What Is That Big Blue Thing on 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'?!
A big week for "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." as, not only do Bill Paxton and the Asgardian Lorelai make their first appearance, but we also discover that Tahiti isn't a place: It's an acronym.
The big reveal comes as the team storms the secret base where Agent Coulson's (Clark Gregg) insane medical resurrection took place. They're looking for GH-325, a wonder drug they hope will fix Skye (Chloe Bennet), dying of a gunshot wound. Coulson discovers that Tahiti isn't a magical place and it isn't even a false memory: It's a horrifying series of pumps and tubes keeping the torso of a big, blue alien alive as fluids from his body are constantly drained to be used as a healing serum. If you've got a low tolerance for seeing guts hanging out of bodies or maybe you're still recovering from seeing Coulson's brain a few episodes back, you may want to fast-forward through that bit.
After Coulson discovers the source of the GH-325, he tries to stop the team from injecting Skye with it, but he's too late. The serum saves her life, but will there be side effects?
And just what is the alien in the tube? Blue skin can mean a couple of things in the existing Marvel Comics universe. One is Atlantean, which would open the door to Namor, the Sub-Mariner, a character that debuted during World War II alongside the original Captain America. He's Marvel's answer to Aquaman (only way more fun), and it's a bit surprising that they don't already have movie plans for him yet.