Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Episode 15: “Yes Men” Review

JAIMIE ALEXANDER

In “Yes Men” Jamie Alexander’s Lady Sif arrives on Earth to help the Agents track down a deadly seductress named Lorelei.

Continue reading for a spoiler filled review of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Episode 15.

Let’s Discuss What Happened!

Yes Men: Aside from the brief but funny cameo by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), there has not been guest stars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe crossing over into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. until “Yes Men”. Even though it’s a shared universe and there is a lot of name dropping, the show needs to stand on its own feet by establishing the Agents first before bringing in the heavy hitters.

“Yes Men” avoids feeling like a gimmick because the core story is built around the guest stars and is an off shoot of the prison escape in Thor: The Dark World all the while never losing focus on the Agents. The mystery of the blue alien from “T.A.H.I.T.I.” is still at the forefront as both Coulson and Simmons try to find answers. At the same time, as a result of the guest stars presence, May and Ward’s relationship is pushed to the breaking point after the woman of Ward’s affection is revealed.

Lady Sif: So how did the Asgardian goddess warrior fair slumming it out with mere mortals?  I never get tired of Lady Sif kicking in doors, tossing guys around like a garbage bag or hanging on the outside of the Bus. It’s great to see her in action!

To a lesser degree, her interactions with the agents lacked a kinetic spark. This could be due to her exposition heavy dialogue. Although I like her one on one scenes with our agents, the context of the conversations are really about Coulson digging for answers on the blue alien and May’s feelings about Ward. We get a better sense of who Sif is with her scenes with Lorelei, a fellow Asgardian who can push her buttons while hinting at some intriguing back story to flesh out her character.

I like Lady Sif the best when we can see her anger simmering on the surface although I never doubted that Lady Sif would let Lorelei live. The line about bringing Lorelei back alive by the orders of Odin is amusing considering the end scene in Thor 2.  I’d definitely be excited if Sif returns as a guest character, it’s a good thing to leave viewers wanting more.

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Lorelei: Actress Elena Satine did a good job as a sultry vixen who can control the will of men. Her backhand swipe that sent the guy flying into his “just married” car quickly establishes her as a major threat. After Sif described Lorelei’s abilities, Ward should have known better than to get close enough for her to touch him but maybe her voice was too irresistible. As for Lorelei sleeping with Ward under her control, if their positions were reversed would we think Lorelei should be so lucky to be with a muscular, handsome spy agent?

May & Ward: The relationship between May and Ward is a curve ball I didn’t see coming but it’s been a refreshing part of the show. I loved when May punches Ward in the face even after learning Lorelei’s spell on him is broken, it’s a funny yet serious moment. However, I’m not excited that Ward’s true feelings are for Skye even though their chemistry has gotten better since the early episodes. Another aspect I’m not excited about is May spying on Coulson. Like how Skye was supposedly spying for Rising Tide, May’s actions is likely not as it seems.

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The Wrap Up

By Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s standards, “Yes Men” is fun, action filled episode. Lady Sif adds a kick ass presence to the team and it’s fun seeing Lorelei cause mayhem in her quest to conquer the world. While I’m apprehensive about a possible love triangle between Skye, Ward and May the show handles relationships quite well so I’ll keep an open mind for the time being. As for the mystery driving this half of the season revolving around Skye & Coulson’s resurrection, let’s hope the pay off is as big as the show is making it out to be.

What did you like or dislike about this episode? Are you a fan of Jaime Alexander’s Lady Sif ?

 

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