The biggest crossover with cinematic universe characters to date played out this 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
Jaimie Alexander as Sif
Elena Satine as Lorelei
Maximiliano Hernandez as Agent Jasper Sitwell

Written by Salisha Francis
Directed by John Terlesky

Premise

Lorelei is on Earth, and that’s a bad thing. The men she encounters make her their number one priority, regardless of consequences.

High Point

The very natural feel to the crossover. It’s a type of tradition in the comic book medium, but often leads to clunky and forced premises. The use of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the centrepiece of the series makes stories like this one a natural fit.

Low Point

I watch via iTunes, without commercials, as people will on DVD/Blu-Ray/etc. down the road. I’d wager that many viewers will never see this with commercials. The “epilogue” plays out very strangely in that case, as we get a repeat of the same lines of dialogue from a different take seconds after we saw the original version. It’s incredibly jarring.

The Review

This is an original episode. We have a new threat, and definitely have a new attitude from the characters by the end. Mind control is often used as an excuse for getting characters to reveal secrets, so that part was expected, but some of those secrets were rather unexpected. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were well done, and some were quite subtle. When it’s hard to tell where the actors end and the effects begin, they’re doing their job right. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story was well constructed, bringing together several storylines and boiling them all to a head. I also like the totally different contexts involved, between Lorelei not understanding the idea of cash or currency, and Sif honestly stating that Lorelei has no abnormally high strength or speed. I give it 6 out of 6.

The acting was well done. Alexander gets a lot more opportunity to develop her film character in what I hope is not her last guest spot. The main cast play well, some revealing emotions and others burying them. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production is up to the usual high. I give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response is great, with some exciting directions coming to the forefront here. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a great episode, and one that will lead us nicely into the next new episode, due April 1. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Yes Men receives 38 out of 42.