Given the “Marvel” aspect of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, it was only a matter of time before we started expanding out of the obvious Avengers connections this show has. Because as much as we enjoy this guy…

#CoulsonStillLives

#CoulsonStillLives

…It is fun to delve a little deeper into the mythology, right?

Last week we learned that Skye may still be working with the group Rising Tide while she starts to find her place in S.H.I.E.L.D., and this week we continue exploring that idea as Skye is sent on her first mission by herself.

While Skye’s allegiances may still be up in the air, she still came through for the team when she was sent in to face the baddie of the week – Ian Quinn. Of course she used her “I’m still working for Rising Tide while infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D.” approach, so that didn’t exactly answer any lingering questions. What it did do was solidify that we can count on her coming through for the team in the long run as she continues to bond with all of them, especially Ward.

As for that Ian Quinn, he kidnapped an asset of S.H.I.E.L.D’s – Dr. Franklin Hall. Dr. Hall was known for his work with Gravitonium, and Quinn, like all villains, wanted to use this to Control the World. After the team infiltrated Quinn’s compound, Agent Coulson discovered that the way Quinn was able to kidnap Dr. Hall was because Dr. Hall set it up to be kidnapped. Why? Because he didn’t trust Quinn with the Gravitonium and wanted to take care of it himself. In the end he ended up sacrificing himself and getting sucked into the Gravitonium core and was locked away in one of S.H.I.E.L.D’s vaults.

That’s where mythology plays in – Dr. Hall is part of the Marvel universe, he is also known as Graviton, a super villain, and given how his hand emerged from the core at the end of the episode, something tells me this is a hint of a Big Bad our team may have to face before the season lets out. Something sure to be upsetting to FitzSimmons, as they were fans of Dr. Hall’s.

I enjoyed that this episode didn’t ignore what we had learned about Skye, and continued to ride that line where we aren’t sure what side of things she currently sits on, but we are clear where she will wind up (even if she isn’t as sure). While Agent Ward is pretty, his character hasn’t been fleshed out enough to make me care about the romantic sparks that we are supposed to be noticing between him and Skye, but I appreciate that they are there. A slow burn would be just fine for me, though.

Speaking of slow burns… are we supposed to sense a slow burn of romance kindling between our veteran agents, Coulson and May? Because it’s there. It’s totally there. And not just because I think Agent Coulson has chemistry with everyone. Because he does. It’s specifically Coulson/May chemistry. Tell me I’m not alone, people!

I like that the show is slowly, but steadily, finding it’s story. The pilot was so frenetic, that I thought for sure it would get lost in the next episodes. But instead it has slowed it’s pace and is allowing us to figure out who these characters are a bit. I think my one big question is if Shannon Lucio is coming back because they clearly set her up as a Big Bad in the pilot…

Who’s your favorite member of the team? What are you thinking of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so far?

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