Instant Reaction: Agents of SHIELD – “…Ye Who Enter Here”

*Update: My full recap of “…Ye Who Enter Here” is now live.  Read it here!

After another week off SHIELD is back with the penultimate episode of the fall half of the season, making good on the previous episode’s setup.  Next week is the winter finale, promising some big moments and some bigger revelations.  Tonight’s episode gave us a big confirmation of a popular theory, a serious cliffhanger, some thrilling fisticuffs, some great lines, and more Koenigs than you could shake a stick at.  It may have also given us some FitzSimmons developments, but… well… more on that below.  Everything is shaping up for a much more epic midseason finale, and while the prospect of waiting several months for new SHIELD episodes (even with Agent Carter in between) is not particularly enticing, I still can’t wait to see what next week will bring.  Read on for my instant reaction to tonight’s episode, and check back tomorrow for my full recap of “…Ye Who Enter Here”.

  • Favorite Quote: Coulson: “Actually it doesn’t have anything to do with the Bermuda Triangle, we actually solved that in the 80’s.”
  • I’d like to start with FitzSimmons.  I loved the moment when Mack simply couldn’t take the awkward silence any more and just left, much to Fitz’s dismay.  Fitz and Simmons both started talking at the same time, as Simmons tried to tell Fitz that she didn’t leave because of him, while Fitz tried to tell her his plans for the future.  However, right as he was telling her that he was going to let her run the lab while he transferred to the garage, MY DAMN LOCAL SONOFABITCH ABC STATION CUT IN WITH A F***ING MATTRESS COMMERCIAL!!!!!  And then they followed it with an Acura commercial before returning to the show.  The FitzSimmons scene was over, and the next scene with Coulson and Bobbi had already started.  I’m so furious that I can hardly type.  If anyone would like to fill me in on how the scene played out (perhaps giving some context to the later FitzSimmons interactions) and if I missed anything between Coulson and Bobbi, I’d very much appreciate it.
  • Ok, I’m over it.  Anyway, the biggest revelation of the episode has to be the confirmation that we’re dealing with the Kree.  Raina told Skye that her grandmother believed in the “blue angels” but called them Kree.  Of course, that doesn’t really mean anything to Skye, but it does to us.  Not only did we see a Kree this summer in Ronan the Accuser from Guardians of the Galaxy, but the Kree were responsible for the creation of the Inhumans.  It seems like all of the theorizing is true, and it seems unlikely that it’s all misdirection at this point.  We’ll see how it all sorts itself out next week, but I’m very curious what sort of impact this might have on the Inhumans film due in four years.  I’d love for Skye to feature in a major MCU film, so if this leads to that then I’m all for the Inhumans development.  Will the Inhumans be a major storyline for SHIELD going forward, or is this just a temporary story that will run for this season and then disappear until the film?
  • Favorite Quote: Sam Koenig (in the background): “That is so badass!”  Billy Koenig: “Sam, I’m on with the director!”
  • So I feel a little dumb last week for not realizing that the disfigured version of May was Agent 33.  I guess I assumed that May’s electrocution of 33 had either killed her or disabled the “nanomask.”  It never occurred to me that she might be stuck as May, albeit with a huge scar on her face and a messed up, robotic voice.  It’s a cool way to give Ming-Na Wen more to do, which is never a bad thing, and I suppose it saves them from having to pay another guest star.
  • Speaking of guest stars, we got an awful lot of Koenig tonight.  Two, in fact, Sam and Billy.  I think at this point it’s pretty safe to assume that they’re not actually biological brothers.  Given the fact that both Sam and Billy gave the same response that the other one is shorter when someone confused their identities, I’m thinking we’re dealing with something artificial.  The Lost In Space reference seems to be pointing to some sort of robot or android (Life Model Decoy?), although Eric Koenig bled and died like a real human last season.  Not to mention the fact that they seem to act like real people.  I loved the little moment between the two Koenigs, when one wanted to kill Ward and the other silently got him to stand down.  They’re used for comedy or info dumps most of the time, so it was nice to see some emotion from them.  Plus, Patton Oswalt is always great and two Koenigs are 10 times more entertaining than one.  Just imagine how entertaining 13 would be.
  • And then there’s Raina.  I just don’t know what to make of her.  She seems to have the same status as Skye, a descendant of a “special person” chosen by the Kree.  At this point, I don’t think she has any loyalty to anyone except the city (Attilan) and the Diviner.  I think she’d happily join HYDRA or SHIELD, whichever she thinks has the best shot of getting her to the temple with the Diviner, and that seems to be HYDRA at the moment.  Still, she’s unpredictable, mysterious, and I love having her around.  Though I have a sneaking suspicion she might not survive too much longer.
  • Favorite Quote: Bobbi: “Don’t die out there, ok?”  Hunter: “It’s Canada.”
  • I’m really curious what’s going on with Bobbi.  It seems like she has something going on on the side, just as Hunter predicted.  Mack wants to know if Bobbi has let Hunter in on her plan, particularly after they lost Hartley.  Does anyone have any theories on what she’s up to?  I feel like anything I guess is bound to be wrong.  They could be looking to take over SHIELD, but that doesn’t seem likely.  They might be after something SHIELD has, which they plan to steal, but I haven’t a clue what it could be or what they want it for.  Perhaps it has something to do with her eventually becoming the Mockingbird.  She seemed impressed that Coulson is so different from Fury, not willing to have an acceptable body count and not interested in recovering the weapon, but that may or may not factor into her plan.  Maybe she’s after the weapon as well?
  • Speaking of the weapon, I was pretty taken aback when Bobbi mentioned that Whitehall was interested in an “extinction level” event.  That’s more than just a WMD, that’s a WCD (Weapon of Complete Destruction).  Does he want to just wipe out the planet so only HYDRA survives?  Or is he not interested in HYDRA at all?  I’m not sure I see his plan any more, particularly if he’s not interested in just wiping out his enemies.
  • Am I the only one who really enjoyed Skye taking charge?  I loved when she stepped up to give part of the mission briefing to the nameless SHIELD agents at the Playground, and I like that she was put in charge of Raina’s interrogation.  Plus, she got her first big kickass fight scene!  And against a version of Melinda May, no less!  Yeah, she lost and had to be rescued by Hunter, but still she’s taking big strides forward.  At the same time, I’m glad that she’s still Skye, giving Coulson a hug before heading on her mission.  But now, when she tells May that she can handle whatever happens, I really believe her.
  • And then there’s Ward.  He captured Skye along with Raina on his own initiative, and then he spared the Bus against orders.  If he’s really working for HYDRA, he’s not doing a very good job.  I imagine that the truth is that all he cares about is Skye, and he’s doing whatever he can to get on her good side, including sparing her friends/team and keeping his promise to take her to her father.  There are some theories floating around about how things will shake out with Ward next week, based on an updated logo for the show tweeted by Marvel, but I’m not going to delve into that.  He’s in a position to be of great help to SHIELD or to cause some serious damage, and we’ll have to see what happens in the midseason finale.

