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The Only Light in the Darkness 

Agent Koenig puts the team through the ultimate lie detector test and Coulson races to protect an old flame from an old enemy.


Vincent Misiano


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:
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
Patrick Brennan ... Marcus Daniels
Amy Acker ... Audrey Nathan
B.J. Britt ... Antoine Triplett
Patton Oswalt ... Eric Koenig
Tsai Chin ... Lian May
Potsch Boyd ... Fisherman


Agent Koenig puts the team through the ultimate lie detector test and Coulson races to protect an old flame from an old enemy.

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22 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Coulson can be seen loading a Smith & Wesson M&P "Shield" model carry pistol. See more »


At the 10 minute mark Antoine Triplett is putting his gun in his right side at his waist, the camera cuts and he is instantly holding his gun in his right hand, when there was virtually no time for him to take out his gun.and puts it back on his waist. See more »


Melinda May: I remember when you brought Daniels in. I know how personal this is for you, but...
Phil Coulson: We don't do personal... not anymore.
Melinda May: Phil, the polygraph cleared me. I'm not hiding anything.
Phil Coulson: You mean you're not hiding *anything* else, unless you *do* know who was behind the Tahiti project.
Melinda May: I didn't ask. I was ordered not to. And you would have done the same thing. Our job is to follow orders.
Phil Coulson: It's also our job to determine right from wrong. Watching someone in agony, searching for the truth, not saying ...
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References Doctor Who (1963) See more »


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Theme Song
Written by Bear McCreary
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I still consider it my duty to be the shield that protects them.
1 August 2017 | by jhudson-11704See all my reviews

Shield took a little bit of a detour to focus on something mentioned in the Avengers. While it is a great callback and a chance to include an amazing actress, it did give us the chance to let Ward back into the team.

With Ward back on the team, Koenig subjected everyone to a mega lie detector which helped shed light on almost all characters. We found out interesting facts: May was married, Trip's grandfather was a Howling Commando, Fitz needs, and most likely loves, Simmons, Skye finally has her family, and Ward is a good double agent. Watching Ward trying to blend back in was fun and I'm glad only one person found out that he is Hydra. He also proved that he's unpredictably ruthless as he killed Koenig in order to keep his secret while still trying to keep Skye on his side, without revealing his true allegiance.

Having this episode focus on the cellist that Coulson was dating back before the events of the Avengers was a nice callback that delves into the story of Coulson. I also love that they brought in Amy Acker, an amazing actress who is good friends with Joss Whedon. I did think that the bad guy they were chasing, Marcus Daniels, was kind of lame. Sure, he had powers yet his acting was sort of odd, and he was sort of easily taken care of.

+ Ward and Skye + Lie detector scene + Coulson's past + Amy Acker - Daniels was disappointing

Final Score: 8.7/10

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