Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
|Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.|
by Stan Lee
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||18 (List of episodes)|
|Producer(s)||Garry A. Brown|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Audio format||5.1 surround sound|
|Original run||September 24, 2013– present|
|Related shows||Marvel Cinematic Universe (franchise)|
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel Comics organization S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division). The series is produced by ABC Studios, Marvel Television, and Mutant Enemy and is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sharing continuity with the films in that franchise. It revolves around the character of Phil Coulson, with Clark Gregg reprising the role.
A pilot, written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, and directed by Joss Whedon, was given the green light in late 2012 and filmed in early 2013. The series was officially ordered on May 10, 2013 and premiered on September 24, 2013. On October 10, 2013, ABC picked it up for a full season of 22 episodes.
Agent Phil Coulson puts together a small team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to handle strange new cases. Each case will test the team in cooperation and ingenuity as they try to work together in trying to save the world from threatening, supernatural events on Earth.
Cast and characters
- Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson: The character headlines the series. Coulson is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who oversees many of the division's field operations. Though he appeared to have died at the hands of Loki in The Avengers, he is revealed in the series pilot to have been revived by medical technicians after having been clinically dead for eight seconds. Speaking of his character's return from the dead, Gregg said, "When Joss described to me the mystery and the complexity and the unanswered questions about Phil Coulson standing there trying to deal with this, I found it so fascinating and so true to the world of the comics and mythology in general as I understand them that I was immediately in." The changes that Coulson has undergone since his survival from a near death experience will be explored during the first season. Executive producer Jeffrey Bell explains, "There is a lot that's strange and different about Coulson since his return to duty, and even he's noticing it. It sets him on a quest. "What happened to me? Why am I feeling this way? Who am I?" Executive producer Jeph Loeb adds that Coulson may regret uncovering his answers saying "When you start to pull on a thread, you run the risk of unraveling the whole sweater". Coulson is revealed to have been revived days after he died, and not mere minutes, in the episode "The Magical Place". In episode "T.A.H.I.T.I.", it is revealed that the serum used to revive Coulson is of alien origin.
- Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May: A S.H.I.E.L.D. ace pilot and weapons expert, whose nickname is "the Cavalry", although she dislikes the name, as the events that led to its coining during her time as a field agent haunt her, having left her "very quiet and a little damaged". The experience was so horrific that she took an obscure desk job before Coulson recruits her in the series pilot. According to Wen, May "needed to be saved. She returned to S.H.I.E.L.D. out of loyalty to Coulson, but there's a part of her that remains reluctant. She still gets her pissed-off face. If it weren't for his intervention, she'd still be down in that dark, dingy room stapling things." The character was originally listed with the name Agent Althea Rice on casting sheets. In the episode "Yes Men," she is revealed to be aware of how Coulson was resurrected, and to be spying on Coulson on behalf of Nick Fury, as revealed in "Turn, Turn, Turn".
- Brett Dalton as Grant Ward: A S.H.I.E.L.D. black ops specialist. He is a gruff, unsociable "manly man" in his early 30's who is great at his job, but not so great at getting along with his coworkers. Ward has a strong moral foundation and is not without his charm. After a traumatic encounter in the episode "The Well," he begins a sexual affair with Agent May. The affair ends in the episode "Yes Men". Ward exhibits allegiance to HYDRA in "Turn, Turn, Turn".
- Chloe Bennet as Skye: A civilian computer hacker and member of the hacktivist group called "the Rising Tide", with an obsession for superheroes, whom Coulson recruits in the pilot episode. Skye is described as "bubbly and goofy" but "also warm, edgy and witty". She can more than hold her own in any situation. In "The Girl with the Flower Dress", it is revealed that Skye joined S.H.I.E.L.D. and Rising Tide in order to find out about her parents. In "Seeds", it is revealed that Skye was designated by S.H.I.E.L.D. as an '0-8-4' (object of unknown origin). After she is shot twice in the stomach and given hours to live in the episode "T.R.A.C.K.S.," she is subjected to the same regenerative serum used to revive Coulson, in "T.A.H.I.T.I". In "Yes Men," Coulson shares the secret alien nature of the serum with her, and the two make a pact to work together to uncover more information about it. She becomes a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the episode "End of the Beginning" with level 1 clearance.
- Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz: An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who specializes in engineering, especially weapons technology. De Caestacker downplays the apparent romantic chemistry between Fitz and Simmons, insisting that Simmons is merely "motherly" toward Fitz. Described as "superorganized", the character keeps only bare essentials on his worktable, with the exception of a monkey figurine that is a nod to De Caestecker's obsession with monkeys.
- Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons: An agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. who specializes in life sciences (both human and alien). She is generally cheerful and enthusiastic about her work. Agents Fitz and Simmons are close partners. Hendstridge and Caestecker agreed at Paleyfest 2014 that Fitz and Simmons have a brother/sister relationship.
After The Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Entertainment in 2009, they announced that a Marvel Television division was being formed. In the following months, various pilots based on comics from Marvel's catalog went into development.
In July 2012, Marvel Television entered into discussions with ABC to do a new show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though at that point it was undecided what the show would be. It was described as "'a kernel of an idea' with a number of scenarios being explored, including a high-concept cop show." In August 2012 it was announced that Marvel's The Avengers director Joss Whedon, creator of cult hit shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, would be involved in the show's development. A few weeks later ABC ordered a pilot for a show called S.H.I.E.L.D.; the pilot was to be written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, directed by Joss Whedon, and executive produced by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb, with Jed Whedon, Tancharoen and Bell slated to serve as the series' showrunners. According to Entertainment Weekly, Disney CEO Bob Iger greenlit the S.H.I.E.L.D. series after watching the Marvel One-Shot short film Item 47, about S.H.I.E.L.D. agents pursuing a couple in possession of a Chitauri weapon used in the Battle of New York in The Avengers. Joss Whedon stated that the show would be autonomous from The Avengers, saying "It’s gotta be a show that works for people who haven’t seen the Marvel movies. It will please Marvel fans, I think." In a September 2012 interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, Whedon reiterated that sentiment, going on to say "It's new characters. It needs to be its own thing. It needs to be adjacent [to The Avengers]... What does S.H.I.E.L.D. have that the other superheroes don't? And that, to me, is that they're not superheroes, but they live in that universe. Even though they're a big organization, that [lack of powers] makes them underdogs, and that's interesting to me." Whedon deflected any direct influences from other series, such as the efforts of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in The X-Files, and explained that while the show would involve people with powers and the spectacle of science-fiction storytelling, it would focus on "the peripheral people ... the people on the edges of the grand adventures."
