Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Recap – “Seeds”

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When last we left our dynamic sextuplet, the mystery of Coulson’s resurrection was revealed….sort of!  The gang was reunited, as most of Centipede was either dead or in S.H.I.E.L.D. jail.  This week, Coulson and May going it alone to uncover hidden truths regarding Skye’s past, while the rest of the team is forced to batten down the hatches as a killer storm threatens S.H.I.E.L.D. academy! Will the team manage to reunite and learn more of the secrets behind Coulson and Skye? Will Centipede strike again through their newest recruit, Mike Peterson?  Hit the jump as we recap the latest episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “Seeds”.

Agents-Of-SHIELD-Seeds-ming-na-clark-greggWe start the episode at Xavier’s School for the Gift…I mean S.H.I.E.L.D. academy where we find a few students swimming in the pool, who are then threatened by ice from nowhere! Luckily, the students are able to escape the evil ice, not before showing off their S.H.I.E.L.D. standard-issue bathrobes. Meanwhile, the team tries to understand what Agent Coulson is going through after learning, from last week’s episode, that his resurrection was not only instrumented by Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., but it was a painful process where Coulson was begging to die, while a robot methodically worked on his brain.

But enough about that, it’s time for the gang to look into what’s happening at S.H.I.E.L.D. university!  Agent Ward reveals to Skye that there are different schools for the agency to train upcoming agents and a rivalry has developed between the science school and the operations school.  I have to wonder what exactly the writers were thinking when they came up with the idea of this worldwide spy organization having giant universities made for the strict purpose of adding to their seemingly endless ranks.  I know the school has been referenced a few times in prior episodes, it just seems outlandish and hard to believe, even in a world with Hulk!  The main plotline of the episode with Fitz, Simmons, Skye, and Ward was just spinning its wheels as the gang tries to discover who is icing students to death. Does anyone remember that this show is set in the Marvel Universe anymore?

agents-of-shield-seedsWhile this is happening, May and Coulson look further into the mystery of Skye’s origin, by following an ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who saved Skye’s life when she was a baby.  This plotline is slightly better than the main story, as Coulson continues to reel from the truth of his resurrection and the two agents do some actual espionage, albeit in what has to be the least inconspicuous car of all time in “Lola”, Coulson’s bright flying red convertible.  This story actually got a legitimate laugh from me as Coulson tells May that the time for secrets is over, at which point she blurts out that she’s been having sex with Agent Ward, only to be immediately cut off by Phil to follow the ex-agent. From there, May and Coulson learn that Skye may in fact have super powers! A little out of nowhere but okay, another subplot to add to the pile.

Back at S.H.I.E.L.D. High, the agents must infiltrate the secret nightclub/bar in the basement of the school to learn more about who is creating the icy situations that plague the students. Now before I continue, just read the last sentence and take in the fact that S.H.I.E.L.D., the espionage agency that helped to form The Avengers, not only has a school dedicated strictly to teaching kids science, but it also has a bumping nightclub, The Boiler Room, in the basement. I feel like the writers have no idea what S.H.I.E.L.D. is supposed to even be at this point, outside of a large organization that fights crime sometimes. After Fitz bonds with a student who reminds him of himself, he discovers that said student is also responsible for the ice problems and is selling them to the evil businessman (from an earlier episode) named Quinn! The ice student and friend, in trying to prove their device works, creates that storm I mentioned at the beginning of the recap. The storm is dealt with, one of the students survives, while the other is hinted to become the supervillain, Blizzard.

marvels agents of shield seedsThis episode was the very definition of “by the numbers” and has continued S.H.I.E.L.D.’s unfortunate tendency of creating more mysterious subplots, while completely abandoning others to be answered vaguely at some other time in the future. Everything seems so small, if that makes sense.  The agents are tackling a bunch of renegade students with a weather machine and Coulson, having discovered that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been screwing him over six ways from Sunday, continues to just be a part of the organization, except now he’s scowling while he does it.  We need to see repercussions from, well, ANYTHING.  If you were to look at these characters from the very first episode of the series, do you get the feeling that they’ve changed at all? Even with all the information that’s been given, I feel like the characters haven’t really progressed much past their original archetypes.

It’s one thing to have too much going on, but S.H.I.E.L.D.’s cardinal sin this time around is how boring it was.  Nothing seemed like it was actually at stake and so nothing mattered. The characters all served their usual functions, but that’s just not enough at this point.  The show needs to make some serious changes, because as it stands, “The Bus” is in a tailspin.

Grade: D

Agents of M.I.S.C.E.L.L.A.N.E.A:

- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. drinking game: take a shot every time the secret espionage agency’s logo is shown.

- Buy your very own S.H.I.E.L.D. bathrobe now while supplies last!

- How many S.H.I.E.L.D. academies are there exactly?

- “Bad seed isn’t a S.H.I.E.L.D. term, its just a term.”

- “Fitz looks younger than all of us.” “You’ll be jealous. Jealous in your wrinkly old pants.”

-”No more secrets.” ”Agent Ward and I have been having sex.”

Watch the promo for next week’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. featuring Stan Lee:




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  • Alberto

    This episode was okay. I would give it a C. I agree with you about the lack of character development and the small, unimportant cases the team is taking on especially when Coulson, SHIELD’s best agent, is the head of the group and should be having more interesting cases to solve. But the preview for next episode actually seems like it is going to be a good one so hopefully it delivers.

  • naomeri

    FYI-Fitz said “wrinkly old hags” not “wrinkly old pants”

  • Stefan Bonomo

    Even with all the flaws, I still find myself really enjoying this show and getting myself personally sucked into the episodes, this one included. It again opened up the possibilities, and hopefully they will be get enough episodes to be able to do that. Remember, Arrow started kinda weak too, but got better as it went along.

