Even in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, people geek out over Peggy Carter.
This was a very busy episode. Coulson, Skye, Tripp and Fitz raced around the Pacific in an effort to find the hidden city, which brought them into a confrontation with Bob and HYDRA. Meanwhile, back at base, Bobbi was interrogating Bakshi while everyone else researched Daniel Whitehall, leading to various flashbacks that told us what happened to him after he was captured by the S.S.R. And at the same time, Ward took his big brother on a trip down memory lane. Like I said, a very busy episode. A little too busy if you ask me.
I didn't think any of this week's storylines were bad, but they all suffered from being crammed into one episode. Coulson's mission raced by so quickly I had trouble keeping track of what was actually going on. The Whitehall flashbacks were interesting, mainly because we got to see Peggy Carter again, but I don't think they really told us anything about Whitehall that we didn't already know. Sure, we found out what happened to him after he was captured and how he has managed to retain his youth (poor Sierra), but this was information, not insight. We still know nothing about that character other than that he is an evil HYDRA scientist.
Ward's confrontation with his big brother was something of a wasted opportunity. Don't get me wrong, I thought it was the strongest storyline and Tim DeKay and Brett Dalton did great work, but it was all over too quickly. In next to no time we went from "Hey big brother" to "I confess, I confess" to "Holy shit, he killed his family?". This is something that really should've had an entire episode devoted to it. I mean, why bother to bring in an actor like DeKay only to kill him off after two episodes? And off-screen to boot.
Did Christian confess because he was guilty or did he confess to save his own skin? Confessions under duress are not the most reliable. Being a senator, Christian's top priority is saving his own skin, so it is reasonable to deduce that he only admitted to wanting Thomas dead to give Grant what he wanted to hear and save his own life. On the other hand, if what he said was true, then he and Grant are really the same. What if neither of them was really lying. What if they both abused Thomas because he was spared the abuse their parents dished out on them and blamed it on each other? We might never know the truth because now mama and papa Ward are dead along with Christian. The only person who might be able to give us the truth is Thomas Ward. Where the hell is he?
Intel and Assets
--Skye's mum was played by Dichen Lachman, who played Sierra on Dollhouse. And since she was tortured and killed by Whitehall, we got a mini-Dollhouse reunion. Yay?
--Are we going to find out what Skye's real name is any time soon?
--Because of how underutilised he has been this season, I did think for a second that Triplett was done for.
--Mid-season finale prediction. Bob and Ward betray and kill Whitehall and then go off and be creepy about Skye together.
--I'm not really invested in Lance and Bobbi as a couple, but I do love that she towers over him.
Coulson: "My job now is keep an eye on the big picture."
Skye: "And you found something to chase."
Coulson: "Fury. I've been thinking a lot about what made him such a good director. His communication skills - flawed. But he could see five steps ahead, which, for a one-eyed man, is impressive."
Triplett: "You can do that in your sleep."
Fitz: "In my sleep, yes, I'm quite good at it. Problem is, I'm awake."
Coulson: "What are we talking about? Tesseract-level power?"
Bob: "Sure. I don't know what that is."
Coulson: "Take this to the Ka Pua dry-cleaner on Makaimoimo Street."
Triplett: "Maka-what, now?"
Coulson: "Not the one on Hookelewaa."
Triplett: "Am I good with this in my pocket?"
Coulson: "That depends. You ever want kids?"
Two and a half out of four covered up wells.
Mark Greig has been writing for Doux Reviews since 2011. More Mark Greig.
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