The serialized storytelling continues.

Cast and Crew Information

Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May
Chloe Bennet as Skye
Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons
BJ Britt as Agent Triplett
Nick Blood as Lance Hunter
Ruth Negga as Raina
Kyle MacLachlan as The Doctor
Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie
Adrian Pasdar as Glenn Talbot
Brian Wade as Carl Creel

Written by Paul Zbyszewski
Directed by Jesse Bochco

Premise

Picking up right where the last episode left off, we see Fitz continue his science projects while the team hunts Carl Creel with the aid of an unexpected ally.

High Point

Coulson’s last conversation.

Low Point

The lack of trust Coulson is showing Skye. Given where they were at last season, I’m going to need a reason for this in the future.

The Review

This is an original episode, with new relationships forming and character dynamics changing drastically. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were all in the style established last week, but still successful if not innovative. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story was tightly structured once more, keeping the trains running. The thread I complained that we weren’t seeing last week is back, although one of last week’s new threads is nowhere to be seen. I get the impression that’s primarily a limitation in episode runtime. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting is well done. This episode is Coulson’s story, despite the fact that he’s probably in less than half of the footage. The characters we see build together, and Adrian Pasdar is really hitting a groove. I sincerely hope we see a lot more of him in the future. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production is the excellent work we’ve come to expect from Mutant Enemy. I give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response is decent. It would have been stronger had the press releases announcing Kyle MacLachlan’s involvement been vague about who he plays. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a solid episode in a fast-paced opening to the season. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Heavy is the Head receives 36 out of 42.