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Heavy Is the Head 

Hunter gets captured by General Talbot. May goes after Creel and the Obelisk.


Jesse Bochco


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
Chloe Bennet ... Skye
Iain De Caestecker ... Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge ... Jemma Simmons
Nick Blood ... Lance Hunter
Kyle MacLachlan ... Calvin Zabo
B.J. Britt ... Antoine Triplett
Ruth Negga ... Raina
Henry Simmons ... Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie
Adrian Pasdar ... Glenn Talbot
Simon Kassianides ... Sunil Bakshi
Brian Patrick Wade ... Carl Creel
Wilmer Calderon ... Idaho
Carolina Espiro ... Waitress


Hunted and running out of solutions, Coulson puts his team right in the line of fire in the hopes of saving them all. But with General Talbot, Hydra and Creel all on the attack, can they possibly survive? Meanwhile, a mysterious Doctor harbors some dangerous secrets that could destroy one of our core team members. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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30 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The first episode of the series to not feature nor credit Brett Dalton (Grant Ward). See more »


Hunter pronounces "Lieutenant" in the American way, although he is British and was in the British special forces. See more »


Skye: You remember that encrypted Hydra frequency we shut down? Well, it's back up.
Phil Coulson: Someone sent a message.
Skye: A message for us with a phone number to call.
Melinda May: Yeah, could be Creel.
Antoine Triplett: Creel? A phone number? What, is he lonely?
Skye: I doubt it. The guy is jacked. And he can turn any body part into any material.
Phil Coulson: Okay. Thank you for that.
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References Cake Boss (2009) See more »


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Theme Song
Written by Bear McCreary
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Really Cool Ending of the 'Sode
30 September 2014 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Ironically, the "real" story here is so bizarre it, too, could come from a graphic novel.

First, your mission is to locate the guy behind what is acknowledged as one of the best written, and most influential, TV shows of all time, and then allow him to regain lost prestige by reversing Marvel's endless series of film flops.


Next, credentials duly re-established, god-like reputation re-attained, direct him to the Marvel TV franchise, and give him carte blanche. Literally. If he wants to bring his brother into the project, let him. Money is no object.

OK,you now have the best and the brightest in the entertainment biz doing a weekly salvage operation on one of the weakest properties in the Marvel catalog. Because, when all is said and done, this is really the MBA-certified Business Plan that Marvel (a public firm) has adopted. Rehabilitate the weakest properties first. The strong properties will take care of themselves. Darwin in reverse.

The above I hope will help newbies grasp why this series consistently presents the most frustrating (and arguably un-interesting) story arcs yet with the most interesting and captivating characters.

That is Whedon, clever man, completing his corporate mission while at the same time doing what he does best -- character development, entertaining viewers.

Where this disjointed series is headed, I don't care, and I don't think you will either. It is engaging, not as much as Buffy was, but (and I am sure Joss is tired of hearing this) how many Buffies can you do in one lifetime anyway? Note that the ending, the last two minutes, is crazy fun. And that it has nothing to do with the long arc (and I am sure there IS a long arc, somewhere, your grandchildren will live to see it) BUT EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE CHARACTERS.

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