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Agent Carter reviews Agents of SHIELD episode, “Scars”

Agent Carter here. My word things are a mess. At least we’ve had some Avengers help cleaning it up. Of course some may argue it was a mess of their own making but I would never discount Hydra, splintered factions of SHIELD (aka my SSR) and alien interference.

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We see a flashback to a year ago! The ever marvelous Agents Koenigs are prepping for Coulson’s arrival to the secret base. They discuss Theta Protocol, which is finally revealed to us. It seems there was a helicarrier in deep storage that avoided the Hydra disruption, lo those many months ago. Oh I do love a good surprise!

Back to the present, Gonzales and Coulson are watching news of Sokovia. Coulson says he’s been too busy working alone and proposes himself as director, since Fury already made him such.  He also suggests a new guiding counsel is now the board that was running Gonzales’ SHIELD. Ah, finally we have a bit of harmony. It may not last long, as Gonzales says there’s one more problem to solve and it can’t be done with a magically appearing helicarrier.

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Lincoln is still asleep in the Shield infirmary. Skye waits for him to wake so she may take him home. Simmons does a final check out of Kara and is fretful that Skye won’t reveal anymore details about her journeys and where Lincoln’s home is. Eventually Lincoln wakes. He is distressed at being in a SHIELD facility. He worries now that the InHumans will be forced from hiding.

In Afterlife, Raina tells a man his son will go through the mist and be beautiful. She seems quite happy to be acting like a church elder. She tells Gordon that her visions are better, though hard to know if they are dreams. She explains a dream of a giant stone. From the description, Gordon recognizes it as a Kree carved stone meant to destroy InHumans. Jaiying listens to Raina’s story and may be trusting Raina. She tells Gordon and Raina to find the stone. I have some misgivings of this! After all, Raina hasn’t been on the side of good.

Gordon and Raina teleport to  Gonzales aircraft carrier. It’s where Coulson and Gonzales teams are currently. Oh dear, that’s where the stone is?

Jaiying and Cal discuss Raina. Cal says Raina always wants something. She is smart and manipulative and was so even as a child. Why am I not surprised?

Hunter sees Raina and Gordon aboard and pulls the alarm. Raina and Gordon find the stone. It’s very liquidy. It forms and un-forms in their presence, as if it was alive. Like the pool a certain Kree warrior bathed in.

The command discusses the finding of the stone. They doesn’t know what to make of things. But they do seem to be cohesive. Except Hunter, who as always, is sarcastic.

Skye and May and Coulson have a heart to heart. There’s discussions of who’s a threat and who’s not. Skye explains the InHumans helped her learn to control her powers. There’s also mentions of the fact that they infiltrated the ship and May’s action is Bahrain. Skye reveals that the child was Inhuman, which no one previously knew. SHIELD command wants to go after them. You see,  they’ve rebuilt the Hydra device used to track Gordon and found Afterlife. Coulson would like a sit down meet instead.

The InHumans discuss the stone, they want to stick together. Cal is put out by Raina and suggests she’s out to create chaos. Jaiying needs everyone to stand together!

Skye and Coulson discuss Skye’s standing and she reveals that Jaiying is her mom. Coulson wants to Index everyone. Skye suggests she and Lincoln go first and explain to Jaiying about SHIELD. This is all so admirable, I must admit. It sounds like a peaceful solution is possible.

Bobbi and May see Kara being locked up until they can be sure of her, even though her brain scan seems Hydra free. Then Bobbi goes to see Mack, they discuss the goings on and Hunter’s forgiveness. Or rather the lack of it. She’s nervous about getting it and somewhat jealous and bothered that Hunter has already forgiven Mack.

Coulson and May chat and they don’t seem to be on the same side anymore. Coulson tries to apologize, but alas May is mistrusting and sullen. I find this ’emo’ May a bit worrisome. Everyone, from the Inhumans to Shield seem to be letting their personal issue run roughshod over everything, which is never a good sign.

Lincoln and Skye get ready to go. Skye tries to explain to FitzSimmons the quantum entanglement travel method. Evidently, he can see where others are and will only appear if Lincoln and Skye are nowhere near people from Shield.

Raina tells Gordon that she had a vision showing her of SHIELD’s attack and suggests she should meet with SHIELD, instead of Jaiying. This does seem ever suspicious, I must say. It sounds like Raina wants to undermine Jaiying and take control of Afterlife for herself. It would certainly fit with Raina’s previous actions.

Jaiying is packing stuff and getting things from a fellow while waiting for Skye and Gordon. Skye spends some time explaining to Jaiying that SHIELD wants to help.

SHIELD command says they have to send Gonzales, not Coulson. They claim Coulson is too close and not neutral about Skye. They use Tony Stark’s creation of Ultron as an example of people not noticing when someone close to you is doing something they shouldn’t. Coulson is not happy about it, but he agrees.

