You know what they say, be careful what you wish for...
This week Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. served up another so-so dish of mission of the week caper with a side order of arc story progression. The main bulk of the action took place in the Ravenclaw branch of S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy (the Slytherin branch is where they train all the assassins and accountants). Turns out S.H.I.E.L.D. Hogwarts is a fairly dull place. Not that we saw much of it, just a lecture hall, a dorm room and the student bar. Nothing to make it seem any different from any other fancy school for smart kids. Dropping into their old stomping ground would’ve been a great opportunity to learn more about Fitz and Simmons, maybe even learn about how they first met and became inseparable. Instead we got a rehash of ‘The Asset’ with a scientist associated with S.H.I.E.L.D. (a cadet this time) creating machine for smarmy Ian Quinn (who is apparently chummy with the Clairvoyant) that gets out of control (accidentally this time) and inadvertently creates a potential super-villain. Been there, done that.
No part of Seth or Donnie’s plan made sense and relied too much on sheer blind luck to work. To recap, they couldn’t get their freeze ray thingamajig to work so they froze the school pool to lure Fitz to the school so he could help them figure out how to make it work. Right, how did they know that S.H.I.E.L.D. would send Fitz specifically to investigate this? S.H.I.E.L.D. is a massive global organization and Fitz is likely one of many technical experts they have on the payroll. Sure, the pool incident is the kind of thing the team look into all the time, but their missions are supposed to be classified Level 7. Would a pair of cadets know that this team even exist let alone what they do on a weekly basis?
The best portion of the episode was May and Coulson's trip to Mexico, which isn't much of surprise since the show is often at its best when these two share the screen. Coulson’s recent experience has changed his world view considerable. He’s tired of secrets. Not just the secrets his superiors have been keeping from him, but the ones he has been keeping from his team, specifically Skye. Which is why he decides to come clean straight away with what he and May learned from their little trip south of the border. And what was that? Oh, only that Skye potentially has dormant superpowers and the reasons she was moved around from foster home to foster home as a child was because someone has been killing everyone who knew
This is a major revelation. What the hell is that doing in a B-plot. This should be the A-story, not all that boring stuff at the academy. Skye learning this should’ve been the focus of the episode. Her whole reason for joining S.H.I.E.L.D. was to learn where she came from and who her parents were. I also think it was a mistake not to fully show Skye processing and dealing with this information. Simply telling us how she dealt with it just wasn't very dramatically satisfying.
Intel and Assets
--So what is Skye? A mutant? An alien? Do her origins perhaps have something to do with this awesome piece of casting news?
-- Donald "Donnie" Gill is the real name of Blizzard, an Iron Man villain. He was the second Blizzard, the first was Gregor Shapanka.
--Skye's mention of Bucky Barnes was a nice references to Captain America: The First Avenger and a nice bit of foreshadowing for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
--Did Donnie reverse the process or did the artificial storm just dissipate on its own?
--Once again we Coulson out of his suit. He always looks so naked without it.
--Even the pool table in the student's secret bar has the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo on it. Is there anything they won't put their stamp on?
Skye: "This is where you got all your PhDs?"
Simmons: "No, you need at least one to get through the door."
Skye: "You're not exactly 'Old Man River' and Fitz looks younger than us."
Fitz: "Time will come when you won't make fun of me for that. You'll be jealous. You'll be jealous, wrinkly, old hags."
Firz: "Simmons is probably smarter technically, but that's because she likes homework more than life itself."
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