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Simmons becomes infected with an alien virus after exposing herself to a group of people that have come into contact with a Chitauri helmet.

Director:

Vincent Misiano

Writers:

Stan Lee (based on the Marvel comics by), Jack Kirby (based on the Marvel comics by) | 4 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gregg ... Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen ... Melinda May
Brett Dalton ... Grant Ward
Chloe Bennet ... Skye
Iain De Caestecker ... Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge ... Jemma Simmons
Vincent Laresca ... Tony Diaz
Titus Welliver ... Felix Blake
Robert Maffia ... Baker
Rick Gifford ... Adam Cross
David Michael Paul ... Justin
Thomas Robie ... Camper #1
Trevor Larcom ... Camper #2
Caleb Burgess ... Camper #3
Jake Brennan ... Camper #4
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Simmons becomes infected with an alien virus after exposing herself to a group of people that have come into contact with a Chitauri helmet.

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Agent Blake (Titus Welliver) made his first appearance in the Marvel Universe in Marvel One-Shot: Item 47 (2012), a short movie taking place shortly after The Avengers (2012). See more »

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When Simmons shows Coulson the "brain cells", they clearly lack axons/dendrites, which are branchings from the cell walls that make neurons easily identifiable. Brain cells normally use these branches to produce tiny electrical impulses. The cells shown look like red blood cells. See more »

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Agent Blake: [Final Scene] That's the best you could come up with, you got a bad connection?
Phil Coulson: I was pressed for time.
Agent Blake: Bold move. You know our chat wasn't exactly private.
Phil Coulson: They never are.
Agent Blake: I don't know what happened to you in New York, if you really flat-lined or that's just what they tell us when we reach level 7; but whatever did happen doesn't give you license to disobey a direct order from HQ. You keep pulling stunts like that, someone might decide to take this little dream team away from you.
Phil Coulson: I'd like to ...
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References The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Theme Song
(uncredited)
Written by Bear McCreary
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A Chitarui left its Helmet in a Firehouse...
6 November 2013 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

What was great about this, including the X-Files/Fringey intro was that it was all internal. No Ms Flower-Dress, no Centipede, no Hydra. Instead, it was a leftover Chitauri Helmet with leftover Dandruff. And it occurs mostly on Coulson's CGI Shield Plane, and even that is getting a little better.

When we first see the Helmet, and "Tony" (Vincent Laresca) apparently handling it, it's Macguffin City. That got me, I thought this was gonna be a new creep. In fact, Coulson's scene with this dude was rather heartbreaking.

So we think, oh no, new Bad Guy, found one of Loki's Dirty Socks in NYC now he's Wreakin' Havoc with it from a Firehouse in Wrigley, PA.

But it is none of these things we regularly see in comic books or have seen in this series: It's ain't an Alien, well, it is an alien, but not an alien dude. It's not a robot, or a Life Model Decoy, or Mystique pretending to be Liz Henstridge just so we can see great blue nude skin shots. It's not Red Skull sycophants or Extremist Extremis Jerkies.

So what was it, causing people's brains to explode and then make them float in the air? Was it an Osmium Bullet like from Fringe? In fact it was something so normal we forget to think about it, which makes it more interesting.

What made X-Files and Fringe great - And even CSI for that matter, was the investigative process, or the "Procedural" episode. Which this was the first official "Agents of S H I E L D" Procedural Ep. No Mythos, except for mention of Chitauri... And maybe once Coulson says, "But don't call me Iron Man".

This focuses on The Fitz-Twins, and Jemma steeling herself to do something, not what Coulson wanted: so of course she has to be browbeaten by Coulson. Was Coulson a bit more harder edged in this?

Harder Edged, and harder Head. It takes May to soften him up a bit, and this is also a standout scene. "You FEEL Different, because you ARE Different".

Enter S H I E L D Pencil-Beancounting person, Agent Blake (Titus Welliver) who was a great Slimeball in Star Trek: Voyager Equinox parts I and II, he threatens Coulson and runs his finger on "Lola".

Again, no Rating system this week, 10/10, they are all 10/10


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