This episode goes to show that just because someone is a manipulative schemer with a long history of betrayal doesn't mean you shouldn't listen to them.
Who would've thought that Raina of all people would actually be telling the truth? I honestly thought that she was making a power play by manipulating Gordon into going against Jiaying. I never would've guessed that she really did have everyone’s best interests at heart. Okay, maybe she only had her own interests at heart. After all, if S.H.I.E.L.D. attacks Afterlife (and odds are they will) she could easily get caught in the crossfire.
Poor Skye. Seems the crazy in her family isn't limited to daddy dearest. What was Jiaying thinking killing Jan Brady Adama like that, just when he was starting to show that there was more to him than xenophobia and Coulson envy and after he gave her that nice gift too. That’s gratitude for ya. So it looks like it is going to be war (huh, what is it good for?)! Well, we were hardly going to have a two hour finale about index negotiations. How dull would that be? Still, I would've preferred if the events that led to this conflict felt more organic.
I get that she is suspicious of S.H.I.E.L.D. (It does not have the best reputation) and that Gonzales' limp is in no way comparable with what Whitehall did to her, but Jiaying has to know that starting a war with S.H.I.E.L.D. (and Diet S.H.I.E.L.D.) is only going to get her people killed. Does she think her side will win because some of them have superpowers? Is she forgetting that H.U.F.F.L.E.P.U.F.F. have an Inhuman doomsday weapon in the hold of their ship? Or that Phil pretty much has the Avengers on speed dial?
So Ward's whole "look after Kara for me" speech last week was a load of baloney. He left her there deliberately so they could kidnap Bobbi. Was it always the plan to grab Bobbi? If yes, then what for? I seriously doubt that it has anything to do with giving Kara "closure". The way these two are together makes it clear that Kara has swapped one manipulator for another. I honestly don’t think that Ward really cares about her, or maybe he does but only in that unique Grant Ward way where caring for someone doesn’t stop you from dropping them in the ocean.
So what are we to make of the hula doll scene? Simmons was really nervous when she gave the doll to Skye, like unbelievably nervous. Far more nervous than a friend giving another friend a nice gift should be. There are two possible explanations for this. The first is that Coulson had Simmons hid something in the doll so they could track her moments. This doesn't exactly scan because they knew where Skye was going and if they wanted to keep track of her a doll she is unlikely to keep on her person at all times is not the ideal tool. The second is that Jemma has realised that her feelings for Skye may not be entirely platonic and she was worried about how Skye would react to this, somewhat romantic, gesture. That's the more likely explanation, right? Gods, when did I become such a pathetic Skimmons shipper? I've clearly been spending too much time on Tumblr.
It looks like Age of Ultron isn’t going to have the same kind of impact on the series that The Winter Soldier had. Which is a good thing. The writers had plenty of time to deal with the fallout from that movie and the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. in season 1 . There are only three episodes left this season and as I said in one of my earlier reviews, switching the focus to an all new threat at this late stage would just not work. You do have to wonder, though, what exactly have these guys been doing while all of this was going down? Have they just been hanging around the office playing a tense game of Monopoly while Ultron plotted the extermination of all life on Earth?
Intel and Assets
--They really didn't do a very good job hiding how seriously pregnant Dichen Lachman obviously was when they filmed this.
– Hunter drawing spikes on the photo of Raina was just perfect.
--I don't know what was cuter - Koenig’s socks or his box of lanyards?
--As you've probably heard by now we're getting a third season as well as a second season of Agent Carter ("Yay" - Me). Meanwhile, the Bobbi/Hunter spin-off has been shelved ("Fucking yay!" - Paul Kelly)
--I loved that Simmons showed no regret whatsoever for trying to kill Ward, only that she failed.
Coulson: "What can I say? I'm a company man."
Two and a half out of four Star Wars bedsheets.
Mark Greig has been writing for Doux Reviews since 2011. More Mark Greig.
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