In January 2013, ABC president Paul Lee said that the story takes place after the events of The Avengers. Filming of the pilot episode began on January 22, 2013 and concluded on February 11, 2013. On April 6, 2013, ABC announced that the show would be titled Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. On May 10, 2013, ABC announced that it had officially picked up the series.
In a June 2013 interview, Clark Gregg explained how the TV series would tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe films: "...the exciting part is going to be seeing the way that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. interacts with the S.H.I.E.L.D. component in Captain America 2, and the other movies, and whether those movies will then affect our show." Jed Whedon said the TV series will work in tandem with the Marvel films, both past and upcoming. “We plan on trying to weave in between the films and try to make them more rewarding on both ends,” said Whedon.
In July 2013, Maurissa Tancharoen revealed on her Twitter page that Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Jeff Bell, Paul Zbyszewski, Monica Owusu-Breen, Brent Fletcher, Lauren LeFranc, Rafe Judkins and Shalisha Francis would be the writers for the series. Additionally, composer Bear McCreary confirmed that he would compose music for the series. On July 19, 2013, at San Diego Comic-Con International, the entire pilot was screened.
The main recurring setting for the series is the Bus, a retrofitted Boeing C-17, that serves as both the transportation and headquarters of the titular team. The Bus includes such features as a soundproof interrogation room, a forensics and research lab located on the lower deck, where Fitz and Simmons work, and a cargo hold directly outside the lab where the team parks its SUV and Lola, Coulson's prized Chevy Corvette.
On October 10, 2013, ABC announced it ordered a full season of 22 episodes. The series ranks as the No. 1 series of the 2013–14 season among adults 18–49. On October 12, 2013, Marvel screened "Eye Spy" at New York Comic Con. On March 23, 2014, Marvel screened "End of the Beginning" before its PaleyFest panel for the show. At the panel, the producers indicated that they and the writers are able to read the screenplays for upcoming MCU films to know where the universe is heading, which allowed them to form a general plan for the show through the end of a third season, should the show be renewed for such.
For the final six episodes of the season, Marvel revealed the "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level Seven" initiative, in which a different image is released the Thursday before a new episode, depicting a first look at a key event from the upcoming episode. Bell stated that the initiative is a way to tie the series back to its comics roots, and was thought of at the beginning of the season. The production team tries to pair specific artists to the teaser posters, based on their previous work and how it connects to the themes and emotion of the intended episode. For "Turn, Turn, Turn", the image by Mike Del Mundo depicted a maze forming the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo and show title, with a rat inside, hinting ominously at S.H.I.E.L.D.’s corruption and a possible traitor. For "Providence", Paolo Rivera crafted the image, which highlights the rise of HYDRA by drawing a melded HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D. logo, and depicts the team divided by Coulson, Raina, and Ward. For "The Only Light in The Darkness", Pascal Champion's image focuses on Coulson and his cellist lover, Audrey, while also hinting at the villain for the episode, Marcus Daniels.
Due to the events of the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which revealed that HYDRA had infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. with sleeper agents, the series sees a retooling for the final six episodes of the first season. Loeb said, "It's an extremely unique experience that doesn't exist anywhere else out there in the entertainment business," regarding the synergy the show has with addressing events from the films. The characters face the HYDRA issue head on, while experiencing trust issues within themselves. Whedon added that the HYDRA element, which the show could not mention until after the release of Winter Soldier in order to avoid spoiling the film, also attempts to address the lack of characters from the comics, a complaint fans had throughout the season, while also tying established threats such as the Clairvoyant, Project Centipede, and Deathlok, back into HYDRA.
The series' first tie-in episode with the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in the episode "The Well", which takes place after the events of the 2013 film Thor: The Dark World. A second tie-in takes place revolving around the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in the episodes "End of the Beginning" and "Turn, Turn, Turn". Beginning with "T.A.H.I.T.I.", all episodes leading up to The Winter Soldier crossover were part of a series of episodes dubbed "Uprising".
