Agents of SHIELD – Season 2, Episode 17

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My 5-sentence review of last night’s episode of Agents of SHIELD:

I appreciated the backstory on Melinda, who was formerly a very unrelatable character. I also very much appreciated the light that Skye’s father is being given, as well as her family as a whole. I am very glad they didn’t drag out the knowledge that Skye’s mother was the woman training her, but gave it to her an episode after we knew. The ending of the episode is setting up exceptionally for the next couple episodes, and I think that Coulson, Hunter, and Fitz will be my favorite teamup ever. This episode was wonderful, and it’s shaping up to a great season.

What do you think? Are you excited for next episode? What did you think of Raina’s powers? Will the rest of the season be as good as this? For now, only time will tell.

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One response to “Agents of SHIELD – Season 2, Episode 17

  1. I love the storylines they set up. It was very satisfying to get an explanation for a lot of what drives Melinda as a character. I liked her before, but now it’s great to see her have a lot more dimension. It’s great as well to see how they tied the Inhumans into the eventual destiny of SHIELD and whatever the spin-off might cover.

    The developments in this episode also helped me see why they’ve had past “freak of the week” episodes like the one featuring Drea D’Matteo as Karla Faye Gideon and Angar the Screamer: you get the idea that SHIELD has had a long history of dealing with random, kind of crude powered people that they’ve apprehended over time, but that the Inhumans are another level of powered people entirely.

    Raina’s story is turning into a profound parable of how it never serves you to look outside of yourself to discover your greatness. She was beautiful and talented before, but she destroyed a lot of peoples’ lives in her obsession for following the Clairvoyant and gaining access to her gifts. Now that she’s received her true gifts, she feels cursed.

    The irony is that her gifts are going to allow her to be an even better Clairvoyant than the one she practically worshipped before. People have criticized Gideon for aggressive take on a pep talk with Raina(ahem, ahem Andrew Wheeler), but I loved his speech.

    I’m really intrigued to see how these “Descendant” Inhumans of Afterlife develop within this world, especially as a primer for when we get to know the Inhumans of Attilan. A lot of hanging questions from this season and last (including Deathlok) have had some really satisfying answers.

    Thanks for your blog.

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