Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review – “T.A.H.I.T.I.”

I’m sorry this is late. It’s been a hell of a week.

Cast and Crew Information

Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May
Brett Dalton as Grant Ward
Chloe Benet as Skye
Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons
Bill Paxton as John Garrett
Elena Satine as Lorelei
David Conrad as Ian Quinn
B. J. Britt as Antoine Triplett

Written by Jeffrey Bell
Directed by Bobby Roth

Premise

Skye cannot be helped by conventional medical technology, so the team decides to like for something unconventional. Along the way, they discover T.A.H.I.T.I. which, it turns out, is not so magical.

High Point

“Pretty please, it is.”

Low Point

As much as I appreciate the teaser for next week, much like the structure of a 1980s era comic with a new storyline starting on the last page of an issue, it always feels out of place as it is not a part of the current story.

The Review

This is a fairly original episode, continuing almost exclusively on established plot threads, and not touching anything new until the last few minutes, setting up next week’s guest appearance. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects are well done, particularly in the big finale. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story is tightly paced, with a number of plot events but a major emotional core. It’s tightly paced, until they tell a completely different story at the very end. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting is very well done. The entire episode was intense from start to finish, and the actors had to carry it throughout, as is common with episodes based on emotional situations. We have a couple of very nice guest stars here, too. I give it 6 out of 6.

The production is solid, as one would expect from this team. I give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response is excellent. This is really starting to pull the threads together. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a strong episode, leading into the last run of episodes for the season. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, T.A.H.I.T.I. receives 38 out of 42.

7 replies on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review – “T.A.H.I.T.I.””

  1. Jethro says:

    So what was that thing in the tank that the formula was being derived from?

    • Great question! One everyone’s debating at length, as I’m sure they intended.

      So far? G.H. probably is ‘Growth Hormone’ just like Mutant Growth Hormone in the comics. I also suspect it’s also stemming from Inhuman Growth Hormone, making the blue thing a Kree, which also helps set up some Kree derived things like Captain Marvel or Guardians of the Galaxy.

      • JD DeLuzio says:

        Some people have wondered if it wasn’t what was left of the original Coulson, but that doesn’t quite seem to fit. I like the idea of it being a Kree. It wouldn’t be the first show to find success by depicting a scientist of dubious morals cooking up some blue.

        • Jethro says:

          Ah, so this ISN’T one of those “I don’t know it because I never read any comics” kind of question! (;

          I thought it might be one of the jerks that attacked NYC in The Avengers without the armour on,

        • Fez says:

          I got the impression that maybe Coulson thinks it is what is left of his original body, but it probably is some other humanoid creature that has healing abilities or similar.

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