So as we approach the end of the season, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is starting to go full steam ahead, and the show is only getting better and better. This week’s episode features a guest appearance by Jamie Alexander who plays the Asgardian Lady Sif, who has appeared in both Thor movies. Yes Men really felt like it was part of the whole Marvel Studios universe and I think that we are going to really start seeing this trend more and more as the Whedons start to weave the show more in to the cinematic universe.

Agents of SHIELD YES MEN 03This week we pick right up where last week’s episode left off. Lorelei, an Asgardian who has the ability to control men, hence the title Yes Men, has arrived on Earth. She has escaped her prison on Asgard, which Sif explains happened when the Dark Elves attacked in Thor: The Dark World. These are the kind of crossovers, or mentions, that make this show special, and really made this one of my favorite episodes to date. Lorelei wrecks havoc and starts to build a small army of men to protect her as she looks to be a queen on Midgard. When the team is alerted to an arrival very similar to when Thor showed up on Earth, they go to investigate, this is when Sif arrives.

Agents of SHIELD YES MEN 01Sif has come to bring Lorelei back to Asgard, and we find out that she actually has a personally vendetta against Lorelei. Sometime in the past Lorelei used her powers to control someone Sif cared a lot for, and when Ward is put under her spell, Sif explains all of this to May. We all know that May is mission first, mostly, and she tells Sif that she will not have a problem putting down Ward if need be. This episode explores the relationship between Ward and May, a plot point that has been growing for the last few weeks. We learn that Ward actually has feelings for someone else, something that Lorelei reveals to May when they face off. This off course doesn’t play out well for the budding couple and when Ward is relieved of Lorelei’s control, May dismisses him when he tries to apologize. So who does Ward have feelings for? I think that it’s Skye, which is probably the easiest conclusion.

Agents of SHIELD YES MEN 04Speaking of Skye, she is recovering quite well actually. We know that the GH-325 has some sort of healing properties, a mystery to Simmons and the team, but we as viewers know where it came from. There is an interesting scene where Coulson asks Sif if she knows of any blue aliens. She mentions a bunch including: Interdites, Kree, Levians, Pheragots, Sarks, Centaurians, and even Frost Giants. This of course doesn’t bring Coulson any definite answers. If you want to read a great speculation article on who this mystery character may be, then check out Doc Palindrome’s GH-325 – The Blue Man Goop post from earlier today. The question is, since Coulson and Skye have been pretty honest with each other lately, will Coulson reveal what he knows about what healed them? Of course he does, and again he is surprised by Skye’s optimism on the subject. She tells Coulson that the important part is that they are alive, and that they are searching for answers together. Coulson accepts this but also tells her that it is imperative that no one on the team learns of any of this due to the fact that there have been such measures just to keep it a secret. Looks like the duo will be going after Fury for some answers, maybe we will get another appearance by Sam Jackson, in fact I’m betting on it. Especially with the meeting of Coulson and Agent Sitwell earlier in the episode, when Sitwell tells Coulson that Fury is off the radar and you only find Fury when he wants you to.

MING-NA WEN, JAIMIE ALEXANDERHonestly those are the two main plot points of the episode, the rest is just packed with action and some good humor. I am pleasantly surprised week after week lately by this show. I’m really looking forward to seeing Deathlok in action, and what surprises we have in such little time. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is really shaping up to make a big impression at season’s end and I am sure that we are in for a big cliffhanger! Well next week we won’t have a new episode, but we will be treated to a new prime-time special about the upcoming Marvel Studios’ releases including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and even a first look at The Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 8pmEST on ABC