Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Episode 9: “Repairs” Review


In “Repairs” the agents help a young women who believes she’s haunted by demons.

Continue reading for a spoiler filled review of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Episode 9.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is fairly good, particularly in these last batch of episodes, at taking stories in an unexpected direction.  Repairs’ cold open sets up a meta-human of the week episode then seamlessly shifts into a ghost story aboard the “Bus”. All the while peeling back the layers of Melinda May without losing her enigmatic quality.

Let’s Discuss the Best Moments!

• The Ghostly Twist: The first clue that’s something isn’t right about Hannah’s supposed telekinesis is the fire at the gas station. Being able to move objects with your mind is one thing but generating fire out of thin air is something else entirely.  Telekinesis is a fairly standard element in sci-fi genre shows so it’s good to see AOS not go down a well trodden path.

My only nitpick is that the writers tipped their hand a bit too much before the actual reveal of the “demon/ghost” responsible for everything happening around Hannah. The second part of the twist is kind of refreshing as well. While many ghosts stories involve vengeful spirits, Tobias is just a co-worker who wanted to get the attention of a girl he has a crush on. Sort of sweet if you don’t think about it.

• The Calvary: Some of Melinda May’s best moments is when she defies what other people tell her to do or expect of her. The show benefits from having a character like her who’ll cut to the chase by saying and doing exactly what is needed at any given time. Further, May’s mystique is another element that makes her very intriguing and the writers played on that by having each agent tell a different version of her back story.

When Tobias dematerialized behind May just as the lights go out and she’s disappears, I would have loved to have extended that scene by reversing their roles where May becomes the predator by sneaking up on the “ghost”. It would have given me goosebumps!

Although Coulson made some parallels between Skye and May (please don’t do that again) I think Hannah is intended to be May’s analogue. Like Hannah, May is burden with a guilt that she cannot forgive herself. By giving words of wisdom to Hannah, May had to accept her own advice and let go of her demons. (I’ll have to rewatch that scene but that was my initial impression). With some weight off her shoulders, it ‘s nice to see her play a prank on Fitz and warmly smile to herself at the end.

S.H.I.E.L.D. gets creepy: No, I’m not talking about Ward and May’s morning after. Yup, it really happened! Strangely, I like them together even if it’s out of the blue. And I got a chuckle out of Ward’s reaction when Skye says May “really needs to get laid”.

Anyway, by creepy I mean the spookier tone of this episode. It wasn’t scary to me but I enjoyed that the writers had fun with it. It’s a side of the show we haven’t seen before and I hope to revisit another episode with a similar feel. Buffy had some great Halloween episodes so perhaps AOS can carry on that tradition if there’s a season 2.

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The Wrap Up

By Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s standard this is a fairly enjoyable episode which somehow made me even more enamoured with Melinda May. Connecting the “ghost story” of being split between the universes with what happened in Thor Dark World is a nice touch for me. It’s the only major Avengers reference in the episode that comes to my mind.

Let’s be clear, there’s another comic book live action TV series that AOS doesn’t hold a candle to. The super powers (if you can call it that) in “Repairs” are accidentally generated by a particle accelerator which is the same premise as the next episode of Arrow but it’s going to blow away AOS in a flash. So excited! My puns are terrible! 🙂 Thanks for reading my reviews!

What do you think of this episode? What do you think of Melinda May?

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Posted on November 27, 2013, in Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Television and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. I think Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D has found its way now and shouldn’t disappoint again. It’s very enjoyable television.

    • AOS has found a good groove and is consistently enjoyable nowadays. There’s still room for improvement. 🙂 The upward trend in ratings for these last couple of episode’s is a good indication. 🙂


    Best use of visual effects this show has attempted I must say 😀

  3. S.H.I.E.L.D seems to have had a lot of good episodes recently, Fitz-Simmons have become my favourite characters in the show while Skye has gotten a bit annoying, hopefully they’ll fix that soon. I like May and the way she just deals with things while the others just stand around talking. Great review!

    • The quality of the episodes are consistently better now, hopefully the writers can continue to find ways to improve the show. I’m gradually warming up to Fitz-Simmons, the episode F.Z.Z.T. was a huge turning point for them. I think the writers have mismanaged Skye, it can be fixed though. Yeah May gets the job done, she’s very reliable to have on the team for sure! Great discussing the show with you!

  4. I also liked the ghost twist in this episode. I’m excited by the fact the show is finally starting to delve into deeper details about these characters and making them more complex. I do have to agree, though, “Arrow” still is way ahead of “Agents of Shield.” 😉

    • I’m enjoying these episodes that develop the characters and gives them moments to shine. On top of that, the story of the week are fairly good lately too. I personally enjoy mythology or longer arc storylines but I understand the producers want to make it easy for new fans to watch any given episode. Arrow is so much fun and awesome characters!

