Agent Carter’s recap of Agents of SHIELD episode ‘Afterlife’

Hello Peggy Carter here. I helped found the SSR, which later became SHIELD. Now it’s a bit of a mess, having been done in by aliens, Special humans, wayward technology and some sort of mutiny within. Let’s see how it’s going…

I see Coulson and Hunter are borrowing a nifty truck. Coulson and Hunter work quite well together, especially when picking out vehicles. Also we learn Coulson’s accounts are frozen.

Shopping for anything with Hunter must be fun.

Shopping for anything with Hunter must be fun.

Skye is getting acupuncture. It seems to be healing her injuries. She’s been there 2 days. And we meet a new face, Lincoln. He’s a doctor, overseeing Skye’s healing, though he calls himself a ‘transitioner’ for people going through Terrigenesis. It’s like a shot of 1000 years of evolution at once. He reminds her she’s being hunted in the real world and might be better off here.

Lincoln talks with Skye in a place called AfterLife about the changes she's undergoing

Lincoln talks with Skye about the changes she’s undergoing

Now we go to Gonzales who is ticked about Skye. He calls her a thing. I’m sure this seals my disapproval of him. Anyone who refers to a person as a thing is not the cat’s meow. He’s quite sure even though she was defending herself, that she will not be an asset and should be put down. And he’s convinced Coulson is collecting Special people. Like the one who pulled Skye out of the field. He’s quite paranoid is he not? Bobbi tries being reasonable. Gonzales is also annoyed about Fury’s Black Box. They ask Fitz and Simmons to help. Gonzales tries buttering them up, saying he wanted them on his team after the academy. And FitzSimmons is back! They don’t like Gonzales much. And are not happy with Bobbi. Or May’s treatment. At least they agree on not helping. And Fitz leaves to pack up.

FitzSimmons meets Gonzales, while Bobbi looks on awkwardly

FitzSimmons meets Gonzales, while Bobbi looks on awkwardly

Coulson and Hunter go to the hidden cabin. They watch the footage of Skye and see Gordon’s rescue. Coulson despairs that he’s lost Skye. He’s not thrilled as Gordon is difficult to track. Gordon would be a great agent, as he leaves very little trace.

On the plus side, Skye feels better and wants to know where she is. The Afterlife! Which seems to be in China. In the mountains. Far away from everything and not on a map. Lincoln explains about how the compound works. Afterlife is meant to be protective. It’s meant to help people transition into being Special. It seems that there are many, some with positive genetics, who are waiting to go into the ‘mist’. Skye is the new kid in school, having ‘jumped the line’ in a Kree temple with a Diviner. She asks about Raina and Cal, since Gordon took them. Lincoln professes no knowledge of their whereabouts.

Gonzales is banging his head againts the interrogation wall of May. It is a delight to watch. He is trying real hard to convince May she’s on the wrong side, but it’s not going well. He refers to Skye as Coulson’s pet. He thinks Skye and Coulson should be indexed and locked up. Bobbi is watching on the cam as May turns to it talking about witch hunts. Mack seems very comfortable and with his new digs. Gonzales wants to avoid ‘putting down’ Coulson. Or so he says, I find it hard to believe, as he seems less trustworthy than Howard Stark in a female only boarding house.

Coulson and Hunter hunker down in the cabin for a drink. Luckily, Hunter travels with shot glasses and booze. He’s so very old school, I wish he could have been on my team! Coulson defends Bobbi and Mack and even Gonzales. He admits to having a bad day!

Bobbi chats with Simmons to see if she can be convinced to stay. Gemma hopes that things can get back to normal. Bobbi seems to have convinced her and Gemma says she doesn’t need Fitz to solve the Black Box problem.

Skye hangs out with her new friend, Lincoln. He also has a look at the inhibiter gloves Skye got from Simmons. Also he tells her that the transition is irreversible. So she should relax.

nuSHIELD wants in that cabin!

nuSHIELD wants in that cabin!

