Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep16 – End of the Beginning

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep16 - End of the Beginning

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back after yet another hiatus. Thankfully we won’t be faced with another break any time soon, as the show will air every Tuesday for seven straight weeks. Considering the show still hasn’t been renewed for a second season, it’s safe to say there’s a lot riding on these next few episodes. Hopefully, this won’t be a problem if the show continues to deliver the same level of quality it has been recently. This week’s episode continued to solidify the fact that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a show worthy of a second season. “End of the Beginning” is filled with some awesome action, great character moments, and plenty of twists and turns to keep viewers satisfied.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep16 - End of the Beginning

Mike Peterson, a.k.a. Deathlok

Mike Peterson (J. August Richards), a.k.a. Deathlok, returns and tries to take down S.H.I.E.L.D. agents by order of The Clairvoyant. At first this leads to a run-in with Agent Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Agent Triplett (B.J. Britt). Fortunately the agents survive Deathlok’s attack, but also learn he’s practically impossible to take down.

Deatklok’s attack leads Coulson and his team to believe they must be getting closer to finding out who The Clairvoyant actually is. Inviting S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows), Agent Blake (Titus Welliver), and Agent Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernández) onto their aircraft, they devise a plan to investigate every lead they have on The Clairvoyant. Skye is then finally promoted to S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent by the request of Agent Coulson, as she is able to find the appropriate suspects. They then all split up into groups of two and follow their respective leads while Victoria Hand stays behind at The Hub.

Armed with a new plasma cannon attached to his wrist, Deathlok attacks Agent May and Agent Sitwell, leading the rest of the team to head to their location. Deathlok eventually escapes, but leads the team to finding who they think is The Clairvoyant. They discover a paraplegic in a wheel chair (Brad Dourif) who can only speak through his surrounding computers. He tells them he is who they call The Clairvoyant and ends up pushing their buttons, reminding Coulson of him at his lowest and stating Skye will die. That he’s seen it. It’s here that Agent Ward shoots and kills him after receiving no order to do so. Ward is then detained.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep16 - End of the Beginning

S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Victoria Hand

Later, huge revelations are discovered as Coulson deciphers that the man Ward shot may have not been The Clairvoyant. Apparently The Clairvoyant knows everything from their personal files, leading Coulson to believe The Clairvoyant must be someone on the inside. Meanwhile, Fitz discovers a secret hardline in May’s quarters (the one she used in the conclusion of “Yes Men”). With the knowledge that The Clairvoyant might be working for S.H.I.E.L.D. and that May has been hiding secrets from the rest of the team, Coulson’s accusations are now drawn to her. May pleads with Coulson that she’s not working for The Clairvoyant when suddenly Director Victoria Hand turns their plane around. She wants Coulson and his team taken out.

“End of the Beginning” was yet another great addition to this first season. That makes four in a row since “T.R.A.C.K.S.”, in my opinion. First of all, this episode had some great action sequences of almost cinematic quality. Deathlok proves how powerful he is as S.H.I.E.L.D. fires everything they have at him, never taking him down. It was highly entertaining to watch.

Secondly, “End of the Beginning” developed the show’s characters a little more. Ward might be displaying some affection for Skye, which ultimately leads to him shooting the man they thought was The Clairvoyant. It was great seeing Bill Paxton return as Agent Garrett. We got to see him and Coulson share some dialogue that further cemented their friendship and trust. As for Mike Peterson/Deathlok, I continue to feel sad for him. During a moment when he is choking Agent Blake we see that he doesn’t enjoy what he’s being forced to do. He even states “Mike Peterson is dead,” knowing he has no chance of returning to his old life.

Lastly, the twists and turns that occurred during “End of the Beginning” had me gasping at times. Ward shooting the supposed Clairvoyant came off as a real shocker I didn’t see coming. The final standoff between May, Skye, and Coulson had me at the edge of my seat. We can all assume May isn’t evil and is only trying to hide the real truth of Coulson’s resurrection from him, but Coulson and Skye don’t know that. Seeing Coulson and Skye question May at gunpoint and not knowing the final outcome was intense. Having May refer to Coulson as Phil during her plead was also a nice touch. I felt like she was trying to re-instill the idea that they are friends, not enemies.

By the end of episode all we know is that Director Hand wants Coulson and his team dead, but does that really mean she is The Clairvoyant? Odds are she is, but if not, what could be her real intentions for taking them out? How far do her lies go? “End of the Beginning” left us with a lot of questions and a desire to find out what’s next. What is next looks like it’s going to be an action packed episode. Check out the promo for next week’s episode “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and feel free to let us know what you thought about “End of the Beginning” in the comments.

 

Watch “End of the Beginning” on Amazon Instant Video.