  5. Howdy, finally I’ve gotten around to your blog to comment on this episode. I saw that you commented on my blog before I got to yours, that I appreciate that, thank you.

    It seems like we’re looking at this episode the same way as far as I can see. The whole May/Ward thing was totally crazy, I mean it was implied in the last episode, however I didn’t think this show would go that route at all, especially considering how family-oriented the show is. However this was the most intriguing and refreshing aspect I’ve seen within the character group since it started (besides Simmons’ moment of near suicide). I love how they even highlighted that it wasn’t the first time they’ve hooked up, so it makes ya wonder, how many times have they been together? How long have they been at this? Do you think anyone will catch on? So many questions! XD

    As for the main plot involving Hannah and the telekinesis, I knew something was off about it. There was just ways about the way in which her (apparent) powers were displayed in that gas station that threw me off, normally there’s some physical tells that people use maybe with their eyes, hands or head or something. Even if she wasn’t in control, it’d still be hard to connect the dots. I think she was alright, however I was more interested in Tobias and how he turned this episode into a light horror thriller. The moody atmosphere, dim lighting, wonderful use of colour and camera angles, it was incredibly cool and different from other episodes. Add to that the crazy teleporting abilities of Tobias and the awesomeness of Melinda May and we have a winning combination in my book.

    Oh and of course learning more about May’s backstory was welcomed and interesting considering that she’s really most interesting person outside of Coulson.

    • Hey there! It also surprised me that May/Ward has been in an on-going thing behind the scenes. I remember they were drinking together at the end of episode 5 but I didn’t think much of it. It’s hard to keep secrets in the world of SHIELD but they seem to have their tactics for staying under the radar. The writers will probably have their secret revealed at the worst possible moment … it’s more dramatic that way. 😉 The two aren’t in love or anything like that. I wonder if it’s an open relationship, like no strings attached.

      When the cold open immediately showed her telekinesis powers, I thought it was too soon to make that reveal … of course it was a red herring (if that’s the right word for it). It was also unusual for a person with that much power not sense that it came from within even if they can’t control it, so yeah something was off.

      A conventional story would have Simmons rig a device to save Tobias from being trapped on the other side but since this episode is about letting go he couldn’t be together with Hannah. When I think about it, it would have been nice to have one scene with Tobias and Hannah alone together and develop a quick connection before their last parting scene.

      The moody atmosphere and lighting was a nice change of pace. I think the sounds effects of the airplane creaking was a bit much but it did add to the suspense which I can’t blame them for.

      Really good episode for May, I hope we don’t have to wait too long for another episode that delves into her past.

  6. I am so done with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D…..

  7. I like Melinda May a lot too, and yes the pairing with Ward is rather suitable. I totally didn’t see that coming, but that adds to the fun. Possibly as a future storyline Skye might come into the picture for a love triangle thing, especially since May is very reserved and professional, and very private about her feelings.

    The ghost as a villain for this episode was yet another entertaining surprise from this series, as it has entered surpernatural territory haha, but then of course the show inhabits a world with aliens and superheros, so why not. The only thing I didn’t like about it is the visual effect in the way the ghost Tobias appears/disppears. I thought it was too much like the X-men character Nightcrawler, which made me wonder at first especially since X-men is also by Marvel. I don’t follow the history of these superhero series so I was confused at first, wondering (with some anticipation) if there was some crossover and Tobias was in some way related to Nightcrawler.

    • Melinda May and Ward together is a good example of the show taking a chance and surprising the viewers. Plus it adds fun and opens up possibilities for future character development and stories like you mentioned. I think May has some sort of connection with Skye in her past but what it is I’m not sure. I would like some more engaging interaction between the three, I’m just not sure how I feel about the worthiness of Ward as the center of that triangle haha. The producers are trying hard to make Ward more appealing though; his shirtless scenes are becoming more frequent which is a page out of Arrow TV show, not that I notice these things haha.

      From what I’ve read, a lot of viewers noticed the similarities between Tobias appearing/disappearing and Nightcrawler. In the past, Nightcrawler’s real name is Kurt Wagner so I don’t think there’s a connection. But what’s happening with Tobias is related to events in Thor: The Dark World movie. When it comes to the cinematic rights of Marvel characters it’s quite convoluted but from what I understand Marvel sold the rights to X-Men to 20th Century Fox.

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