Agents of SHIELD: What They Become recap, S2,E10

Through most of its first season’s underwhelming first half, the writers had this unhealthy fascination with Skye, the lone non-SHIELD agent of the main cast. With a grating 90s hacker-girl persona and flippant attitude, the focus on Skye was annoying, especially considering the more interesting Agent Coulson and Agent May were stuck all too often letting the newbie save the day.

But after the big series game-changer with “Captain America: Winter Soldier,” AOS got better and in no small part because Skye stopped being the focus. Tonight’s winter finale tried its best to undo all of that hard-earned goodwill with a Skye-heavy episode that annoyingly looks to have killed off one of the show’s better characters in easily the season’s most frustrating episode.

Picking up from last week’s cliffhanger, Whitehall orders the Hydra jets to shoot down The Bus. May pulls an Obi-Wan circa “Attack of the Clones” by releasing spare parts to fool the heat-seeking missiles and going into stealth mode. Trip is impressed and marked a good use of the episode’s heavy special effects budget.

KYLE MACLACHLANAt camp Hydra, the Doc is emotional as Ward brings Skye to him. He introduces himself as Cal (so he could still very well be Calvin Zabo, Marvel Comics’ Mr. Hyde). Skye is upset that she was held at gunpoint for the reunion, but is clearly curious to her secret origin. Calvin tells her that she was born in China, where her mother was from and explains that Skye’s destiny lies with him and in the underground city. She comes from a people with special gifts, but Skye is less interested in her yet to be untapped superpowers and wants to know what happened to her mother. Surprisingly, Calvin tells Skye exactly what Whitehall did to her mother and that he’s going to kill the man who destroyed his life. “Best day ever.” Kyle McLaughlin has really been this season’s MVP and he was exceptional again tonight. This season has been real interesting in that the most fun characters are the non-SHIELD characters like Whitehall, Ward, Calvin and Hunter before he got Morse-whipped.

Speaking on, Morse is tasked with making sure her contact doesn’t alert Hydra to the underground city entrance and Hunter tags along like the lovesick puppy the writers have made him since her arrival. The two play “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” as Morse’s contact secretly gives her a location while he walks off with Hydra agents. Hydra’s found their own shortcut to the city and are boring a hole via plasma cannon to get there.

Whitehall calls for a meeting with his lieutenants – Ward, Raina and Calvin. Whitehall wants to know why Skye is here and makes her grab The Diviner/Obelisk. Skye touches it with no problem and uses it to knock out one Hydra goon before more, including Agent 33, draw their guns on her and Ward. Whitehall says he hopes Skye is as helpful as her mother. Busted. Although this seems like a real stretch as Raina has also touched the Obelisk without being considered part of the Skye family tree. Whitehall seems confused as to why Ward wanted to help her until Raina explains he loves Skye and hopes to gain her trust/affection by helping.

ADRIANNE PALICKI, NICK BLOODFearing for Skye’s safety and Hydra successfully getting into the city, Coulson has Trip, Fitz/Simmons go down to the city tunnel and insert four detonators to collapse the entrance. This plan makes little sense because Hydra has PLASMA cannons! Looks like I can start my Trip Death Watch again… While they’re working on a plan that can’t possible succeed, Coulson takes May, Hunter and Morse with him to go to the Hydra base to rescue Skye.

While Whitehall taunts Calvin saying he’s going to make Cal watch him kill his daughter, Agent 33 is watching Ward. BTW, Agent 33’s face is kinda silly. Why is she still wearing the scarred mask of May’s face? Does Hydra not have another face hologram they can give her? How is she supposed to walk around undetected looking like a Terminator reject?

While I’m fixing the designs of things, Hydra needs a different color scheme than generic bad guy black especially since that’s what SHIELD wears as well. Coulson’s crew arrives and starts a shootout with Hydra, prompting Whitehall to leave Cal and Skye with one Hydra guard so Cal can break free and kill them so more agents can fight off SHIELD.  Cal shockingly does manage to break free of his restraints and kills the guard. Next up on the hitlist? Whitehall.

bj britt as tripBefore Cal can get his much-awaited revenge, Coulson arrives and kills Whitehall. Most anticlimactic death of a major bad guy yet. Seriously, how does the main villain not have 30 bodyguards around him when SHIELD is attacking his location?? Cal is not happy and denied his chance for revenge, goes after Coulson instead.

Ward gets free and unties Skye, who thankfully doesn’t get caught up and shoots him. Cal is pummeling Coulson, but Skye arrives in time to threaten to kill him if he doesn’t back off of Coulson. So it’s clear where Skye’s loyalties lie choosing her father figure over her actual father. I know he’s a murderer and all, but Skye really seemed a bit hard on her dad, considering he told her why he’d become so unhinged. He tells her that soon she’ll become more than she is now and the others won’t understand, but he’ll always love Daisy. Skye promises Coulson she’ll stop whatever the Diviner is being prepped to do and speeds to the tunnel.

