AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
EPISODE 16, SEASON 2-"AFTERLIFE"
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." just had one of their best episodes yet.
Just when I thought the show was starting to loose traction, just when I thought the writing was starting to get sloppy and the show was starting to bite off more than it could chew, something like this happens. The show proved that they could actually handle multiple storylines, while also impressing the audience at every turn. Tonight was indeed great.
Where to start? I suppose I could start with Lance Hunter and Phil Coulson are off trying to regain S.H.I.E.L.D. and they are trying to get the muscle in order to do so. Coulson had a funny plan, he wanted to get himself caught by Gonzalez' men and go back to the headquarters that way. When Lance notices how outnumbered they are, he began to wonder if Coulson is beginning to lose his mind. Coulson assures Lance that he has a plan and that he has back-up coming. Right when we think Coulson and Lance have been captured, the "back-up" reveals himself...
Deathlok baby...that is correct, J. August Richards is back as Deathlok, who is apparently an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. now. He is working Coulson and now that he is back, I hope he is not going anywhere anytime soon. I loved his character in season one and I hope he gets a starring role on this show now. So now Deathlok, Coulson and Lance are all together.
In the middle of the action, we kept going off with Skye. Skye was transported by Gordon away from the "Real S.H.I.E.L.D." agents last week. Now she is in the "Afterlife," or the community that the other "Inhumans" live. (I know they are not referred to that yet, but that is exactly what they are.) A huge Easter Egg was dropped when Gordon mentioned some rumblings about "elders," when Skye asked Gordon to warn her friends that she was okay. I think in 2019, we will meet these mysterious elders. Anyway, Skye has a run-in with Raina and she was getting ready to leave when we become reacquainted with the Asian lady that Whitehall tore up in order to become young again. It seems this is Skye's birth mother, who is also Inhuman and she is willing to help Skye control her powers. There was a great fight between Gordon and Calvin Zabo, who still wants to be around his daughter again, which was pretty great.
Most of all, this episode solidified that Jemma and Fritz are the heart of this show. As the episode was coming to a close, I could not stand Jemma, as I was completely convinced she was going to start working for the Real S.H.I.E.L.D. The show made it seem so authentic and I never second guessed it for a minute. I felt so terrible for Fritz, who felt like he needed to leave the S.H.I.E.L.D. because he felt so alienated. Then the episode's biggest curtain was pulled back, and it almost made me jump for joy. Jemma is still loyal to Coulson, and how she proved it is going to make you clap your hands and scream for joy.
This was a great episode. My jaw hit the floor when I saw Deathlok, but I can't describe how excited I got when Jemma proved where her true loyalties lie. When Coulson mentioned that he needs to find Ward, and the thought of Deathlok, Lance, Coulson and Ward sharing screen time together was enough to make me squeal. Great, great, great episode. What did you think?