Last week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we had the chance to watch Skye’s powers go all sorts of crazy. It didn’t take long before everyone in the crew knew that she’d been altered by the Kree temple and that when she gets upset, shit begins to shake and break. But, despite having the chance to hand her off to either a Kree that wanted to kill her or an Asgardian that wanted to lock her away, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team decided to keep her. In the meanwhile, Bobbi and Mack were up to no good. Or so we think. But we don’t know. Cause that whole thing is being kept intentionally vague. This week, ‘One of Us’ brings Skye’s daddy back to give her a kiss – and he has a small army of super-humans with him to help out.
We open with an escape. Skye-daddy is looking for allies and one of those happens to be a lady with robot hands. Or rather she has metal hands on top of her real hands. Which happen to be razor-finger hands. Whatever the issue with her hands, Skye-daddy convinces her to come along for the ride. They then head out to a psyche facility and rescue yet another super-powered baddie – some dude that sends people into a coma with his voice. Add to that a guy that’s some sort of technophile and another with super strength and you have a pretty decent all-around villain squad.
Over at camp S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson is trying to figure out the best way to deal with Skye and her newfound special abilities. So he brings in a psyche-evaluation specialist to give her the once-over. This specialist also happens to be Agent May’s ex-husband and a guy that doesn’t really like S.H.I.E.L.D. too much. Luckily, he and Skye hit it off pretty well and he begins to probe into the issues that she’s having with her newfound Inhuman powers.
Eventually, it’s up to Team S.H.I.E.L.D. to face down Team Skye-Daddy in – where else? – the middle of a football field. Coulson and his back-up are ready to fight the good fight and lose horribly, but May comes to the rescue and, thanks to Skye, manages to stop an outright slaughter. So it’s hero vs. villain in the ultimate showdown. And when things look properly grim, in comes blind-teleporter-man to steal Skye-daddy away before S.H.I.E.L.D. can grab him.
In the side-story, we get more of Bobbi and Mack and the now-captured Hunter. The former two continue to do whatever it is that they’re doing while working hard to keep the audience in the dark. Coulson is sensing something, however, and gives Bobbi the third degree on her and Hunter’s relationship. Where that will lead, only time will tell. We do, however, end up figuring out that Bobbi and Mack are working for the “real” S.H.I.E.L.D. – whatever that means.
This week was one of the stronger installments of S.H.I.E.L.D. They addressed one of the most obvious things about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s system of controlling super-powered individuals – if you suppress someone, you’re going to end up making them evil out of desperation. This will inevitably lead to many people who could have become allies instead turning into enemies simply because they don’t like being caged. It’s a message that needs to be addressed, particularly considering S.H.I.E.L.D.’s rather bad track-record when dealing with those with special abilities.
We also had the chance to see several other folks with various different super powers. It’s something we’ve been waiting for and, although they promised more than they delivered, we at least had the chance to see a small bit of what may come in the future. In addition, the growing connection between Skye and May was fun and, more importantly, very natural. It’s something that’s been growing, but the show doesn’t feel the need to ram it down your throat. Which means it’s believable and interesting in the long run.
Once again, the bad elements of the show consist of the two things that personally make my butt cheeks clench – the Bobbi/Mack mystery and the Simmons random character development. They’ve pushed the Bobbi and Mack thing a little further, but it’s still annoying the way they’ve chosen to do it. And Simmons is still flip-flopping all over the place, like the writers can’t decide what they really want to do with her and there’s no one around to tell them to stop developing the character randomly. It all really makes me a bit crazy.
Next week, ‘Love in the Time of HYDRA’ brings muthafuckin’ Edward James Olmos to the show. The Bobbi/Mack annoying storyline is coming to a head and it looks like Coulson and the team may have to fight within the ranks.