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



(based on the Marvel comics by), (based on the Marvel comics by) | 4 more credits »

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Prime Video




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Phil Coulson
... Melinda May
... Grant Ward
... Skye
... Leo Fitz
... Jemma Simmons
... Professor Elliot Randolph
... Jakob Nystrom
... Petra Larsen
... Young Grant Ward
... Young Thomas Ward
... Young Christian Ward
... Neils
... Bjorn
... Elena


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

19 November 2013 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


When Ward is talking to Simmons to help her scale the tree in the Norwegian forest, Simmons changes position between shots - first facing up the tree, then facing Ward with her right hand across the rope, then facing up the tree again. See more »


Skye: You guys may think it's old news, but it's new... news to everybody else. So, Asgardians are aliens from another planet that visited us thousands years ago?
Phil Coulson: Or more.
Skye: And because we couldn't understand aliens, we thought they were gods?
Phil Coulson: That's where our Norse mythology comes from.
Skye: That's too crazy. Do you think other deities are aliens, too? Vishnu for sure, right?
Phil Coulson: You know, it'd be nice, for once, Thor and his people sent down the God of Cleaning Up After Yourself. They probably have a magic ...
See more »


References Dollhouse (2009) See more »


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Theme Song
Written by Bear McCreary
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Aliens brought it. From space
29 July 2017 | by See 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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial