Agents of SHIELD goes full-on crossover this week as Thor sidekick Lady Sif stops by to kick some Asgardian booty.
When a fugitive Asgardian named Lorelai arrives on Earth and begins to use her seductive powers to amass an army of brainwashed men, Lady Sif (Jaime Alexander) shows up hot on her trail.
The team works with Sif to track Lorelai, but it goes a bit south when Lorelai puts Ward under her spell. With Ward’s tactical experience, they decide to get rid of Sif and steal the plane rather than run.
Sif manages to overpower Lorelai while May takes out Ward. Once captured and muzzled, Lorelai’s power over Ward is broken and all returns to normal.
Meanwhile, Coulson is trying in vain to locate and confront Nick Fury. He is finally convinced by May to tell Skye about the alien in the Guest House that’s the source of their miraculous cures. She handles the news well, but Coulson vows to find the answers no matter what.
But wait! There’s more! May is eavesdropping on Coulson & Skye’s conversation, and she reports the news to… who???
What Hit the Target
I like Dark Coulson. His quest to get some answers and his anger give Clark Gregg something solid to chew on. I think he does a better job with a touch of darkness than he does just playing Team Daddy.
Finally, the show realizes a little of its potential as part of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe – to flesh out interesting things that we just don’t have time for in the movies. Putting Sif and her backstory front and center is almost like getting a movie extra at no charge, while at the same time it brings legitimacy and depth to the television series.
“He may try to kill me… but he won’t.” This is the kind of thing we’ve grown to love about Melinda May so much! She and Sif had a lot in common, and and I’m glad that the writers gave them a nice, understated scene together. Both women can be easily underestimated, but neither should be. Cue that tiny, knowing smile of Sif’s…
So many good lines this week… what a romp! MCU in-jokes, one-liners, and that classic stuffy Asgardian style.
What Missed the Mark
Given the Asgardians’ primary connection with the Scandinavian countries, they certainly have an odd affinity for the Southwest desert. What sort of crappy portal connects the capital of an empire with the middle of Death Valley, anyway?
The side trip to Vegas was kind of a big time-wasting filler. They came amid fanfare, they had sex, and… they left. Boring!
I’m so disappointed that one of the (or possibly the only) interesting romantic dynamic on the Bus has been kicked to the curb. And so it’s all about Skye again. Sigh… Why are the writers afraid of exploring other dynamics? A relationship with May had the potential to make Ward so much more of an interesting character. But that’s shelved for now, and it looks like we might be returning to an annoying pairing that’s straight out of middle school.
The Final Tally
The addition of a proven commodity from the MCU (for more than just a cameo) lends this episode both quality acting and a chance to live up to its potential. Jaime Alexander gets a chance she’s been mostly denied in the films – the chance to take Sif off the bench and run with her. Her presence gives the show probably one too many opportunities to reference the main Marvel universe, but it’s all just a lot of fun.
And of course, the Quote of the Week:
“I never asked you… how was Tahiti?”