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End of the Beginning 

Agent Garett and Triplett have returned to assist Coulson's team hunt down S.H.I.E.L.D.'s devious nemesis--the Clairvoyant. But will Deathlok kill them all to guard his master's identity?


Bobby Roth


Stan Lee (based on the Marvel comics by), Jack Kirby (based on the Marvel comics by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Clark Gregg ... Phil Coulson
Ming-Na Wen ... Melinda May
Brett Dalton ... Grant Ward
Chloe Bennet ... Skye
Iain De Caestecker ... Leo Fitz
Elizabeth Henstridge ... Jemma Simmons
Bill Paxton ... John Garrett
Saffron Burrows ... Victoria Hand
J. August Richards ... Mike Peterson / Deathlok
B.J. Britt ... Antoine Triplett
Titus Welliver ... Felix Blake
Maximiliano Hernández ... Jasper Sitwell (as Maximiliano Hernandez)
Brad Dourif ... Thomas Nash


Agent Garett and Triplett have returned to assist Coulson's team hunt down S.H.I.E.L.D.'s devious nemesis--the Clairvoyant. But will Deathlok kill them all to guard his master's identity?

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Channel 4 [United Kingdom]





Release Date:

1 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Brad Dourif's appearance in the role of Thomas Nashe, the presumed Clairvoyant, is likely an homage to the X-Files episode "Beyond the Sea," in which Dourif played a convict with questionable psychic abilities. See more »


Obvious stunt double for Blake when Deathlok attacks him and throws him into the wall. See more »


Skye: Ward said that the Clairvoyant knew how to push all the right buttons.
Phil Coulson: Raina did that to me, too.
Skye: Did she mention your father's death?
[Gesturing to a file on a tablet]
Skye: Your psych evaluation called it "a defining moment". These aren't just personality tests. They're surveillance on every agent pictures, stats, where you've been stationed, who you'd visit, where you'd like to eat.
Phil Coulson: [Reading] Dinners at the Richmond. He's been monitoring us. Think about it. The Clairvoyant only knew you'd be at ...
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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Theme Song
Written by Bear McCreary
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Bet the Clairvoyant didn't see that one coming
31 July 2017 | by jhudson-11704See all my reviews

This episode precedes Captain America: Winter Soldier, which appears to have Shield as a primary focus in it, so this episode could help set things up. While it did focus on it's own story, it did set up a few things that could happen in the Winter Soldier.

It was awesome to see Trip and Garrett back. Paxton brought something great to this show in his debut episode that totally boosted this TV show. Looks like he's sticking around for the rest of the season. It was also nice to have other agents come back like Hand, Blake and Sitwell. Although, Sitwell didn't join them but I saw on IMDb that he is making an appearance in the Winter Soldier, so hopefully it's not just a quick scene.

They finally found the Clairvoyant, portrayed by the extra creepy Brad Dourif, however, I don't think he is the real one. When Skye talked to Coulson at the end of the episode, they get to the theory that the Clairvoyant is an agent of Shield. So I'm curious as to who it is. I really want to know who May is working for. I doubt she is working for the Clairvoyant but its still a mystery.

Let's talk about Deathlok. When he got his robo-leg from Quinn, it was the start of some great effects but seeing him now he looks completely pathetic, like really cheap cosplayer in a Utah convention pathetic.

However, things are taking an interesting turn just before the Winter Soldier so maybe what happens in it will affect Agents of Shield.

+ Paxton! and Trip + Clairvoyant twist + Sets up Winter Soldier...sort of + All comes together with all the agents - Deathlok's appearance

Final Score: 9.1/10

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