Fitz and Simmons have a chat about killing and not killing Ward. May and Bobbi leave to scout ahead. Mack resigns. He won’t work under Coulson as director, feeling the alien has tainted him. He feels from his own experience of Kree tech, that Coulson can not be trusted. I do tire so of all these personal shenanigans that are interfering with the team.

Cal and Jaiying chat. Cal wants war, Jaiying says they have no choice but to meet with SHIELD. Jaiying wants to know how to keep peace, Cal suggests letting himself be turned over. May and Bobbi chat about who they’d be without Shield.

Coulson, Hunter and Fitz discuss the merits of the council. And Coulson says, rightly so, they’ve been spending too much time together!

On the plane with Bobbi and May, a sudden auto landing prompts Bobbie to ask what’s going on. Turns out May is Kara, using her face changing tech. She’s angry at Bobbi believing her to be manipulative in trying to help Kara. But luckily Bobbie is the better and manages to get the upper hand and knock Kara out.  She then leaves the plane to see where they landed. But Ward is there and immediately knocks her out with an icer.

The planes, with the real May piloting, land in Afterlife. We see that Gonzales is given a ‘secret weapon’. Oh dear. I’m not sure where this is going.

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In Afterlife, Raina who tried to convince Gordon she must meet SHIELD, has the tables turned on her. It seems, Gordon isn’t so gullible and Jaiying says to keep her locked up.

Gonzales gets to Afterlife and Jaiying turns over Cal. Skye takes Cal outside to the SHIELD agents. Cal gets all mushy on the walk. Gonzales hands over the ‘contingency plan’ to Jaiying.

May and Skye meet and chat about objectivity and being too close to stay objective.

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Gonzales has given Jaiying a Chinese set of coins fashioned into a necklace, he found in Whitehall’s office. It is meant to be a symbol of peace. He explains SHIELD’s goal, which is just to index InHumans and keep people safe. He thinks that SHIELD can get to know the InHumans and then just be ready if any of them goes berserk. Then Jaiying offers a piece of history of Inhumans.  A manufactured (from Diviners) blue crystal, which contains the Terrigen Mist; she drops it and kills Gonzales. Then she shoots herself with Gonzales gun runs outside and declares SHIELD tried to kill her and this means war. Hmm, I did not expect his.

Our parting shot is of Ward tying up Bobbi and explaining to Kara that revenge must be planned and work for.

 

Dossier Notes:

I’m not sure about Coulson needing a board to bounce things off of. That hasn’t worked very well with Fury and it was almost disastrous in the Battle of New York. We tried it back in the beginning and it’s just always odd to have backset drivers.

Well, it is of no help if no one acts like they intend! I must say, I certainly wouldn’t have believed that Raina was going to be on the side of right. Or that Gonzales would be offering a personal symbol in an attempt to truly keep the peace.

It looks as though the rule the Inhumans had about keeping personal relationships to minimum was a good one. A pity there leader didn’t see fit to follow it.

Always sedate Cal when taking him in.

Is there no way to get that magic mask off Agent 33? It has become tiresome to see her walking around as others!

I say fie to all this personal angst! Take a moment and then Walk It Off! We are SHIELD agents, angst when you are off the clock!

Do not take Ward at his word! You people are wishing you’d shot him in the head, don’t think he’s suddenly turned a new leaf!

Agent Carter reviews Agents of SHIELD ep. “The Dirty Half Dozen”

Hello- Agent Carter here SHIELD, formerly my SSR, is in a pickle. Different factions, powered people, vengeance and Ward. I’m not sure how things will turn out. Let’s have a look…

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Raina wakes from her nightmare

We see flashing images of destruction and wounded people. Of Gordon. Of Lincoln. Raina wakes from a dream, that is a premonition of destruction. Still, she doesn’t realize what she’s seen. Though she may soon know…

Agent Carter checks out Agents of SHIELD episode ‘Frenemy of My Enemy’

Agent Carter here- SHIELD, the agency built from the SSR I helped start, is in quite a pickle. There’s a splinter within the agency, there’s powered people running unheeded and Hydra seems to be coming back to full force. Let’s have a peek.

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Fitz is on the run. For someone who has some damage of the brain, he runs and thinks on his feet quite well. He leads them a merry chase right to the top of a parking deck. And gets in the cloaked QuinJet with Mike aka Deathlock, Hunter and our fearless leader, Coulson. They discuss the worst of their options, a sit down with Ward, to get to Dr. Liszt and Baron Strucker.

Dr. Listz is creepy, he is indeed collecting powered people and experimenting on them. He regrets the current subject is too dead to be useful. He tells his underling to take the ‘sample’ and compare it with the others.

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Cal and Jaiying are chatting about how their family is doing after this happy reunion. Cal is worried Skye is still scared. Jaiying says Gordon will take him to get his stuff from home, but it’s clear she has an alternate plan in mind.