What do you think?  Did you enjoy “…Ye Who Enter Here”?  What did I miss of FitzSimmons?  (Knowing my luck, it was probably a complete resolution to all of their issues.)  So does the Kree admission mean that we’re definitely dealing with Inhumans?  What does that mean going forward for the show and the MCU?  What is Ward up to?  What are Whitehall’s plans for the weapon?  What’s the deal with the Koenighs?  What is Bobbi’s secret scheme?  What’s happening to Mack (I didn’t even get to that, but I will in my recap)?  Do you think he’ll survive it?  What will happen on the midseason finale?  And am I the only one who wants Koenig’s cloaked umbrella, so I can hide from people on the street?  Let me know in the comments!

1 thought on “Instant Reaction: Agents of SHIELD – “…Ye Who Enter Here”

  1. Don’t worry, there wasn’t too much more to the scene after Fitz mentioned his plans to move to the garage. Simmons was understandably upset, but Fitz insisted that “he can still work for her, he just can’t work with her.” Then he left, leaving Simmons with an almost tearful expression. I think Simmons’ perspective of this relationship is very fascinating, ever since S1. Although she doesn’t seem to love Fitz romantically (or at least thinks she doesn’t), I’d be hard-pressed to find any other feeling she has for Fitz besides love. She cares for him very much. Though the rest of the scene didn’t really give a revelation, I think it at least gives some motivation as to why Simmons seemed more motivated to help Fitz later in the episode.

    I’m still really curious as to what Bobbi is hiding, considering the only other person who knows is Mack and…well. This episode felt unusually like a Part 1 to a Part 2 much like End of the Beginning and Turn Turn Turn, so this may come back into play much like the city and Skye’s father, maybe even Mack, but that seems like a lose-lose situation (if he’s still alive, I don’t think he’d be any better).

    I was so excited to see Chloe’s first major action scene. Of course, it couldn’t be as good as the May vs. May, but it’s definitely a step for Skye above punching Ward in the face. I love Skye coming into her own and can’t wait to see what she does next.

    Also, since they pretty much confirmed that the Inhumans were a thing (we are human with the potential to be something more), I still wonder what that could mean for Skye. I could probably write a 5-6 page paper on that opening (English major here) and what impact it has on who she is. Loved the image of Coulson and May as parental figures but I was more curious as to the other meanings of her dream such as them leaving the baby. “Poison tree, poison fruit” Perhaps Skye fears that she will turn out like her father or at least fears her friends will see her that way. It really adds a sympathetic depth to her character. Although she wasn’t used to trusting people, she clearly values the team. Heck, she hugged Coulson and agreed to go with Ward in order to save the people on the Bus.

    Speaking of Ward, he still seems to be playing on the thin line. He works for HYDRA trying to capture Raina, but he spares the ship. I’m with Skye when I ask him to just pick a side, but I believe it’s just whatever side helps him. After all, HYDRA is the only way he’s going to get any contact with the team since the team won’t even look at him. That doesn’t mean he’s good, but he’s probably not the drone Whitehall expected.

    Finally, after some look into fan reactions, there are still some connections that Skye may be Daisy Johnson in the midst of all of this Inhuman history, making her father Mister Hyde. For instance, the song playing in the beginning sounds suspiciously like Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built For Two) with some pretty telling lyrics in the context of the show ( “Daisy, Daisy / Give me your answer, do. / I’m half crazy / all for the love of you”). SHIELD is usually aware of these jokes, so I wouldn’t be surprised. Also, in the promo during the midst of Fitz and Simmons embracing (it’s seared into my brain honestly), some people believe that they are in the midst of an earthquake. Daisy Johnson’s alias in the comics was Quake, and she also developed powers over earth vibrations. Perhaps this is “what she becomes”?

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