In October 2012, a casting sheet for five lead roles was sent out. Later that month, at the New York Comic Con, Joss Whedon, Kevin Feige and Clark Gregg announced that Gregg would be reprising his role as agent Phil Coulson in the series' pilot, and would "headline" the series. Toward the end of the month, actress Ming-Na Wen was cast as agent Melinda May. In November 2012, Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker were cast as agents Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz, respectively. Later in November, newcomer Brett Dalton was cast as agent Grant Ward. In December 2012, Chloe Bennet was cast as Skye, the sixth and final series regular. In January 2013, Cobie Smulders, who played agent Maria Hill in The Avengers, said that her character may make an appearance in the show and that her commitment to How I Met Your Mother would not prevent her from participating. In April 2013, J. August Richards, one of the stars of Whedon's 1999 series Angel, was also cast in the pilot in an unspecified role. When asked if Richards' role would be one familiar to the comics, executive producer Jeffrey Bell said, "You know, not necessarily. I mean, we’re going to draw from [the comics], but Marvel has its thing, and we’re also going to be expanding forward, and this world is different since The Avengers. So I think there will be people showing up, some from the Marvel Universe and some not." Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Nicholas Brendon, another Whedon collaborator, was also reportedly considered for Richards' role. Richards' role was later revealed to be Mike Peterson. Cobie Smulders reprises her role as Maria Hill in the pilot after her appearance in The Avengers. Joss Whedon stated: "I wanted very much to have Cobie in the pilot because as much as anyone else, she is S.H.I.E.L.D. She's cool and commanding, and has the dry humor that plays so well with Clark's." Smulders will be reprising her role in the episode "Nothing Personal". In June 2013, Samuel L. Jackson expressed interest in guest starring as S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury, and subsequently appeared in the second episode "0-8-4". He will make a second appearance in the season finale.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD and Blu-ray release dates|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||22||September 24, 2013||May 13, 2014||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"Pilot"||Joss Whedon||Joss Whedon & Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen||September 24, 2013||12.12|
|Set after the events of The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson (who survived his apparent death) assembles a small team of agents to investigate a superhuman, Mike Peterson (J. August Richards), who is able to survive an exploding building and a hacktivist group called the Rising Tide that seems to have information. Skye, a member of the Rising Tide, meets with Peterson to warn him about S.H.I.E.L.D., saying that they cover up superhero-based events and that she can help him, which he declines. Later, Skye is abducted by Coulson and Ward and questioned on their plane. She does not cooperate initially, but eventually reveals what she knows. It is later revealed that Peterson had been supplied with the Centipede serum (which is made up of alien metal, gamma radiation, the Extremis virus, and a super-soldier serum) giving him his powers, by an unknown organization that is behind Project Centipede. After visiting the explosion scene, Coulson's team is able to recreate it and learn that it was caused by another subject exploding due to Extremis. While attempting to get info to the team, Skye is kidnapped by Peterson (who is now on the run) and makes her give him a clean slate. Coulson's team is able to track them down and subdue Peterson without him causing mass damage while stopping an assassin that was sent by Dr. Debbie (Shannon Lucio). With Peterson in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, Coulson offers Skye a place on the team.|
|2||"0-8-4"||David Straiton||Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon & Jeffrey Bell||October 1, 2013||8.66|
|Skye is now integrated into Coulson's team as a consultant. Their next assignment is in Peru, tracking an "0-8-4", a S.H.I.E.L.D. code for "an object of unknown origin". Once there, the team quickly realizes that the object is actually a piece of forgotten HYDRA technology powered by Tesseract energy. Coulson meets with a former colleague, Camilla Reyes (Leonor Varela), and brings her team aboard the plane. Later, Reyes betrays Coulson and plans to take the HYDRA weapon for herself so she can destroy Peruvian rebels. The squabbling team members band together, utilizing each of their talents, and take out Reyes's men. Reyes is taken into custody and Skye texts another member of the Rising Tide, confirming that she has infiltrated Coulson's team. Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) scolds Coulson for the damage to the plane and reminds him about the risk Skye poses.|
|3||"The Asset"||Milan Cheylov||Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen||October 8, 2013||7.87|
|S.H.I.E.L.D. searches for one of its assets, Dr. Franklin Hall (Ian Hart), who was kidnapped by his former research partner, mining philanthropist, and CEO of Quinn Worldwide named Ian Quinn (David Conrad) when his soldiers use a gravity-based weapon on the S.H.I.E.L.D. convoy that was transporting him. He wants to use Hall to take control over the planet's gravity by building a giant "gravitonium" generator. Heading to Malta with the team, Skye volunteers to infiltrate Quinn's mansion during his party so that Coulson and Ward can rescue Hall. Skye tricks Quinn into believing she is betraying S.H.I.E.L.D. for the Rising Tide to get his guard down. However, Coulson soon discovers that Hall perpetrated his own escape and wants to destroy the massive device. Hall believes he is in the right, but Coulson warns him doing so would end up killing millions. Their violent disagreement leads to Coulson being forced not to save Hall as he falls into the middle of the generator, seemingly vaporizing him. Coulson orders that the gravitonium be placed under high security and off the books, however, S.H.I.E.L.D. does not notice that Hall is still somehow alive but trapped within the gravitonium.|
|4||"Eye Spy"||Roxann Dawson||Jeffrey Bell||October 15, 2013||7.85|
