If you've been following my reviews, you know I haven't been a huge fan of the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. B-story or of Bobbie and Mack's betrayal.
That said, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Episode 15 came a long way in helping to change my opinion of the whole mess. By taking us back to the day S.H.I.E.L.D. fell in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we were given a new perspective on Gonzales and his team.
Meanwhile, Gordon paid Skye a visit and I've got to admit, it's the Inhumans I'm curious to learn more about. This episode was a step in the right direction, and the first installment in week's I've really enjoyed.
I was thrilled they brought back Lucy Lawless as Hartley for the flashbacks of the day S.H.I.E.L.D. fell. For the first time, we watched Mack, Bobbi, Harley and even Gonzales fight side by side and almost lose their lives to save S.H.I.E.L.D. These are not the bad guys, no matter how we felt about them betraying Coulson and being double (or in Bobbi's case, triple) agents.
In the present, Bobbie managed to steal Fury's magic cube. Her fight scene with May was one of the best since May faced off against herself in Agents of SHIELD Season 2 Episode 4. It was a killer fight sequence!
Coulson confronted Mack about his allegiances and I actually started feeling bad for the guy after watching his pal die in front of him in the flashback. It was cool to learn that Coulson was on to him, he's not that clueless after all.
It was also nice to see that Simmons had mellowed out and was trying to be supportive of Skye. She was getting irritating for a minute there.
May: It's Bobbi, she set off some kind of EMP; she's gone.
Coulson: Mack too.
Fitz: He embedded a scanner into little Lola's engine. It was programmed to find anything with vibranium.
May: That's how Bobbie knew where to look. She has Fury's toolbox.
Coulson was just as confused as we, the audience, had been about the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D., but like I said. the flashbacks really helped to fill in the blanks of what when down after Cap 2. Coulson now understands what's going on, as well.
It was important we finally started to understand Gonzales and his team this week. I feel like it took too long to get to this point.
Skye finally tried on Simmons' gloves, but it wasn't long before Gordon dropped by.
Skye: Who are you?
Gordon: I'm like you and I've come here as a friend. I can't imagine how it must've felt to go through your transformation without any understanding of what to expect. I had years to prepare and still, I was horrified by what I became.
That's what I've been waiting for, more details about the Inhumans. Since the midseason finale, I've been itching to meet more of them and instead the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. B-story kept resurfacing. I'm probably just impatient, since shows like The Flash and Arrow have such great pacing.
It was neat to hear Gordon talk about Skye's mother embracing him. I wondered if he knew the connection. Gordon was the first person to give Skye's powers a positive spin. The best part of Gordon's visit, was the promise of Skye joining others like her. Finally, more Inhumans next week!
I wasn't sure what Jemma was playing at, but it was a nice surprise the way she tricked and knocked out Bobbi. She's so darn sweet, that sometimes you can forget Simmons is a badass agent. It's good to be reminded of that fact every once in a while. Mack's and Fitz's confrontation was intense, but some of the old Mack came through. I miss that guy, don't you? Glad he saved Fitz, though.
Gonzales made his big move. I wasn't expecting the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. to take the base but glad they did. This helped move the story along.
I didn't realize Coulson had dropped Skye off at Banner's place, did you?
Gonzales: If Coulson put her at the retreat, he thinks she's dangerous too.
Bobbi: Then I'd like to join. A familiar face couldn't hurt.
Ultimately, Gonzales explained the whole situation to Coulson and Fitz and Simmons reconnected briefly, which I've been waiting desperately for.
Do you think Coulson will help Gonzales collect Fury's powerful objects? Will this tie in with The Avengers: Age of Ultron at all? We learned that had Gonzales followed Fury's orders the day S.H.I.E.L.D. fell, hundreds of good agents would be dead. That's the moment that changed things for the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. It's hard to argue against their reasoning after witnessing this week's flashbacks.
May had a chance to warn Skye, and it's a shame she didn't leave with Gordon earlier, but better late than never. May's entrance was brilliant and she saved Coulson. How great was the secret exit in the wall? Very Batman 1966, I thought.
The final scene brought Hunter back and he's officially #TeamCoulson. Finally! It took him long enough.
What did you think of "One Door Closes"? Did you enjoy the flashbacks? Does the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. make more sense to you now? Or are you ready for more about the Inhumans? 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.
As always, remember you can watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. online via TV Fanatic at any time. This is one episode I plan to watch again soon!
NOTE: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Episode 16 is titled "Afterlife" and airs on Tuesday, April 7.