I’m really happy with this impromptu pairing of Coulson and Hunter.
They found themselves on the run, with nowhere to go and no one to help them — or so we thought. That’s when Deathlock (a.k.a. Agent Peterson) made his surprise return! I was actually wondering over the past week about what happened to Deathlock, and now we know he has been working for Coulson behind the scenes in the hunt for Hydra. I look forward to seeing where they take Deathlock’s story in this new world.
We also met a new Inhuman, Skye’s transitioner Lincoln. I like the way they described his powers, and I’m very interested in seeing them in action. (I do want to point out how many times Lincoln uttered the words: “I thought you knew?” It was at least three.) Lincoln gave Skye — and us viewers — plenty of new information about the population of Afterlife. I wonder who these “elders” are, and part of me really hopes they at least reference the Royal Family by the end of the season.
Who might the Elders be?
Skye’s story brought huge developments, starting with her first interaction with newly transitioned Raina. They mentioned that they don’t know what Raina’s true gift is, so maybe they are building towards a hidden important ability of hers. Then out of the blue, none other than Skye’s mother ended the animosity between Skye and Raina. No idea what her return means, how she’s alive, or what her intentions are. It was very out of left field, and her intentions don’t seem pure, based on her mentioning that Skye’s fate had been sealed in Afterlife.
May got some really interesting stuff this week when Gonzalez locked her up. We saw several teases of her “Calvary” past; the show even mentioned it has something to do with a powered individual. If the teaser for next week is any indication, we will finally learn why she is called The Calvary — and it’s about damn time. And Gonzalez’s offer to May was a very smart move. A spot on the executive board as an advocate for Coulson seems like the right place for May in her current situation, and Gonzalez knows that.
More Calvary teases!
Now we reach my favorite part of the episode: Fitz and Simmons! It was hard to watch them at odds with each other for most of the episode, but that was all thankfully flipped on its head when we learned that Simmons was helping Fitz the entire time — a very well done twist. Due to Simmons’ recent behavior, her being the first to help the Real SHIELD made sense, but I’m happy to see that she is still very much on Coulson’s side. I really enjoyed Fitz’s speech as he tossed the cube back and forth, presumably when he switched it with a fake one.
I really enjoyed this episode. Every character and scene were in place, with some good twists sprinkled throughout, and I’m excited at the prospect of tracking down Ward. Seeing as Fitz will probably team back up with Coulson, Hunter, and Deathlock, I look forward to seeing how he’ll take the news. More Ward interaction is always a good thing.
Article by contributor Russ Milheim.