Bobbi, you don't know the half of it. Or maybe you do. You can never tell with spies. They're so secretive.
Like 'Turn, Turn, Turn' before it, 'What They Become' was an earth shattering (sorry) episode that shook the entire series to its core. Now it is time to pick up the pieces. This episode doesn't deal with the immediate aftermath of what happened at the temple. The team, including a quarantined Skye, are each dealing with Tripp's death in their own way.
Coulson was trying to convince himself that Tripp didn't die for nothing. When he went off about how he died a hero it sounded like he was trying to convince himself more than Skye. Coulson is more determined than ever to bring down HYDRA. We've never seen him this determined or ruthless before. He used HYDRA's own nature against it and struck a decisive blow against them. As happy as I am that the good guys finally managed to kick some HYDRA ass, it all felt too neat and tidy.
|I feel this picture sums up both their characters perfectly.|
Which brings us to Skye. Our resident Earthbender spent the majority of this episode inside a glass cage being poked and prodded, cut off from everyone else, unable to get that hug she so desperately needed and blaming herself for Tripp's death. Thank Stan for Fitz, who was there to support her as well as Mack (this was a busy week for supportive Fitz). He knows what it is like to have something done to you that changes you and how others see you. But how long can they keep this secret? Skye has no understanding or control over these abilities. Keeping them secret is probably the worst thing they can do. Which is why it is the first thing they are going to do, because it is also the most dramatic.
Apart from Fitz, everyone is clueless about Skye's abilities. Or maybe that's what they want her to think. I bet Coulson and May both know - they are the only ones who know she's an 0-8-4 - and possibly Simmons too. She seemed to be putting on a smile for Skye. It is somewhat unbelievable that Jemma now has gone full blown
Intel and Assets
--Cal mentioned looking up some old friends on the Index, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s database of superpowered individuals. Is he getting his own supervillain team together?
--Congratulations to Adrianne Palicki, who is now a series regular. This won't stop me worrying that something bad might happen to Bobbi.
--The team remembering Tripp was sweet, but it also only drew attention to how underdeveloped and underused his character was.
--Skye's mother was named Jiaying.
--Raina was not dealing with her transformation well. She thought she would be a goddess, instead she's a human pincushion. Be careful what you wish for eh, Raina? I wonder what she's going to get up to with Gordon the eyeless teleporter.
--I don't think Hunter believes Bobbi's support group story for a second.
--We got a clearer picture of what Bobbi and Mack are up to. They want the secrets in Fury's toolbox. It's implied that they're working with someone else, but who? I don't think it is HYDRA. The US government maybe. Who ever it is, I just hope this doesn't lead to their expulsion from the team.
--No sign of Ward or Agent 33 this week.
--Henry Goodman (List) previously appeared in the mid-credit scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, alongside Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, who was mentioned again in this episode. Will he ever turn up on the series or is he being saved for movies?
Coulson: "THEY'LL NEVER TAKE US ALIVE!"
Bobbi: "Drop the accent. It makes you sound like a douchebag."
Hunter: "Now you know what it feels like for me to live in this country."
Fitz: "No, that's Inhuman."
--He said the thing.
Fitz: "You're just different now and there's nothing wrong with that."
Skye: "We're gonna laugh a lot less. That's for sure."
Three out of four hedgehogs.
Mark Greig has been writing for Doux Reviews since 2011. More Mark Greig.
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