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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review - Episode 14: T.A.H.I.T.I.

Bob "MovieBob" Chipman | 5 Mar 2014 16:00
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One lead still seems to be solid, though: a mysterious drug/chemical called "GH325" that apparently healed Coulson's original "spear through the heart" injury. Using the series' preferred method of exposition, i.e. "turn on hologram machine, say fake sciencey-stuff, magically discover answer," they discover that the lab where Coulson was put back together (big creepy brain-fixin' machine and all) is in an old WWII-era bunker built into a remote mountainside called "The Guest House." Weirdly, they make it a point to hammer home that this is not a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, apparently to make it "okay" for Coulson, Garret, Ward and Fitz to break in and kill two guards in a shootout. They find the medicine, but not before a time-bomb is triggered and they all have to escape fast so that they can beat the other arbitrary ticking-clock of Skye's deteriorating health. Everyone makes tracks... except Coulson, because he finds a big scary door marked "T.A.H.I.T.I." - so the title wasn't just the series doing it's semi-regular fake-acronym gag. Huh.

We don't immediately see what Coulson finds behind that door, but whatever it is both puts him into a state of shock and makes him suddenly determined that Skye not be injected with GH235 - but she already has been. She convulses, shakes... and then stabilizes. It worked, and everyone but Coulson is happy about it. Why?

Because THE NA'VI, that's why.

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No, for real: In a flashback shared with the audience but not the crew, Coulson finds that the T.A.H.I.T.I. room is full of GH-numbered vials of liquid, all being pumped from big hoses connected to some kind of containment unit. Inside the unit he finds a glass, liquid-filled tube containing the corpse of a huge blue-skinned humanoid. It's badly damaged (and has a Y-shaped autopsy scar) - lots of wounds, plus it's been cut in half at the waist with it's intestines exposed... and said spilled-guts are what the "GH" chemicals are being farmed from. Or were, since the timebomb has buried the facility under a mountain of rubble.

So S.H.I.E.L.D. (or some other entity that S.H.I.E.L.D. knows about and can get to do clandestine medical work for them) has had a dead nonhuman and/or superhuman being in a bunker for (presumably) longer than we've been led to believe the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been aware of beings like this (i.e. prior to Thor's arrival in New Mexico) and they've been harvesting its blood(?) to be used as a super-regenerative chemical the application of which did a freakish number on Coulson (a human) ...but seemed to work a lot better on Skye (supposedly some kind of superhuman.)

That's... actually pretty unexpected. And interesting. The kind of cool "WTF?" comic-book development that the show probably should've started exploiting a lot sooner. It doesn't make this a great episode - it really is just another find-the-magic-thingee installment broken up by the other characters talking about Skye, again, - but it portends interesting things to come. It also wraps up on a decent-enough tease for next week's show, as Asgardian seductressLorelei arrives on Earth in time to do battle with Jamie Alexander's Lady Sif.

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