This week, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Episode 12 featured the return of Lady Sif, as well as a Kree warrior tracking the latest Inhuman abominations. That certainly didn't help calm Skye's little quakes, did it?
Join TV Fanatics Kathleen Wiedel, Jim Garner, Allison Nichols, and Hank Otero as we discuss the ties between the Kree and Inhumans, Lady Sif's missing armor and plenty more in our latest Round Table.
We hope you join in, let's have some fun!
What was your favorite scene (or line) from this week's episode?
Kathleen: Honestly, I loved pretty much every scene that featured Lady Sif. She can be comedy gold sometimes!
Jim: I have to agree with Kathleen, Lady Sif was great, the "school girl" look she got when Coulson told her she knew Odin was priceless!
Allison: My favorite scene was Fitz at the end when everyone knew that he kept Skye a secret from everyone. Fitz never backs down nor does he apologize to anyone (not even Simmons) about his actions. To Fitz, he made the absolute right call, and he does not waiver in his view. It was such a great Fitz scene. I also loved having the realization during the episode that Loki is currently posing as Odin, so he was the one that sent Lady Sif down to help Midgard. Loki makes a pretty good Odin!
Hank: I loved Skye's lines referring to the Kree as having chewed "Willy Wonka gum" or "Blue Man Group." However, my favorite scene was when May mentioned Thor's name and Lady Sif lit up. "I do not know this word, yet when you say it I want to smile" she said. That was awesome!
Share your thoughts on Lady Sif's second visit to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yay or Nay on the missing armor?
Kathleen: She looks good either way. Though, if Lady Sif was going for "inconspicuous" with her Midgardian outfit, I'd say that getting into a medieval battle with a Kree on the middle of a pier rather defeats the purpose.
Jim: Her armor is sooooo bad-ass, I really missed it. And given they didn't explain very well why she wasn't wearing it (i.e. why did she need to go undercover?) I really missed it.
Allison: She rocks Midgardian clothes. I enjoyed seeing her blend in a bit more (minus the pier fight that Kathleen brought up). I enjoyed Lady Sif not remembering who she was too. It was just a different version of sorts of Lady Sif in the episode.
Hank: I'm with Jim, she just looked so ordinary. The armor makes Lady Sif stand and carry herself differently. I missed her armor. While it was fun seeing her again, I'm not sure this particular episode got the best use out of the character.
Did you expect Vin-Tak to be a Kree? How do you feel about the purpose and history of the Inhumans?
Kathleen: I wasn't exactly expecting Vin-Tak to be a Kree, but I wasn't really surprised about it, either. It's a nice nod to Guardians of the Galaxy and it allowed them to tell the story without having to introduce yet another alien race. And the fact that the Inhumans were part of an old Kree super-soldier project dovetails quite nicely with everything that's been going on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When will everyone learn that super-soldier projects always end badly?
Jim: Him being Kree and being able to summarize the Inhuman backstory was beautifully done. It was subtle enough that it didn't feel out of place, but also direct enough that it doesn't matter if you know the Inhuman comics or not, as we all know the critical details. And it was great seeing Warehouse 13 Alum, Eddie McClintock again. I miss Pete and Myka!
Allison: I didn't expect it, but it worked nicely. As Jim and Kathleen said, Vin-Tak was a great way to explain how Inhumans came to be and to provide some background information that only a Kree really could. I enjoyed that even though Vin-Tak and Lady Sif are not friendly at all, they both have the same general reaction to Inhumans - they are dangerous.
Hank: When they mentioned the liquid nitrogen, and since Lady Sif was on Midgard my first thought was Frost Giants. Of course, Vin-Tak was a tad small for a Frost Giant. Still, Loki's part Frost Giant right? Anyway, once we learned he was Kree it made more sense with the show. Like Jim, I thought the way the Inhuman's history was explained was fantastic. Now we know they were created for war. I'm ready to meet a few more of them.
Vin-Tak described the Inhumans as abominations designed to destroy. Will Skye get her powers under control?
Kathleen: Absolutely, sooner or later. Part of the problem is that she's afraid of herself and her new powers, which magnifies the problem when she gets upset by other things. Once she learns to accept herself as she is, part and parcel with her powers, she'll probably find it's a lot easier to keep things in hand.
Jim: Yeah, what Kathleen said! seriously, I can't think of anything to add to what she said.
Allison: She really needs to work on it. Hopefully May can tailor up some training sessions to help Skye out. As Kathleen said, right now Skye is hurting herself by being afraid and not really trying.
Hank: I don't think it's going to be easy for Skye. I agree with Kathleen as well, it's her fear that's magnifying the quakes. It won't be long before she meets another Inhuman who she feels comfortable with that will teach her it's a gift. I have a feeling that's going to be Luke Mitchell, from The Tomorrow People. He had powers on that show, I wonder what his abilities will be on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Mack knocked Hunter out in the final moments, what are he and Bobbi up to?
Kathleen: This is one of the big mysteries that's bugging me at the moment. I really don't think that they're evil or corrupted or HYDRA or anything like that. They're possibly trying to do things to support the nascent S.H.I.E.L.D., things of which Director Coulson wouldn't approve. Think more Fury-esque stuff. The "necessary" things.
Jim: I got nothing.. I can't imagine how Mack thinks this is going to end well. He clearly panicked and jumped Hunter, and that is just adding to his issue. They really need to shed some light on this part of the story as it is getting old quick!
Allison: I am glad that they definitely ruled out Hydra in the episode, but there are so many questions. I'm with Kathleen. I have been thinking that they are part of a subset of S.H.I.E.L.D. who have a different way of doing things than Coulson does, and since Coulson is the director, they have to be a little bit more covert in their plans. It doesn't seem like their goal is to recruit people though, so it is hard to understand what Bobbi and Mack's goal is.
Hank: I was relieved Hydra was out of the equation as well Allison. I'll be honest, I'm not terribly interested in this B-story and they've been building it up so much I think we're going to be disappointed. Unless Tony Stark himself makes a quick cameo, I don't see this arc blowing my mind.
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