Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, BJ Britt, Iaini De Caestecker, Brett Dalton, Henry Simmons, Adrianne Palicki
Writer: Jeffrey Bell
Director: Michael Zinberg
Network: Airs on ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 p.m.
Original Telecast: Nov. 18, 2014
There was a lot going on in the winter finale of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD. And that’s a good thing considering winter finale’s need to have an impact. It’s a better thing for show such as AOS that at times seems to drag its feet on a lot of its storylines or misses the boat entirely.
The first half of the second season of AOS has to be classified as a win for the show. Considering how bad the first half of Season 1 was and even up until the debut of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER that threw the show entirely off its feet, starting strong in Season 2 was a must if the show is expected to continue past two seasons (which is still in doubt).
Spoilers ahead …
Luckily, “What They Become” ended with enough answers to satisfy until the show returns but enough questions to keep us guessing for what awaits after the break. What was answered was mostly around the real origin of Skye (Chloe Bennet) or are we calling her Daisy now? If you have read any of the interviews with the AOS producers, you know that they confirmed that Skye is actually Daisy Johnson, who in the comics Marvel Universe is not only a SHIELD agent but a super powered woman who goes by the name Quake – which is fitting considering she has shown some signs of having these type of powers in previous episodes. She also plays a big part in the whole “Secret Warriors” arc of comics, which may be something that could be explored on AOS at some time or may even be what they are building the show to be. The producers also stated that Cal (or The Doctor played by Kyle MacLachlan up until now) is indeed Calvin Zabo aka Mr. Hyde – an unstable dude with super strength in the Marvel comics universe.
The whole plotline involving Cal and Skye was leading to her transformation from the woman she was to Daisy Johnson/Quake and that involved her going into the alien city that was the crux of the first half of Season 2 with Coulson (Clark Gregg) having to get the information out of his brain and onto a chalk board. Well, it really had nothing to do with Coulson at all – or at least not yet. Instead it was all about Skye/Daisy going into the city and getting cocooned and reborn as Daisy Johnson with super powers. But that also meant that Raina (Ruth Negga) was also cocooned and also will be having some sort of rebirth. Right now, what that rebirth is remains to be seen but since she has had some sort of weird powers to begin with, it isn’t a shock she too was transformed in some way. Now, we could point out that why Coulson was a part of this whole scenario and at the end played little to do with the unveiling but I can see they used it as a means to a Skye/Daisy end.
But this also means that we unfortunately say goodbye to Triplett (BJ Britt) who paid the ultimate sacrifice for saving everyone (but himself) and got turned to ash in the final moments by the obelisk in trying to save Skye/Daisy. I hate to play that card but just like in THE WALKING DEAD, apparently there can be only one strong black character on a show at one time considering everyone thought Mac (Henry Simmons) was going to be the one to say goodbye. Instead they threw us a swerve.
It is really too bad because both Mac and Triplett were interesting characters and had a lot they could of done with them given the chance.
The other person we (maybe) said goodbye to was Whitehall (Reed Diamond) in a very anticlimactic way in that Coulson just shot him and that was it. I have a feeling, however, that maybe we will be seeing the Hydra boss again as it seems too easy to just dispatch the guy that quickly given how much they invested in his character. Not to mention he does have all those health rejuvenating organs he harvested from Skye/Daisy’s mom.
Other questions include who was the guy with no eyes? Why did he have another obelisk? How did he know someone had changed? Is Daisy an Inhuman as this seems to suggest? And what about the Terrigen Mist that comes from Terrigen Crystals that came out of the obelisk they placed in the alien city? The last part needs a bit of explaining as they are prominent in the comics Marvel universe as crystals that allow Inhumans (characters that are not mutants but have super powers) to fully realize their powers when they come of age.
One this is for sure, I am super happy to see this series finally want to embrace so much of the Marvel Universe even if you have to do a little digging to figure it out. Makes it that much more enjoyable when we see it presented on screen.
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