The reveals came flooding in this week, as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Episode 10 took both a hero and villain from us, but most importantly officially introduced The Inhumans to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Big time spoilers ahead from both the installment and the comics, therefore make sure you've watched the Midseason Finale before reading on.
All in all, I don't think we could have asked for a better episode to finish off 2014. Though waiting until March for the show to return's going to suck.
The opening sequence with the Quinjets and the bus was very well executed considering we're talking about a TV budget here.
I was glad to hear Simmons theorize that perhaps the city didn't kill Mack. Of course, that meant we were going to lose someone else. The second Trip mentioned the Howling Commandos (and was given more airtime). I had a bad feeling he was our guy.
Simmons: What if the city didn't kill Mack but co-opted him, made him a part of it.
Fitz: Like zombie ants.
Simmons: Yeah, maybe it's like the fungus that fear Cordyceps. It possesses and transforms ants into creatures that do its bidding. Maybe the city didn't kill Mack, it's just controlling him. If Mack's alive there's still hope we can save him.
Ward kept his promise and delivered Skye (or should we call her Daisy now?) to her unstable Dad. Again, the ex-SHIELD agent stressed he was never loyal to HYDRA and I believe him. He's proven loyal to Skye whether she likes it or not, which means there's hope for SkyeWard yet!
What a phenomenal performance by Kyle McLaughlan. A scene that could have easily turned campy was realized with real emotion and proficiency. It was thrilling to watch Skye hear her story at long last. This was easily one of the best scenes of the series so far.
The Doctor revealed himself to be Dr. Calvin Zabo, aka Mister Hyde. The character first appeared in 1963 and was created by Stan Lee and Don Heck. Zabo was a fan of Stevenson's "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde," which lead to experiments in an effort to unleash his bestial nature. That didn't go so well.
Of course, the next big reveal was when Cal called Skye... Daisy. Many clever fans figured out last week's musical clue was “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two).” Daisy Johnson, aka Quake, first appeared in Secret War #2 (2004) alongside Nick Fury, Captain America, Daredevil, Spider-man, Wolverine and others. Not bad company for a first appearance right?
Cal: You have to finish what we started.
Skye: No I don't, I'm not going down there. I'm not going to change or transform or whatever the hell you think is going to happen.
Cal: Why can't you see it's a good thing?
Skye: Maybe it's all the dead bodies laying around or the fact that HYDRA wants it. I'm going to make sure that your Obelisk never gets down into that city. And you're gonna leave. This is your one chance to walk away or I will kill you.
Cal: Okay I'll go, but I'll be waiting for you. After you change no one else will understand. They'll be afraid, change is terrifying. But I'm your father and I love you. I will always love you Daisy.
Back in the tunnels Fitz, Simmons and Triplett planted detonators to blow the temple sky high. I had a bad feeling Mack was going to show up and tear someone to pieces. Let's be honest, it wasn't going to be Fitz or Simmons. Poor Trip, so much storyline gone to waste. I understand raising the stakes; that doesn't mean watching a cool character die doesn't suck.
I was surprised Daniel Whitehall was killed as well; guess he outlived his usefulness. No worries though, another will rise up to take his place. Skye shooting Ward was fantastic, he's probably going to be even more obsessed with her now.
Raina made her way into the underground city and Mack lead her to the temple. Skye, of course, followed her down there, as did Coulson.
Raina: Your whole life, our whole lives have been leading to this one moment.
Skye: Sorry, I don't buy into the whole this is your destiny thing. We're taking the Obelisk and we're leaving. There are too many lives at stake.
Raina: You've got it all wrong. Whitehall, everyone has got it all wrong. This doesn't destroy, it gives life; new life. We finally get to find out what we become.
When Trip entered the temple I caught myself screaming out loud, and not a word I care to repeat here. Ha!
So, the Obelisk opened and inside were the Terrigen Crystals. The Terrigen Mist is what transforms humans with Kree DNA into Inhumans in the comics. The scene was powerful and in that one instant The Inhumans were introduced to the MCU. Wowza!
The city might not have been revealed to be Attilan, but I'll take what we were given. Marvel's probably saving that for The Inhumans movie in 2018.
Skye/Daisy is pretty damn powerful isn't she? Though being reborn and watching Trip crumble to dust will definitely affect her moving forward. Raina appeared to have porcupine-type quills. Which Inhuman is she? Any theories guys?
What did you think of the Midseason Finale "What They Become"? Are you excited The Inhumans are here? Who is the dude with the missing eyes? You're up guys, hit the comments below and share your thoughts with me. Look for our final Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. round table of 2014 in a few days.
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