'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 1, Episode 11: Recap 'The Magical Place'


Warning: this article contains spoiler info from this week’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

After waving the red flag of Agent Coulson’s trip to Tahiti all Fall, this week’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” finally answered the big mystery surrounding his time between The Battle of New York and the first episode of the show. We all saw Coulson die in the “Avengers”, but according to him he was fully healed by some R&R on the beach.

Coulson recalled his time in “Tahiti” as nothing but massages and frozen drinks. He’s getting a moan inducing head massage in fact when his drink order arrives. That’s all we knew about his time off. Centipede kidnapped Coulson to learn the truth behind his time away. The creepy bad guy from their team straps Coulson into a brain scanning machine. He tortures Coulson to get the information out of him, but Coulson won’t break. The woman in the flower dress arrives on the scene midway through the episode for a change of pace.

The clairvoyant boss of Centipede kills the creepy guy who failed to break Coulson with the help of an outdated cellphone. The woman in the flower dress then uses her powers of persuasion to convince Coulson to find out the truth behind his time in Tahiti. In no time Coulson puts his brain back on the machine with the goal of reliving his sheltered memories. It turned out the Tahiti memories were holograms designed to shield Coulson from his hospital bed. Agent Fury has ordered all of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” to work on bringing Agent Coulson back to life.

The only way to save him is through an extremely painful procedure. Coulson isn’t begging his masseuse “Don’t Stop”, he’s pleading for them to stop bringing him back. He’s strapped to a bed with this crazy robot working on his exposed brain.


While we had seven theories about what could be going on with Agent Coulson, scary robot from “The Matrix” films wasn’t an option. We also found out that Coulson was dead for days before Fury and his team cut open his brain. That’s why Coulson has been feeling so different. The machine couldn’t bring back all of his memories. He’s going to have an awkward conversation with Agent Fury about this in the near future.

Besides Coulson’s memory reveal, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” was the same show from the Fall. This week was Skye’s chance to shine. Her use of “Don’t touch Lola”, and her Agent May impersonation were the high points of the show. The team was in danger, but not for long. Everyone survived, and Coulson was rescued. Then they all piled in the van to go buy some more Scooby-Snacks.

The other interesting part of the episode was Mike Peterson, he of the Centipede implants, is still alive. However he’s sporting a new implant. Centipede put one of those eye bombs in, and they now control him. Just when you think Peterson is out of the picture, he claws his way back in.

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