Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. –
Surviving a vacation with a date is always cause for celebration and I worried that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. couldn’t top our trip to ‘The Magical Place’. Lucky for me, there’s nothing like going home with your honey to really learn about a person. ‘Seeds’ sprouted the history of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as grew the future of Team Coulson and those they need to defeat cementing our love affair.
When a device that was the brainchild of FitzSimmons is used to nearly kill a student, Seth, by turning him (and a heated pool) into ice the kids are sent back to school to catch the baddies. Thankfully for Seth, and Simmons who feels guilty for creating the technology, he was saved at the last minute.
Everything about the adventure at S.H.I.E.L.D.’s science and tech campus is fun. We discover some general S.H.I.E.L.D family knowledge, like S.H.I.E.L.D. has 3 campuses (the always easy school of Communications, Operations the land where cadets will kill each other to be #1 and the at least 1 PhD required for admittance SciTech) and each school has a memorial called the wall of valor (shout out to Captain America’s Bucky Barnes). FitzSimmons, Team Coulson’s smarty pants, are the smartest of the smarty pants at Sci-Tech and are treated like rock stars (or Tony Stark) and Simmons is especially good at public speaking!
If S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t work out, Simmons could be a motivational speaker, right?
Sadly, their witty and funny motivational speech is cut short when the ice machine is activated again, this time nearly killing loner guy student, Donnie. It’s the story of Seth, Donnie and the ice machine where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. proves it’s found its groove.
You’ve Gotta Have Friends
Everyone needs a best friend, even S.H.I.E.L.D. officers. Hell, especially S.H.I.E.L.D. officers. After dropping the kids off at school, May and Coulson go on their own mission. May’s mission is to get Coulson to stop thinking about his death, resurrection and memory transfer. Coulson worries that he isn’t really him anymore; May knows that he is and to prove it, she’s willing to work Skye’s case for him.
I love their relationship. For awhile, I thought I would ship them, but this is actually better. Romantic love is rarely as strong as the bond Coulson and May share. Though, I’m dating a TV show, so maybe I’m just confused about that.
Best thing to come out of their adventure (yes, including the inevitable Skye origin reveal) was May telling Coulson that she was sleeping with Ward just as they have to grab the only agent alive who knows the truth about Skye. Oh Skye, even when you aren’t there, you are messing things up!!
We have to wait awhile before the two speak on it, but when they do, it’s better than I could hope for. Coulson tells May that he trusts her and knows she will end it if it interferes with the team and the job, so he’s got no problems. Aw. See, this here, better than romantic love where jealousy would pop-up and ruin everything. Love them.
Before May and Coulson have their WardSex talk, the two apprehend the only agent alive who knows the truth about Skye and surprise, she’s special. Literally, Skye is one of the special 0-8-4s that S.H.I.E.L.D. locates and protects/trains/studies; a Captain America of sorts except she was an infant and whatever “powers” made her special were undetectable to the two agents. The agents believed in her power though and took her to America, put her in foster care and had her moved every few months so no one would find her.
May wants to turn the agent who dropped Skye off into S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ, but Coulson disagrees. He doesn’t trust S.H.I.E.L.D. with the safety of the officer and he agrees to let him go. Coulson is an all or nothing guy, when he doesn’t trust you anymore, he doesn’t trust you.
May insists they don’t tell Skye, for her safety, and theirs. I agree with May, I’m not sure I want to devote more time to Skye’s search and her emotions. Coulson doesn’t readily agree and you know what this means; he’s gonna spill.
After Donnie is turned to ice, and then saved by FitzSimmon, the team splits up to figure out just who is trying to knock off smart students. Fitz, who was a bit of a loner in high school himself, is sent to make friends with Donnie while the rest of the team heads to the school hangout, which reminds me a lot of the Bronze on Buffy.
Simmons sits this one out a bit while Skye and Ward work together to find out that Seth lied; not only does he know Donnie, but they’re BFF and have been plotting to get FitzSimmons to school.
Fitz has no problem empathizing with the boy who has no friends, and whose family didn’t understand his intelligence, and is shocked to discover Donnie’s come up with some great new toys, like an ionized air cannon gun.
Oh Fitz. I know this is S.H.I.E.L.D., but for future reference, white male loners with weapons in their room are a HUGE RED FLAG and you should RUN LIKE HELL.
Instead, our sweet, empathetic Fitz looks over some more toys and helps Donnie figure out the problem with the one that’s going to make the ice machine even more powerful, so that Donnie and Seth can sell it to Ian Quinn. You remember Ian, right? He’s the bad guy who nearly got the world sucked into a black hole. I was wondering when he was going to come back and this was a great entrance.
When the team figures out Seth and Donnie are working together, they call Fitz, but it’s too late. The boys have made the mortifications and Fitz gets stun with air cannon gun for trying to stop them.
Skye is a Better Person Than You, Me and Coulson
‘Seeds’ did so many things right, but they got hung up where they always get hung up, on one tiny detail; Skye (no offense to Ms. Bennet, who did great with the material).
I say this weekly but enough with the Skye worshiping. We finally have the details on her family situation, and while I don’t 100% buy that situation, I shall swallow it like it tastes yummy.
What I can’t swallow is the idea that when Coulson decides to tell her the truth about why she’s been moved from foster home to foster home the only feeling she has is gratitude that her S.H.I.E.L.D. family has been looking out for her forever. Yup, grateful is exactly what someone who has always been uneasy about the absolute power of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to think when she finds out the reason she hasn’t been allowed to form any lasting relationships for 20 some years.
While Coulson sang her praises – she’s remarkable, perfect, forgiving and whatever other garbage he was spewing – all I could do is shake my head.
I’m glad her reaction was able to pull Coulson back to Team Yay S.H.I.E.L.D., but really? Wasn’t there another way to do that without continuing Skye’s transition into perfect being who reacts perfectly to everything?
The Clairvoyant Sees All
After knocking out poor Fitz, Seth and Donnie go on the run so they can sell the Fitz fixed ice machine to Ian, who will be able to use it to turn the world to ice. Why does Dr. Quinn want to destroy the world? He’s smart, attractive and got loads of money so what is so bad?
We don’t find out because when S.H.I.E.L.D. turns up the heat to find Donnie and Seth, he abandons them completely, but not before lying that a demonstration of the machines potential is all he needs to purchase. Seth turns on the machine, still determined to get his payday, but Donnie has doubts. Fitz’s talk with him hit home; this is wrong and he wants to stop it.
Donnie pulls the plug on the machine, but Seth is knocked by the blast of the machines destruction. Team Coulson flies in and tries to save the day, but Seth is dead and Donnie blames himself. Fitz tries to reach out to Donnie, but he’s too angry and S.H.I.E.L.D. decides to send Donnie to the Sandbox for observation.
That’s going to work out well, isolate the loner further, especially now that he’s somehow injested the powers of the ice machine. I think we’ve met a future villian.
If that tie in wasn’t enough to show you that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is more closely structuring a long term story arc, Coulson decides to give Dr. Quinn a call and let him know there is no where he can hide, but Dr. Quinn already knows; he heard it from the Clairvoyant, who asked him to say hello to Coulson. I’ve never been so happy to have Team Bad Guy (Donnie-Dr. Quinn-Clairvoyant) assembling!
What did you think about ‘Seeds’? Has S.H.I.E.L.D. found its groove? Did you love seeing S.H.I.E.L.D. Hogwarts with superstars FitzSimmons? Were you shocked that May told Coulson about Ward? Will Coulson and Skye continue to forgive S.H.I.E.L.D. for messing with their lives? Head over to the forum, or leave us a comment, and let us know you’re thoughts!