    I also really liked the Bucky Barnes reference at the beginning, nice foreshadowing.

    • Scurvy

      I appreciate the reference but since when did he go to the Shield Science Academy?

      • Stefan Bonomo

        That’s the one thing that confused me, as like the ‘Agent Carter’ one-shot showed us, she just became a SHIELD agent, so when did Bucky become one? I guess they just wanted to honour him, or put in an Easter Egg…

      • Convoy

        I’m assuming it was for all SHIELD agents and he was part of the Strategic Scientific Reserve which came before SHIELD.

      • Lance

        They mentioned the academy campus was actually part of the Strategic Scientific Reserve before SHIELD existed, so including Bucky makes sense.

      • Stefan Bonomo

        Yeah, you’re right, I forgot about that, so it did fit in, good.

      • Stefan Bonomo

        Yeah, you’re right, I forgot about that, so it did fit in, good.

  • vpuik

    I must be watching a totally different show. What did you say this review was on?

    • Matt

      But all the cool kids are trashing this show.

      • Atlas2036

        It has nothing to do with cool kids, the show isn’t good. Period.

      • AtlasShrugged

        youre not good period

      • Atlas2036

        Sorry, truth hurts.

      • Dave Martin

        It is still a better show than 90% of the other garbage on TV.

      • Dave Martin

        It is still a better show than 90% of the other garbage on TV.

  • Bob

    This review is outrageous. This episode was arguably one of the best yet. And thats from somebody who was already tired of this show but now maybe has some hope.

    • Jason Wright

      I agree. I love the films but I’ve felt like the series is a mixed bag. I thought this was one of of the few where the balance was just right. I liked it a lot and I wish more of them were like this one. They expanded on previous episodes and stories while introducing a new Marvel character and referencing an old one…and I loved that Coulson told Skye the truth, because too often this season it feels like stories are dragged out…just for the sake of having everything revealed LATER at the expense of the current story. Here they seemed to drop a lot of that.

  • eternalozzie

    I accidentally liked this episode …

  • http://popculturegalaxy.com/ Mark Bridge

    In the Marvel Cinematic Universe SHIELD stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division. They are not solely a secret organization. Think of them as the CIA. We now exactly where to find there headquarters but theycould have covert spies located around the world. You have SHIELD agents who are super spies like Nick Fury, Black Widow and Hawk Eye and you got straight up enforcers like Coulson, Ward and May.

    • http://popculturegalaxy.com/ Mark Bridge

      In other words Mr. Valentine, the E doesn’t stand for Espionage.

    • Matt

      And at that point, it’s actually one of the most plausible things in the Marvel universe that there be universities dedicated to training promising youths. Just like West Point, or the US Naval Academy does.

    • Matt

      And at that point, it’s actually one of the most plausible things in the Marvel universe that there be universities dedicated to training promising youths. Just like West Point, or the US Naval Academy does.

  • AtlasShrugged

    you are really the worst reviewer ever with no idea of the source material. you have no idea what shield is. Shield is like CIA or FBI…not some big secret. sure they employ plenty of spies and men in black types and do some secret activity but they are a government agency, known to the public. Youre a terrible reviewer

    • Atlas2036

      Your grammar…wow.

    • Armond White is my master now

      In fact, SHIELD is something like DMV or IRS… Agents of IRS would be a better show than this piece of crap.

  • Lance

    Evan is exactly right. What is SHIELD even supposed to be anymore, according to this show?

    In the movies it was an amazing organization centered around covert ops. In the show it’s the coolest club in the world, with all sorts of perks and privileges to anyone with a membership card. I mean, SHIELD bathrobes?! People at ABC/Marvel are thinking too much about possible merchandising opportunities as opposed to getting this show on track.

  • Armond White is my master now

    ‘Agent Ward reveals to Skye that there are different schools for the agency to train upcoming agents and a rivalry has developed between the science school and the operations school.’

    I get it! It’s like the ancient rivalry between Slytherin and Griffyndor, yeah?

    ‘This plotline is slightly better than the main story, as Coulson continues to reel from the truth of his resurrection and the two agents do some actual espionage, albeit in what has to be the least inconspicuous car of all time in “Lola”, Coulson’s bright flying red convertible.’

    Tell that to James Bond and his shiny Aston Martin…

  • Armond White is my master now

    ‘Agent Ward reveals to Skye that there are different schools for the agency to train upcoming agents and a rivalry has developed between the science school and the operations school.’

    I get it! It’s like the ancient rivalry between Slytherin and Griffyndor, yeah?

    ‘This plotline is slightly better than the main story, as Coulson continues to reel from the truth of his resurrection and the two agents do some actual espionage, albeit in what has to be the least inconspicuous car of all time in “Lola”, Coulson’s bright flying red convertible.’

    Tell that to James Bond and his shiny Aston Martin…

  • Convoy

    While I thought the idea of having the two schools was a little hokey, Since Howard Stark was associated with SHIELD, I can see how he could have suggested that the orginization have an academy for exceptionaly smart people. Since Michael Douglas is going to be Hank Pym, I can see a young Pym in the mid 60′s being at this academy.

  • Unique Jenique

    Instead of reviewing this awful show, you should be reviewing The Blacklist on NBC, which is absolutely outstanding…

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  • Ric

    Loved this episode! Hope the ratings tick up, so there will be more seasons of this. Can’t understand why so many people are bashing the show.

  • Ric

    Loved this episode! Hope the ratings tick up, so there will be more seasons of this. Can’t understand why so many people are bashing the show.

  • Steven

    Why review this crap when Person Of Interest is on TV ?

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