Boy, they weren't kidding when they said this would be a game changer. I honestly don't know where to start. There was just so much goodness in this episode. Let's start at the end and work our way backwards.
The ending of this episode is bound to keep fans restless until the show returns in March (thank god we've got Peggy Carter to keep us company during the hiatus). After entering the temple and opening the Diviner, Skye and Raina were exposed to the Terrigen Mist (don't ask) and underwent Terrigenesis (seriously, don't ask) confirming what many have speculated for a long time - they are both Inhumans. Not only that, but we also found out that Skye is a version of Daisy Johnson, a super-powered S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the comics code named Quake whose father is the super-villain Mister Hyde (real name Calvin Zabo).
Oh, and Tripp died, but I'll rant about that later.
Ever since it was revealed that Skye was an 0-8-4 I've been waiting for her to gain superpowers. I wasn't excited about it then because I was very indifferent towards Skye. But the character, and the show in general, have come a long way since then and I now think of Skye as one of my favourite characters. It's a given that the second half of this season is going to be centred around her new abilities and how they will affect not just her but the team's ongoing war with HYDRA as well.
Skye can create earthquakes now, that effectively makes her the most powerful person on the planet. She could potentially level whole cities. More than likely the first few episodes back will see Skye struggling to control her powers, while at the same time I can see Coulson struggling with his paternal instinct to protect Skye at all costs, his Avenger instinct to protect the innocent if she can't control her powers, and his S.H.I.E.L.D. director instinct that will tell him to use her as a weapon against HYDRA.
Skye was finally reunited with her father and the reunion was worth the wait. Cal tried to be the loving father (he wanted there to be flowers and little almond cookies), but he just couldn't repress the crazy, which did nothing to ease his unsettled daughter, who wasn't letting her obvious desire to know where she comes from override how pissed off she was about being abducted at gunpoint by her sort of ex and brought here. Gold stars for Kyle MacLachlan and Chloe Bennet. They both acted their socks off throughout the episode, especially Bennet.
I think it was a smart move on the writers' part to make Skye an Inhuman (Daisy isn't one in the comics) as it provides an explanation for her powers, opens the door for other super-powered individuals since Marvel can't use mutants, and also lays the ground work for the upcoming Inhumans movie. It says a lot about how confident Marvel is right now that they're setting up a movie that won't even be released until 2018 in a TV show that might not even be around by then. Anyone expecting a trip to Attilan any time soon probably shouldn't get their hopes up, though. With TV budgets being what they are, I don't imagine the show is going to delve too deeply into Inhuman mythology. We'll probably gets some hints here and there, maybe the odd character cameo, but Black Bolt and co will more than likely make their debut on the big screen.
This episode featured the deaths of two major characters - Whitehall and Tripp - and I was disappointed with both for different reasons. Whitehall was meant to be the big bad of season 2.1, but he never really reached his true potential and his death was beyond anti-climactic. Tripp's death annoyed by how pointless it was. His death served no purpose other than giving Skye a reason to be sad. If the writers wanted his death to have the impact they desired they really should've done more to show how close he and Skye were. We've seen them hanging out and being cute with each other in a few scenes, but that wasn't enough. Tripp spent too much of this season as nothing more than a glorified extra, when he should've been a central figure.
On a brighter note, Mack is alive and seems to have recovered from his temple induced madness.
Intel and Assets
--So there's another Diviner and it is currently in the hands of freaky no eyes guy.
--The song Cal was humming, the same song the music box played in Skye's dream last week, was Daisy Bell.
--The pre-credit sequence was probably the most exciting action sequence the show has ever done.
--With Whitehall dead, there's now a vacant seat at the HYDRA table. Will Ward fill it? He needs something to do now that his plan to win back Skye's affections by reuniting her with her father has backfired spectacularly with her putting four bullets in him without a second of hesitation or regret (imagine what she'll do to him now she has powers).
--We didn't get a clear look of what Raina turned into, but some have speculated that she could be Naja.
--Was Sam being serious when he talked about Billy's "circuitry"?
--Every time I see Agent 33 I think she looks like one of the aliens from V.
--I can't stop laughing at Ward's reaction when he is shot:
Hunter: "Join S.H.I.E.L.D., travel to exotic distant lands, meet exciting unusual people...and kill them."
Bobbi: "When this is all over I'm going to cry for like a week."
Skye: "Never turn your back on the enemy. You taught me that."
Ward: "Bringing you along was my idea."
Skye: "Maybe you don’t remember, but we’ve played this game of ‘Let’s kidnap Skye’ before and it didn't end well for you."
--Didn't end well for him this time either. Don't try for a third time, Grant.
Four out of four best days ever.
Mark Greig has been writing for Doux Reviews since 2011. More Mark Greig.
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