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Purpose in the Machine 

Fitz and the team enlist the aid of an Asgardian to unlock the secrets of the ancient monolith that swallowed Simmons, and Agent May is at a crossroads in her personal and professional life.

Director:

Kevin Tancharoen

Writers:

Stan Lee (based on the Marvel comics by), Jack Kirby (based on the Marvel comics by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gregg ... Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen ... Melinda May
Brett Dalton ... Grant Ward
Chloe Bennet ... Daisy 'Skye' Johnson
Iain De Caestecker ... Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge ... Jemma Simmons
Nick Blood ... Lance Hunter
Adrianne Palicki ... Bobbi Morse
Henry Simmons ... Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie
Luke Mitchell ... Lincoln Campbell (credit only)
Peter MacNicol ... Professor Elliot Randolph
James Hong ... William May
Alex Hyde-White ... Lord Thornally
Spencer Treat Clark ... Werner von Strucker
Blair Underwood ... Andrew Garner
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Fitz and the team enlist the aid of an Asgardian to unlock the secrets of the ancient monolith that swallowed Simmons, and Agent May is at a crossroads in her personal and professional life.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Ward brings Werner Von Strucker tacos upon earning them. Just like John Garrett did to him during his training. See more »

Goofs

They use Carbon dating to establish the age of the sand at 5.5 Billion years. However Carbon dating is only useful up to about 50,000 years (because the relevant Isotope has a half-life of only about 6,000 years.) There's no way they could have established the sand's age with using carbon dating, even assuming that it contains any carbon at all. See more »

Quotes

Professor Elliot Randolph: To the plane!
[Excited, he starts walking away until he realizes they are still standing there just staring at him]
Professor Elliot Randolph: Am I allowed to say that?
Phil Coulson: Let's all... go to the plane, I guess.
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References Edge of Tomorrow (2014) See more »

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Theme Song
(uncredited)
Written by Bear McCreary
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brilliant update on the lost in the culvert arc....
19 October 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Hats off to Team Whedon. Once again (shades of Buffy!) we have an episode where the entire arc of the series becomes secondary to the humanistic issues of the characters.

And - it works. Boy does it work! In the 1940s, one of the common "danger" stories in movies was about getting lost in a culvert and finally getting rescued. This was then picked up by the TV writers in the 1950s. If this reviewer had a dime for every time Lassie rescued someone from a drainage ditch -- well, you get the picture.

In the new millennium, drainage ditches are no longer as menacing as they once were. Enter Team Whedon, who not only bring us a monolith that seemingly disintegrates people, but also bring us this wonderful episode where "true love" prevails and an improbable hero crosses time and space to retrieve something he misplaced.

Bravo.


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