Agents of SHIELD
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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Parting Thoughts

  • Okay. Obvious question (the only one, really): Who/what the hell is that thing in the tube? Amusingly, whereas "big, has blue skin" would be a pretty specific description anywhere else; in the Marvel Universe it only narrows it down to a lot of possibilities, three of which I find fairly plausible.
  • 1. A Jotun, aka "Frost Giant." We've seen them in Thor already, and while they don't seem to have "super healing" abilities they do have hyperextended lifespans (like the Asgardians) so maybe it's the same thing? On the other hand, Tube Guy doesn't seem to have the rune-like designs on his face and body like other Jotuns we've seen (even Loki has them when he changes form) so I'm not leaning this way. Plus, the whole "medicine worked super-well on Skye" would indicate that she and this creature are connected in some way already, and it'd be kind of weak for her to be just another dang Thor tie-in.
  • 2. Kree. The Kree are kind of the the central advanced alien race in the Marvel Universe. They've been around forever, they've got their fingers (which come in both quasi-caucasian and blue varieties) in pies all over the continuity and their related mythology connects to everyone from Captain Marvel to The Inhumans. This is probably the most likely answer (outside of "something new made up for the show") - since it would work as a tease for the Kree-heavy Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
  • 2.5 Oh, also - it's probably the easiest "reach" for Skye's connection: If she were, say, a human/Kree hybrid; it's conceivable that getting a booster-shot of "pure" Kree blood will unlock whatever her 084-worthy powers are. In fact... it wouldn't be a bad way of "backdoor-piloting" Ms. Marvel. But I'm not 100% convinced about that one, either...
  • 3. When Tube Guy first slides out into Coulson's view, the light catches his skin and you can clearly make out what looks like geometric/straight-line tattooing on his left breast that's either glowing or "shiny." There's only one set of blue people in the Marvel canon I know of offhand that have "ink" like that: Homo merrmanus, The Atlanteans. These are the folks that Namor: The Sub-Mariner is the King of - he's just not blue like the rest of his race because he's a hybrid with a human father.

  • 3.5 The main thing that might hold this one up: For some reason, Marvel hasn't bothered to buy Namor's movie rights back from Universal. However, those rights can often be weirdly character-specific (see: Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch can be Avengers, they just can't call them mutants) and he's not the only hybrid, human-looking Atlantean: He has a clone second-cousin (long story) named Namorita. Fun fact about her: She's had trouble with her artificially-assembled genetic structure, and her skin has changed around from Caucasian to Atlanean to pink-ish as a result. In the episode, Skye's skin turned from it's natural color to purple/gray as the GH235 took effect. And hey... didn't she call her hacktivist collective "The Rising Tide?" Not terribly likely... but if you were looking for this show to get more out there, "Skye is actually half-fishperson" definitely qualifies.
  • A more immediate question: If Extract of Tube Guy can heal dead tissue, can it also keep something alive unnaturally long? There's a lot of Marvel Villains with explicit S.H.I.E.L.D. connections who're actually long-lived Nazis, for example - and one of them is scheduled to show up for Avengers: Age of Ultron (and I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him or others kicking around at the margins of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.)

Next Week

It's girlfriend bonding time in The Yes Men, as the female Agents join Lady Sif to thwart Lorelei; whose sorcery can make any man her slave. Y'know what I always wonder about that particular magic power? How does it work outside the strictures of heterosexuality? Like... are gay men immune to the spell? Can she also control lesbians? Does it only work at half-strength for bisexuals? I somehow doubt I'll have any answers after this.

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