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Heavy Is the Head 

Hunter gets captured by General Talbot. May goes after Creel and the Obelisk.


Jesse Bochco


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gregg ... Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen ... Melinda May
Chloe Bennet ... Skye
Iain De Caestecker ... Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge ... Jemma Simmons
Nick Blood ... Lance Hunter
Kyle MacLachlan ... Calvin Zabo
B.J. Britt ... Antoine Triplett
Ruth Negga ... Raina
Henry Simmons ... Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie
Adrian Pasdar ... Glenn Talbot
Simon Kassianides ... Sunil Bakshi
Brian Patrick Wade ... Carl Creel
Wilmer Calderon ... Idaho
Carolina Espiro ... Waitress


Hunted and running out of solutions, Coulson puts his team right in the line of fire in the hopes of saving them all. But with General Talbot, Hydra and Creel all on the attack, can they possibly survive? Meanwhile, a mysterious Doctor harbors some dangerous secrets that could destroy one of our core team members. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Release Date:

30 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The first episode of the series to not feature nor credit Brett Dalton (Grant Ward). See more »


Hunter pronounces "Lieutenant" in the American way, although he is British and was in the British special forces. See more »


Lance Hunter: Icers? Great. How did we get stuck with a nonlethal option?
Melinda May: Coin flip. Trip called tails.
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References Cake Boss (2009) See more »


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Theme Song
Written by Bear McCreary
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I need you because I can't be you
12 August 2017 | by jhudson-11704See all my reviews

The second episode of the second season continues with a strong plot and strong writing. We get a a good focus on Hunter, the team deals with Creel and Fitz helps them find out how.

Lance Hunter gets an incredible insight into his character. The best part about this is that even though he is a mercenary, following the money in order to complete the job, he showed his love and respect for Hartley by letting her have an honorable funeral. I am not really surprised that he went after Creel as a vendetta but I am glad that Coulson still wants him to stay around because the team needs a specialist that will cross the lines.

Fitz is starting to get a little better and that is so relieving. I'm glad that Mack is helping him by having Fitz talk to and through him. de Caestecker's portrayal of Fitz with brain damage is really good because it is entirely disheartening because we know what Fitz is truly like. The fact that Simmons is gone is clearly making him worse so I really want to know where Simmons is.

Creel this episode was also boring as he was basically nothing but a brute for Hydra. However, there was some interesting parts about Creel, especially his powers and the possible fact that Hydra might have brainwashed him.

Raina popped up again in this episode and she still creeps me out. She is clearly connected to Skye's father, played by Kyle McLachlan, and can somehow hold the obelisk without it killing her. It's a very good plot point to focus on as there is clearly something special about Raina, and according to Skye's father, Skye can hold it too.

+ Hunter + Fitz' recovering + Where is Simmons? + Kyle McLachlan! +/- Creel - Raina still really weird

Final Score: 8.8/10

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