His double dealing might be acceptable if he wasn’t being so sanctimonious about it. Can he not see the hypocrisy? I railed against Gonzalez at length last week and he did nothing to endear himself to me to this week. He even tried to turn May against Coulson. May. And he referred to Skye as “that thing.” Lovely. And then he has the gall to give this speech about being united against the forces of evil because a house built on shifting sand blah blah blah. It’s infuriating. He literally invades them and then says “No one wants a war.” ARGHHH.
Jiaying, Gordon, and Lincoln were bound to seem shady. When you wake up days later in a mysterious place you’ve never been before surrounded by people you don’t know, it’s reasonable to assume the worst. They did earn a modicum of my trust by their keeping Cal very, very locked up. Jiaying hugged him but at the same time she refused to let him see Skye which is definitely a good thing. She is lying to Skye about a lot right now, though. For instance the words “hey, fun fact, I’m your mother” never passed her lips. She also misled Skye about Raina and Cal’s locations. Is she protecting Skye from information overload or what?
Here’s where I would put in my two cents about Raina and whether or not she deserves the second chance she’s been given but, honestly, all I can think about whenever she’s onscreen is how much time poor Ruth Negga must spend in makeup.
Hunter and Coulson’s adventure was a hoot. Coulson’s been stuck in the office far too often this season. And when he’s out in the field, he’s almost always partnered up with May and/or Skye while Hunter has almost always been with Bobbi. It was a fun boys’ night out. Coulson’s understated, deadpan humor works well with Hunter’s ability to react indignantly to everything. I especially loved Coulson not letting Hunter in on Mike just so he could see his face. Yes, in the second biggest surprise appearance of the evening, Deathlok, now known as official S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Mike Peterson, has popped back up. I’m so proud of him for becoming a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. More than I should be for a minor recurring character we haven’t seen all season. I blame Angel for it. I loved Gunn.
I spent most of the episode being righteously angry at Simmons. I mean what the hell Jemma. I totally bought into her betrayal and that’s down to good writing. Her reaction to Skye’s new superpowers, while utterly understandable, was not great. She was pretty freaked out and it makes sense for her to respond to that by gravitating towards people who are also pretty freaked out by it. I thought that perhaps she was somehow signaling Fitz through what she was doing to the toolbox but Fitz’s outrage and sense of betrayal was so real. I’m so glad she’s back on the right side. And she made Fitz a sandwich. Hopefully Ward won’t show up and destroy this one like he did the last.
Intel and Assets
-- Afterlife really overdid it on the plants. It looked like the world’s fanciest garden supply store.
Bobbi: “All we know is that Coulson and Fury both believed it was valuable enough or dangerous enough to protect with extreme measures.”
Fitz: “Maybe it was their favorite recipes.”
Coulson: “Let’s just hope they didn’t bring a…”
Coulson: “…Battering ram.”
Hunter: “At some point, you might have mentioned that backup was a lethal cyborg.”
Coulson: “Truthfully, I just wanted to see the look on your face when he showed up. Priceless.”
three and a half out of four surprise appearances
sunbunny, in this week for Mark Greig
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