Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: One of Us
"We want SHIELD exposed for its barbaric crimes against exceptional humanity!"
This episode is, obviously, superb. It's also getting at the series' big question at the moment; yes, Cal wants revenge on Coulson. But he also has an agenda, as per the above quote; is SHIELD's treatment of duper humans right? He is most obviously worried about his daughter, of course, and his fears may be confirmed a little as Coulson faces the recommendation to remove Skye,now on the creepy-sounding "gifted index" from active duty. Will Coulson go along with recommendations or will he go his own way again? His idiosyncratic decision making is really being foregrounded as we (and Hunter) end the episode by learning that Bobbi and Mack are secretly working for a rival "SHIELD".
Interesting that we get our first supervillain team in this context. Cal brings together a gang of misfits in an episode whose title recalls Tod Browning's Freaks. With the exception of Angar the Screamer, though, they aren't really villains known to us old followers of the Merry Marvel Marching Society.
In other news, we meet May's curiously well-adjusted ex-husband Andrew Garner as she gains a little hinterland. Fitz and Simmons slowly start to rebuild their relationship and Skye is slowly learning to control her powers. We get a glimpse into Coulson's Wisconsin upbringing. And, interestingly, Simmons proposes to Coulson that there should be two categories of superhumans- "enhanced" and what sounds awfully like Mutants, Sony notwithstanding.
At the end of it all, though, Cal ends up in the clutches of Gordon, our mysterious and eyeless teleporting Inhuman. Sooner or later we will find out what he's up to.