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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns tonight with “Melinda” (2x17) at 9:00 PM Eastern/Pacific. What do we expect from tonight's episode?
What happened in the last episode, “Afterlife”?
“Afterlife” saw Skye wake up following her teleportation away from the “Real S.H.I.E.L.D.”s forces at the end of the previous episode. Skye wakes up at “Afterlife” (an Inhuman sanctuary) in a room where the Inhumans perform treatments designed to assist the newly-transformed through the transformation process. Gordon introduces Skye to Lincoln, her “Transitioner”—the one responsible for her treatments and for determining her new abilities so a “Guide” can be assigned. At the end of the episode Skye discovers that Raina is also at Afterlife, causing her to attempt to kill Raina. Her (unknown to her) mother Jiaying walks in and tells her to stop before informing Skye that she has chosen to be her (Skye’s) Guide if she decides to stay at Afterlife for a while.
Meanwhile, Coulson and Hunter attempt to track down Skye, which leads them to the Retreat, where they call in the “Real S.H.I.E.L.D.” in order to capture a quinjet. They eventually manage to capture the quinjet, but only with assistance from an upgraded Mike Peterson—Deathlok’s back! They go off to track down the final Hydra Head in an effort to use his knowledge to locate Skye.
Back at the Playground, Gonzales, Bobbi, and Mack try to persuade May, Simmons, and Fitz (respectively) to join the “Real S.H.I.E.L.D.” In the end Simmons elects to stay with them (after helping Fitz to smuggle Fury’s Toolbox out). Fitz leaves with the Toolbox to find Coulson. May’s decision is unclear, though looks to be resolved in this episode.
Episode Synopsis for “Melinda”:
“The story of Melinda May's transformation into “The Cavalry” is revealed as she finds herself at a crossroads in the war between Coulson and Gonzales. As Skye learns more about her true heritage from Lincoln, the truth about the Inhumans will send her in a new direction.”
Continuing plot points:
- Skye’s powers and the Inhumans
- The “Real S.H.I.E.L.D.”/“S.H.I.E.L.D.” conflict
- Hydra vs. the S.H.I.E.L.D.s
- So what is Ward up to?
- The impending tie-in between Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Avengers: Age of Ultron
What I am looking for tonight:
- A lot of information about May’s past, including a reveal of just why they call her “The Cavalry”
- Skye experimenting with her powers and learning how to control them with Jiaying’s guidance
- I am not expecting Skye to display complete mastery in this episode, or for Jiaying to reveal that she is Skye’s mother, but neither of those would really surprise me
- Coulson, Hunter, and Deathlok track down Ward
What would be awesome but probably won’t happen:
When Skye goes to use her powers, she actually does take down one of the Himalaya Mountains. Jiaying responds with, “Okay, so maybe you can hurt the mountain!”
So what are you looking for in tonight’s episode? What is there that you really want to see but may not see at all?
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