There be spoilers here.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recently reached its mid-season finale. So far, we’ve been providing you with 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’ve really been doing is talking about the five things I loved and hated with each episode. So what did I make of season two episode “What They Become”?
LOVED: “Fantasy Flying”
What do you do with a sizeable jet that’s about to be blasted out of the sky? Let it plummet whilst letting it be subjected to all kinds of G-force, right? It was definitely classy, the way May managed to get the jet out of trouble, though I’m not completely convinced the Hydra pilots wouldn’t have checked for debris after the big-ass explosion.
HATED: Oh, Mack
Yeah, I wasn’t happy with this outcome in the previous episode. Seeing Mack still all whacked out on Kree technology just wasn’t nice. It was nice to know that he’d “survived” the fall that he had in the previous episode. There was good news by the end though: Mack did get his faculties and body back from the Kree hack.
LOVED: Cal meeting with Skye
The set-up for showing how Skye had come from such a long way, before she met with her father, was interesting and so was the meeting between her and Cal/the Doctor. The confusing nature of Cal’s emotions versus his physical expressions showed some really great acting on Kyle MacLachlan’s part. You could tell the character was so pleased to meet with Skye, but that he was having difficulty translating it into something he could relate to Skye.
HATED: Connecting the dots
It was good that we had some plot points, that had been suspected, clarified in this episode, but learning that the woman Whitehall had drained every bit of bodily something from was Skye’s mother was just… The whole thing was grim – and I could have done without personally experiencing flashbacks to the parting scene of Whitehall’s youthful regeneration subplot in episode eight. Icky.
LOVED: Thinking of the long game
Of course Coulson would have a back up plan, but I liked one of the identical siblings (I have lost track of their names now) being told by Coulson to initiate “Protocol Theta” if everything goes to shit. But we aren’t told what Protocol Theta actually involves, which is making me wonder if it’s what the season is going to end on: because it sounds as dramatic as hell.
HATED: Whitehall joining the dots
We understand that Whitehall is an arsehole of the highest order, but having him gloat over Skye and her father was some unpleasant telly as he explained what he’d done to Skye’s mother – Cal’s wife. And to then have Whitehall declaring that he wanted to experiment on Skye as well – ugh.
LOVED: S.H.I.E.L.D. smashing up the place
They may be way fewer in number now, thanks to Hydra, but there’s nothing like a bunch of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents smashing into a Hydra controlled location and kicking all of their damn butts. Butts needed to be visibly kicked in this episode, to help with some of the other events, and this helped to balance things out.
HATED: The way Whitehall was ended
Yes, Cal has killed a lot of people, but I really wanted for him to have his vengeance against Whitehall. It might be bias towards Kyle MacLachlan, but I actually like his character, despite Cal’s murderous possibilities. And learning of the true relationship between Cal and Whitehall in this episode: I wanted him to have his revenge that bit more. So to have Coulson shoot Whitehall and take Cal’s vengeance out of his hands… though I also didn’t like Cal beating the crud out of Coulson…
LOVED: Skye talking her dad down
… But it was great to see Skye talk her father down. It demonstrated how much her character has come since season one, more so than when she was kicking Hydra ass a few episodes earlier.
HATED: Trip’s end
If the Mack situation in the previous episode left me feeling rather unhappy, what happened to Trip was awful. I understand that it was dramatic to leave us wondering whether Trip was going to be affected by the Obelisk in the usual way, but considering how much he’d been through it was not nice seeing his character obliterated during the episode’s final moments. And maybe I also disliked not knowing how Skye had changed, but I was more upset at Trip’s demise.
That’s it for now. Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. will be. according to Channel 4, back on UK screens sometime in the spring. So join us then for further critical analysis. But in the meantime: which have been some of your favourite moments from season two so far?