Lesson learned: when in a mysterious alien city temple thing, look, don’t touch.
Mack, arguably the most disposable member of the group, was evidently disposed of. However, this is the Marvel Cinematic Universe so I wouldn’t be surprised if he pops back up around finale time somehow. Maybe whatever made him super aggressive softened the blow a bit? Maybe I’m just deluding myself? Yeah, it’s probably the last one. Still, I reserve all rights to say “I told you so” if by some miracle Mack resurfaces.
The episode started with a dream sequence straight out of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Skye, in a thematically appropriate flowered dress, runs through the Playground disoriented, barefoot, and alone. She meets Coulson, who is holding a Chinese newspaper and who tells her that their mission is a music box. Skye knocks it off the table. Then, May and a baby appear. May and Coulson, dressed in their suburban best (May in a twinset and pearls!) discuss the baby. May says “Sacrifices have to be made. Poison tree, poison fruit.” and Coulson says “Bye bye angel eyes” to the baby who they leave on the table and walk away and Skye cries out and then turns to rock after touching the music box.
What should we make of that? It could just be Skye’s abandonment issues combined with the fact that they’re hunting an alien artifact that turns people into stone. But we’re just coming off an arc where a dozen or more people were all drawing the same city in a trance like state after being injected with alien blood. So, maybe more prophetic than your run of the mill nightmare? Coulson and May clearly fulfill parental roles for her and have done for the past season. Are they representing her biological parents in their abandonment of the baby or is it foretelling a time in the future when real May and real Coulson will abandon Skye? Is she afraid that others find her origins unsettling or even dangerous?
This episode might’ve been a little overstuffed. It’s never a great thing when you can’t remember where an episode began by the time it’ s over. The Puerto Rican adventure, combined with everything that happened in Vancouver, Skye’s dream, FitzSimmons drama, and the return of Evil!May (aka Agent 33); it might have been a little much. At least the weekly search for [insert alien artifact here] didn’t overshadow the emotional stuff this week. The thingamajig Mack touched was just a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. We don’t even know what it is or why it did what it did. All that really matters is that the team is down another member and Hunter and Bobbi have lost another valued friend. I was really afraid Fitz was going to have to kill him. After all he’s been through and is continuing to go through, killing the one friend who’s really had his back recently might have been a bridge too far. Still, he’s now without his friend and dealing with even more Simmons drama rama. Poor Mack. Still, it should mean the rest of the team’s safe from the mid-season finale.
I will say I think having Mack fall down the hole was a bit of a copout. It would’ve meant much more if Bobbi had had to kill him instead of just rendering him unconscious and having him accidentally fall. Plus, the fall, tragic as it was, came with a slightly comedic visual.
Intel and Assets
--Mack will never get to work on Lola.
--According to the cast’s livetweet, the show actually sent Clark Gregg and Adrianne Palicki to Costa Rica to film their “San Juan” exterior scenes. I’m glad they did, too. It really made it look different and made the S.H.I.E.L.D. world seem broader. Of course, “Vancouver” was noticeably Los Angeles, but you can’t have everything.
Trip: “Isn’t that in the Bermuda Triangle? Cause that would explain a lot.”
Coulson: “Actually, it doesn’t have anything to do with the Triangle. We solved that back in the 80s.”
Trip: “Uh, Atlantis?”
Coulson: “Try Puerto Rico.”
Koenig #3: “Sorry, but you’re gonna need a lanyard.”
Koenig #3: "I’m Sam. Billy’s the shorter one."
Koenig #2: "I’m Billy. Sam’s the shorter one."
Bobbi: “Well, it’s HYDRA. You might need the shotgun.”
Coulson: “Why do you think I brought you?”
three and a half out of four remote control Lolas
sunbunny, who is still not Mark Greig
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