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Agents of SHIELD Season 2 Episode 9 “Ye Who Enter Here”
December 9, 2014 By Andy Meakin
As we rapidly approach the mid-season finale, Agents of SHIELD works hard to progress the story to ensure that viewers will race to return to the second half when it airs in a few months. With just one episode to go, the race to find the mysterious city is on, and Coulson and his gang have a head start. However, as the title of the episode should hint (it is a Dante reference), entering the city will not be as easy as thought.
This episode is littered with clues, references, and perhaps one or two red herrings. Skye’s dream sequence at the start of the episode is beautifully surreal, and packed with things open to interpretation, and misinterpretation. Why does she wear a flowered dress like Raina? What is the significance of Coulson and May representing her parents? Then there is the tune, Daisy Bell. With the subplot of who Skye really is being brought to the surface in recent episodes, could this be one of the biggest hints to date? Is the song referring to the Marvel character Daisy Johnson, a SHIELD agent with super-powers?
After that we spring into the main part of the episode, and some familiar faces get to return. Agent 33, who is stuck with a scarred version of May’s face after their last encounter, is tracking Raina, and only one Agent can help – Billy (Patton Oswalt)…or is it Sam? Yes, Oswalt returns in the role of the mysterious Agent brothers with an obsession for lanyards, and the level of humour they bring never upsets the balance of the show, in fact it compliments the proceedings well. We already have an Agent Carter spin-off coming, now is the time to campaign for Billy and his brothers to get their own spin-off series, especially when you see in this episode how effective they actually are as Agents. The Fitz and Simmons relationship is explored more, and the bond Fitz has with Mack seems to be stronger than that with Simmons now. Then there is the entrance to the city, and the peril that brings, which will have a lasting effect on the group. Throw in Ward going against his orders (is he still aiming for redemption?) and it feels that this episode tried its hardest to include something for everyone, ready for next week’s mid season break episode. With so much going on, it could have fallen apart and been a mess, but you know what? It worked.
Tightly woven, witty, dramatic, and tension building, this is another example of Agents of SHIELD delivering on the promise that season one didn’t quite achieve. Oh, and did I mention that this episode finally referred to the aliens as The Kree? Or that in Skye’s dream Coulson referred to the baby (who we assume is Skye) as Angel Eyes (those who saw Guardians of the Galaxy may recall Starlord’s father was ‘like an angel’ – being of extraterrestrial origin). So much to process, and most of it will likely be wrong, but I can’t wait for next week to hopefully answer some of the questions I have.
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