Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.02 Review: Heavy Is the Head


After last week’s strong season opener, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continued its start with a great following episode, titled “Heavy Is the Head”.

This episode focused a lot more on Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) who was one of the breakout characters in the season premiere as he had to deal with the death of Hartley (Lucy Lawless).

I’m not familiar with the comic version of Hunter so I have no previous connections with this character, but the TV version is outstanding. You don’t know quite where to put him when it comes to trust because for a minute he is making deals with Glenn Talbot while in the next one, he is revealing everything to Coulson.

He is definitely a bit of a wildcard, but that’s actually what I love about him and seeing that he would disobey orders, it will be difficult to know whether you can trust him or not. I think he is trustable character, but he will most likely do a lot of things in his own ways. For now, I see him as an alley to S.H.I.E.L.D. The scene when he iced Triplett, Skye and May made me concerned for a second that he was completely evil, but as it turned out, he wanted to take down Creel himself.

We get to know Mack a lot better and this is also one of my new favorite characters so far because Henry Simmons has a lot of charisma and his character fits in with the team. The thing that really surprised a lot of viewers was his new buddy relationship with Fitz. As you recall, we learned how damaged Fitz is as of now and since Simmons is no longer around (for now), it was nice to see someone connect with Fitz.

Just like Hallucination-Simmons pointed out, Mack talked to Fitz in a very different way than the others and maybe that’s what Fitz needs to start his recovering. Mack is truly a great character and I think there are going to be a lot of fun as well deep scenes of FitzMack (yes that’s what I’m calling that relationship).

Second week in, we see that Crusher Creel has been infected by the Obelisk and I got a bit surprised by it because I really thought he would be able to absorb it without problems. But to see that he got infected instead and couldn’t control it, makes me wonder even more what this object is all about. I’m glad however that they didn’t kill him off and that he just turned to stone because that leaves the door open for him to return later this season. In addition, since he is a Hulk villain, how cool would it be to see him on the big screen fighting Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk?

It’s revealed to the viewers in this episode that May knew about Coulson’s odd writing (“episodes” as she called it) and it wasn’t really a surprise because May is one of the people that he trusts the most. While it’s slightly irritating that he hasn’t told people like Skye yet about it, I’m glad someone knows about it and together they can at least start to try and figure it out. What is it though? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

The moment we have all been waiting for, finally arrived last night as we got to meet Skye’s father, played by the magnificent Kyle MacLachlan who is right now known as “The Doctor”. Since they introduced the Obelisk last week and we saw Raina (who I was happy to see again, a very cool character) being able to move it, I have a theory what it might be all about. A comic book friend of mine informed me that in the comics, the Obelisk is connected to someone known as the Watcher.

While I don’t have all the details, could Skye’s father perhaps be the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Watcher? That could be a possibility, but either way, seeing a glimpse of who MacLachlan is playing was very nice and I’m not sure yet to view him as a villain or not. It was also intriguing to see that Raina was able to pick up the Obelisk and it pretty much confirms that she has some power of her own.

Overall, “Heavy Is the Head” continued Agents of SHIELD’s strong opening and it really makes me happy to see how stronger the show is now compared to last year around this time. It’s definitely fair to say that episode 2 of this season was way better than episode 2 of season 1.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on Tuesday nights, 9/8c on ABC.

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