|There have been a series of thefts throughout the world that are almost impossibly premeditated. Coulson and his team investigates and he uncovers the identity of the thief: his former protégé Akela Amadour (Pascale Armand). Coulson had presumed her dead and does not believe she is capable of turning on S.H.I.E.L.D. despite May's argument that she is nothing more than a weapon. The team nearly catches up to her, but she manages to evade them. When May takes matters into her own hands upon finding her hotel room and Coulson catches up to her, they soon find out she is being blackmailed through a camera (with X-ray backscatter functions) that has replaced her right eye which also has a fail-safe bomb in case she rebels. Coulson takes her to the Bus and hijacks her feed so Ward can take over her new mission. Fitz takes out the bomb while the others work to remove the camera from Akela's right eye. Coulson catches up to who he thinks is the mastermind behind Akela's thefts, but the man is quickly killed through a similar device to Akela's. Coulson and Ward are then left wondering who was actually behind Akela's thefts. Now wearing an eyepatch, Akela is taken away by S.H.I.E.L.D. officers though Coulson promises her she will have a fair trial. Before she goes, Akela tells May something seems different about Coulson. Afterwards, Fitz is playing poker with Ward and taunts him as they play. Ward is unaware that Skye is about to use the glasses he used to simulate Akela's vision to help Fitz cheat, but Fitz changes his mind when Skye tells Fitz she will see him without clothes, and he leaves. She turns them on anyway to check out Ward.|
|5||"Girl in the Flower Dress"||Jesse Bochco||Brent Fletcher||October 22, 2013||7.39|
|Chan Ho Yin (Louis Ozawa Changchien) is a Hong Kong street magician who dreams of becoming something more. He reveals his secret pyrokinetic ability to a "girl in a flower dress" named Raina (Ruth Negga) who kidnaps him and then promises him fame in exchange for running a few tests on his powers. Upon being informed of Chan's abduction by his handler, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Quan Chen (Tzi Ma), the S.H.I.E.L.D. team attempts to trace his whereabouts. They find that it was the Rising Tide who leaked the information that led to his capture and the blame falls to Skye. She protests her innocence and believes she knows another hacker who could have released the info. They head to Austin, Texas where it is revealed that Skye has a relationship with said hacker Miles Lydon (Austin Nichols). After Skye spends the night with Miles trying to learn what she can, Coulson's team arrives. They are both led back to the Bus in handcuffs while the team flies to Hong Kong to rescue Chan. Chan discovers his captors, who are associated with Project Centipede, are injecting him with Extremis which increases the strength of his flame powers. Chan takes on the name Scorch. Back at the Bus, Miles told Coulson that he thought Project Centipede was an environmental activist group. Raina turns on Chan and orders Dr. Debbie (who previously worked on Mike Peterson) and the other doctors to have his blood platelets to be harvested for further experimentation by Project Centipede. Upon being freed during a S.H.I.E.L.D. raid on the Project Centipede facility, Scorch kills Agent Quan, attacks Coulson and May, and incinerates Dr. Debbie while Raina escapes. They are forced to activate the unstable element of Extremis to kill him. Miles is released from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s custody though he is fitted with a tracking device that logs his computer activity as part of his probation. Coulson is told by Ward that Skye hacked the mainframe for them and are unsure if they will find the masterminds behind Project Centipede. Skye is later harshly questioned by Coulson and tearfully reveals that the reason she is with the team and worked for Rising Tide is to find her missing parents, who were connected to S.H.I.E.L.D. in some way. Coulson pledges to help her, but fits her with the same tracking bracelet that Miles was given. Raina visits Edison Po in prison to discuss the outcome of the experiment and asks him to contact the "Clairvoyant".|
|6||"F.Z.Z.T."||Vincent Misiano||Paul Zbyszewski||November 5, 2013||7.15|
|At the start of the episode Agent Coulson is taking his physical exam. In the lab Agent Ward is testing out a new weapon and says its an ounce too heavy. Once Ward leaves, Skye, Fitz and Simmons are making fun of him by doing impressions of him. Then Agent Coulson and the team investigate a series of deaths involving levitation and electrostatic anomalies. Although the team initially assumed the deaths were caused by some form of weapon, the cause of the anomalies is discovered to be an alien virus found on a Chitauri helmet salvaged from the Battle of New York that turns the unwitting victims into electrostatic bombs. When Agent Simmons is infected by the fatal virus, she and Agent Fitz work feverishly on a cure, while Coulson ignores a direct order from Agent Blake (Titus Welliver) to sacrifice Simmons to save the rest of the team. With time running out and unaware their last attempt was actually successful, Simmons knocks out Fitz to leap from the plane, but Ward manages to save her before she plunges to her death. Simmons and Ward then receives a telling off from Agent Coulson who mentioned how tough it was for him to get the Moroccans to help get them out of the ocean. Once outside his office, Ward mimics Skye, Fitz, and Simmons's impressions of him that he overheard. After his physical reveals nothing unusual, Coulson confides in Agent May he is searching for some explanation for why he feels different. She points out that it would be impossible not to be changed by his seeming death; alluding to having gone through her own life-shattering incident. The helmet is delivered to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Sandbox facility to the possession of Agent Blake, who warns Coulson of the consequences of disobeying a direct order from headquarters.|
|7||"The Hub"||Bobby Roth||Rafe Judkins & Lauren LeFranc||November 12, 2013||6.67|
|Coulson and his team arrive at a base called the S.H.I.E.L.D. Hub and are given an assignment by its director Agent Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows). The assignment calls for Ward and Fitz to head to South Ossetia and disable a weapon device called "the Overkill". Skye and Simmons try to find out more information about the mission, since they are not privy to details about the mission which has been classified as Level 8. Simmons manages to tranquilize Agent Jasper Sitwell who catches her in the act of hacking into top secret Level 8 files. Skye deduces from the information that there is no extraction team coming to pick up Ward and Fitz and Coulson learns about this upon catching her. After a talk with Victoria Hand, Coulson and the team proceed to rescue Ward and Fitz (who manage to disable the Overkill device) as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents move in on the compound. Coulson did find out that the person who brought Skye to the orphanage when she was young was an as-yet-unidentified S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent. However, Coulson does not tell her the full truth about the file and asks May to discreetly investigate the matter further. Coulson (wanting to find out about his recuperation in Tahiti) is denied access to the Level 8 information despite his high level S.H.I.E.L.D. clearance. When the person he calls up about it asks if he would like to get approval from Nick Fury about it, Coulson declines and hangs up.|
|8||"The Well"||Jonathan Frakes||Monica Owusu-Breen||November 19, 2013||6.89|
