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


Jonathan Frakes


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
Peter MacNicol ... Professor Elliot Randolph
Michael Graziadei ... Jakob Nystrom
Erin Way ... Petra Larsen
Trenton Rogers ... Young Grant Ward
Micah Nelson ... Young Thomas Ward
Alex Neustaedter ... Young Christian Ward
Toby Wilson Toby Wilson ... Neils
Josh Diogo ... Bjorn
Sylvia Brindis ... Elena


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

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Release Date:

19 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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This episode takes place after Thor: The Dark World (2013). See more »


On the first section of the Asgard staff found, the runes on the staff spelled out "RAGE", while the second spelled out "POWER", in modern English, just with Norse Futhark runes instead of English letters. At the very least, they should have spelled out the words in Old Norse, if not in the alien Asgardian language. See more »


Phil Coulson: He can't just disappear, he has to turn up some...
[Sees car flip over]
Phil Coulson: Where. There we go.
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References Dollhouse (2009) See more »


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Theme Song
Written by Bear McCreary
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Aliens brought it. From space
29 July 2017 | by jhudson-11704See all my reviews

This was an incredible episode that is bolstered by the fact that it was directly linked to Thor: The Dark World. Actually, in Thor 2, they mention that Shield could show up and take over. While this isn't a clear reference to the show, it is a very good reference that Agents of Shield actually follows up on.

Let's talk with what makes this episode so great: Dalton's Grant Ward. We see further into what exactly made Ward into Ward and Dalton did a really good job in this episode. The flashback into his childhood was actually quite traumatizing, as we see what he had to go through as a child, torturing his little brother because his older brother threatened him to. With his full on rage fest, Ward was so enthralling as he was practically out of control, yet he knew it. Well done to Dalton, for portraying vulnerability and anger so well at the same time.

Another great thing was May. Her trying to comfort Ward was a good change to her character. Hearing her saying that he shouldn't be punching things is actually kind of shocking considering that she's a total badass and seems like it would be something she would do if she was angry. The best, though, was her picking up the Berserker staff. The fact that it didn't affect her like it did Ward wasn't what was so intriguing. What it was, was May saying to Ward, that the reason she could keep control while under it's effects, that she sees the same trauma everyday. Not only does that mean that it was that bad of a thing, but the fact that she keeps her cool everyday, plays to her resilience and strength.

I will say, however, that the villains in this episode seemed a bit over-the-top. Sure, they were wielding a weapon that uses rage, but it still seemed like they were overacting IMO.

+ Dalton + May + Connection to Thor 2 + Good action - Villains were a bit much

Final Score: 9.1/10

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