Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Couch Baron: B+ | 94 USERS: B+
The Ice Storm

The themes in this episode, while highly identifiable, are painted with a softer brush than in many of the show's other offerings; I could get used to it. Speaking of parallels, Coulson admiringly goes on that he gave Skye news that could have devastated her humanity, and yet she turned around and repaired a bit of his; that's a bit on the nose but given what Coulson's been through recently I can forgive him for it. As Ward watches Skye with what looks like untempered pride, Coulson goes on that the world is full of horrible things, but you can't hide from them – you have to face them. "The question is, when you do, how do you respond? Who do you become?" That's the essence of drama, Coulson, right there. It continues to be worth exploring. Skye runs her finger over Avery's entry on the Wall – and then, as a parallel to the good seed Skye so clearly is, Gill idly runs his own finger across the car window – leaving a trail of ice. I was joking about Iceman in the recaplet – I do know my X-Men fairly well – but as I'm sure most of you know, "Donnie Gill" is the real name of Blizzard. I guess the device imbued Gill with this power; whatever the case, he looks evilly happy about it. So we've got him and Graviton out there now. When will they come to visit their old friends?

And speaking of, Coulson uses Dormer's phone (I'd be freaked out doing that; bad juju) to get a call through to Quinn to introduce himself and tell him if he ever enters the airspace of a country allied with S.H.I.E.L.D., they'll shoot him out of the sky. Quinn's like, roger that, thanks for the courtesy call – and by the way, I have a message for you. "The Clairvoyant told me to say hello." He's talking to you now, Quinn? Raina's going to be so jealous! Oh, also: DUN!

The show's in reruns for two weeks, but when it returns, we're off the plane again. I'm thinking that's a good thing.

John Ramos is a writer and film producer living in Los Angeles. His new film, a documentary on online privacy and the exploitation of personal data called Terms And Conditions May Apply, a New York Times Critics' Pick, is now on iTunes here. You can get news on it from the film's Twitter accountor website, or check out to learn how to protect your privacy. Also, you can email John at, follow him on Twitter at, or check out his blog, "Pull Up A Chair," which he'd just love for you to stop by.

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