|The team assists in the clean-up in the aftermath of the events of Thor: The Dark World and look into a plot to find and assemble three parts of an Asgardian Berserker Staff which imbues the holder with super strength and an uncontrollable rage. They are opposed by a paganist hate group in Norway led by Jakob Nystrom (Michael Graziadei) and Petra Larsen (Erin Way). Phil Coulson tells his team that he has called Nick Fury about it and has been informed that Thor is currently off the grid. Coulson's team is assisted by a professor in Spain named Dr. Elliot Randolph (Peter MacNicol). Touching the staff, Ward relives a traumatic childhood memory involving his abusive brother and a well. He becomes irritable and aggressive and possesses increased strength. Following the clues to the staff parts, the team discovers that Randolph is actually an Asgardian who has lived on Earth for centuries. The team recovers the Asgardian artifact in a battle with the paganist hate group. The staff repairs itself and as Ward and May defeat the paganist hate group. Randolph is convinced to relocate to Portland where Coulson offers to introduce him to Thor when next he is in town. In a hotel, Agent Ward declines Skye's invitation to having a chat in her room and follows Agent May into her room instead. Afterwards, Coulson has a nightmare about his recuperation in Tahiti.|
|9||"Repairs"||Billy Gierhart||Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon||November 26, 2013||9.69|
|A mysterious force threatens Coulson's team when they bring in a StatiCorp safety inspector named Hannah Hutchins (Laura Seay) who is blamed for an explosion that killed some technicians at StatiCorp's Particle Acceleration Complex where it is believed that she has manifested telekinesis by Coulson. Fitz and Simmons plan a S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy-style prank on Skye revolving around May's past. After the plane makes an emergency landing, they soon discover that the mysterious force is actually a Particle Acceleration Complex worker named Tobias Ford (Robert Baker) who is trapped between Earth and "Hell" (which Tobias believes that he is being dragged to) following the explosion and is targeting Hannah to protect her from those who would try to harm her as he accidentally caused the explosion to get time with Hannah. After Tobias defeats Ward, May manages to defeat Tobias at a nearby barn and convinces him to let go causing Tobias to disappear to an unknown location. Skye is thanked by Coulson for identifying Tobias Ford and getting to know more about May's past. Coulson's team plays a game of Upwords as Fitz comes in with shaving cream on his face, unaware that May was the one who pulled that prank.|
|10||"The Bridge"||Holly Dale||Shalisha Francis||December 10, 2013||6.11|
|Coulson recruits Mike Peterson to his team for super-soldier support when soldiers working for Project Centipede spring Edison Po (Cullen Douglas) from prison following their perfection of the Centipede serum. Coulson's team traces a Centipede-powered soldier named Brian Hayward to an abandoned factory, and walk into an ambush by a squad of Centipede-powered soldiers. When Edison and Raina see that Peterson still has his powers despite not having had an injection in some time, they realize he is the key to Stage 3 of their plan. Coulson's team discover that the soldiers were subjected to the same eye procedure to which Akela Amadour was subjected. Edison tells Raina that he told the Clairvoyant about her and that the last person who tried to find out who the Clairvoyant was stabbed to death. Meanwhile, as Skye investigates the mystery of her parents, Coulson and May are shown to be hiding information from her. When Peterson contacts his son, Ace, he learns that he has been kidnapped by Project Centipede, who wants Peterson in exchange for Ace's safety. When Coulson escorts Peterson to an arranged prisoner exchange, Peterson reveals that Centipede wants Coulson in exchange for Ace, not Peterson, but Peterson cannot go through with this betrayal. Nonetheless, Coulson, to save Ace's life, agrees to be taken prisoner. After the exchange, Peterson tries to rescue Coulson, but Centipede sets off an explosion, in which Peterson is presumed killed. After Raina escapes with Coulson, she tells him that he only needs to give Project Centipede the information regarding how he came back to life the day after he died.|
|11||"The Magical Place"||Kevin Hooks||Paul Zbyszewski & Brent Fletcher||January 7, 2014||6.63|
|Victoria Hand is assigned to lead S.H.I.E.L.D.'s efforts to rescue Coulson while his captors Project Centipede torture him to learn the secret of his resurrection. Believing Skye to be untrustworthy, and after seeking May's input, Hand has Skye removed from the Bus. S.H.I.E.L.D. captures Mr. Vanchat, a black market dealer and an associate of Raina's. Ward manages to get Mr. Vanchat to supply S.H.I.E.L.D. with information on her. Skye sets out on her own investigation. She impersonates May and coerces Lloyd Rathman, a businessman of questionable dealings, to assist her into hacking into secure files. Coulson is initially tortured by Po, who tells him that the Clairvoyant cannot glean the information they want because the Clairvoyant has been unable to sense Coulson since his resurrection. The Clairvoyant decides that Po's methods are ineffective and kills him, after which Raina takes over Coulson's interrogation. She uses a scanning device to compel him to remember aspects of his being brought back to life. Coulson experiences flashbacks in which a reluctant Dr. Streiten (Ron Glass) and others were operated on him. During these flashbacks, Coulson's skull cap was removed and his brain was being directly stimulated by a robotic apparatus, while Coulson begged to be allowed to die. After S.H.I.E.L.D. rescues Coulson, he confronts Streiten, who tells Coulson he had been dead days, not minutes, and was resurrected at the orders of Director Fury. Streiten reveals that after his revival, Coulson had lost the will to live, and that the doctors manipulated Coulson's brain to give him false memories and restore his will to live. It is later revealed that Peterson is alive, albeit badly burned, missing the lower half of his right leg, and has had an explosive surveillance eye implanted in him by someone working for the Clairvoyant.|
|12||"Seeds"||Kenneth Fink||Monica Owusu-Breen & Jed Whedon||January 14, 2014||6.37|
