*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!