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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Episode cast overview:
... Phil Coulson
... Melinda May
... Grant Ward
... Skye
... Leo Fitz
... Jemma Simmons
... Donnie Gill
... Ian Quinn
... Seth Dormer
... Agent Weaver
... Callie Hannigan
... Agent Lumley


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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Channel 4 [United Kingdom]



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14 January 2014 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Daniel Zovatto and Dylan Minnette would later work together again in Don't Breathe (2016). See more »


Agent Lumley ambushes May in Mexico City by attacking her from a fire escape platform. Later, he unsuccessfully tries to run away using the same platform. There are no fire escape platforms outside buildings in Mexico, as they have never been part of the Building Code there. See more »


Phil Coulson: [On the phone] Agent Phil Coulson with SHIELD. We've never actually met, but I'm familiar with your work - all of it.
Ian Quinn: So, this is a "getting to know you" call?
Phil Coulson: No, just a message that the first time your aircraft drifts over any country allied with SHIELD, we will shoot you out of the sky.
Ian Quinn: So this is a courtesy call. Well, thank you, Agent Coulson.And I have a message for you. The Clairvoyant told me to say hello.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


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