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Welcome, UK Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fans. It’s the fifth 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 Door Closes”?
LOVED: Fall of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The flashbacks that happen over the course of the episode that showed how Bobbi, Mack, Izzy and Gonzales were brought together during the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. were pretty cool. Seeing how they disobeyed Fury’s orders and went about trying to be and do something different to the old S.H.I.E.L.D. because they couldn’t be sure which way of operating had probably been influenced by Hydra. Didn’t make me take their side any more, but it was nice to get their starting perspective.
HATED: Skye and Solitaire
Poor Skye, stuck all the way out in that cabin retreat, all by her lonesome. And then to have phone calls from Simmons asking whether she’d tried on the leash, sorry, gloves that she’d made for Skye. It sounded kind of creepy when Simmons said, “I just want you to be safe, Skye,” because obviously there was another subtext there: Simmons doesn’t want Skye to be dangerous and out of control. It of course did not feel like Simmons had Skye’s best interests at heart.
LOVED: Coulson trying to get the job done
May and Coulson had been suspicious of Mack for quite some time, after Hunter’s disappearance, but obviously they had to be sure and to get him in a controlled environment. The way Coulson had Mack take a look at Lola and then the conversation that ensued about the miniature one that just confirmed Coulson and May’s suspicions. It was a good ruse… until everything went a bit tits up of course.
HATED: Bobbi getting Fury’s toolbox
With the stupid vibranium scanner. And the subsequent infiltration of Coulson’s S.H.I.E.L.D. by the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.” Even though we had the flashbacks going on during the episode, I really couldn’t get behind Bobbi and co’s perspective on any of this. There’s a time and a place for democracy, but with the kind of crap that Fury and co had been going up against over the years – voting on that kind of shit means that places would be destroyed and lives lost.
LOVED: Paranormal Activity
Okay, so I felt bad for Skye being all alone in the cabin, but when she starts getting scared and blaming it on watching some films – that was quite neat. Of course, finding out the extra presence was in fact Gordon, the teleporter from previous episodes was cool. And what I liked is that we’re still not completely sure of his intentions, but that he was fine to let Skye think on things and make a choice that she was comfortable with when she wanted to. Gordon’s whole spiel about the way she’d been treated since her change was also good, voicing a lot of concerns viewers like myself had had since the incident.
HATED: Mack running off
Of course, just before the real S.H.I.E.L.D. stormed Coulson’s HQ, there was that awkward stand off between Fitz and Mack. Fitz looked so scared and betrayed when he realised what Mack was playing at and Mack obviously still acting like a good guy and saving Fitz from being badly injured… I didn’t like seeing Fitz so conflicted.
LOVED: Fitz and Simmons
That moment where they’re holding hands and talking, really talking, for the first time in weeks was really poignant. Obviously their relationship is not completely repaired yet, but to see them comforting each other was touching. But I didn’t like the way Simmons was called away to deal with Mack and so leaving Fitz alone again. Fitz has just got this whole puppy dog thing going on at the moment and I don’t like it when the character doesn’t feel safe.
HATED: Real S.H.I.E.L.D. thinking it’s the real S.H.I.E.L.D.
It’s just, Coulson has thought he was on a righteous path all this time, and he’s experienced weird first hand, even before his death, and just he gets the shit that’s out there more than Gonzales and co actually do. Hydra is one thing, but you need to really get where the balance of power lies and Coulson does, Gonzales and his crew just seem like naive boy scouts.
LOVED: Skye’s exit
Once the real S.H.I.E.L.D. showed up at the cabin and Skye had to start running, things certainly got interesting. I was very worried that she would be hurt, again, but seeing her instinctively react to a threat with her gift, after giving a regular reaction a try, was nice. Like, Skye seeming to form this code with herself that she should only use her powers as a last resort, which is what happened when she awesomely pushed back against Bobbi and co, shattering a tree, and pegging the asshole that was trying to shoot her with a gun.
That much was obvious from the conversations between them and their actions in this episode. They’re even more genocidal in feeling than Simmons has been. And again, going back to my point earlier about them seeming like they’re boy scouts, they really don’t seem to understand that they will probably need people like Skye and the Avengers to help them in the future, when big bads from outer space come knocking at their front door.
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 15 or the show as a whole, let me know in the comments below.