You know how on a lot of show’s Skye’s allegiance – S.H.I.E.L.D. or Rising Tide – would have been at least a season long mystery? Not on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Whedonverse just doesn’t have time for that nonsense.

Badass Agents Ward and Mae (Brett Dalton and Ming-Na Wen)

Badass Agents Ward and Mae (Brett Dalton and Ming-Na Wen)

Also having no time for that nonsense: Agent Melinda Mae. Look at her. She ain’t got no time for nobody’s nonsense. (Oy… the grammar in that sentence physically hurt me.) Find out about the big changes in tonight’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode after the jump.

This week made big strides in moving the narrative forward and I have to say I’m a huge fan of that. This series could have so easily left a lot of what happened this week in limbo as the static narrative for all of season 1. No one would have blamed them really. I can name a few shows that definitely would have. But no… they are moving right along on multiple fronts this week.

Hacker Love

This week the big ol’ plane went to Austin to catch a Rising Tide hacker, Miles (Austin Nichols… Austin was in Austin. Hee. I’m tired.) who was hacking into S.H.I.E.L.D and who it turns out is also Skye’s boyfriend. Awkward. Things on the plane get a bit tense when Melinda finds Skye half-naked with Miles after Coulson had just been chasing him. But we all knew what would happen here, right?

Anyone watching this show who thought that Skye was going to not choose S.H.I.E.L.D over her hacker boyfriend who sold information for a million dollars to villains… I don’t know what to say. Of course she wasn’t going to. Of course she chose good over evil. But why would they take her back? Coulson is a big softie after getting stabbed in the heart by Loki, that’s why! Also, it turns out that the whole reason Skye’s been so desperate to be in S.H.I.E.L.D  is because the only piece of information she’s ever been able to find about her mom is a piece of paper that was almost entirely redacted by  S.H.I.E.L.D. Thoughts on what Marvel character is her mother?? Because that is where that is going, right?

I liked that this development didn’t just lead to warm and fuzzies. Skye (as well as Miles) are both in big trouble and can’t play with electronics. They both were given some bracelet that prevents them from using electronics or whatever else Coulson tells it to do. Austin may have been dumped off in Hong Kong, but Skye gets to stay on the plane. She will have to earn the trust of her team all over again, though. Especially Ward who is probably not only hurt that his trainee was still working with the enemy on some level, but also that she had a boyfriend. That is breaking some sort of sacred “we are hot young people on a show and meant to hook up” bond, I think.

Give the guy a name

In other news that pushed the story along, if you were hoping that Shannon Lucio’s Debbie was going to be the big bad, you were wrong. Turns out she is only an underling. Also this week’s mutant of the week – “Scorch” – incinerated her. I enjoy the power of giving someone a nickname. It got this guy to agree to being experimented on and created his enormous ego. Who knew? Anyway, Scorch got very upset at the whole being experimented on thing and Debbie trying to take his powers, soooo…. bye bye Debbie. The titular “Girl in the Flower Dress” has taken your place as the somewhat big bad. But she is still working for someone too.

The whole stealing powers to add to the centipede story is a bit dull, but I appreciate it’s ability to be useful in telling the story. I mean every time we  happen upon someone with a power, both S.H.I.E.L.D and these guys are going to be after them. It’s built in conflict on a fairly constant level. I’m not sure I’m entertained by it completely, is the problem. And I guess that is a big problem. Hopefully a bigger, more engaging big bad is on the horizon, because while that girl did have a nice dress, she was not drawing me in. I like my villains witty.


There is still a lot for this show to work on. But as the S.H.I.E.L.D agents (and non-S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, sorry Skye) continue to work through their issues and mesh as a team, I’m drawn more in. There are kinks to work out.  The villains, for one. And are we going back to the “Tahiti is a magical place” story? But overall, I’m still enjoying it. What about you?

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