If the last two weeks of Agents of SHIELD have acted as a sort of semi-prequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron, then this week’s ‘Scars’ is the aftermath.
After all the cloak and dagger, the questions, the suspicions and every other pseudonym you can think of for ‘suspicion’, it turns out Theta Protocol was nothing more than to explain a plot point in Avengers. If, like me, you were the annoying nitpicker of your friend group and asked, “Where the hell did Nick Fury get that Helicarrier from?” then ask no more.
Coulson and Koenig had been keeping it locked up in the basement of some super secret base, ready to conveniently show up and save the day at the last minute. I’m not sure whether this is a genius move or just laziness on the part of the writers. Still, if you’re a die-hard MCU fan, then this kind of universe connecting will only tickle your geeky funny bone all the more.
With only the two-part finale left, it all kicked off this week for what is sure to be one heck of a double header. Of course, this being technically the penultimate episode, everything felt more or less like setup for the inevitable conflict that is to come.
Coulson has successfully reunited the disparate elements of SHIELD, coming to a compromise with Gonzalez and his team, although as it would seem, Gonzalez didn’t stick around long enough to see it. I knew he wouldn’t be walking out of that place in one piece the moment he suggested he be the one to take the meeting with Jiaying instead of Coulson. Such a shame; I was just starting to like Gonzalez as well.
Yes, as it transpires, Skye has not just one, but TWO murderous psychotic parents. Poor girl just can’t catch a break. But let’s be honest, we all kind of knew it was coming. Jiaying was far too nice and insular for her good. Plus, after everything that’s happened to her at the hands of Hydra and Whitehall, there was only ever one way this conflict was going to go.
Indeed, the idea of Inhuman registration is something that will be explored in much greater detail come season three, no doubt to coincide with the release of Captain America: Civil War in which the Superhero Registration Act will play a key part.
Torn between her two sets of parental figures, it’s going to be interesting to see how Skye handles things from this point on. Which side will she choose? With one extended episode left in the season, the show has a ton to of conflict to get through and resolve.