Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Mid-Season Recap and Look Ahead

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On March 3rd, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns from its Winter hiatus for what looks to be an exciting second half of the season. Before we delve into what we’d like to see come this Spring, let’s first look at what’s transpired with Agent Coulson and the gang since the beginning of Season 2.

 

After Season 1, we learned that what saved the lives of both Coulson and Skye were sera, possibly DNA (GH-325), taken from an alien race (the Kree). While the symptoms haven’t manifested themselves in Skye (more on why later), both Garrett (Grant’s supervising officer (SO) and covert HYDRA agent) and Coulson had compulsions to manically scribe etchings, also known as hypergraphia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypergraphia).

 

 

While Garret’s fate was meted out in the Season 1 finale, one Season 2’s primary story arcs was figuring out what Coulson was scribing. His and Garret’s etching were not unique as S.H.I.E.L.D. investigated repeated cases where etchings were made. Ultimately, it was revealed that Couslon, himself, was the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in charge of administering the alien sera to seriously ill S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. The results of the sera varied in many patients with some becoming full of rage, others emotionless or catatonic. Some patients, however, was able to lead “normal” lives, with S.H.I.E.L.D. wiping most of their memories and giving them new lives. However, all patients had compulsions to recreate the images Coulson was etching. It was finally revealed, near the season’s end, that the etchings were actually a map of subterranean city believed to be built by the Kree whose sera was injected into S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Coulson’s discovery that he was behind the whole project was especially interesting since he deemed that the project was too dangerous and needed to be shut down; only to ironically have his own life saved and memories erased by the project he once lead.

 

The other primary story arc was the emergence of as new villain from HYDRA, Dr. Daniel Whitehall (aka Dr. Werner Reinhardt) who is obsessed with a device known as the Obelsik. What we learn throughout the season was that the Dr. Reinhardt discovered the device back during WWII. The Obelsik had great power resulting in death for anyone who would come in contact with the device. With the fall of the Nazis in WWII, Agent Carter and, the forerunner of S.H.I.E.L.D., the SSR captured the device and hid it. Before his capture and the capture of the Obelisk, Dr. Reinhardt experimented on all types of people ranging from sex to age to race. Finally, Dr. Reinhardt discovered a woman who could touch the Obelisk and not wither up and die. Intrigued, Dr. Reinhardt prepared to do experiments on her but was captured. Fast forward 44 years, where Reinhardt has rotting away in the Rat, a high security S.H.I.E.L.D. prison, where Reinhardt was freed by HYDRA and informed that they found the women who survived touching the Obelisk 44 years ago. Amazing the woman had not aged at all in 44 years. Reinhardt brutally experimented on the women and eventually injected himself with her DNA causing him to rejuvenate to a younger man. After experimenting on the women, he tossed her out into the woods, where she was discovered by her husband, Skye’s Father.

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The Obelisk/The Diviner

The Obelisk/The Diviner

 

In this Season, we learned a lot about Skye’s Father (Calvin Zabo/The Doctor). While it was originally thought he was just bat sh*t crazy, we later learned he was both bat sh*t crazy but also seeking vengeance on Reinhardt, now under the nom de plume Daniel Whitehall, and reuniting with his daughter Skye. It was revealed that Raina, our favorite flowered-dress villainess was working alongside Calvin throughout. We also discover that both Raina and Calvin can touch the Obelisk without dying. Rather the Obelisk seems to come alive when they touch it. Calvin calls the Obelisk “The Diviner” and it serves as the key to the subterranean city discovered by Couslon underneath the old fort in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Before we get to these main story arcs’ conclusions, let’s address some of the other interweaving storylines. First, we are introduced to some new cast of characters to support Director Coulson at S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Antoine “Tripp” Halstead, former SO for Garrett remains with the team and is joined by Agents Bobbi Morse (aka Mockingbird), Lance Hunter, Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie, and numerous Agents Koenigs, all played by Patton Oswalt. Agent Fitz is still recovering from brain damage due to oxygen deprivation at the conclusion of Season 1, thanks to former agent Grant Ward and Agent Simmons begins the season as an undercover agent alongside Agent Morse “working” for HYDRA. Grant Ward’s role through the 1st half of the season was convoluted at best. In the first part of the Season, he was held captive by Coulson and kept giving Skye cryptic messages regarding her Father’s identity. Later he is freed by his older brother/US Senator. Grant gets his older brother to admit that he was responsible for terrorizing his youngest brother at the well and later kills him and his wife in an “accidental” house fire. Grant Ward’s role seems to have run its course, so it’ll be interesting to see how his role throughout the remainder of Season 2 plays out. The one thing we have gathered though is that he is in love with Skye, despite the fact she shot him. One love story that was intriguing was the on-again/off-again relationship with Bobbi and Lance. I am also interested to see when Bobbi Morse takes on the persona of Mockingbird. Responding from criticism from Season 1, it looks like the creators are attempting to integrate some super heroes and super villains. For instance, we did see one Marvel villain grace the screen this season as well with Carl “Crusher” Creel (Absorbing Man) during there Season 2 premiere where he stole the Obelisk for HYDRA; however, there always could be more.

Agent Koenig (Patton Oswalt)

Agent Koenig (Patton Oswalt)

Carl "Crusher" Creel (The Absorbing Man)

Carl “Crusher” Creel (The Absorbing Man)

 

Side plots aside, getting back to the main story arcs is where the heart of Season 2 lies. When the storylines converge, the Obelisk/Diviner is taken to the underground city, where both HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D. forces collide. Skye’s Father finally gets his face-to face meeting with his daughter and it goes about as well as expected. Her Father also attempts to seek vengeance on Whitehall for his wife’s brutal slaying; however, it is unceremoniously cut short by Couslon shooting Whitehall. Unfortunately, it was quite the un-climatic ending for a truly villainous SOB; it would have been much more satisfying to see the Calvin kill Whitehall or vice versa. Meanwhile, based on the discussion with her Father and with Grant Ward, Skye realizes that she has a unique “gift.” Both Skye and Raina are in the room where it starts activating. The Diviner opens up and reveals itself to contain terrigen crystals. The crystals begin to emit a mist that affects both Skye and Raina, creating a hard cocoon around both individuals. Meanwhile, Agent “Tripp” Triplett who also is exposed to the terrigen mist, withers into dust like others exposed to the Obelisk/Diviner. At the end, both Raina and Skye emerge from their cocoons and we are left to wait to see what they become.

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What do we make of this? First, it is important to understand the origins of what are called the Inhumans. The Inhumans are humans who were originally experimented on by the Kree. It is theorized that the Kree were trying to weaponize human beings, as evidenced by the extreme powers exhibited by the Inhumans and best personified by their leader Black Bolt whose mere utterance of a sound carries the weight of an atomic bomb. The Kree terrigen crystals elicit the dormant Inhuman potential in those with the pedigree of being the Kree’s guinea pigs centuries ago. Those actualized Inhumans have since fought off the Kree and live in solitude on Earth (Attilan) refusing assimilation within the Kree.

 

What will become of Raina and Skye? Can Skye with her newfound powers and abilities as an Inhuman remain within S.H.I.E.L.D.? Will Raina become an ally or a foe? And will we meet more Inhumans?

 

 

Comments

  1. jerichoashackleford says:

    Really great list! I would now add “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl”.

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