The mid-season finale is finally here and we’re all hoping to get at least a small bit of closure with the whole “mystical alien city” thing before we are forced to endure a 2 ½ month-long break. So did Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. measure up? Well, a little bit. For the most part, however, we’re still left with many questions and an ending that is only partially satisfying. Scroll on if you’re interested in what this Bastard has to say about it.
Last time around, S.H.I.E.L.D. and H.Y.D.R.A. had finally made it to the alien city. In the process, Raina and Skye were hijacked by Ward and brought back to H.Y.D.R.A. HQ. And while Mr. Whitehall is more than happy to get his hands on the pair, Ward’s motivations were more geared toward getting Skye a reunion with her long-lost father.
We were also fed the revelation that it’s the Kree behind the entire obelisk and mysterious city plotline. Fans of the comic books that spawned Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are probably pretty happy about all that, though those who have never dabbled in such things are likely left in the dark as to whom the Kree might be. In addition, we got to see poor Mack possessed by the alien city and then tossed down a big hole where he was sealed up by Coulson.
We begin ‘What We Become’ with the S.H.I.E.L.D. “bus” under attack from H.Y.D.R.A. air forces. A little tricky maneuvering from May manages to get them out of that scrape and the remainder of the team heads back to Coulson to let him know that Ward ran off with Raina and Skye. In order to stop H.Y.D.R.A. from getting the obelisk to the city and potentially causing some sort of catastrophic event, Coulson decides that they need to blow that shit up. In the meanwhile, Fitz and Simmons are trying to figure out a way to save the possessed Mack before it’s too late.
Back in H.Y.D.R.A.-land, Skye is dropped off by Ward at her daddy’s room. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly the reunion she might have hoped for. Daddy (whose name is finally revealed to be Cal) is a bit off his rocker. He does, however, relate some stories explaining to her who her mother is and why Cal is bat-shit crazy. He also relates his crazy-person plans for Skye – that he intends her to “reclaim” whatever strange birthright she has due to the alien blood she has flowing through her veins.
Unfortunately for all involved, Whitehall is still present and he’s ready to exact some evil-ness on Ward, Skye and Cal alike. But, a little dues ex machina, Coulson and crew show up in the nick of time to start raiding H.Y.D.R.A.’s base before Whitehall can proceed with his bad guy tortures. So Cal ends up escaping, leaving poor Ward and Skye tied up while he heads out to get some serious revenge against the man who murdered his wife.
Leave it to Ward to not want to be tied up for too long. He escapes, lets Skye free and proceeds to make a plan to get the fuck out of Dodge. But – Holy Shit – Skye has not forgiven Ward. She plugs his ass with a half-dozen rounds and runs off, satisfied that, if he’s not quite dead, he’s at least on the way to being so. Ward gets lucky though and that Evil May with the melted face ends up saving him. Where these lovers will end up in the second half of season 2, however, is anyone’s guess.
As the episode comes to a close, we find Skye and Raina down in the bowels of the city. Raina has the obelisk and is determined to activate whatever alien protocol is in place. Skye wants to stop her, but that’s not going to be easy. And all sorts of other S.H.I.E.L.D. folks are down there for various reasons, ready to await whatever fate the Kree city has in store for them.
In the end, we finally get some sort of resolution to the alien city plotline. The obelisk is activated and breaks open to reveal some sort of alien crystals inside. Skye and Raina get infected or whatnot. And then there’s an extremely over-the-top transformation scene that shows very little other than some hints that Skye and Raina have turned into two very different creatures. All-in-all, it’s a recipe designed to get people to come back in March and see what the hell actually happened.
So now we get to wait until March 3rd to discover the rest of the story. Is it worth the wait? Personally, I’m a bit disappointed with the mid-season finale. But, like so many others, I will be back, if for no other reason than to satisfy my curiosity. Until then, Nerd Readers, find another show to keep you busy.