‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Recap: Thank Odin for Lady Sif

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Mission Briefing
It looks like the mighty Heimdall has been asleep at his post. The treacherous Lorelei has found her way to Earth through one of Loki’s cross-dimentional back exits, and is bringing a seductive reign of terror down onto mankind. Thanks to S.H.I.E.L.D. being primarily made up of soft, pliable humans (and also being generally incompetent), The best hope to stop the duplicitous menace is Asgardian Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander, bringing her Thor character to the series), who beams down to earth to stop Lorelei in her tracks.

The Agents
Skye is still recovering from her gunshot wounds from a couple of episodes ago, but she can still provide valuable backup from her laptop. The rest of the team is on deck for this mission. The only wrinkle is that Lorelei’s power makes any men on the team more of a liability, so it’s mostly up to the ladies to take this one home.

Mission Fallout
Sif Bifrosts her way down to Earth and warns S.H.I.E.L.D. about the impending threat. She warns the agency that Lorelei has the ability to seduce men through voice or touch, and that she was imprisoned in Asgard for abusing her talents. Meanwhile, Lorelei uses this magic to rustle up a couple of biker cronies to wreak terror across the American West. S.H.I.E.L.D. and Sif track down Lorelei to a biker bar, but are forced to incapacitate several police officers caught under Lorelei’s spell. Sif makes her way inside the bar and takes out Lorelei’s mini army of bikers, but an enchanted necklace, an item capable of rendering Lorelei powerless, is damaged in the battle. Lorelei manages to escape, but not before taking Agent Ward with her. 

Agent Ward shows Lorelei a good time, and the two get steamy in a Las Vegas hotel room, before hatching a plan to take down S.H.I.E.L.D. The duo sneak onto the bus and trap Sif in her room before opening the air lock and hurtling her out of the plane. They also manage to trap Skye and Simmons in the infirmary thanks to Fitz, who finds himself under Lorelei’s spell. Ward and Lorelei find May and tease her about their recent tryst before May and Ward face off in what must be the most sexually charged fight in history. Coulson, Skye, and Simmons manage to save Sif from the airlock, and the Asgardian warrior fights with Lorelei and manages to place the repaired bracelet around her neck, and thereby ending her reign of terror. After all the Asgardian excitement, Coulson tells Skye that the serum she was injected with was alien, and vows to get answers about the serum. It turns out that agent May of all people is listening, and reports their conversation to an unknown person. Could May be a double agent? Maybe she’s listening in for Fury?

The Most Valuable Agent Award
This week, Lady Sif gets an honorary Most Valuable Agent Award for being such a badass. 

The Least Valuable Agent Award
This week, Ward is the least valuable agent for doing everything in his power to get captured by Lorelei. Seriously, he was briefed on her abilities, yet he allows her to walk right up to him? He might as well handed her a leash. 

Mission Highlights and Other Observations
– This is definitely one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s better episodes thanks in no small part to Lady Sif. Marvel should really work on bridging their television and film productions more often.
– Why does S.H.I.E.L.D. send in a bunch of men when they know what Lorelei’s powers are? That’s just bad planning.
– Fitz locked under Lorelei’s spell was adorable: “She’s so great, isn’t she?”
– “The damage caused to your flying boat was unfortunate.”