There be spoilers here.
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 “… Ye Who Enter Here”?
LOVED: The race was on
Okay, so I wasn’t so keen on the doomsday references in the previous episode, “The Things We Bury“, but I kinda liked how S.H.I.E.L.D. was scrabbling to find the “city” before Hydra. Of course it was great how this one success of theirs was turned against them. In more ways than one. They were worried that the city would bring doom and gloom upon them and look at that: it does.
HATED: Skye’s portentous dream/nightmare
The opening part of the episode has Skye having weird dream visions about a bunch of stuff that’s been happening of late and related to her past. She’s never really had dreams like this before, so it seemed weird to suddenly portray her dreams and the nature of them. The lack of precedent at such an important crossroads in the season really made it stick out in ways that Coulson’s wall writing never did.
LOVED: Invisibility umbrellas are cool
Simple. Anyone who thinks otherwise has no sense of style, class or adventure. And meeting Sam and Billy was great too – though I also want to know how many of them there are and I am hoping that someone will give an answer for this before the end of the season. Sam and Billy also had all the best lines this episode and so further endeared themselves to me, because with all this serious stuff going on (hello, potential doomsday scenario) we need all the humour we can get in this part of the season.
HATED: Blow it up
I am not necessarily pro-end of the world, but I kind of wanted to know the secrets of the city. I get why Coulson wants to bury it for good, but alien tech is always so interesting and should be given the chance to fudge up the Marvel universe at every single opportunity. Sure, if a giant beastie crawls out of the thing and wants to chomp on everything then I am pro-kill-it-with-fire, *cough*Mack*cough*.
LOVED: Local lore
But if you’re going to have an old garrison that was built in the 1600s and have it over some dangerous entryway to an equally dangerous alien construct, then you might as well ensure that it gets a bad reputation. While a bit stereotypical (“ooh, the locals won’t go near it, it’s haunted”), it added a bit of flavour, a bit of distraction in what was a very tense episode. I was disappointed that Mack didn’t find the skeletons of the guards that disappeared there hundreds of years ago.
HATED: Fitz-Simmons needing to talk
Other S.H.I.E.L.D. members have been hinting that the pair need to talk and get things out in the open, but to spend so much of the episode dedicated to team members separately telling Fitz and Simmons that they need to talk was borderline silly. Not just silly, but also made them look immature and childish, because of how long they’d been dancing around each other. I’d rather that they’d been brought together early in the episode and the situation made them talk.
LOVED: Raina’s exposition
Answers are something that have been thin on the ground for much of the season, so to have Raina cosying up to Skye and talking about Skye’s father and the overall situation was good. This was a non-action scene that moved things along while giving us an information dump. Linking up with the Kree was sweet and gave us a tie to this summer’s big blockbuster of a film: The Ultimate Pre-90s Mixtape, sorry, Guardians of the Galaxy.
HATED: Hydra finding S.H.I.E.L.D.
It just seems too easy for Hydra to hack S.H.I.E.L.D.’s systems. Ward being in charge of the meet-and-greet was something that I was okay with, but it’s frustrating how Hydra seems to be able to so easily track down S.H.I.E.L.D. by using their technology against them. S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be consistently punished through technology, meanwhile Hydra are rarely endangered by misused tech.
LOVED: The city has bite
The way that everything seemed all dusty and absolutely fine, even though the drones had stopped working, and then Mack heads on down and just touches one wrong bit of the floor – I liked that. Simple, nothing complicated, but…
It’s likely that either Mack is dead or is going to come back to smash people up some more. I liked Mack and what he’d done for Fitz and it was horrible seeing what happened to Mack once he was back on up out of the hole. Nice guys don’t just finish last in this series, they either end up partially brain damaged, deranged or with bits of alien inside them. Actually… male characters seem to be in peril more than female characters, now that I think about it.
Until next time.