|While at a S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, Ward, Fitz, Simmons, and Skye investigate an attack upon students which was perpetrated with an "ice machine", a device that can freeze people and their surroundings. During their time there, another ice machine goes off freezing cadet Donnie Gill (Dylan Minnette), though the agents are able to save him. While the rest of the team are interrogating the other cadets, Fitz gets to know Donnie, seeing much of himself in him and helping him solve a problem with a new power source Donnie has invented. The team learns that Donnie and his fellow cadet Seth Dormer (Daniel Zovatto) are behind the ice machines and that the power source Fitz helped him perfect was for a larger version of it. Meanwhile, Coulson and May head to Mexico City to find a former agent named Richard Lumley (Boyd Kestner), who tells them of a mission 24 years earlier involving an 0-8-4, which turned out to be Skye. He warns them that she is dangerous, as many agents, including his partner, Linda Avery, died trying to protect her. After meeting with the rest of the team, Coulson relates what Lumley revealed to Skye, who is devastated at the revelation. Donnie and Seth activate the larger device, causing a huge ice storm that Seth hopes will impress Ian Quinn, for whom Seth's father works as a lawyer at Quinn Worldwide. Realizing his mistake, Donnie attempts to shut it down, but a bolt of lightning destroys the machine and puts Seth in cardiac arrest. May tells Coulson about her sexual relationship with Ward; Coulson says he trusts her to comport herself responsibly, but adds that, if it becomes a problem...to which she responds she will break it off. The team apprehends Donnie but is unable to save Seth's life. On his way to the Sandbox for observation, Donnie realizes that the explosion of the ice machine has given him cryogenic abilities. Ian Quinn receives a call from Coulson warning him that if his aircraft flies over any country that is a S.H.I.E.L.D. ally, it will be shot down. Before hanging up, Quinn gives Coulson a message that the Clairvoyant says "hello".|
|13||"T.R.A.C.K.S."||Paul Edwards||Lauren LeFranc & Rafe Judkins||February 4, 2014||6.62|
|In order to find the Clairvoyant, the team boards a train in Italy on which a Cybertek Inc. security group led by Carlo Mancini (TJ Ramini) is shipping a package to Ian Quinn. They take over the mission for an Italian police member named Luca Russo (Carlo Rota). The team splits into groups, with Coulson and Simmons posing as a father and daughter while Fitz and Skye work with Ward and May to track down the package. However, the group is exposed, leaving Coulson and Ward to flee the train. May also goes missing, but when Coulson and Ward track her down, they learn the team was sold out by Luca Russo, who is killed by May. The team finds the train and Simmons, but Fitz and Skye are gone, having disembarked to track the package to Quinn's mansion. In the basement, Skye is confronted by Quinn and Mancini, who reveal that Mike Peterson is alive, having been kept in a hyperbaric chamber. Mancini opens the package containing a high-tech prosthetic leg that he fits onto Peterson's amputated right leg. To test Peterson's obedience to Project Centipede, Quinn orders him to kill Skye. He refuses, stating that Skye is not who the Clairvoyant wants him to kill. Instead, Quinn then shoots Skye twice in the stomach and leaves her for dead stating that he has his own orders. Peterson then executes the Cybertek security team because they led S.H.I.E.L.D. to the mansion. Quinn walks right into a S.H.I.E.L.D. raid on the mansion. Quinn is arrested, but Skye is left near death and Simmons can only sustain her temporarily by placing her into Peterson's hyperbaric chamber. Peterson, who has gained his new prosthetic leg through "Project Deathlok", secretly observes his son at a playground and requests the Clairvoyant to let him see his son by writing on a piece of paper for the Clairvoyant to read. The Clairvoyant says "not yet".|
|14||"T.A.H.I.T.I."||Bobby Roth||Jeffrey Bell||March 4, 2014||5.46|
|Skye is rushed to a S.H.I.E.L.D. medical facility to save her life. The doctors are only able to stabilize her, forcing Coulson to bring her to the S.H.I.E.L.D. location where he was revived. Agents John Garrett (Bill Paxton) and Antoine Triplett (B.J. Britt) board the Bus in order to claim Ian Quinn, who Garrett's men had been pursuing, and bring him to the Fridge for questioning, as Coulson refuses to turn him over. Garrett compromises with Coulson when he realizes he is keeping Quinn until he can save Skye. Through interrogating Quinn, Coulson, and Garrett learn that the Clairvoyant made Quinn shoot Skye, so he could learn how Coulson came back from the dead. Fitz and Simmons, who are looking over Coulson's medical files, realize that S.H.I.E.L.D. did not revive Coulson, rather a place known as the "Guest House". They realize a specific drug would be there to help Skye. At the "Guest House", Coulson, Ward, Garrett, and Fitz enter and find the place rigged with explosives after taking out the only guards. Fitz is able to find the drug, while Coulson finds a room marked "T.A.H.I.T.I." Fitz races back to the Bus to deliver the drug while Coulson explores the room. Inside, Coulson finds more of the drug as well as discovering that the drug is coming from the upper half of a blue-skinned humanoid corpse. Everyone is able to get out before the facility implodes. Coulson races to prevent Fitz giving Skye the drug, based on what he saw in the T.A.H.I.T.I. room. Fitz gets the drug to Simmons in time to save Skye. Lorelei (Elena Satine) arrives at a motel in Death Valley and comes across a newlywed couple. She mesmerizes the man, who drives away with her, leaving his wife at the motel.|
|15||"Yes Men"||John Terlesky||Shalisha Francis||March 11, 2014||5.99|
|Lorelei ditches her previous victim for a biker whose gang she enslaves for her plans to create an army. While talking to Skye, who has finally awoken from her coma, the team is summoned by May to investigate an energy reading in the desert consistent with the imminent arrival of an Asgardian. They encounter Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander), who has come to Earth seeking Lorelei. Reuniting with Coulson, Sif explains that Lorelei escaped imprisonment in Asgard during the attack of the Dark Elves and that to neutralize her power to control the minds of men, Sif must fit a special collar around Lorelei's neck that prevents her from speaking. The team and Sif travel to the biker bar Lorelei is using as a hideout, but during the battle, Lorelei enchants Ward and escapes with him. They go to Las Vegas, where Lorelei and Ward have sex in a hotel room, but when Coulson, Sif, and a S.H.I.E.L.D. team catch up, the two are nowhere to be found. They realize too late that Ward and Lorelei, planning to eliminate any threats to Lorelei's rule, have commandeered the Bus with help from an enchanted Fitz, who locks Sif in the interrogation room and imprisons Simmons in Skye's recovery room. Coulson, pretending to be under Lorelei's power as well, learns of Simmons's location and frees her. Lorelei encounters May and claims that Ward revealed to her that despite their sexual relationship, his heart is with someone other than May. Simmons and Skye help trick Lorelei into entering the interrogation room, where Sif confronts her; while they fight, May is forced to do battle with Ward. Sif finally manages to disarm Lorelei, and despite Lorelei's attempts to get Sif to kill her, Sif fixes the collar to Lorelei's neck, undoing her enchantment on Ward and Fitz. Sif thanks Coulson for the team's aid and says that she will bring Lorelei back to Asgard on Odin's orders, and let Coulson be the one to tell Thor he is not dead. May ends her relationship with Ward. Coulson goes to Skye and confesses that he discovered the drug used to revive them both was alien in origin based on his own suspicions and information provided by Sif. Despite how disturbed Coulson is by this fact, Skye remains optimistic, and Coulson swears that they will get answers, beginning by tracking down the Clairvoyant once and for all. He orders Skye to keep the origin of the drug a secret until Nick Fury gives them the truth. It is revealed that May is secretly monitoring Coulson when she makes a call and tells the party on the other end that "Coulson knows".|
