Agents of SHIELD: The Kree problem

Kelsey McNeal/ABC
Kelsey McNeal/ABC

That didn’t take long. Skye’s big secret was revealed on Tuesday night’s Agents of SHIELD and we can already see the stress it’s putting on the team. Not to mention the fact that the final moments of the episode showed Mack knocking out Hunter in a bid to keep his secret mission with Bobbi a secret.

“Who You Really Are” gave us a little more insight into the origins of the Inhumans, who are meant to be the secret weapons of the Kree. We’ve known for a long time that Skye is connected to the Kree thanks to the fact that back in season one the Kree blood used to save her life didn’t affect her the way it did Coulson and the others. It can’t be a coincidence that both Vin-Tak, the Kree alien looking for the newly transformed Inhumans, and Skye’s mother, Jiaying, referred to the process as “Terragenesis.” Did another member of the Kree come to Earth in the 40s to begin transforming humans using the missing Diviners? Or better yet, are they still around?

Episodes like this are why I love watching Agents of SHIELD. The inclusion of Lady Sif is one of the many great reminders that this show is one piece of the big puzzle that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Obviously this show is building up to the big Inhumans film happening in 2018, but there is so much potential for crossover from other films. Just think about how deeply the show was affected by the events of Captain America: Winter Soldier. And I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see if Avengers: Age of Ultron will give us another game-changer.

Crossover with the MCU isn’t the only big draw of Agents of SHIELD, however. Last night’s episode delivered the great mix of humour and emotion that makes the show what it is. Jaimie Alexander’s Lady Sif welcome return added so much to the story, thanks to her deadpan Asgardian delivery, very reminiscent of Chris Hemsworth in the first Thor film.

Meanwhile Chloe Bennet continues to impress me with Skye’s emotional journey throughout the series. We’ve seen Skye struggle through several things, including learning about the origin of her parents and realizing Ward was with Hydra, and each time Bennet has shown her acting chops again and again. Tonight was no different – even in the little moments we saw her tension and fear, which really elevated her story in this episode.

Kelsey McNeal/ABC
Kelsey McNeal/ABC

One aspect I’m not so crazy about, however, is the double agent storyline going on with Bobbi and Mack. It’s still very early on and there’s still a lot we don’t know, but I’m very skeptical about where their story is headed. Of course, I’m saying this from the position of a fan that quickly fell in love with the two of them. But, seriously, in the very same episode Mack said he doesn’t like violence, his first instinct is to put Hunter in a choke hold?

Granted, Hunter put himself in that position when he continued to press Bobbi and Mack for information about what they’ve been up to. One positive aspect of this storyline is that it’s the first time I’ve actually cared about the romance between Hunter and Bobbi. Leading up to the mid-season finale I found their scenes a drain on the plot, but tonight I really started to feel for Hunter. Poor guy just wants a steady job and a stable relationship.

The episode ended much as I expected, with the team torn and confused over Skye’s new abilities. One relief is that Simmons took the news far better than expected, but I wouldn’t stop worrying just yet. Her vendetta against super powered aliens or otherwise is still pretty powerful, so chances are she’ll be more willing to find a way to get rid of Skye’s powers than to help her deal with them, like Fitz is trying to. With the rest of them scared for their safety (when they’re not knocking each other out), it looks like SHIELD has some rough terrain ahead.

More note-worthy moments from Agents of SHIELD:

  • Skye and May continue to have a great relationship this season, which I love. The training scene at the beginning was fantastic. “You want full Mortal Kombat?” Finish her!
  • All of the Thor references were superb, from Coulson’s “Son of Coul” to Lady Sif’s little smile at the sound of Thor’s name. Let’s be real, a lot of us smile at the thought of that chiseled face.
  • Looks like the agents of SHIELD use any resources at their disposal to catch the bad guys-including Twitter.
  • “Not a lot of laughs, that one.” Is May getting funnier?
  • I couldn’t help but think of Vin-Tak’s truncheon as a tiny Mjolnir. Did anyone else think that?

What do you think will happen now that Skye’s big secret has been revealed? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. Next week Cal goes on the offensive and May enlists her ex to help Skye before she hurts anyone else. You can watch the trailer for “One of Us” below.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV and ABC.