Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep19 – The Only Light in the Darkness

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep19 - The Only Light in the Darkness

While “The Only Light in the Darkness” still centers on the impacts of Hydra’s recent return and the matter concerning Ward’s betrayal, the episode takes a lot of time to focus on a semi-romantic subplot involving Coulson and his former love. This former love would be the cellist we’ve heard about before. Her name is Audrey, played by guest star Amy Acker (Person of Interest), who believes Coulson is deceased. Due to Garrett and Ward’s recent raiding of The Fridge seen in the episode “Providence”, a new villain has been freed from his S.H.I.E.L.D. prison cell. Marcus Daniels, also known as the Marvel Comics villain Blackout, returns home with his sights set on Audrey. Coulson and his team must stop him.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep19 - The Only Light in the Darkness

Ward being interrogated by Agent Koenig

Before the emergence of Marcus Daniels comes to light, Agent Eric Koenig (Patton Oswalt) has a few concerns he needs to get out of the way. Being that the only person he trusts is Coulson, Koenig decides to administer a lie detector test on the team. We learn a few interesting tidbits of information during this scene. One thing we learn is that Tripp is the grandson of one of the Howling Commandos – the small band of soldiers that fought alongside Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger. Another thing we learned that was definitely interesting is that May used to be married. Will Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ever expand on this side of May’s life? I know I’d definitely be interested in finding out.

In this scene, Koenig comes very close to finding out that Ward is working with Hydra. The readings supplied by the lie detector were highly erratic, which led to him believing Ward wasn’t who he said he was. It was a tense scene, and as Koenig pointed his gun at Ward, part of me really wanted Koenig to discover the truth and take him out. Unfortunately for Koenig, Ward does say something true concerning Skye that lowers Koenig’s suspicions.

After all the interrogations are out of the way the team sets out to find Marcus Daniels. Daniels is a super-powered villain who has the ability to emit bursts of energy from his hands as well as absorb energy from electronics and people, making them basically shut off. Coulson knows exactly where he’s going and they are able to stop him before he causes any harm to Audrey. Even though they stop Daniels he still manages to get away. Tripp and Simmons take Audrey to a safe location, never revealing to her that Coulson is in fact alive. Here we learn a little more about Coulson’s back story. We find out that Daniels used to be Audrey’s stalker and Coulson originally met and fell in love with her during the process of saving her from him. As far as she knows Coulson died in the line of duty, and Coulson wants to keep it that way. I find it a little sad that Coulson doesn’t want to tell Audrey the truth about his revival, but I understand that he wants to keep her safe from a distance and probably doesn’t want her involved in his currently insane life. Maybe when S.H.I.E.L.D. is up and running and Coulson finally knows the truth about his resurrection, he will be comfortable with revealing himself to Audrey.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep19 - The Only Light in the Darkness

Amy Acker guest stars

Using Audrey as bait, Coulson, Simmons, Fitz, and Tripp are able to take down Daniels through the use of some gamma ray technology created by Bruce Banner. Meanwhile, back at Providence Koenig sadly meets his end at the hands of Ward. Earlier in the episode it’s revealed that the lanyards given to the team by Koenig contain tracking devices. With this knowledge, after a little flirtation with Ward, Skye discovers Koenig’s dead body. Being that only her and Ward are the only people in Providence (May quit the team earlier) she immediately assumes it was Ward who killed Koenig, reaching the conclusion that he’s working with Hydra. A lot of credit has to be given to actress Chloe Bennet during this scene as her Skye displays a great deal of shock and panic with her realization. Afterwards Skye proves herself to be highly skilled at throwing Ward off. She switched from panicked to calm in order to make Ward believe she isn’t on to him and his lies. She then realizes Ward needs her to decrypt the hard drive containing S.H.I.E.L.D.-related information. They then leave on the bus together with Ward still believing he has fooled Skye.

“The Only Light in the Darkness” was filled with a lot of cool moments as well as tragic ones. I felt sad to see Koenig go out the way he did. This is partially due to him being played by Patton Oswalt. Oswalt made Koenig feel very down-to-earth and genuine. It’s sad to see a character like that go, especially after only two episodes. Hopefully, the team will be able to take out Ward before he causes any more damage.

It was nice seeing Amy Acker in this episode, given that she’s already been involved in so many Whedon projects including Angel and Dollhouse. She did the best with the material she was given and I look forward to seeing her in future episodes (Spoiler Alert! She will appear in the season finale).

Towards the end of the episode we’re treating to a very well edited and enjoyable scene where Audrey is playing her cello. The show cuts between her playing the cello as Coulson and his team get ready to take out Daniels all while Ward, Skye, and Koenig have their situation back in Providence. The classical music really played up the drama and tension during that scene. It was used very effectively.

The stinger scene showed May’s mother, played by Tsai Chin, picking her up on a lonely road in Ontario, Canada. She gives May information on the location of certain someone. She assumes May is going to take this person out, but May assures her that she only wants to talk. Her mother is relieved and states that she always liked Maria. We can assume she’s talking about Maria Hill, (Cobie Smulders) who was last seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and who will make an appearance in next week’s episode “Nothing Personal”. What can May want to talk to her about? Could it be something involving Coulson? In the pilot episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it is revealed that Hill is privy to certain information regarding Coulson’s resurrection. Hopefully this upcoming encounter can lead to more to answers to various questions.

Overall, “The Only Light in the Darkness” was a solid episode. I have no real complaints except for what’s going on with Fitz and Simmons. I really hope they sustain their brother/sister relationship and don’t end up being involved romantically. It would definitely seem weird, but this episode makes me question whether or not that would happen. Other than that, the episode was great and I really love this new direction the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is heading into.

As stated previously, Cobie Smulders will guest star as Maria Hill in next week’s episode “Nothing Personal”. Now since How I Met Your Mother is over maybe we’ll see her a bit more on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Check out the promo for “Nothing Personal” below and feel free to let us know what you thought about “The Only Light in the Darkness” in the comments.


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