Agents of SHIELD continues its awesomeness this week. This episode continues from last week, chasing down Creel. Check out Josh’s recap and our thoughts on this week’s episode, titled Heavy is the Head!
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Agents of SHIELD Episode 2, Heavy is the Head Recap Overview
This week’s episode of Agents of SHIELD revolves around the continued pursuit of Creel, the “absorbing man” who is able to have his body take on the properties of whatever he touches. Agent Hunter survives the car crash, however, Hartley does in fact die. May tries to help him out of the overturned car, but he tells her to pursue Creel. He cuts his way out of the car with a tool left by May, but he is nabbed up by some soldiers. He is then taken to meet with General Talbot, who is trying to get some information on Coulson, and is willing to pay handsomely for it.
Agent May chases down Creel and is within striking distance. Coulson is firm with her though, ordering her to stand down. Despite her gut feeling, May follows orders, and lets him go.
Creel, meanwhile, walks into a diner. We see that the Obelisk that Hartley’s arm was messed up with has also infected Creel. He seemingly is unable to control his abilities, and inadvertently kills his waitress simply from her touching him.
Meanwhile, Hunter decides to sell out SHIELD in exchange for $2 million, and a proper burial for Agent Hartley.
So Creel is set to make the drop for the Obelisk, but runs into Raina, or as Garrett used to call her, “Flowers”. She offers to take the Obelisk off his hands in exchange for a fancy ring made of a super hard material. He declines, but takes the ring anyway. It turns out the ring has a tracking device in it. Well played Raina, well played.
Oddly enough, Coulson is whom Raina contacts to get Creel to not deliver on the Obelisk. Meanwhile, Lance has returned from Talbot’s custody, and after a quick chat, is given a position on the team to take down Creel. But in the midst of the mission, Hunter uses the non-lethal weapons on the SHIELD team. Is he turning them in to Talbot? Turns out no, he just wants to take down Creel himself.
It nearly doesn’t work out that way, as Hunter is in some trouble. Coulson shows up just in time though, and takes down Creel with some contraption Fitz managed to come up with.
Hartley’s funeral is held, and Coulson decides to invite Hunter to the team despite his actions earlier. Hunter joins up, and everything seems good between the two.
So how is Fitz doing this episode? Unfortunately, not well. Skye has given him a cloaking device to work on, and fake-Simmons continues to offer her words of encouragement, but Fitz still feels like he is a pariah on the ship due to his new condition. But Fitz wants to come up with a solution to Creel, and begins working on that instead in the meantime.
But, towards the middle of the episode, Fitz seems to make a new friend. A man named Mackenzie. Fake-Simmons seems to think that Mackenzie is a nice guy. Fitz seems to warm up to him as well, liking that this guy doesn’t treat him the way the others are treating him. Oddly enough, Mackenzie refers to Simmons as not being around, and in the past tense a few times, to which Fitz seems to realize, but also dismisses silently it would seem.
The good news though, is that Mackenzie was able to help Fitz figure out the solution to stop Creel. Fitz realizes he already had a device designed that would stop Creel, but he wasn’t able to put the pieces together, both figuratively and literally. Mackenzie was able to help him through it though. Unfortunately the cloak device is still a work in progress though, as there aren’t any schematics around for that device for Mackenzie to read.
And finally, we see Skye try to work with Coulson on the symbols seen on the Obelisk, but Coulson doesn’t seem interested in that. Skye feels that Coulson is being a little weird, and he tries to play it off as stress from being director of SHIELD.
We see this isn’t all true though, as towards the end of the episode, Coulson begins carving into a wall again, like he did last episode and the end of last season. Agent May knows about this and is helping him through it. We also learn it is something that sort of builds up, and about every 2 weeks he is compelled to carve the drawings out. May photographs the drawings, but apparently this is a process that has been ongoing for a while now.
So the final scene of the episode has Coulson meeting with Talbot, attempting to convince him to work with SHIELD. Talbot isn’t having it though. Good news for Coulson though—the cloaking devices are now operational.
Josh’s Thoughts: Agents of SHIELD, Season 2 Episode 2: Heavy is the Head
Wow, I really am enjoying this season of Agents of SHIELD! I am really bummed that the ratings have been poor so far. My luck, ABC will can the show just as I feel it is getting its act together. There is so much to like though!
So far, my favorite storyline is Fitz’s. I am just so curious to see where is story goes. He was such a great character in the first season, and now he is broken. Next week, real-life Simmons is back, and I am curious if Fitz will see the real Simmons. Will he have a mental break because he will realize he has been hallucinating? I really wonder what will happen.
SHIELD seems to be slowly growing and introducing new characters, which is fun. So far I really like the addition of both Mac and Hunter. They seem to fit right in with the “core” team.
We still really don’t know what is going on with Coulson though. These symbols are also what Garrett saw, so it would seem it is more than just simply a weird hallucination, or side effect from being brought back to life. Also, Raina is able to touch the Obelisk without any effect, therefore Skye would probably be able to as well. And the Obelisk has the symbols on it. Is this all related? I am guessing it has to be.
I am also wondering if Talbot eventually warms up to Coulson eventually. I actually don’t mind Talbot, and understand where he is coming from. Seeing him work with Coulson would be pretty interesting I think.
And finally, Skye’s dad seems to be alive and well, and so far doesn’t seem like such a good guy. Maybe this will change as the show progresses, but I am curious to see more of him, and eventually see what Skye’s powers are, if she truly is an “0-8-4”.
All in all I am excited to see what comes next episode. Simmons is in HYDRA, huh? This has to be a undercover assignment or something! I can’t imagine her seeing HYDRA as the “good guys”. But we will see shortly!
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 2 Episode 2 of Agents of SHIELD: Heavy is the Head
So far, so good. Two episodes in, and I am enjoying myself, despite the drastic changes we’ve seen in the SHIELD team we’ve come to know and love. Or hate. Depending on the team member. No Ward this episode though, which I guess makes sense if they just keep him locked up in his cell. I wonder if he will come into play more later on in the season. Maybe they’ll actually let him out of his cell to work with the team for some reason?
As for Simmons, I had thought maybe we would cease to see her in her hallucinated form once we found out that’s who she was, but we still continued to see her through Fitz’s eyes. My question is, does Fitz realize that Simmons is gone and that he is hallucinating? When Fitz talked with Mac (who I am really liking by the way), Mac did refer to Simmons being gone, but is Fitz just consciously ignoring what Mac said so that he can live in his little pretend dream world where Simmons is still there? Or does he genuinely believe that Simmons is really there? If so, why doesn’t he question Mac when he talks about Simmons absence?
Regarding other new team members, I’m quite a bit disappointed that they killed Lucy Lawless off so quickly! I had been looking forward to her becoming part of the team, but apparently it was just a one episode guest spot. Lame. And Idaho got killed off too, conveniently, leaving only Hunter to be taken in by the team. Never guessed that’s how this was going to go!
Yep, things are definitely different this season, and I am liking it! So many new mysteries to solve, so many questions. And I’m looking forward to finding out the answers.
Scenes from Agents of SHIELD, Season 2 Episode 3: Making Friends and Influencing People
Here is a clip from next week’s Agents of SHIELD episode titled Making Friends and Influencing People: