Ward becomes exposed to a piece of an Asgardian staff, which causes his worst memory to resurface.

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Ward becomes exposed to a piece of an Asgardian staff, which causes his worst memory to resurface.

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Coulson identifies Professor Randolph's pen as a "Waterfield '44 with a 14ct nib and mother of pearl inlay." If a company named Waterfield existed which made fountain pens, there appears to be no remaining evidence of it. 14ct nibs were typical for any but budget models during the era of fountain pens, making that an easy guess for Coulson. The pen in the show is made from celluloid in an iridescent pattern which is commonly called mother of pearl, but there's no inlay. Based on its limited on-screen exposure it appears to be a 1930s era Gold Bond with a lever filler (also very common at that time). Additionally, as of the episode's air date and excluding particularly rare models, a vintage fountain pen is easily within a professor's or Federal agent's salary. See more »

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Simmons tells Ward she's going to give him 10cc of benzodiazepine to relieve his symptoms. Problem is, there's no such individual drug. Benzodiazepine refers to an entire class of psychoactive drugs (including Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, et al.) commonly prescribed for their sedative/anxiolytic properties. The writers probably were worried about brand trademark infringement, but they could have used a generic version. See more »

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Phil Coulson: You may not know Thor, but I do.
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Features Thor (2011) See more »

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Theme Song
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Dragonslayer visits S H I E L D
1 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some cultists find a a piece of an Asgardian Staff - And it turns them into "gods"

Jakob Nystrom and Petra Larsen (Michael Graziadei and Erin Way) are a couple of nice-looking people that have this one issue: they turn foul when they grab the Asgardian "Berzerker Staff". Actually they are the leaders of a Pagan Hate Group, who want the staff to start a world wide ruckus.

The problem, is, trouble usually comes in threes, and the staff has 3 parts.

But Coulson has a friend, an expert on all things Asgardian, "Dr. Elliot Randolph" (Peter MacNicol)- He was apparently there, when Coulson found Thor's Hammer in the Desert. Not that we actually saw it, but Coulson says so, so it happened, stet? Dr Randolph tells him the Legend of the Berserker Warrior from Asgard, who elected to walk away from war, splitting his Staff into 3 parts. He seems to know the story well for some reason- You could say he is intimately acquainted with it.

And so Fitz-Simmons Fringes out that one of the pieces is right there in Spain, but when they try to go get it, not only are the Pagans also there, but Dr Randolph is too and he has the piece.

And to make things worse, Ward touches the thing and starts getting jolts of bad childhood memories that are pi**ing him off, not that this is much of an improvement for the character.

Welp, it seems that Randolph had a reason why he was so familiar with the story, it was his story, it was history.

What could be worse than a p'd off Ward? A p'd off MAY. Gotta say, Ward acquitted himself pretty well, but May was born to wield that thing - Cos she can handle it, not that it affects her much, she's ALWAYS filled with bad memories.

Jon Frakes directs this heap, this episode was prefect for him to direct, it was a "Riker" episode.


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