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‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Episode 3 Recap: “The Asset”

Let’s see if Marvel can keep the ball rolling with the third episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

The episodes starts off with an eighteen-wheeler driving down a clear highway. A smaller truck goes in front of the larger cargo truck only to be blasted about 50-feet into the air and crash lands back on the road. We then learn that the truck driver is an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D and is protecting precious cargo. Another smaller car goes in front of the eighteen-wheeler only for it to be blasted into the air by a mysterious force as well.

After calling in the attacks to home base, the eighteen-wheeler then starts ascending into the air, just like the budget for this episode, before crashing back down to the ground. Mysterious men then break into the cargo hold and we find out the precious cargo is a man played by guest star Ian Hart, who asks “Are we there yet?”

Title Screen.

We see Agent Grant Ward, played by Brett Dalton (who last week I named Agent Special since he won’t stop talking about his special skills) working out by punching his special punching bag. Turns out he is training new agent Spy, I mean Skye (Chloe Bennet). I’ve got to say that I have seen better punches at a kid’s party.

Agent Special gives some spiel about special moments and how important physical fitness is. You are doing a pretty bad job so far Agent Special; those jabs Skye was dishing out probably wouldn’t hurt a fly.

We learn that the man captured was Dr. Franklin Hall, and I’m 85% sure this is probably someone special in the Marvel universe. He advised Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) during their training. Coulson also reveals that the attackers are invisible.

Our team goes to investigate the wreckage left by the cars being tossed in the air. Agent Trucker believes that someone from inside S.H.I.E.L.D had to be helping the invisible people because they knew the route. Simmons, who sounds a lot like Emma Watson when I’m not paying attention, figures out that some sort of weird device caused the trucks to be thrown into the air. It’s a tiny little thing that looks like a weird marble, but Coulson mysteriously says “it’s something big” right before the first commercial break.

I have a feeling we are going to see more of these little cliffhangers this season so we might as well get used to them.

Fitz is working on the little object through a telescope while Coulson debates whether the information was cracked by an outside source or through an insider in S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) hands Skye a very large binder of communications logs since Hall’s capture and tells her to read them all. That should take about five days.

Agent Coulson then meets up with a cowboy in order to research who would have sold the little blue device. Agent Special disarms the cowboy and discovers that the man was paid in gold. Fitz and Simmons do their science thing and we learn that the gold was originally excavated from a mine owned by bazillionare Ian Quinn.

We cut to Quinn’s marvelous house, where he interrogates Dr. Hall and reveals that he intercepted S.H.I.E.L.D.’s codes in order to capture him. Apparently in the republic of Malta, S.H.I.E.L.D. cannot go after Quinn or save Dr. Hall from his clutches. We also learn Hall is apparently responsible for the creation of gravitonium a.k.a the little device that caused cars to flip into the car for no apparent reason.

Is anyone else disappointed to find out that the invisible enemies are just something created by Marvel science and not like another superhero or something?

Fitz and Simmons geek out over the properties and Skye asks them to dumb it down (“high school drop out,” she reasons), but they still continue to spout information I’m sure only Tony Stark and Bruce Banner would understand.

Meanwhile, Quinn wants Hall to create a massive version of the little gravity marbles to do some bad stuff with. He’s being an excellent bad guy by not revealing what he wants to do with it but I’m sure it involves flipping stuff into the air.

Back at our team’s headquarters, everyone is fighting over how to break into Quinn’s compound. Fitz keeps suggesting a really smart monkey and Skye keeps offering herself to get past the laser fence. Agent Special smartly remarks that “it’s not just something Rising Tide can hack into, it takes my special abilities that are special to crack this code and rescue Hall.” Okay he really doesn’t say all of that but you get the point.

Another thing, if everyone is still aware that Skye is still working for Rising Tide, why do they still let her have access to super secret information? How come Fitz and Simmons had to got to super science school while Skye gets to be an agent even though she dropped out of high school to become a professional hacker?

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These are the real questions.

Speaking of hacking, Skye hacks herself an e-vite into Quinn’s party while Agent Special cries over the fact she doesn’t have his special skill set or knowledge to be able to handle the mission.