|16||"End of the Beginning"||Bobby Roth||Paul Zbyszewski||April 1, 2014||5.71|
|Garrett and Triplett are attacked by Mike Peterson, who has been reborn as Deathlok, at a S.H.I.E.L.D. safehouse. Several weeks later, they along with Agents Hand, Sitwell, and Blake join the team in their hunt for the Clairvoyant. The agents split into teams to pursue leads on different Clairvoyant candidates. At a nursing home searching for Thomas Nash, a catatonic man who once claimed to be a psychic, May and Blake encounter Deathlok. Before critically injuring Blake and escaping, he claims that "Mike Peterson is dead" upon being reminded of his son. However, Blake manages to tag him with a tracker before he flees. Concluding that Nash is the Clairvoyant because of Deathlok's presence along with the falsification of his nursing home records, the team converges on Deathlok's next location, an abandoned horse racing track while Triplett and Simmons stay behind at the Hub with Hand. The team briefly encounters Deathlok again, but he flees into the sewers. However, they discover a hidden room where Thomas Nash (Brad Dourif), a vegetative man on life support who must speak through a computer, is hiding. Nash surrenders and boasts that as the Clairvoyant, he will always be watching them, but when he says that Project Centipede will kill Skye, Ward shoots him dead. Meanwhile, Fitz attempts to create a secret phone line so he can speak to Simmons from the Bus, but he discovers a bug that leads him to May's secure line. Coulson realizes that Thomas Nash was not the Clairvoyant, and when Skye presents the results of her studies on the S.H.I.E.L.D. psychological files of the potential Clairvoyants, they realize that the Clairvoyant is a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. with access to the same files, giving the Clairvoyant knowledge of how to manipulate the agents. Coulson accuses the detained Ward of working with the Clairvoyant and shooting Nash to misdirect away from the Clairvoyant's true identity, but they are interrupted by Skye, who learned of May's unapproved phone line from Fitz. Coulson and Skye end up in a standoff with May in the Bus's hangar. But as May tries to explain that she cannot identify who the line goes to, control of the Bus is hijacked. At the Hub, Victoria Hand orders everyone aboard to be killed except for Coulson.|
|17||"Turn, Turn, Turn"||Vincent Misiano||Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen||April 8, 2014||5.37|
|Garrett's jet is attacked by S.H.I.E.L.D. drones after the Bus is hijacked, and he rejoins the team. At the Hub, Simmons and Triplett begin working together to secretly upload Simmons's research on Skye's blood, only for a HYDRA assault on all S.H.I.E.L.D. facilities to begin, forcing them into hiding. Coulson locks May up in the interrogation room with Ward, still believing she is the traitor. Skye discovers a secret code in a signal on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s network that she deciphers to reveal HYDRA's infiltration. When the Bus arrives at the Hub, the group splits into teams to capture Victoria Hand, whom they believe is the Clairvoyant, and save Simmons. Simmons and Triplett are captured by Hand, but she reveals that she is not actually part of HYDRA but believes that Coulson is, and recruits the two to aid her in stopping HYDRA. Coulson, May, Garrett, and Fitz manage to capture a computer room in the Hub, but while talking with Coulson, Garrett begins urging him to kill Hand without a trial and accidentally reveals information about Raina that Coulson never disclosed to anyone, unwittingly outing himself as the true Clairvoyant. In the ensuing battle, Coulson and May manage to kill the HYDRA agents and capture Garrett. The Hub is retaken and Captain America defeats HYDRA's trio of armed Helicarriers, but Nick Fury is presumed dead in the aftermath and the remaining S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are forced to go on the run. Ward volunteers to accompany Hand to the Fridge so he can see to Garrett's imprisonment personally. However in transit, Hand offers Ward the chance to execute Garrett to atone for killing Thomas Nash by mistake. He at first appears to accept the offer, but then instead guns down Hand and the two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents with them, freeing Garrett and revealing his allegiance to HYDRA.|
|18||"Providence"||Milan Cheylov||Brent Fletcher||April 15, 2014||5.52|
|Ward frees Raina from her confinement and introduces Garrett to her as the Clairvoyant. Despite her initial disappointment that Garrett does not actually have any powers, he tasks her with conducting research on the Guest House drugs for Project Centipede, which was secretly backed by HYDRA. Meanwhile, Colonel Glenn Talbot (Adrian Pasdar) contacts Coulson and informs him a military team is en route to the Hub. Not trusting Talbot, Coulson leaves with the team and Triplett. He orders Skye to erase the identities of all the team members, including Ward. However, when Coulson collects the team's badges, he discovers a hidden message with coordinates in the Canadian wilderness. There they discover the hidden S.H.I.E.L.D. base, Providence, run by Agent Eric Koenig (Patton Oswalt). Coulson learns from Koenig that Fury is alive but is told to keep the information secret. He also learns from May that Fury did not oversee the T.A.H.I.T.I. project. Elsewhere, Ward and Garrett infiltrate the Fridge, freeing its prisoners and stealing weapons including the Berserker Staff and the 0-8-4 from Peru. At the HYDRA base, Raina informs Garrett that the hard drive containing all of Skye and Simmons's research is specially locked with a password only Skye holds, prompting Garrett to send Ward to Providence to obtain it. Later, Ian Quinn is brought to the HYDRA base. Though angry at Garrett for Quinn's imprisonment, his ire is softened when Garrett shows him that he has Quinn's gravitonium, which was retrieved from the Fridge.|
|19||"The Only Light in the Darkness"||Vincent Misiano||Monica Owusu-Breen||April 22, 2014|
|20||"Nothing Personal"||Billy Gierhart||Paul Zbyszewski & DJ Doyle||April 29, 2014|
|21||"Ragtag"||May 6, 2014|
|22||"Beginning of the End"||May 13, 2014|
The series has been licensed in 155 countries and territories. It originally premiered on September 24, 2013. CTV announced in June 2013 that they hold the broadcast rights for Canada, and the series debuted alongside the American broadcast. On August 22, 2013, it was confirmed that Channel 4 would air the show in the United Kingdom, and it premiered on September 27, 2013. In Australia, the show premiered on Channel 7 on October 2, 2013, with the broadcast of the first two episodes.