Agent 33 comes to Ward confused over what to do now that Whitehall is dead. Ward has her help him saying he’ll figure it out. Ward for new Hydra US leader? The show’s definitely had worse ideas.

This firefight underscores how worthless the show’s version Hydra soldiers are as they get picked off with one shot by Morse, Hunter and May. It’s like the second these ex-SHIELD guys joined Hydra their aim and training drastically started sucking.

Raina has made off with the Diviner and finds Mack in the cave. Mack is apparently now escorting everyone deemed worthy of the Diviner to go in to the main chamber. Skye goes in with no problem, but Coulson has to slug it out again with super Mack. Trip meanwhile goes back down the tunnel to stop the explosions from killing Coulson and May as has an unintentionally funny moment running through the tunnel with a torch like an Olympic runner. He manages to get to the last one right before it explodes. Hmmn, so that won’t be what kills him…

Daisy_Johnson_(Earth-61112)_001In the chamber, Skye confronts Raina, who says the Diviner gives life just as it starts to activate. Trip manages to run into the chamber to help Skye. Nooooo Trip! The Diviner starts sprouting crystals and a wave of energy (Terrigan Mist) coats Skye, Raina and Trip. Raina gets coated in the Diviner’s ash followed quickly by Skye. Trip tries to save her by kicking the crystals, which releases another wave of energy. This one turns Trip to ash just as Raina starts to emerge from her cocoon.

Outside the chamber, Mack is back to normal and being helped by Coulson. Confirming what most folks online had already guessed, Skye (in “super cool” slow-mo) emerges from her ash shell all set to become the SHIELD agent/superhero Quake as her earthquake powers trigger. Unfortunately, the force blows Trip away so my favorite underdeveloped character is dead. Boooo times infinity. With Skye having actual powers there’s little chance that the show won’t devote even more time to her. Sigh.

Post-credit, a man with no eyes and another Diviner answers his phone and says someone else has been discovered. So “AOS” is gonna be taking a very long break as “Agent Carter” starts its eight-episode run in January. What are you hoping to see when it returns?



  • keith

    i finally got a chance to comment. I watched it yesterday morning. I will say this the action this season has been so much better and Im glad they took out some of the corniness with it. At first I i was like here goes jeff again lol, but now that I agree with you im ticked at the writers.

    Like you I was digging the whole lets be a team vibe that was going oh so well the first half of this season. Like you the show worked with phil up front than the goofy kid sister/daughter act of skye. I started to respect the character finally shutting up and getting in line.. and BAM. we all know where this is going to go. Yet kudos for them for FINALLLY getting this silly mysterious plot out the way with “skye”/daisy/quake. yet the non marvel people are still baffled lol. I feel so sorry for them not getting this. Yet as I guess a good character quake has been within the last decade of marvel… is it me or do I feel cheated that it a whole season and a half to set that up and resolve it????? i mean yes zabo is freaking nuts on tv and in the books ( i though of him as more a spiderman guy who pops every so often, but I guess he roams like the tinkerer who should be on this show as bad guy/hydra support). But it feels sort of a let down for to say this is ALL CONNECTED…. blah.. quake just aint big enough for all of this for me or maybe I have my Marvel colored glasses on. Either way RIP tripp for trying to save the one person on the show who clearly cant die.. and ward.. gotdamn freaking ward. I like yeah she cappped his butt.. and the even more pointless agent 33( so bland) comes a helping. I was excited watching this but now after your logic, i am worried man lol. Im sure we get at least 3 filler episodes where agent super skye will have to wear some ugly suit to control her powers as they will have to stall anything about the Inhumans as they are a 2016 movie right. So I dont expect any mention of Attilan soon. This places her in positon to pop up in the movie to connect the show over a few times to civil war as well as quake is in the books so Im going to assume they cant just keep shield out of the iron man/ cap america worlds forever.

    So much. Mac and Tripp got screwed. Hunter is now just a love sick goon now… but bobbi aint bad to look if you know what i mean. You know what i mean jeff. lol. The worst part no getting rid of super raina, sky cohort in the annoying never going to die category. But clearly she is going to be butt ugly when she comes out. Which im sure somehow she will escape before we even see her on the return episode. I also think its a cop out to bring the damn show all the way in March??? For all of that they can use a couple of 2 hour episodes on how to move things along. Why CW/DC kicks their butts on the home front for tv. sorry for th long post man.

