Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Review: Atonement

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Was I the only one who was hoping we would find out more about May's past this week?

I was a bit disappointed because Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Episode 9 did a great job of scaring me to the point of needing a change of pants, but fizzled when it came to any real meat and potatoes about May's history.

May's Secrets

The multitide of stories about May to pull Skye's leg were well done, but it was a letdown after Coulson told the "real" version that we didn't get anything else.

I was expecting May to fill in the gaps when she talked to Tobias and Hannah about what Tobais had done. However, while her words were moving, they didn't accomplish this task.

You can't undo what's been done, that will be with you forever. But trying hold to this life, clinging to the person you thought could be, that's hell.

Melinda

But it could really apply to anyone in any situation. It wasn't until she was talking to Coulson after everything was finished that we learned it was what Coulson thought she needed to hear. 

Coulson: What did you say to her?
Melinda: The same words you said to me in Bahrain.

That was it? What happened to the girl in Bahrain? What did May do? How many men did she really take out? Would it kill Jed Whedon to include a flashback just once? 

Given that it was pretty clear that May pulled the prank on Fitz at the end, I'm hoping that she opens up a little more and we can get some real facts about why she has her nickname and what the event was that took her out of the field. 

On the flip side of that small disappointment, I'm thrilled that it looks like they are carving a niche for Skye to fit into. It seems to be a natural fit for the non-SHIELD trained member of the team to be the one most comfortable understanding and dealing with the troubled souls that the team finds. 

Here's hoping they can bring her up to speed quickly so she can start pulling her own weight.

Well... so she can pull her own weight and we can find out what the "Intake Assessment and Evaluation" process gets renamed to. 

I have a sneaky feeling that much like the big reveal in Iron Man that "Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division" turned out to S.H.I.E.L.D., the assessment program is really something else we already know under another name. 

Overall, it was a well written episode that might have felt more at home being aired around Halloween rather than Thanksgiving.

Still, we did get to see that Ward and May have continued their arrangement and that should lead to some interesting events down the crime-solving road.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

Fitz: You! Do not touch that!
Skye: Alright, I get it, I’ll go do your stupid Hogwarts School or whatever.

You can't undo what's been done, that will be with you forever. But trying hold to this life, clinging to the person you thought could be, that's hell.

Melinda