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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back on UK screens. Each week, we’re hoping to bring you the episode analysis that matters, the key insights and critiques that can be derived from those tense forty-three minutes of television…
Ha, just kidding. No, what I really want to do instead is talk about the five things I loved and hated this week. So what did I make of season two episode “The Things We Bury”?
LOVED: Hydra scratching their collective heads
The Doctor (as in Skye’s dad) seems to be the one holding most of the cards at the moment. Even though he was quite forthcoming in this episode and it’s becoming clearer what’s going to happen, it seems to me that he’s still not really being clear on what he gets out of it. I don’t believe some of his reasoning (see: Who will inherit the Earth).
Since his capture, it was obvious that we were not going to be given any chance to see him as human. We’re meant to hate him, with several members of the team being given the opportunity to relay why we have to dislike him entirely. I thought it was kind of convenient that Bobbi was the one interrogating him – I still don’t 100% trust her and I wonder if she’s playing triple agent. It seemed implausible that she didn’t know that Bakshi had a cyanide capsule stored in his person, which he was able to access and kill himself with – Bobbi was with Hydra for quite a while, playing double agent.
This is the first episode this season that I was interested in what Ward was going to do. It was interesting how Ward took the initiative to kidnap his brother and the conversation that happened from this abduction. It was also quite twisted and we still didn’t completely know the truth of what happened to the two of them in their childhood. Ward got a “confession”, but considering the circumstances it was arrived at, I think the Senator thought it would save his own hide…
For this episode, S.H.I.E.L.D. was hiding out in a former SSR base… An SSR base that just happened to be filled with old files on Nazi era Hydra members and what they’d been up to. Files that had never been scanned into a computer and so Hydra had never gotten their hands on them. Files that had just the answers the S.H.I.E.L.D. were looking for in relation to the mystery of who was Whitehall really.
LOVED: Agent Carter
The simple fact of the matter is that I’m always happy when Agent Carter makes an appearance in the show by way of flashback. I liked how her main scenes with Reinhardt revolved around making references to the deals that a lot of German scientists made with the allies as the tide of war turned.
HATED: Who will inherit the Earth?
What The Diviner/Obelisk will really do is something that the Doctor appears to be guarding. He gives Hydra some lines about it being a device that will kill-off the unworthy and so on, and that he hopes to be united with this daughter in death… but what we’ve got here is a doomsday scenario and the potential for another alien invasion.
Who Whitehall was or is was one of the biggest mysteries in the series so far. As viewers, we knew that Whitehall looked the same as Reinhardt, but we didn’t know how this was possible. Finally we know: the beautifully done time lapse that happens as Reinhardt remains locked up by the SSR and then S.H.I.E.L.D., which then winds down as Hydra finally comes for him and allows him to continue his research enough to wind back his biological clock.
HATED: Human experimentation
The downside of finding out how Reinhardt was able to become Whitehall, however, isn’t that fantastic. There’s some pretty grizzly stuff going on as a woman (who can touch the Obelisk and has remained youthful since WWII) is experimented upon and then has various parts of her body and its fluids removed and transferred into Reinhardt. We know that she didn’t survive when her bloodied remains appeared laid out on their side on a gurney in the background of the scene where we see Reinhardt’s final transformation back to youth.
There hadn’t been too much action in this episode, until the team went to hijack a satellite feed from a control centre in Australia. And though I had been enjoying all of the interesting discussions characters had been having among themselves: we needed some butts kicked. The fire-fight that happens at the control centre helped liven up the episode and it was on the verge of getting a bit quiet, but…
HATED: Trip being injured
Trip was shot during the fire-fight. Shot pretty bad in fact and I like his character so seeing him injured wasn’t great. And then having Skye’s dad/the Doctor use Trip’s injuries as a means to make good his escape was just more salt in the wound (if you’ll pardon this really bad pun). Though a part of me is now wondering what it would be like for Skye and her father to meet face-to-face for the first time since she was taken from him.