAHITI. I am about to spoil it so leave now if you haven’t seen the episode…
We have here what looks like a Kree corpse! The Kree are an alien race that is to be introduced in this summers ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’! The Kree are a blue skinned alien race led by the Supreme intelligence and the judge Ronan the Accuser (to be played by Lee Pace). What is of special note is the fact that they are responsible for the race known as the Inhumans in the Marvel comics. They are genetic experiments of the Kree resulting in latent super powered individuals. With what happened to Skye at the end of the episode it is not farfetched to think that she could be an Inhuman herself. This would explain why her body accepted the transfusion and her status as an 0-8-4.
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Finally we had the reveal of Lorelei, the sister of Amora the Enchantress, running amok on Midgard for whom knows what purpose. Her appearance served as a great tease for next episodes debut of the Lady Sif (portrayed by the beautiful Jaimie Alexander) and the inevitable Asgardian catfight! Here is the promo for episode 15, “Yes Men”.
TAHITI was fantastic and above and beyond what fans have come to expect of the series. With bigger and better things set to come down the pipeline SHIELD is a show everyone should be keeping on his or her radar. What is T.A.H.I.T.I? What is GH? Who or what was that thing?? Stick around and find out!