Before the premiere, the entire pilot was screened at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013, and was met with a very positive reaction from the crowd. Critically, the initial screening of the pilot was met with mostly positive reviews. As of September 28, 2013, based on the pilot, the first season has received positive reviews from some critics, and received a Metacritic score of 74 out of 100, based on 32 reviews. IGN gave the pilot an 8.5 out of 10, saying it "quickly hits the right notes to firmly show how it exists on the ground level" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The New York Times' Brooks Barnes felt the storyline in the pilot was hard to follow at times, and did not like the thick accents of De Caestecker and Henstridge. He also added that "what goes over well at Comic-Con does not necessarily work in the real world," especially on a network with "Scandal moms and Dancing with the Stars grandparents".
Entertainment Weekly's initial reactions were that if everything that made the show appealing—its continuity with Marvel Cinematic Universe, its continuance of the The Avengers storyline, and Whedon's return to television—were stripped from it, the show would still work. However, they also questioned whether the show was accessible enough to attract a wider audience. Variety's Brian Lowry felt that the "pilot picks up where 'Avengers' left off, but doesn't pack quite the same punch," adding that the banter "occasionally feels a little precious and clunky."
Jim Steranko, an artist and writer who worked on 18 of the Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. comic books between 1966 and 1968, was critical of the pilot episode, lamenting that "the show had no menace, no tension." For the second episode, Steranko said that it was "too unfocused to be satisfying," but praised Jackson's cameo as Nick Fury as "an electrifying reminder of what the series could and should be." In contrast, Steranko's opinion of later episodes in the first season were largely positive, congratulating the writer and director of "The End of the Beginning" for "finding an entertaining, bravura groove that finally brings the concept to life", and saying of the next episode "I was concerned that last week’s bravura transformation was only a fluke, but it was apparent from the opening moments that the exec lineup’s new image-and-edit policy was in play."
In the United States, the premiere episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. earned a 4.7/14 rating in the 18–49-year-old demographic, with 12.12 million total viewers, making it the biggest network drama debut in four years. Though the series debuted to strong ratings against its competition, NCIS, its ratings declined considerably over the following two months, though it remained Tuesday's top show among men 18–49, and overall was the No. 3 show among upscale young adults behind Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory. It also enjoys DVR recordings that, according to TV Guide, are "through the roof".
In Canada, the first episode on CTV, which premiered with the United States, saw 2.706 million viewers, earning the third highest viewership for the week on the network. In the United Kingdom, the debut episode three days later on Channel 4 saw the biggest drama launch of the year, averaging 3.23 million viewers including the +1 channel and recordings viewed the same night, or a share of 14.8 percent of people watching TV in the UK at the time. The Seven Network premiere in Australia on October 2, 2013 was watched by 1.3 million viewers, the top show of the night. In New Zealand, the first episode premiered on February 16, 2014 to 326,790 viewers, the fourth highest show of the night, and the most watched show on TV2.
As of September 30, 2013, an estimated 22.1 million viewers have watched the premiere episode through live, DVR, encore, and online viewing in the US.
|1||"Pilot"||September 24, 2013||4.7/14||12.12||2.3||4.89||7.0||17.01|
|2||"0-8-4"||October 1, 2013||3.3/10||8.66||2.1||4.50||5.4||13.17|
|3||"The Asset"||October 8, 2013||2.9/9||7.87||1.9||4.15||4.8||12.01|
|4||"Eye Spy"||October 15, 2013||2.8/8||7.85||1.7||3.75||4.5||11.60|
|5||"Girl in the Flower Dress"||October 22, 2013||2.7/8||7.39||1.7||3.76||4.4||11.16|
|6||"F.Z.Z.T."||November 5, 2013||2.5/7||7.15||1.7||3.79||4.2||10.93|
|7||"The Hub"||November 12, 2013||2.2/6||6.67||1.6||3.46||3.8||10.13|
|8||"The Well"||November 19, 2013||2.4/7||6.89||1.6||3.42||4.0||10.31|
|9||"Repairs"||November 26, 2013||2.6/8||9.69||1.3||3.06||3.9||12.75|
|10||"The Bridge"||December 10, 2013||2.1/6||6.11||1.3||3.05||3.4||9.16|
|11||"The Magical Place"||January 7, 2014||2.2/6||6.63||1.4||3.02||3.6||9.65|
|12||"Seeds"||January 14, 2014||2.2/6||6.37||1.5||3.22||3.7||9.59|
|13||"T.R.A.C.K.S."||February 4, 2014||2.2/6||6.62||1.4||3.15||3.6||9.77|
|14||"T.A.H.I.T.I."||March 4, 2014||1.8/6||5.46||1.4||3.11||3.2||8.58|
|15||"Yes Men"||March 11, 2014||2.1/7||5.99||1.4||3.08||3.5||9.07|
|16||"End of the Beginning"||April 1, 2014||2.0/6||5.71|
|17||"Turn, Turn, Turn"||April 8, 2014||1.9/6||5.37|
|18||"Providence"||April 15, 2014||2.1/6||5.52|
|19||"The Only Light in the Darkness"||April 22, 2014|
|20||"Nothing Personal"||April 29, 2014|
In June 2013, the series was awarded, along with five other shows, the Critics' Choice Television Award for Most Exciting New Series.
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- Official website at ABC
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- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at TV.com