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Welcome, UK Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans. It’s the third week we’ve had Coulson and co back on our screens. As ever, I am endeavouring to give you the show 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’ll really be doing, as per usual, is talking about the five things I loved and hated in this episode. So what did I make of season two episode “One Of Us”?

LOVED: Recruitment

REcruitmentI quite like the idea that the Doctor has been going around, looking for “gifted” individuals and recruiting them to his anti-S.H.I.E.L.D. cause, mainly because he’s not Hydra and I can understand a lot of the reasoning behind what he does. The anger that he carries is, for me, far more interesting to watch on screen than the cold, calculating natures of Hydra.

HATED: Not so keen on S.H.I.E.L.D.

That’s right, I’m disliking the feeling of dislike that I have towards S.H.I.E.L.D. at the moment, due to their collective inability to see where their lines of thought are really heading. Hearing more about “The Gifted Index” in this episode, I began to think upon much of the early events of season one differently. I will freely admit that the drastic character change in Simmons is partly responsible for my dislike.

LOVED: May seeking out her ex

May and ExOkay, so Agent May is a very mysterious individual. Other than seeing her mother a bit, we don’t really know much about her past. But having her meet-up and talk with her ex-husband, Andrew Garner, was kinda cool, because we saw May being human for once, which is kinda funny because most of the people working with Coulson at the moment are acting like robots, bar the few that have been dehumanised in the script (Skye, Fitz).

HATED: Secret psychiatric ward

The idea that S.H.I.E.L.D. had a facility in the basement of facility for “regular” patients was pretty creepy and unsettling. It also reminded me a little too much of Arkham Asylum, but I suppose the idea of such institutions in the Marvel verse does make sense, because they would need somewhere to keep people who’d become a little too unhinged and could spill the beans/massacre everyone.

LOVED: “I’m not here to discuss my ex.”

The first sessions between Skye and Garner were fun to watch. Though I’d never thought of Skye as one for gossip before, but moulding it in with her character trying to deflect every avenue of questioning being brought to her did work – especially when she was asking for gossip. In some ways, Garner was the nicest character in this episode, which meant that he was clearly not going to be sticking around for now.

HATED: Nightmares

Sky awakensThese past few episodes, since the show came back, I’ve been wary of the way Skye and her knew abilities have been portrayed. Then having Skye start them when she was asleep and having a nightmare, it was like nothing good could come of them. She’s just so disheartened when she realises what’s she done and I’m kinda fed-up of her not catching a break… see later point for how this feeling intensified.

LOVED: They did it to themselves

Finally realising the common factor between the Doctor and his new recruits was interesting. This whole idea that there’s enhanced persons out there, because they found ways to manipulate themselves, and then also the idea that the Doctor is a Jekyll and Hyde like personality (he made a formula that turned him this way and he keeps working on perfecting it) – intriguing stuff. But also hearing a conversation between Simmons and Coulson later on where Simmons suggests that they make a distinction between people like Skye and people like her dad, made me wonder if Simmons is perhaps trying to be a bit more herself again.

HATED: Hunter’s predicament

Poor Hunter, spending most of the episode cuffed to a sink and in the dark. This was obviously a subplot for the episode, one that will become a main plot point later on, but this whole: “this is the real S.H.I.E.L.D.” thing that was going on was good in some ways and bad in others. Great that Bobbi and Mack aren’t Hydra, but then  more concerning as to who’s pulling the strings of the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.” We don’t know for certain if it’s Fury yet, and if it is, then it’s kinda ridiculous that Coulson has been kept in the dark, because of how dangerous it’s been for everyone.

LOVED: Skye in the field

The determination of Skye’s character was visible through much of this episode. The idea that she wants to be an active agent and wants to help others is very endearing and shows how much she’s changed as a character since the first season. Though I think a bit more of an interesting dialogue could have happened between Skye and the Doctor when they ended up in the same location.

HATED: Internalisation

Sky not wellA big theme these past few weeks has been whether Skye can get a grip on her new powers. So when she manages to not destroy the football field, and instead “calms” herself enough to stop it, I thought everything was going to be okay. But no, nothing can be okay, so having Skye actually reflect her powers in on herself, leaving to massive fracture damage in her arms was quite disturbing to watch. I just want her to catch a break, please.

That’s it for now. I hope you’re enjoying Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as much as I am. If you have any thoughts on episode 13 or the show as a whole, let me know in the comments below.