Thursday, November 20, 2014

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - The Things We Bury

While Ward (Brett Dalton) uses his new freedom to reconnect with his brother (Tim DeKay), and Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) attempts to interrogate a few interesting facts from their new HYDRA prisoner (Simon Kassianides), Coulson (Clark Gregg) rallies the troops in the race to find the mysterious city before their enemies. Overly-goofy in spots and brutal in others, tonally "The Things We Bury" is a bit of a mess, however it does offer a little more information about the season arc, its main villain, and even gives us an entire subplot starring Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell).

With the reveal of what the alien (I'm still betting Inhuman) city is and what secrets it holds still yet to come, the episode does clue Coulson's team in on Daniel Whitehall's (Reed Diamond) long life while offering the audience a peak into the Nazi's past to see how it is tied to that of the Red Skull and Skye's mother (Dichen Lachman), the second very much complicating the motives of both Ward and Skye's father (Kyle MacLachlan) who are apparently working for HYDRA... at least for now.

Other than the interest both have in Skye it's a bit hard to see what Ward and her father are doing with HYDRA other than sitting in wait to steal the prize right from under both HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D. The revelation about Skye's mother helps explain her husband's motives but as none of it is revealed to any member of either HYDRA or S.H.I.E.L.D. it's likely we'll have to sit through at least one rehashing of events before the culmination of the arc. And until the city stands revealed it's still a bit hard to fully judge the drawn-out mystery surrounding its existence, but since the show has put all its eggs in the basket of it being great enough to payoff the entire first-half of the show's Second Season it had better work.

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