Well, shiver me timbers! (Forgive the pirate talk. I’m currently reading Treasure Island.) I’ve never been happier to be proven wrong. Agents of SHIELD wrapped up its first season without a cliffhanger, yet with just enough intrigue to tease us into the next season. I’m quite a happy chick.
The budget was big enough for bring on Samuel L. Jackson after all. But not big enough for an eye patch and had to go with sunglasses. Then again, maybe it all has something to do with the events of Captain America: the Winter Soldier, which I still haven’t seen.
Yes, some of the dialog was incredibly cheesy, but who cares? The episode was more than I ever could have asked for. With Samuel L. Jackson! Did I mention Samuel L. Jackson?
Garrett goes looney-tunes from the GH-325 serum, wrangling doors from their hinges, writing on plexiglass with a nail, severing a general’s aorta—with his bare hands!—and Bill Paxton chews the scenery with gastronomic delight.
Grant Ward proves he can’t think for himself, although his “love” for Skye still irritates. Hell, Skye still irritates.
Apparently May does have feelings. Although her affair with Ward had “no strings attached,” his affiliation with Hydra did. She even got in a zinger or two during her al
l-out brawl with Ward, which ended with his foot nailed to floor and his larynx crushed.
In an episode of awesomeness, though, the two stand-out scenes belonged to Fitz and Simmons. Trapped in a pod at the bottom of the ocean (hey, Natalie, I was right 😎 ) with few resources and inevitable death, the two talk about the First Law of Thermodynamics, that energy is neither created nor destroyed: we’re made up of what came before and will be part of what is to come after we die. Listening to the two young geniuses ponder such questions was beautiful. The English and Scottish accents made it downright melodic.
Fitz finally tells Simmons how he feels, not in words, but with his actions. Her reaction is unexpected and incredibly moving. Elizabeth Henstridge nailed it. Then we watch the glass blow from outside the pod, and moments later Simmons emerges with Fitz in tow. She rises to the surface in the middle of the ocean, seemingly having gone from one sure death to another, when Nick Fury’s arm reaches out to her. Damn! The whole thing was so emotional I cried!
Endless Happy Endings
Ward is in custody, super-soldiers without super-serum become normal men, “Minus an eye, of course.”
Garrett reemerges (“There’s a reason you cut off the head.”) but is quickly blown to smithereens.
Mike Peterson is freed from his personal hell, but rather than go to his son, he’s off to make amends for his actions. That’s something I’d like to see explored next season, but then, I’m a sucker for Mike Peterson.
Coulson talks with Fury about TAHITI, clearing up that mess. Fury says Coulson is an Avenger! The look on Coulson’s face is pricelss. And Coulson’s now head of the new, leaner SHIELD. Fury then disappears again. I’m hope he’s headed to Tahiti.
Hopes for Next Season
It looks like Agent Triplett will be around next season. I’m stoked! After all, “I bring the noise and the funk wherever I go.” Although no longer a member of the team, I imagine Ward will have a part to play. Fitz’s medical condition is up in the air. Will he be back? Will he be the same? It’s a great way to thwart the inevitable FitzSimmons hookup.
Hopefully The Playground, and Billy Koenig will stick around. They’d be a welcome addition to the show.
I’m not particularly excited to explore more of Skye’s story, but since her parentage doesn’t seem to be going in the obvious direction, it might be interesting. Since she’s part of “the evolution,” maybe she’ll evolve into a more interesting actor.
Then there’s that whole Coulson carving a hieroglyphic diagram into the wall thing.
And don’t forget Quinn, Raina, and the Graviotonium are still out there.
So many possibilities. Don’t throw them away, show-runners!