This week’s episode of Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD was chock full o’revelations, some more shocking than others. But damn, they sure packed a lot into one hour of television, am I right? I’ve been an AOS fan from the beginning, but I know the show’s had some trouble with critics and ratings alike, so I just want to say to anyone who’s jumped ship: give this show another chance. Ever since the show’s seamless transition from Captain America: The Winter Soldier to the tail end of season one, things have been picking up momentum. Now it truly feels like a fun (though sometimes dark) adventure, week after week. The introduction of Bobbi Morse, AKA Mockingbird, was only one fantastic piece of this week’s exciting episode. Let’s talk about every OMG moment – spoilers ahead, of course.
1. First of all, we have to talk about Simmons. Not only is her cover blown at Hydra, but it’s like, really, really blown. KABOOM. Raina happens upon Jemma sending a report to SHIELD, which is pretty lucky for her, since she was probably on her way to die otherwise. But a quick cell phone pic and bam! No more undercover ops for Simmons and Raina has some intel that just might save her life. It looks like Simmons is toast, but thankfully Coulson has a backup plan in the form of Bobbi Morse – the SHIELD agent also known as Mockingbird. And a damn fine backup plan she is.
2. Poor Raina. You almost have to feel bad for her. First, Whitehall threatens to cut her up into little pieces and then Skye’s father refuses to hand over the obelisk without getting his daughter in return. Skye – or whatever her real name is, since we know it’s not that – is pretty shocked to learn that her father is alive and looking for her, but Coulson handles the bombshell like a pro. Instead of giving Skye up, he tags Raina with a tracker so that she can lead him to Whitehall herself. If they can save her life along the way, maybe they will – but but maybe they won’t.
3. Skye’s dad: major rage issues, no? It’s still not clear what he is, but he’s definitely got super strength and a very short fuse. Instead of the nice reunion with his daughter he’d hoped for, his rage gets the best of him and now Skye thinks he’s a monster. Naturally, daddy blames Coulson – Skye’s real father figure – and teams up with Whitehall in the end. That means two very, very bad guys have the obelisk – the thing that could destroy Coulson and, oh yeah, the rest of the world as well.
4. Did I mention how awesome Bobbi Morse was, though? Because it bears repeating.
I mean, you know?
5. In the comics, Mockingbird and Hawkeye (Clint Barton, played by Jeremy Renner in The Avengers) were married, but in the MCU they’ve shifted canon a bit. Turns out that Lance Hunter’s “she-devil” ex-wife is none other than Bobbi herself. Things will probably get pretty interesting now that she’s joining the team.
So, Hunter’s not too happy about this development. At least things will be better next week, when she’s back to blonde. Right?
5. Now that Simmons’ cover is blown, she’s also back with the team – and with Fitz, who was just starting to realize that his hallucinations of her weren’t real. On the one hand, he’ll be happy to learn that Simmons didn’t leave him forever. On the other hand, he’s going to be pissed that no one told him the truth. This is unfortunately a running theme with Fitz.
6. Speaking of the truth, there’s a lot that Coulson isn’t telling Skye – namely that the GH-325 he took last season is making him go all Garrett, carving the same symbols over and over again. His theory? It’s a negative reaction to the alien compound in his system. Skye wonders why she isn’t having a similar reaction, since she took the GH-325, too. Well, Coulson has a theory about that as well…
7. Skye has a lot of WTF moments this week, the poor girl.
8. In the end, Skye’s birth father is a monster and her surrogate father is slowly going insane, carving weird alien symbols all over the place. But that doesn’t mean Skye isn’t willing to help – she takes a look at Coulson’s latest wall of weird and immediately has a theory: it’s a map. A map to where? And how does she know? Is it…inherent alien knowledge, perhaps?