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‘Agents of Shield’ What is the alien writing?

It’s been 14 days since we last saw Team Coulson in action—14 days too many! It’s hard to take a break in the middle of Hydra plots, alien languages, Skye’s dad ‘The Doctor’, Ward’s Senator brother, and more. This has been an intense season so far, and things are just heating up.

Tonight’s episode of Agents of Shield “The Writing on the Wall”, starts out with tattoo man on a date with a woman from a bar. They seem to be having a good time until he shows her his alien tats and she starts screaming. She’s seen that alien writing before: was she a GH 325 patient too?

“It’s all connected. Everything. We are pieces to a puzzle.” – Skye

Back on base, Coulson’s writing episodes have increased and he can’t seem to turn them off. Coulson’s not sleeping, and Skye is keeping an eye on him while May, Morse, and Tripplet are hunting down Ward.

Skye gets an alert from a friend letting her know that some more alien writing has been found. Unfortunately it’s found on the body of the woman from the bar. Tattoo man killed her. Coulson and Skye go check out her apartment and find the alien symbols painted everywhere. One of her paintings says “magical place” on the bottom of it. She definitely had to have been apart of the Tahiti project. That means at least five people underwent the Tahiti Project: Coulson, Skye, Garrett, tattoo man, and this woman. How many others are out there?

The woman is Rebecca Stevens, a level 6 Shield agent who died from cancer five years ago. Simmons performs an autopsy on her discovering that both her and her killer had GH 325 in their blood. Yup, project Tahitit survivors. Coulson, who is so bent on solving the alien writing problem, allows himself to be be put back into Raina’s memory torture machine. If May was here she would not let this happen.

In Coulson’s memory flashbacks he is in the Guest House (Season 1, episode T.A.H.I.T.I.) looking for Agent Stevens. She admits that she volunteered for the Tahiti project and is doing great in her recovery. Then he starts to remember all the patients going crazy. This is when he decided to shut down the program, destroy the host, and perform to the memory wipe. A Shield nurse working with him tried to stop Coulson from destroying the host, declaring that it (the blue alien) is thousands of years old, predating the pyramids.

Meanwhile, on the Hyrda hunt, Hunter finds Ward. Ward meets up with Bakshi, and seems keen on rejoining Hydra. While they’re talking, Ward name drops a certain soon-to-be-seen Age of Ultron villain Baron Von Strucker. “Since Baron Von Strucker is overseas…” That means Ward knows a lot more about the bigger Marvel Cinematic Universe that we once thought. Click the video below to see the Captain America: Winter Soldier end credit scene with the Baron, Loki’s staff, and the twins.

In the memory machine Coulson remembers tattoo man’s name: Sebastian Derek. Coulson freaks out and puts Skye in the vault so he can track Derek down. Turns out he doesn’t track down Derek, but Mr. Thompson, the last man alive who also went through the Tahiti project.

May, Hunter, Morse and Triplett go in after Ward and find everyone in the building dead. Bakshi is tied up in the basement with a sign saying “For Coulson”. I don’t know if that means Ward is fighting on the good side, or if he’s just trying to buy back some trust. Either way, Ward is gone.

Back at Thompson’s house, Derek has kidnapped Thompson and Coulson and plans on torturing them to figure out the language. Thompson gets away, leaving Coulson and Derek to battle it out. Thankfully Skye and Mack find them in time. In the midst of the fighting Coulson realizes the answer to the puzzle is right in front of them. The alien writing is actually a 3D blueprint to a city. But which city? (Scroll down to the bottom of this post to read possible spoilers about the city.)

The episode wraps up with a much happier (and less compulsive) Coulson, and a clean shaven Grant Ward. Seems he and his brother have some unfinished business.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Leave me a comment below or shoot me a tweet @Lauren_Gallaway.

Scroll down to see a spoiler theory on the city.






A friend of mine text me after tonight’s episode saying the city is Attilan.


Attilan is the ancestral home of the Inhumans, a highly advanced offshoot of the human race. About seven thousand years ago, the Inhumans grew tired of centuries of persecution by their more primitive parent race, and decided to create a place of refuge for themselves. Under the leadership of King Myran, the Inhumans chose as a site for their city a small island in the northern Atlantic Ocean, located about two hundred miles southwest of Iceland. The city, which took several decades to complete, was named Attilan, a name derived from Atlantis, the former pinnacle of civilization on Earth that had vanished beneath the sea about three millennia before. Attilan has been the sole center of the Inhuman population ever since.

For millennia, the Inhumans dwelled in Attilan, isolated from contact with mainstream humanity except for an occasional encounter with a lost Greek or Viking sailing vessel. Finally, in the mid-Twentieth Century, with the advent of steamships and airplanes, the Inhumans began to fear discovery by the human race. When one of his subjects was captured by human beings, young king Black Bolt determined that the Inhumans must move their civilization to some place more secure. Employing anti-gravity generators, the Inhumans moved their entire city and its foundation in one piece. The new site of Attilan, a hidden valley in the Himalayan Mountain range in China, was excavated by the Eternals, another variant offshoot of humanity. The Himalayan site of Attilan became known as “the Great Refuge.” The Himalayas did not prove to be remote enough to enable the Inhumans to retain their secrecy, however, and soon the Inhumans’ existence became known to several of the governments of the outside world, although not to the general public. While in the Himalayas, all of Attilan’s ancient architecture was accidentally destroyed by Black Bolt and the city has been extensively redesigned and rebuilt.

Attilan was relocated once again, this time to escape the effects of Earthly pollution and disease. Attilan is currently located in the “Blue Area of the Moon,” nestled in the ruins of an ancient city built by the alien Kree whose technology gives the “Blue Area” its own artificially created atmosphere.

If this city is Attilan, then Kevin Feige was right when he said we were going to get a look at the Inhumans earlier than we thought we would.

The Inhumans movie hits theaters November 2nd, 2018.



About laurengallaway

California girl who loves superheroes, sci-fi, and all things nerdy. Assistant editor at Comic Book Resources, co-founder of The Marvel Report.

2 comments on “‘Agents of Shield’ What is the alien writing?

  1. Brittany Rene' Rivera
    December 3, 2014

    OOh I didn’t catch the Baron Von Strucker reference, but good call! I’m really liking all the Inhumans theories I’ve been seeing and I hope they’re right!
    I can’t wait to see Cap 2 again, it’s the only DVD I requested for Christmas 🙂

    • laurengallaway
      December 3, 2014

      Right? They are putting so many threads together in these shows and films!! I hope you get Cap 2!

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