Swallowing camels, straining at fleas? (#SFWApro)

I was looking forward to last night’s Agents of Shield, with the guest appearance by Sif (Jamie Alexander). As I’ve complained before, the relatively mundane level of most episodes is the biggest weakness: Any series based in the Marvel Universe, even the film/TV Marvel Universe, should have villains who play at a higher power level than, say, Chuck.
Yes Men delivered that. We have the villain Lorelei (a character created during Walter Simonson’s memorable run on Thor) enslaving men to build an empire on Earth. Sif, who once lost the man she loved to Lorelei’s power, shows up and joins forces with the SHIELD team to stop her.
I was somewhat disappointed. I realize that comic books and telefantasy series are rife with logical loopholes, so maybe I should let it go. But for whatever reason, I choose not to.
Lorelei’s power, Sif tells Coulson, is voice-activated: men hear her, they adore her. She speaks and touches them, they adore her even more. Plus general Asgardian super-strength and combat skills.
So what is the logical approach to someone with those powers? Hmmm … how about we send an all-female team in? Then her control power is useless. Or if you have to use men, equip them with earplugs. No voice, no enslavement.
But no, we send in Agent Ward with zero protection against hypnotic voices and let Lorelei enslave him. Because … well, they need an idiot plot so Ward can turn against the team and OMG, SHIELD has to fight its own! And Lorelei reveals awful truths about Ward’s relationship with May that amp up the drama! Who needs logic?
And on a minor note, why bring up Sif’s lost love? Couldn’t she just bust Lorelei because, as she notes, she’s an Asgardian warrior on a mission from Odin (based on Thor II, I’m pretty sure it’s not Odin, but that’s fine). Instead it has overtones of beating up the woman who stole her man, which feels more sexist than an added layer of character.
Some great action scenes, but Yes Men was nowhere near what it should have been.

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