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While investigating a problem at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, Coulson and May turn up unexpected information about Skye's parents.



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While investigating a problem at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, Coulson and May turn up unexpected information about Skye's parents.

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The Wall of Valor in the Science and Technology academy uses different designs of the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo which have been featured in the comics over the years, except for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) logo which was designed as part of Marvel movie continuity. See more »


Coulson's head changes position between shots during a conversation with Skye. See more »


Phil Coulson: Can you reach the North campus parking garage? We think Donnie Gill and his device may be trapped in the center of the storm.
Grant Ward: That's not far from where I am. I can get there.
[Opens the door to an insane storm and shuts it again]
Grant Ward: Yeah, I can't get there.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Written and Performed by Zachary Kibbee
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We need to root out all the secrets
30 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

This episode seemed like another filler episode but thankfully it led to another great plot point to be explored.

Starting with story with the Academy. It was actually really cool to know that Shield has multiple facilities where cadets and agents train. As we just saw Sci-Tech, it looked pretty big, however, the other two, Operations and Communications, are apparently larger. This really explodes the impact Shield has all over the world with their vast number of agents and facilities around the world.

Donnie Gill wasn't that impressive as a character, but after he was exposed to the freezing machine, I am hoping he comes back later as something the team has to deal with. It was sort of their fault that this happened to Gill, so seeing them deal with their actions could be good.

Coulson and May's adventure to Latin America was actually the really important of this episode as we discover something hugely important. Skye is an 0-8-4. In case you forgot, an 0-8-4 is an item of unknown origin with possible destructive powers. Other known 0-8-4s are Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, and the plasma cannon they found in their second episode. So the fact that practically no one knows where Skye comes from opens up a lot of avenues as to what her storyline could be.

I also like that May told Coulson that she was sleeping with Ward. It was going to come out anyway and I think that this was the best way for it to be revealed without causing a curfuffle.

+ Coulson and May + Shield is huge + Skye's an 0-8-4! - Gill wasn't great, but could be

Final Score: 8.2/10

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