“What are they talking about? Is it about Skye’s condition?”
That line friends perfectly summed up everything that continues to be the problem with ‘Agents of SHIELD.’
In wrestling, the writers determine who will get the big push i.e. the guy poised to be the next main event star/focal point of the promotion. Occasionally, there’s a disconnect between the writers and fans as to whom should be the big star and rarely does that work out well for either party. Currently in WWE, the writers are pushing Roman Reigns as ‘The Man,’ but the fans have made it clear they’d rather see Daniel Bryan in that spot. The writers are holding firm with their plans and darn it, are going to make the fans LOVE Roman Reigns.
Ironically, with the exception of Coulson, Skye is the one character most likely to get promoted to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But to make Skye a character we want to see rubbing elbows with Captain America, Iron Man and Spider-Man, we need less, not more of her. This episode went the opposite direction leading to one that started with some promise, but again was more about future developments than this week’s outing.
Cal returns and in nutty and entertaining scene, comes to Karla Fay Gideon (Drea de Matteo), a woman with small knives in place of fingernails. She’s been placed on the SHIELD watch list and Cal offers her the chance to join his associates the super tech genius Wendell Levi and the super strong Francis Noche to get payback. SHIELD’s answer to the Masters of Evil? This could be promising.
Meanwhile, the object of Cal’s revenge – Coulson – is hanging with Skye and talking over her new powers. Coulson’s defaulted to his usual surrogate father whenever speaking with Skye. He’s still concerned and has May call in her ex-husband Andrew (Blair Underwood), a brilliant psychiatrist, who Coulson hopes will be able to help Skye gain a measure of control.
Andrew finally gets Skye to open up about her powers. She’s learning to control it and settle the quakes down, which we learn later doesn’t extend to when she’s sleeping. Kinda makes loud snoring not seem so bad, huh?
May again gets the episode’s best moments while catching up with Andrew and her relaxed nature and laughter is enough to make Simmons forget how anger she is over Fitz’s betrayal. Too often, May is just stuck playing the cold, emotionless second-in-command, but she’s one of the show’s more complex characters and would benefit from more dedicated screen time where she has the spotlight not assisting others.
Cal is taking his traveling band of misfits to get one final member David Angar aka Angar the Screamer from the comics. Write this date down as it’s rare for me to say this, but this is one case where I’m fine with the show not being comic book accurate with his outfit.
Coulson asks Bobbi about Hunter and she lies and says he started falling back in old drinking habits and Mack had to take him somewhere. Did Coulson simply not care that another of his field agents were gone at a time when they’re short-staffed?
Cal sets up a showdown at the college Coulson’s dad taught so it’s up to Coulson and Bobbi to stop him. May takes The Bus to back them up and Skye wants in on the mission. Here’s yet another problem with killing Trip: the team only has but so many capable agents to go on missions especially with Skye “grounded.”
Skye wants to help Coulson. Another problem with killing Trip. Only Bobbi and May are field agents. She’s already under control. Sigh
Just as Cal confronts Coulson, May appears with Skye. Cal was hoping she’d have something exotic like wings. Besides Cal being a big bag of crazy, why wouldn’t he want Skye to be able to blend in and have powers? The big showdown ends up being a blowout. The ‘blind’ Inhuman teleporter returns and grabs Cal leaving his team of losers to get taken down without much trouble.
Skye started losing control watching the fight play out, but kept her powers in check … sorta as the effort makes her pass out. When she awakens, she’s wearing gauntlets to better resemble her comic book appearance. Simmons reveals Skye wasn’t controlling her powers, but keeping them inwards resulting in major bruising.
Seeing her friend struggling, Simmons suggests to Coulson that they create a new designation for powered individuals. He gives her a secret assignment of finding out how to handle these specials, which by the way secrets are kept on this show, will be revealed to everyone next week.
The blind Inhuman brought Cal to a room and while Cal would like to consider himself an Inhuman, the man says Cal is just a science experiment who’s been making too much noise. Now he has to report to someone behind the door. While Black Bolt and the main Inhumans haven’t been cast for the 2019 film, it’d be neat to get just a portion of one of their costumes to tease their appearance.
Disappointingly, last week’s intriguing cliffhanger is stuck in wheel-spinning mode. Hunter recalls his first mission with Mack and Bobbi where he was kept in the dark because he wasn’t SHIELD. Mack gets a call and leads Hunter to a hallway where he explains that he and Bobbi work for the real SHIELD.
Like we figured, Mack and Bobbi hadn’t turned evil and are working with another splinter cell of SHIELD. While I’m sure some of it will get answered later, did Fury authorize this secret version of his secret spy agency with Coulson’s team being the sorta not-so secret version to distract SHIELD’s enemies? And why wouldn’t Bobbi and Mack just straight up tell Hunter their plans? It’s not like he has some deep loyalty to Coulson and company.
If you’re hard pressed for time, no need to track down this week’s show unless you want to see more of Crazy Cal.