After the break, we see Coulson gearing up for the mission by going over his vast expanse of similar coats. Agent Special is still groaning over Skye’s lack of skills and lack of loyalty since Rising Tide got her the invite. He complains that he can’t teach her anything cause she is hard to teach.
He then reveals to Skye that he had a rough childhood because his brother beat him up – that’s why he had to learn his special skills.

I really want to feel sorry for him but he keeps acting like an uptight baby over Skye going on the mission, and spends more time griping over everything than actually being a badass.

It then cuts to Skye walking through the front door of Quinn’s super secret party. Someone almost catches her, but thankfully Agent May is feeding her information. She catches sight of Quinn, who knows that she is a member of Rising Tide. He offers her a job doing super secret evil stuff.

Quinn starts giving a speech about how institutions are keeping technology from growing by placing restrictions on people like him. He plans to reveal the massive gravitonium sphere that allows him to control gravity.

Skye runs off to search for the device, but is caught by Quinn. He is just about to call for security until Skye writes down “S.H.I.E.L.D is listening” on a piece of paper.

Commercial cliffhanger.

We’ve got some quick cuts coming up, so try to keep up.

Skye has sweet-talked her way into Quinn’s office before the line goes dead. We learn that not only did she drop out of high school but she failed her drivers test too. Such a winner. She reveals to Quinn that she was playing S.H.I.E.L.D so she could get access to super secret information.

Meanwhile, Coulson and Agent Special take down some baddies while they wait for Skye to take down the electrified fence.

Skye then opens her S.H.I.E.L.D compact and not so discreetly finds a spot close enough to disarm the computer that controls the outside fence.

Some guys in suits burst in and warn Quinn about the security breach, so – naturally – the first thing he does is snap the special S.H.I.E.L.D compact Skye was using and points a gun at her face. Let’s hope Agent Special’s super special physical training helps Skye get out of this one.

Coulson then manages to find Hall, but he refuses to leave. He laments about how great Quinn’s speech about being a free institution that isn’t restricted by rules and regulations and turns on the giant gravitonium machine.

Phew. Commercial break.

We come back from the break to find Coulson laid out in the generator space and the world literally turns upside down. It turns out that Coulson and Hall are now on the ceiling?

Meanwhile Quinn is committing his first bad guy no-no by not shooting the spy that broke into his compound. He’s got Skye up against the wall with a gun in her face complaining about how S.H.I.E.L.D is “big brother” and is always watching you. Skye stammers about how S.H.I.E.L.D is really like the big brother that takes care of you like how Agent Special protected his kid brother from getting beat up. How cute.

Apparently Quinn needs Skye to tell him what S.H.I.E.L.D is up to, and she pulls a fast one on him by using the move Agent Special taught her that would disarm a person pointing a gun at your face.

But she doesn’t have the lady balls to pull the trigger. I’m 100% sure Agent May would have pulled the trigger but that’s because she is the badass of the group.

Anyways, Skye jumps off the balcony and into a pool as Quinn’s security guards go after her, but not before gravity starts to shift around a little.

Back with Coulson, Dr. Hall is also committing his first bad guy no-no by pointing a gun at Coulson while going on about how S.H.I.E.L.D is a bad institution that has brought an alien invasion among us while on their search for an unlimited power source.

Cut back to Skye daintily running away, as opposed to sprinting for her life like a normal person. She gets caught by two baddies, but Agent Special saves her with some special moves.

Dr. Hall is still refusing to help Coulson so he pulls off a surprising move by shooting at Hall’s feet to create a catalyst in the form of Hall’s body that would stop the gravitonium machine from reaching maximum power.

Back on the bus (a.k.a the large plane), Skye is working on her weak jabs as Agent Special walks down to have yet another heart-to-heart with her. Skye wants to feel like she is a part of a family and decides to stick to S.H.I.E.L.D.

I don’t know what it is, but I feel more for Skye and her sob story of having no parents over Agent Special’s rough childhood.

The last minute of this episode shows the gravitonium device being locked away in a super secret vault.

The show ends, but not before we see a creepy arm reach out from the gray matter in the device.


Written by: Kaylie Bustamante