Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. s2e12: Who You Really Are

MARVEL Agents of SHIELD Season 2 – Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen – Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Brett Dalton, Nick Blood, Henry Simmons, Adrianne Palicki –

Air Date: March 10, 2015

Rating: 10/10

Tensions run high in Coulson’s team as the Agents are unsure on who they can trust. Matters are made worse when Skye’s powers are revealed when she almost kills everyone with them. Meanwhile, Lady Sif returns to Earth in pursuit of a Kree but she’s lost her memories and needs Coulson’s help in completing her mission.

It was good to see Lady Sif again. She’s got more character in this show than she ever had in the Thor movies. Which is too bad because I think that Jaimie Alexander is a fine actress and should have been utilized better throughout the MCU. But I guess something is to be said about being a bigger fish in a smaller bond as she makes a few guest appearances on this TV show. She’s very memorable and interesting as a character here, something that can’t be said about her character in the films unfortunately.

I was thinking this while watching this episode: That Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has this interesting quality to me that I’m never really that excited about watching it, but once I watch an episode I’m glad I did so. Here, for example, I felt this was a mystery-heavy and action-packed episode, two things I really like. I also felt the character drama was very interesting and I wasn’t bored by it, for the most part. But I’m still not fully sold on this show. I mean, I like all the characters (something I couldn’t always say) but none of them really feel completely developed to me. Maybe this is something the creators did on purpose so that they can add stuff to their backstories as the plot demands it, such as Skye is now some kind of alien or something when in the first season she was the green, rookie type. Actually, everyone is kind of opposite who they were in the first season, well, except for May, but I don’t really expect her to change.

Again, though, it wouldn’t surprise me if everyone on this show was a Kree.


+10: This was a very good episode, all things considered

-1: I really want to be invested in these characters and this show, but it’s missing something. The characters don’t have much backstories and what is there feels like it’s scheduled to change at any time and because of that it’s like it’s a show full of chameleons and spies. That would be more interesting if there was a main character who we could root for, but without it, there’s not that creative glue that ties everything together.

I feel future people reading this and getting angry at me so let me expand on that:

Skye: Most likely hero good person but she’s a danger to herself and maybe the whole world now. She started out sweet and innocent, essentially, but now she’s some unearthly being with a shadowy past and I really wouldn’t be surprised if she betrayed everyone, especially after what happened in this episode.

Coulson: He feels like the most central character at this point, but he’s been acting crazier and crazier as this season progresses. Also, he was the subject of an evil experiment that brought him back to life but also combined his DNA with an evil alien. Meg said in the past if he gets out of control she might have to put him down, who’s to say he won’t be the next great villain the team has to face.

Fitz: He’s still recovering from actually being crazy, also he seems like a real advocate about lying to the rest of the team in this episode in particular. Did he lie at the end of last episode even when he told Simmons something was wrong with her?

Simmons: Wait, is something wrong with Simmons? Like she has superpowers too? Or is she about to transform into some hideous monster?

Ward: He’s not around anymore it seems, but remember Ward? Remember what happened with Ward?

The People I Keep Forgetting Their Names: They were just added this season, so they’re definitely there to betray everyone, right?

+1: Okay, after going through all that, I’m now a lot more invested in this show. It’s like a seedy noire where you’re not sure who you can trust. Hey, it’s like the Hateful 8 but with superheroes, that’s pretty cool.

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