Coulson has triggered the alarm out the cabin. He’s invited SHIELD out to play. With their toys. Specifically that very nifty aeroplane. Coulson says they must use icers not bullets. Also he’s got some back up coming. Gonzales is very confident his problems are solved when hearing the news that they have Couslon trapped. Bobbi is trying to get him to change his approach. To May, to Coulson’s cabin…

Skye continues bonding with Lincoln. It turns out he has powers too. He has a molecular electrical charge that he’s learned to control. It lifts Skye right off her feet. He tells Skye they are part of something bigger and extraordinary.

Lincoln has powers also!

Lincoln has powers also!

Mack tries to convince Fitz to stay and tells her Simmons is opening the Black Box. Fitz looks at what Simmon’s is supposedly doing and…

Coulson tricks the Agents with a very handy deck of cards. They seem to project light and motion. Hmmm, I must learn about holographics. They put the agents to sleep and steal a couple of uniforms and go to find the plane.

Back in Afterlife, Skye is asking more questions. Skye wants to get a message to her friends. Gordon says he can ask permission, though it will likely be denied. Lincoln says Skye has the elders worried about their secret existence being revealed. Gordon goes and talks to Cal, Skye’s father. He realizes Skye had been found and demands to see her. But Cal’s temper is is a sign of a lack of control. Gordon indicates this will seal his and Skye’s fate.

As they’ve slip into the uniforms of the field agents, Coulson and Hunter still get caught and arrested. There was an invisible plane! It appears all the best ideas and tech come from comic books!

Fitz confronts Simmons about her betrayal saying she’s obviously trying to run him off. He’s convinced he must leave now. She doesn’t dissuade him. Hmm, odd with those two.

Coulson and Hunter are loaded onto the plane. Then Deathlok, Agent Mike Peterson, shows up and it is a spectacular show to watch. This man is remarkable. He defeats most of the agents and then seems to put the entire plane’s instructions in his head so he may fly it. Coulson refers to these as upgrades! Hunter is wary of him as Mike seems to be part man and machine and quite lethal. Marvelous technology!

Mike Peterson returns!

Mike Peterson returns!

Gonzales is upset at the loss of Coulson. And seems ticked that there’s another powered person working with Coulson. And also Hunter. Bobbi seems less surprised at that fact. He requests the Bus and then Gonzales goes to have a chat with May.

Back to Skye chatting with her new friend who accidentally reveals Raina is on the compound. Skye runs to Raina and they argue and Skye gets very aggravated. She is very upset about Raina’s murderous past life. Then Skye’s Mom, Jaiying shows up! She puts an end to the fight and defends Raina. Sky says she can’t stay. Jaiying offers to train Skye with her powers and tells her she can leave if she wants. Then Jaiying goes to see Cal and confirms their daughter is there and tells Cal he can’t see her.

Raina returns!

Raina returns!

Skye's mom, Jaiying is also alive. But notice the scars!

Skye’s mom, Jaiying is also alive. But notice the scars!

 

Gonzales is trying a new approach with May. He hands her his dad’s gun from WWII and offers to let her shoot him. May declines to shoot him. He asks if she’ll join the board of new (his) SHIELD so that Coulson will have an advocate when he’s caught. Gonzales talks about foundations and strong agency structures as we watch Fitz leave. Valid points all, I must say.

Gonzales and May talk

Gonzales and May talk

In the stolen QuinJet, Coulson is looking for information and as he feared he has found the last Hydra head, Lizt, who is ‘collecting’ powered people. For experiments. I must say Hydra has the worst of the Nazi habits and hasn’t changed much. So he decides they must call on one person who knows both the Hydra side and the Gordon side. They must enlist the help of Grant Ward!

We see Gemma explaining to Bobbi that they just don’t have what they need to open it. They need Coulson. As we see Fitz get in the cab, he unpacks his bag and finds a sandwich and oh yes, the Black Box.

Nothing says FitzSimmons like a sandwich

Nothing says FitzSimmons like a sandwich

Dossier Notes:

If you’re gone a week you miss a lot.

If Jaiying is alive, could Whitehall be alive?

Honest Eddie has the best cars. And the best schoolyard psychology. Also I suspect it’s quite true that Coulson is a tiger.

The Calvary, is May’s nickname earned by putting down a ‘Special person.’

Ward is always a bad option.

Pesto Aioli is an improvement to even the best of sandwiches.

Bribery with cupcakes is always a good idea.