This review of this week’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does contain spoilers from Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, so if you haven’t seen the film and wish not to be spoiled, do not read this review.
Let’s get right into the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D./Age of Ultron tie-in. For anyone who saw the movie and was probably wondering where Fury and Maria got that Helicarrier from, we now know, as part of Theta Protocol is revealed to be Coulson commissioning the Helicarrier that saved thousands of people in Sokovia. While this tie-in may not have been as explosive as last year’s tie-in from Captain America: The Winter Solider was, we now know it was thanks to Coulson that thousands people were saved, and this is one of the many reasons why Coulson has and always will be seen as an Avenger.
Speaking of great showcases of Coulson being the awesome character he is, he convinces Gonzalez to merge their two S.H.I.E.L.D. organizations into one, which we knew was coming, but the execution was still appreciated. However, the way Mack behaved was such an eye-roller because if his superior, in this case being Gonzalez, is okay with working together with Coulson, a man that he has questioned until now, then Mack should at least give it a chance. Still, though, I can also see things from his perspective; he did experience a horrible Kree mind takeover, so it makes sense why he fears the Inhumans. But to just get up and resign was unnecessarily dramatic; I bet he will have a change of heart next week in the finale.
The Inhumans story back at the Afterlife focused a lot on Raina again this week, as her visions or maybe “visions” warned everyone that S.H.I.E.L.D. was coming and that a war would soon be upon them. The thing that I love about Ruth Negga’s performances with this character is that you will honestly never know, unless there is proof, if you can completely trust her or not. One on hand, what would she gain by lying to Jiaying when it’s clearly a fact that they are being hunted? On the other hand, it did seem very suspicious of Raina to offer herself as the spoke’s person for the Inhumans when S.H.I.E.L.D. would arrive. But that’s what I love so much about her: you don’t love or hate this character, but you just want more of her.
As soon as Gonzalez and several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents arrived at the Afterlife, you could immediately sense that something completely shocking was about to happen. At first, Gonzalez and Jiaying’s conversation was civil, and nothing appeared to be wrong, as they both seemed interested in wanting peace. However, peace certainly will not be an option now, after Jiaying unleashed a piece of Terrigian Mist on Gonzales, which killed him within seconds (and as horrific a death as it was, it also was a delight to see him turn into stone). This gave Jiayang the opportunity to set herself up as the victim as she shot herself in the shoulder and blamed S.H.I.E.L.D. for it, thus declaring war. I feel I shouldn’t have been shocked that she would be up something like this, but yet I was.
“Scars” was a solid episode that perfectly set up for next Tuesday. I still have some issues with May (I’ve been upset with her for three episodes in a row now), and Simmons is also someone that I’m struggling to like at the moment. Plus, what the heck is Ward up to this time by kidnapping Bobbi? So many questions to be answered next week!
Don’t miss the epic two-hour season finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., titled “S.O.S.,” next Tuesday, May 12th, 9/8c on ABC!
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