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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 15: "Yes Men" Recap

Bob "MovieBob" Chipman | 12 Mar 2014 17:00
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NOTE: The following piece includes spoilers for Thor: The Dark World.

Yes Men scores the title of being the most explicit tie-in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has yet made to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by virtue of featuring a guest appearance by a major character from the films (save for Samuel L. Jackson's brief surprise cameo as Nick Fury at the conclusion of the second episode) in the personage of Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif, late of the Thor movies. But it's also the first one that seems built to reward fans who've followed (or attempted to follow) the plot threads of the series itself. Up until now, almost any episode of this show could be more-or-less easily "jumped into" providing you'd at least seen The Avengers, but this one works from the assumption that if you're still watching now you've probably been watching all along.

Let's start with the plot. The short version is Sif is on Midgard - aka Earth - hunting the seduction-powered sorceress Lorelei, and since S.H.I.E.L.D. can now track where and when Asgardians are beaming in they send Team Coulson to back her up because hey, why not? This story demands that you remember in the previous episode Agent Coulson discovered that the super-secret serum that Nick Fury employed to raise him from the dead (and that he was too late to stop from being used to heal a wounded Agent Skye) was derived from the blood of a blue-skinned space-alien being kept on ice in a mysterious bunker. You must have already recalled that Agent Ward had got jacked-up on Asgardian "Berzerker Energy" in The Well and his non-romance with Agent May spinning out of those events.

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Anyway! we're informed that Lorelei has been locked up and muzzled in Asgardian Jail for 600 years and was only freed recently during the Dark Elf-engineered prison break in Thor: The Dark World. This conceit mainly seems to exist so that we'll get to see her use her male-specific hypnotism powers to get around for a bit instead of just stealing a cellphone and calling for a cab, but it also helpfully reminds us how quickly the "old timey character confused by modern technology/idioms" schtick gets old and how nice it is of the Thor movies to keep it dialed back. Either way, we learn Sif's goal: Slap a voice-canceling restraint collar on Lorelei, since she can enslave most men just by talking to them (really tough guys require a touch.)

Fortunately, sci-fi movie clich├ęs turn out to be one of those Earth things Lorelei doesn't know, because she immediately decides to do what every other laying-low alien/robot/time-travlere/etc does and hang out in a biker bar - so she's pretty easy to find. We get a pretty decent shootout/brawl with Sif knocking henchmen around while The Agents test out new higher-powered tactical versions of Fitz/Simmons' "Night-Night Guns" (now rechristened "Icers") on the stragglers. It's all for naught, though, because Lorelei gets control of Ward and makes him take her to Las Vegas (she's trying to score weapons, gold and followers), where she decides to also seduce him in the more tactile sense after intuiting that he's already in a relationship; cut to Sif explaining to May that Lorelei prefers to take men who are already "spoken for" because (for lack of a better term) she gets off on the thrill.

Sif also gets some alone time with Coulson (turns out Asgardians are so advanced they already know how to use S.H.I.E.L.D.'s fancy hologram-table), who takes the opportunity to pump her for information about blue-skinned alien races. She rattles off a bunch, with what feels like subtle but specific emphasis on Kree - which I'm pretty sure is the first time The Kree have actually been mentioned by name in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so that's pretty cool if presently inconsequential. Of more immediate interest: As far as Sif knows, none of the Kree have been to Earth yet.

Oh, and we also learn that Coulson has ordered Fitz/Simmons not to tell S.H.I.E.L.D.-proper about the alien miracle cure until he gets to speak to Nick Fury about it personally. Problematically, Fury seems to be missing - I wonder what might be distracting him...

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