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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' 1x16 'End of the Beginning': Hunting the Clairvoyant

Simmons: "S.H.I.E.L.D. sees us as the resident experts on the Deathlok program."
Simmons: "S.H.I.E.L.D. sees us as the resident experts on the Deathlok program."
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Simmons: “Yes, brilliant deduction, Dr. Watson.”

May: "I can explain everything, but not here."
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Fitz: “I’ve always pictured you as Watson.”

“End of the Beginning” is tonight’s episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Warning: this article contains spoilers. To review the last case file, click here. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from tonight’s episode. "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." airs on Tuesday nights at 7 on ABC (KTRK).

First off, it is great to see the team finally hunting down the Clairvoyant. Typically, he is just mentioned in an episode or is a big part of the episode without ever actually being present. It’s gotten a bit annoying, and honestly, it is still hard to fear him. The team sets out a double blind, but, it’s hard to see how this is really helping block them from the Clairvoyant. As soon as one team member learns the identity of the suspect, they share it with their partner. Plus, shouldn’t the Clairvoyant be able to tell where a team is headed, and if it is near him, most likely, he would get suspicious. Still, it is nice to learn more about who S.H.I.E.L.D. is targeting as far as potentials for the Clairvoyant. Are you glad to finally see a proactive search happening?

Long story short, Ward kills Thomas Nash, who claims to be the Clairvoyant. This is bad for Ward, killing someone instead of simply taking him in like the orders say. What’s worse is Coulson and Skye figure out that Nash was a fraud, and the real Clairvoyant has S.H.I.E.L.D. security clearance. This is an interesting twist. A threat from within is much more dangerous, and hopefully, we get to see our team try to weed out the real Clairvoyant. Right now, the team believes that May is working for the Clairvoyant because Fitz located her encrypted line. This is a great way to introduce May’s duplicity because there is still confusion as to what is going on. The team and the audience still don’t have all the answers, and now even May is confused. What are your theories on May and/or the Clairvoyant?

Here are some thoughts on elsewhere in the episode. Skye becomes a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Was anyone else expecting there to be some sort of test? It just happens, and it feels like one of the main reasons it happens is so she can help on the Clairvoyant hunt. While the hugs and everything are touching, this could have been a climactic moment or something that feels a little more momentous. It doesn’t. Perhaps this is because she has been acting as an agent all along, but personally, it could have been a bit grander. FitzSimmons are still pushing to get Skye’s blood tested. This is not going to end well, especially because the Clairvoyant has security clearance. If Simmons makes record of anything, the secret will be out. What did you think of the episode?

Leave me your thoughts in a comment below. Is anyone else getting the sense that the writers are building up to a Simmons and Tripp romance of sorts? What are your thoughts on that? Make sure you hit subscribe.