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REVIEW: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2×09 “… Ye Who Enter Here”

Written by Alex Reale

Only one more episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. left before the mid-season break, and I’m not exactly shedding a tear. While the show hasn’t completely turned me off, it’s only hanging onto my attention by a thin thread. Tonight’s episode, “… Ye Who Enter Here”, did little to entertain me, though it had its shining moments here and there. (spoilers ahead!)

Raina is back, and this time she’s on the run from HYDRA. S.H.I.E.L.D. intercepts her during her escape and offers protection while they try to decipher more about the obelisk and the weird designs Coulson’s been drawing, which they recently discovered were blueprints to a city. Here is where the episode splits into the A-plot and B-plot. Both sides had some interesting aspects, but overall I felt like they were lacking.

Plot A follows Skye, May, Tripp, and Eric and Billy Koenig (Patton Oswalt making a return) as they keep Raina out of HYDRA’s hands. Remember back in the episode “Face My Enemy” when Agent May fought against her doppelganger who was wearing that electronic facial disguise? Well that villain, known as Agent 33, makes a comeback tonight, this time sporting a half-burned face as a casualty from her last encounter with S.H.I.E.L.D.

There is a scene when Agent 33 and Skye get into an intense fight, and while I normally love a good action scene, I couldn’t wrap my mind around the concept. I understand that Skye’s been a part of S.H.I.E.L.D. for the better part of the last two years, and it’s very possible that she learned fighting techniques from the organization, but how exactly did she hold her own against Agent 33? Remember, this was the same opponent who almost beat Agent May, and May is a veteran fighter with years of experience and bad-assery under her belt. It just didn’t add up.

I couldn’t pinpoint anything else that was noteworthy during this subplot. The performances were mediocre, except for Oswalt, who was just plain awful. I’m sorry, but I really can’t stand the concept of the Koenig brothers. I normally love Oswalt and his nerdy portrayals of characters, but he’s not selling me on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Plot B was only slightly more entertaining. Coulson and the rest of the agents travel to an abandoned garrison to find this hidden obelisk city that is supposedly tucked away deep underground. The group lowers Mac into the depths of a cavern, and when he gets to the bottom, he accidentally touches what appears to be a symbol that matches the obelisk and Coulson’s carvings. This turns Mac into an enraged superhuman who starts kicking the crap out of the other agents. Mockingbird comes to the rescue and subdues him, but also knocks him back into the pit. She briefly feels remorse for her actions until Coulson reveals that that wasn’t really Mac.

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Why did the symbols make Mac go ballistic? So if someone touches the obelisk, it turns them into stone, but if they touch the symbols on the ground, it makes them go into a rage? I hope they explain this a little better in the future.

Overall, it was an incredibly mediocre episode; not the best, but not the worst. Next week is the mid-season finale and I’m not too optimistic about it. However, shows tend to pull out all the stops during these finales. Maybe we’ll be in for a huge treat next week? Marvel, I’m counting on you. Don’t let me down.

Final Grade: C

+ Some cool fight scenes here and there.

+ I thought it was neat how they brought back Agent 33 to settle her score with S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

– Agent 33 and Skye’s fighting abilities didn’t exactly add up.

– The episode had an uneven pace. It was hard to stay engaged at times.

– The obelisk and the symbols’ powers are pretty vague, and I’m hoping they get cleared up in future episodes.

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About the author

Alex Reale

From a young age, Alex knew he was destined to be a writer. He also harbored a deep infatuation with superheroes and comics. Luckily, he was able to combine these two passions through his role with A Place to Hang Your Cape, where he works as Junior Sidekick and Social Media Hero.

When he’s not writing for AP2HYC or working full-time as a content manager for a small business website, Alex is diligently at work on other creative projects including a fantasy novel collection and an independent comic series.

You can find Alex's first book, Dodger's Doorway, on Amazon!