  • No worries. You were as fired up as I was after watching 😉

    Again, I’m not a Skye-basher only when focusing on her comes at the expense of the rest of the cast, which has happened way more often than not.

    I’ve been reading a lot of feedback on the episode and most of it is excitement about the Quake reveal and annoyed with Trip’s death, which would have been so much better if it had meaning besides trying to bail Skye out of a jam when she’s the one character (besides Coulson) that has star power to survive anything.

    Well, we’re getting the Agent Carter mini-series in between and I’m fine with that. This wasn’t as dramatic a mid-season cliffhanger as last season with Coulson’s abduction so I’m not at the edge of my seat waiting on its return like some other shows (Arrow cough Flash cough cough)

  • keith

    yeeeeah.. lol. this one can take a breather and come back tighter and stronger. go team disney. must be nice when your pockets are that fat you can do a whole other show in between a season. I mean i hope im wrong and quake skye comes out swinging. But some inhumans are on the way and im sure they will be be more of the season finale. when do inhumans come out? I believe quake isnt even an inhuman in the books, but i wont freak out on them taking a boring and unknown to the masses generic spy with earthquake powers, building up fan capital, and leading it to a movie. whereas dc like, I will give you a tv masterpiece that the masses arent watching and p iss it all away come movie time. Like im about to even sit through another orgin story of flash with tv flash kicking mucho butt out here. Grant is really coming into the role. I just am botherd by iris though. too cute to be so vapid lol. I hope her character rounds into a role i can care about. as I see her in the way

    so do you think dr wells is the reverse flash or he give us more loops and spins?

  • I’m glad you’re checking them out Pierre. Can’t wait to hear what you think of SHIELD, Arrow and Flash!

  • I think Wells is a Reverse Flash although I don’t think he was the one we saw fighting Barry this week.

  • keith

    sounds about right.. multiple time stream.. ohhhhhhh mysterious lol. wells I tell you.. good job by such a nice and well like actor playing such a smarmy scum bag

  • keith

    here are my thoughts. eddie is the flash who was getting off on smashing barry face in… wells is his dad/decesendent/ freind and they both have it out for him. wells being a sick mastermind get evil eddie to stick around this time while they figure out how to use barry till he no longer serve his purpose and iris will be flung off a building.. but who are kidding it will lead to joe being killed. it always lead to someones good dad getting screwed. and iris will get more screen time ala laurel to find herself

  • Yeah, I’m really digging Cavanaugh in this role. Probably the most mysterious character on TV right now.

  • I was definitely a little annoyed that two of the characters introduced this season were both eliminated in the finale. That was the kind of crap that made me stop watching ‘Lost’ and ‘Walking Dead’. I was enjoying the episode up to that point, despite it’s flaws (my favorite moment was Skye shooting Ward because YES.)

    Every time I see Agent 33 and then the Patton Oswalt clones, I think that maybe they need a bigger casting budget for this show…

  • Yep. Kinda silly to bring in new faces to kill ’em off so soon into the season.

    When did you stop watching Lost and TWD?

    I was on board with Skye shooting Ward. Made rare perfect sense in these kinds of shows.

    It’s funny since they had a perfectly fine actress playing Agent 33 and doubling up roles just seems lower-budget than the show needs to.

  • I watched far more of LOST than I should have, kept hoping against hope it would start to make sense again…I think I might have even come back for the last season for the same reason. But I’m probably more bitter about that show than I was about X-Files LOL. TWD I gave up on pretty early…season 3 maybe? Was just annoyed that the show tends to tread water too much so they can have a HUGE finale. Meh.

    I think I will keep watching SHIELD next year but it’s never at the top of my list. And with so many other shows coming back in January, it will probably have to wait awhile and be marathoned like it was this year.

  • I loved LOST, but I know tons of people didn’t like the latter seasons and finale.

    From the first 50 issues of The Walking Dead something is happening almost every issue and I could see why people wouldn’t like the show if they started with the comic.

    Binge watching is probably the way to go with SHIELD. What are you most looking forward to returning in January?

  • JUSTIFIED! And HANNIBAL! I think that’s back in January…heck I don’t even know the date for Hannibal anymore. And Parks & Rec.

    Just curious – did you watch LOST live or binge watch it on DVD/streaming?

  • Ah. I keep hearing good things about Hannibal. Would you recommend it?

    Watched it weekly. Got my Dad into it so a lot of the fun was calling him the second the end credits came up and discussing our thoughts on it.

  • Yes! Hannibal is fantastic. It is not forthe squeamish, i watch a lot of it with my hands over my eyes, but the story is so good. They take a lot of chances and it is not predictable at all.

    Having someone to watch with does change things. I watched a lot more x files than i would have because my friends were all talking about it.

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