Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2, Episodes 21-22, "S.O.S. Parts 1 and 2" EXPECTATIONS

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns tonight with “S.O.S. Parts 1 and 2” (2x21-22) at 9:00 PM Eastern/Pacific.  What do we expect from tonight's episodes?
What happened in the last episode, “Scars”?

We learned that Theta Protocol was “Coulson repairs the original helicarrier for Fury and saves the day,” and because of that Gonzales’ group is willing to merge with Coulson’s into a single S.H.I.E.L.D. with Coulson as Director under the auspices of Gonzales’ Board.  Mack objected to Coulson serving as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and elected to quit.  The new S.H.I.E.L.D. faced its first real challenge when Raina had a vision of a Kree Doomsday Device which led her and Gordon to the Iliad, where Gonzales has been keeping said Kree Weapon of Inhuman Destruction in his cargo hold.  After having 2 Inhumans appear on their ship, S.H.I.E.L.D. decided they needed to confront the Inhumans and find out more about them.  Coulson sent Skye and Lincoln back to Afterlife to arrange a sit-down between Coulson and Jiaying.  Gonzales and May objected to Coulson serving as the S.H.I.E.L.D. representative, and Gonzales went in his place.  Meanwhile, Raina had a vision of S.H.I.E.L.D. attacking Afterlife after Jiaying meets with them, but none of the Inhumans would believe her, so they locked her up.  Jiaying handed Cal (who drank his chemicals) over to S.H.I.E.L.D.  Gonzales “offered” to meet with the Inhumans and Index them so S.H.I.E.L.D. could keep them in line, leading Jiaying to kill Gonzales with a Diviner-metal-infused Terrigen Crystal and claim that S.H.I.E.L.D. tried to kill her.  Oh, and Kara abducted Bobbi and took her to Ward.

Episode Synopsis for “S.O.S. Parts 1 and 2”:

“S.H.I.E.L.D. puts everything on the line to survive a war that blurs the line between friend and foe. Coulson and his team will be forced to make shocking sacrifices that will leave their relationships and their world changed forever.”

Continuing plot points:

  • Skye’s powers and the Inhumans
  • The “Real S.H.I.E.L.D.”/“S.H.I.E.L.D.” conflict—I don’t think it’s completely over just yet
  • So what is Ward up to?
  • Setting up Season 3

 What I am looking for tonight:

  • We are absolutely going to see Cal turn into Mr. Hyde and rip some dudes apart
  • There’s going to be a massive super-powered S.H.I.E.L.D.-vs.-Inhumans battle royale—at least one at the beginning of the episode, and possibly another one
  • The Kree WID will come into play, and the two groups will work together to stop it
  • Somehow Ward’s plan will come to fruition
  • Skye will be torn between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Inhumans, but I expect her to bridge the gap between the two groups at the end of the day
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. will not be able to Index any more of the Inhumans, but going forward the two groups will cooperate

What would be awesome but probably won’t happen:

Black Bolt and Medusa show up with Fury to put a stop to the S.H.I.E.L.D. – Inhumans War.

Fury:  “It’s cool.  We’ve actually known about each other for years.  Black Bolt always sends me a Christmas card.”

Black Bolt:  [Silence] (What, are you crazy?  Do you really want him to blow everyone up?  Actually, in retrospect, that would definitely end the war!)
My Idea for Next Season:

If you’ve read either of my articles from the weekend—first on everything S.H.I.E.L.D. did wrong and then on the two groups’ fears—you know that I think the negotiations in “Scars” were just about doomed from the start because of the lack of trust and lack of knowledge on both sides.  However, I think that S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Inhumans will sit down to negotiate—in good faith—in this episode, probably near the end.  From that negotiation I want (as a fan) to see 5 results:

1.      S.H.I.E.L.D. agrees not to Index any (more) of the Inhumans
2.      The Inhumans agree to work with S.H.I.E.L.D. in taking out enhanced humans S.H.I.E.L.D. cannot handle
3.      S.H.I.E.L.D. agrees to keep the Inhumans secret and help cover up their existence any time regular humans discover them
4.      The Inhumans agree to keep S.H.I.E.L.D. informed any time an Inhuman threatens civilians so S.H.I.E.L.D. can help them keep civilians out of harm’s way and cover up the ensuing damage after the Inhumans take care of their renegade
5.      The two groups put together a joint team with some humans, some enhanced humans, and some Inhumans to deal with issues that affect both parties

I think this would set up an interesting dynamic as we see the Inhumans and S.H.I.E.L.D. trying to learn how to cooperate with each other, despite each side’s inherent mistrust of the other.  This could even play into Civil War as S.H.I.E.L.D. tries to determine whether or not their arrangement with the Inhumans is really in everybody’s best interests.  However, they may decide to hold off on allowing the Inhumans and S.H.I.E.L.D. to cooperate until the middle of season 3.

Long story short:
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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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