1x08 The Well

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"The Well"
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Season/Episode 1:08
First Air Date November 19, 2013
Writer(s) Monica Owusu-Breen
Director Jonathan Frakes
Previous Episode 1x07 The Hub
Next Episode 1x09 Repairs


[edit] Basic Details

Season: 1 Episode Number: 8

Title: The Well

Original Air Date: November 19, 2013

Repeat Air Dates: Jan 04, 2014

[edit] Credits

Writer: Monica Owusu-Breen

Director: Jonathan Frakes

Main Characters:

Other Characters:

  • Professor Elliot Randolph - Peter MacNicol
  • Jakob Nystrom - Michael Graziadei
  • Petra Larsen - Erin Way
  • Young Grant Ward - Trenton Rogers
  • Boy - Micah Nelson
  • Young Maynard Ward - Alex Neustaedter
  • Neils - Toby Wilson
  • Bjorn - Josh Diogo
  • Elena (Randolph's student) - Sylvia Brindis
  • Karine (Tahiti masseuse) - Samantha Cutaran
  • Ador - Steve De Castro
  • Rollo - Dennis Keiffer
  • Lars - Jessen Noviello
  • Olaf - Brian Orosco

[edit] Quick Summary

In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces–one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.

[edit] Best Quotes

Coulson: You know, it'd be nice if for once, Thor and his people sent us the God of Cleaning-up after Yourself.

Professor Randolph: They venerated me as a saint.
Ward: They're idiots.

Coulson: Did I fall asleep?
Karine: For a little while.

[edit] Trivia

[edit] Marvel References

  • This episode opens up where Thor: The Dark World left off. Agent Coulson and his team are cleaning up the mess left behind in Greenwich.
  • The opening sequence features shots from both Thor and Thor: The Dark World movies including The Destroyer and Asgard.
  • Skye asked Coulson if it was possible that Vishnu from the Hindu religion was also an alien. Vishnu first appeared in Thor #300 issue Marvel comic.
  • Coulson suggests to Randolph that he move to Portland for the "great philharmonic", a reference to his Cellist girlfriend mentioned in The Avengers.

[edit] Pop Culture References

  • In the stinger, Agent Coulson asks "Did I fall asleep?" and his masseuse responds "For a little while." This is a well known quote from Joss Whedon's previous television series Dollhouse in which S.H.I.E.L.D. Executive Producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen were also involved.

[edit] Other Trivia

  • While Berserkers have not been seen within the Marvel universe before this, the Berserker Army is famous in the Norse mythology and sometimes described as "Odin's special warriors".
  • The riot scene purportedly happening in Oslo, Norway was actual footage from the 2006 Dublin riots in Ireland.
  • Ward referred to Jakob and Petra as "Sid and Nancy", referring to the 1986 movie Sid and Nancy: Love Kills, which is itself a biopic on Sid Vicious, the lead singer of the Sex Pistols, and his partner Nancy Spungen. The pair shared a self-destructive, drug-fuelled relationship before dying of heroin overdose.

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[edit] In Depth Summary

The episode begins in the aftermath of Thor: The Dark World, with S.H.I.E.L.D. leading the clean-up effort from the action that took place in the film. While Coulson’s team is dealing with that, much to their chagrin, a young Norwegian couple is seen walking through a forest. They begin hacking open a tree, soon uncovering a metallic object from within. Contact with the object gives them super-human strength, and they leave the forest with it, after knocking out a park ranger.

The couple is revealed to be members of a Norse Pagan group obsessed with becoming gods. The powerful relic they hold is of Asgardian origin, so Coulson tracks down Professor Randolph, a Norse mythology professor who consulted on the New Mexico situation presented in the first "Thor" movie. Randolph tells Coulson the object is a piece of the mythical Berserker Staff, which gives its owner godly strength and rage. The owner wanted to keep its power out of the wrong hands, so he broke it into three pieces and hid them.

The team leaves in search for the other pieces of the staff. After a lead from Randolph goes cold, they stumble upon a different possibility. Skye and Ward look into it, and it turns out to be right, with Ward running into Randolph, who now possesses the second piece of the staff. Ward makes contact with the staff, at which point we see a flashback of a small boy stuck in a well. Skye reaches Ward as he passes out, presumably from a panic attack.

S.H.I.E.L.D. apprehends Randolph as he flees the scene, but not in time to prevent the staff fragment from falling into the extremist group’s control. The episode cuts to Ward being examined by Simmons. His flashback continues, and the boy in the well reappears, this time with Ward watching him from above. It becomes obvious that Ward is unable to control his temper, and he snaps at his teammates before leaving the lab. After pummeling a punching bag and a brief encounter with May, he admits to Coulson that he isn’t fit for duty. Coulson denies this, and he remains on the job.

Interrogation of Randolph begins, and it is soon found out he is Asgardian. He was the original owner of the Berserker Staff, and he is able to lead the team to the final piece.

They end up at a monastery in Ireland, and a fight ensues with the enraged super-human mob of extremists. With the help of a piece of the staff, Ward takes out the mob, aside from two. Seeing Ward is spent, May steps in, and wields the entire staff to take them out.

In the scuffle, Randolph is stabbed with a portion of the staff. Simmons is unfamiliar with Asgardian anatomy, and thus can’t revive him. Coulson takes initiative, and sticks his hand in Randolph’s chest cavity, eventually finding his heart. He clamps the bleeding long enough for him to regenerate.

During the battle, we see a clearer vision of Ward’s flashback. The younger boy is trapped in the well, and Ward wants to pull him up. Another boy stops him, warning Ward that he’ll be thrown down with him if he helps. Ward ignores this, and throws a rope down. It is unclear whether he did so in time, or if the younger boy drowns. Later, Ward asks May if she saw anything when she touched the staff. She says she did, so he asks how she was able to bear holding all three pieces of the Berserker Staff. May says that it’s because she "sees it everyday."

S.H.I.E.L.D. comes in and places the staff in a case and takes it away. With the case wrapped up, and the effects of the staff still taking its toll on Ward, the episode cuts to him drinking in a bar. Skye shows up, and they talk. He tells her his visions were of his brother. She offers to let him vent. He declines, and goes up to his room. In the hallway, May flashes him a bottle of alcohol. He follows her into her room, and the episode ends.

The tag at the end of the episode shows Coulson getting a massage by the beach in Tahiti. The masseuse talks to him for a moment before saying, “Tahiti, it’s a magical place”. Coulson wakes up in a panicked sweat.

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