Power of the Gods!! Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep.8 Recap and Thor: The Dark World quick review!!

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Coulson's team have to deal with an Asgardian artifact that grants the bearer super strength and intense rage. (L-R: CHLOE BENNET (Skye), BRETT DALTON (Grant Ward), ELIZABETH HENSTRIDGE (Jemma Simmons), IAIN DE CAESTECKER (Leo Fitz), CLARK GREGG (Phillip Coulson), MING-NA WEN (Miranda May)

Coulson’s team have to deal with an Asgardian artifact that grants the bearer super strength and intense rage. (L-R: CHLOE BENNET (Skye), BRETT DALTON (Grant Ward), ELIZABETH HENSTRIDGE (Jemma Simmons), IAIN DE CAESTECKER (Leo Fitz), CLARK GREGG (Phillip Coulson), MING-NA WEN (Miranda May)

Coulson’s team are in Greenwich, England cleaning up the mess left by the aftermath of Thor’s fight against the Dark Elf Ruler. Fitz finds a piece of the ship which is promptly put away by Ward. In Norway, a couple discovers a mystical rod buried inside of a tree. The woman touches the rod where mystic runes glow on it and her hands. Park workers approach them where the woman knocks one of them back with a single punch. Coulson and his team investigate the area where it is discovered by Fitz that the rod is from Asgard. A news report about the man and woman tells of a riot they caused. They wrote “we are gods” on the ground in fire. The team identifies the people who took the rod. Coulson recalls when he found Thor’s hammer and the man who helped him tell him what it was. He visits Prof. Randall who tells him that the item the couple stole is the Berserker Staff. He tells him about the Vikings possibly hiding the three pieces of the staff. Their search begins in Italy in the underground catacombs. Ward and Skye search for the staff where Ward encounters Randall who has the second piece of the staff. When he grabs for it, he immediately is incapacitated by its power. Skye finds him and informs Coulson that the staff piece is gone. Randall heads to his car with the staff when he encounters the man who has the first piece. Coulson searches for anyone who might have the staff when a car flying into the street draws his attention. There he finds Randall.

Peter MacNicol portrays Professor Randall who turns out to be an Asgardian warrior.

Peter MacNicol portrays Professor Randall who turns out to be an Asgardian warrior.

Coulson interrogates Randall about his business in Italy. Randall denies any involvement with the Pagan movement group. Ward is examined by Fitz and Simmons who determine that his adrenaline is high. When they and Skye try to calm him down, he lashes out at them. He takes out his growing anger on a punching bag and nearly takes out May when she approaches him. She expresses her concern for him as well. Feeling like he may be a liability to the team, Ward tells him who should be kept in lock down. Coulson tells him that he trust him more now that Ward has told him this. Under Coulson’s suggestion, Ward and Coulson speak with Randall who turns out to be the Agardian warrior who owned the staff. He tells them that he met a woman whom he told his life story to. Coulson asks him where the final piece is. Randall tells him it is in a monastery in Ireland. After arriving in Ireland and finding the monastery, Randall discovers that the staff is gone. The Pagan movement leader appears holding the third piece. He stabs Randall with it. Ward takes the staff piece and attacks the Pagan leader with the anger growing within him. Grant takes him out. More Pagan movement members burst into the monastery. Ward attacks the invading mob. Memories of his past consume him. When he comes to, all the attackers are beaten. The woman then enters the monastery. May takes up the staff pieces and attacks the woman. After defeating her, she reforms the staff. Randall revives from being stabbed in the chest. On the floor below, Coulson stares at the staff. He tells Randall that he has no memory of waking up after being stabbed by Loki. Afterward, Skye tries to console Ward. Ward heads to his room where he sees May going into hers carrying a bottle of wine. He then enters her room.

Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), after having touched the Berserker Staff, asks Randall (Peter MacNicol) about the burning rage within him.

Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), after having touched the Berserker Staff, asks Randall (Peter MacNicol) about the burning rage within him.

Well, we get out first movie tie episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” It’s been such anticipation since the season started. While cleaning up following the events of “Thor: The Dark World, the team discovers that an Asgardian artifact has fallen into human hands. Speaking with a college professor named Randall, they learn that the artifact is the Berserker Staff that belonged to a powerful Asgardian warrior. Touching the staff granted the wielder immense rage and strength. Ward, while searching for the second piece of the staff, touches the piece that is found by Randall. Memories of his past are opened up which puts Ward in an uncomfortable state. Usually, we have seen Ward as this tough guy who can’t be hurt by anything and has no fear of even more. He leaped from a plane thousands of feet in the air without thinking about it and has taken out multiple bad guys with skillful efficiency. But in this episode, we get a look into his past where he felt anger for the first time. As a child, Grant was attempting to rescue another child from a well but his brother holds him back. Well, turns out Grant may be angry at his brother for not letting him save the other kid which leads to him lashing out at his fellow co-workers. Here’s something strange to his character, he feels bad for what he did. I don’t mean in his usual macho “brush-off-my-shoulder-and-move-on” demeanor either, I mean he was genuinely sorry. And now he feels like crap. I like it when the tough guy of the show is able to show vulnerability. That he is capable of being like anyone else when the chips are down. Even for a moment, I like to see a faultless person be at fault and realize it. Hopefully, this experience will make Ward a little gentler toward his fellow agents including Fitz.

Well, Coulson appears to have memory loss. He doesn’t remember a dang thing about Tahiti. He doesn’t even remember waking up. Near episode’s end, he was half tempted to take up the Berserker Staff and see for himself what memories it will unlock. Perhaps it would’ve showed him exactly what happened following the incident in New York. Fanboys and girls are already point to the android theory. All I can say is, hell it worked for Ash and Bishop.

Thor: The Dark World Theatrical poster

Thor: The Dark World Theatrical poster

As mentioned before, this is a tie-in to the recently released Marvel film “Thor: The Dark World.” Here’s a quick run-down of that film. Eons ago, Bor, Odin’s father, stopped the Dark Elf Malekith from plunging the universe into darkness with a substance known as Aether. In present day Asgard, Odin imprisons Loki for his crimes against the Earth in “Avengers”. An astronomical anomaly is beginning to take shape where the nine realms fall into alignment. Jane Foster discovers strange rifts in dimensions of Earth. She falls into one of these rifts and is taken to the stone column in another world where Bor hid it and she is infected with the Aether. Malekith senses the Aether’s release and send one of his warriors, who he turned into one of the Kursed, to attack Asgard. The Dark Elves lay waste to Asgard. Thor’s mother Frigga is killed in the attack. He makes uneasy alliance with his brother Loki to find a way to Malekith’s world where they can extract the Aether from Jane, whom Thor brought to Asgard once he learned of her infection. Well, the brother’s plan goes off without a hitch and Jane is saved but Loki is killed. Malekith takes the Aether to Earth where he plans to use it in tune with the Convergence, the aligning of the Nine Realms, to spread darkness across the universe. Thor arrives and engages Malekith in a climactic, world hopping battle. After defeating Malekith, Thor returns to Asgard. The Dark World is an amazing film. It grabs hold of you and keeps you in the action throughout the entire movie from the first assault on Asgard to Thor’s final hammer swing. Thor and Loki made a pretty good team while fighting Malekith’s forces on the Dark Elves home turf though it didn’t last long. As with the first “Thor” film and “Avengers”, there is a good amount of light humor which makes the film entertaining without taking away the action. All in all, this is a must see if you haven’t already. Then again, if you’re reading this then you ignored the warning. Nevertheless, Thor: The Dark World is an action packed, adventurous film with a surprise ending you won’t believe.

Now, let’s see about that Captain America tie-in that will likely come up soon.

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