I can't put my finger on it, but I was expecting Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Episode 13 to be much better than it turned out to be.
Sure, we had some super powered baddies, but these guys weren't Inhumans. C'mon writers, get to the good stuff already, you're stalling again. Also, though Cal had some fun moments, he was bordering on cartoony this week.
The issue of Skye's powers is moving along nicely, but Bobbi and Mack's secret's grown old. What's the "real S.H.I.E.L.D." anyway?
I didn't particularly like Karla Faye Gideon's (Drea de Matteo) nails thing. Plus, I kept flashing back to The Sopranos or Sons of Anarchy whenever she appeared on screen. Maybe it's just me, but she pulled me out of the episode a bit. The other villains were pretty lame as well, though the dude they broke out of the psych hospital/prison was effectively creepy.
Naturally, Skye made S.H.I.E.L.D.'s "Index" even though she seemed to have a handle on her powers. I enjoyed her meeting with Coulson and the way she rattled off her history. Pretty awful if you think about it that way.
My entire life I've been searching for my parents, and my search ended with answers that are so much worse than I could have imagined.Skye
Though Fitz betrayed Simmons, I liked that they began to work together again this week. That relationship needs to start healing, the duo is better together than apart. Simmons also mellowed out a bit toward Skye and the Inhumans in general. Yeah, this is closer to the Simmons we all know and love.
The Bobbi, Mack and Hunter B-story is just frustrating me at this point. I'm hoping that's resolved completely next week and that the writers move onto something else. So, apparently there's another S.H.I.E.L.D. but Fury left Coulson in charge, did he not?
I've got to say, the one highlight of this episode for me was Blair Underwood as May's ex-husband; Dr. Andrew Garner. Not only were his scenes with Skye great, but his interaction with May allowed us to see a different side of her.
Dr. Garner: I haven't worked with S.H.I.E.L.D. in a long while. I moved on for a reason.
May: It's a different S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson's the director now.
Dr. Garner: Okay, but why me? Is this Skye that bad?
May: She's that good; good agent.
Cal waving hello at the security camera at Brynmore Psych was amusing. However, when Coulson mentioned it was a message for them, it made the gesture all the more hilarious.
David A. Angar (a.k.a. Angar the Screamer) was without a doubt the coolest villain this week. The way his jaw expanded was like something right out of the film Legion. The visual effects were outstanding as usual.
Dr. Garner handled Skye well, and just when he seemed to be making some progress he was out the door. What?!? Is that it for Blair Underwood? The guy deserved a three episode arc minimum. Who knows, perhaps he'll be back. If nothing else, so Agent May gets to crack a smile every now and again.
Fitz: I won't stay long, I just need to use the microwave. I didn't want to disturb May and her ex.
Simmons: Disturb them from?
Fitz: They're in the kitchen, talking.
Simmons: What are they talking about? Is it about Skye's condition?
Fitz: No it was of a personal nature. Seems that May isn't a good cook.
Simmons: Something Agent May doesn't excel at; interesting.
Fitz: Yeah, he teased her about it. She was laughing.
Simmons: Aw he makes her laugh. Clearly she still likes him and have you seen the way he looks at her?
Fitz: Yeah I have eyes Jemma, of course I've seen.
Simmons: I wonder what happened between them, why end it?
Fitz: They're a bizarre pair. He listens for a living and she doesn't speak.
In the end, Cal and company visited Coulson's hometown and Angar knocked out a bunch of school kids. Yeah, all the effort for that payoff. See why it all seemed so darn lame? I did love when the birds dropped out of the sky though.
It was definitely a good idea for Skye to be present, she threw her wacko father off. I wasn't expecting Gordon to teleport Cal out of there. If he's a "science experiment," who decides his fate?
Skye directing her powers inward was an interesting turn of events. I wonder if Dr. Garner's recommendation Skye leave S.H.I.E.L.D. means she will seek out other Inhumans now. Plus, Coulson tasked Simmons with learning more about the "gifted." The real fun should be coming soon.
What did you think of "One of Us"? Did you find Dr. Garner effective? Enjoy any of the supervillains? Confused about the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D.? It's your turn, please share your thoughts with me in the comments below. Look for our Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. round table later this week.
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NOTE: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Episode 14 is titled "Love in the Time of Hydra" and airs on Tuesday, March 24.