Skye and Lincoln are playing a game and Skye is daydreaming. Lincoln has mentioned Cal’s impending banishment and Skye says it’s a bad idea. She thinks Cal will get furious and hurt innocent people around him. Lincoln tells her to mention her concerns to Jaiying.

Mack and Bobbi spar and chat. Bobbi is definitely better at this, despite Agent Mack’s obvious assets of strength. They discuss the ongoing situation and wonder if they are spending far too much time looking for Coulson, rather then hunting Hydra. It’s nice to see someone has finally picked up on this obvious fault, even if they are convinced Fury’s Toolbox really needs finding.

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When May tells Simmons they really need the Toolbox, Simmons tells May the truth, May says she’ll take care of it. Simmons is obviously relieved. Later, May and Bobbi come into Simmon’s lab and May has explained that Fitz switched the Toolbox and stole it. So perhaps Simmons can tap into Deathlok’s feed and see what Coulson is doing? Simmons, rather annoyed, agrees to do so. Even later, she vents her annoyance at May’s betrayal of Fitz. May reminds Simmons that she’s lucky not the be in the brig.

Agent 33, Kara, is in Mexico chatting via phone with her mom and learns that suited men have been looking for her. Coulson has already found her. They call Ward to bring him to the party. Fitz and Hunter chat about doing things they don’t want to do. Like work with Ward. It is true sometimes we must make bedfellows of enemies to fight worse enemies!

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Ward and Coulson sort of make a deal. Coulson figures Ward knows a guy to get them close to Hydra, were they can use Bakshi to get in good with Listz. Ward is in no way thrilled, especially at the mention that a Tahiti protocol could be in order. But Coulson realizes that Ward cares for Agent 33 and pushes all the right buttons, including not to hunt for Ward if he works with them. Ward agrees, but clearly has his own agenda.

Jaiying and Gordon chat about Raina. It is discussed that Raina may be the first precognitive ever, as Gordon was the first teleporter. Then Skye comes in to tell Jaiying that she thinks dropping Cal off will be a danger to anyone around him when his anger gets the better of him. Later she convinces Jaiying to let her accompany Cal for a while and keep him calm. She’s surprised that in another chat to Cal, that she feels empathy for him.

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Cal and Skye get dropped off in Milwaukee. They wander the city and Cal remanences about the life he planned. He is also quite put off that none of his old haunts are around. He misses the fresh buttery, bakery smells he use to experience on the way to work, which is now just a bank. Skye keeps Cal cool when they get bumped in the street. Averting the incident, Skye sends Cal in for ice cream and using a stolen phone, calls May. Skye reports in about her sit-rep, asking for Coulson to come capture Cal and then dumps the phone so she can be traced. Skye of course, did not realize she was contacting new SHIELD.

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A complying Bakshi and Listz meet. Deathlok acts as bodyguard. Listz interrogates Bakshi. Bakshi offers Deathlok as a gift, saying with a compliance upgrade he’ll be right as rain. Coulson and Ward are having words, disagreeing on how things should be going. Deathlok is ready to blast everyone in the room but Coulson and Ward agree to disagree, which enables Fitz to let Mike know to play along for now. So he decides not to blast everyone in the room. A Hydra operative reports that there’s been an incident like before and Listz orders the plane to the location. Coulson and his team follow.

On the respective planes we see things unfolding. Coulson is following Deathlok’s view. Listz is plotting. He in fact has been using physics of the quantum entanglement variety to track the activities of a special person, likely Gordon as that seems to leave a trace disturbance. This seems to be how Listz has been getting his hands on powered people.

Cal and Skye go to Cal’s old office. Cal keeps showing Skye all his neat stuff. He is most pathetic as a long lost father and sociopathic murder. Skye warns him not to hang on to the past. She says she’ll come and visit and they hear a noise. It’s just Lincoln.

Hydra is here! Or somewhere.

Cal and Lincoln get into it when Cal realizes that he was about to be abandoned.

Hydra hears a noise! Deathlok is sent to investigate.

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So Hydra has found them, but we see Coulson land to get to Skye. Jaiying is concerned for Skye, when she learns Ethan disappeared. I believe the phrase we would use in the Howling Commandos about what happens next is FUBAR. There’s a lot of fighting and the upshot is, Hunter is shot, Hydra takes Lincoln and Deathlok, May and Simmons get a glimpse, via Deathlok cam, of what looks like Coulson working with Ward and Gordon comes back to get Skye and Cal jumps a ride. Ward rightly calls for a retreat. Their only back up is Fitz and he doesn’t have any upgrades that would help them!

We end with Bobbi and Mack looking over the scene and they find Coulson waiting for them. He came back to surrender himself, perhaps in hopes of stopping Hydra permanently!

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Dossier Notes:

Being thrown under the bus sounds quite unpleasant.

The word ‘frenemy’ is most useful.

Fitz is also interested in these Deathlok upgrades, they must be something to marvel! And they can see hidden things like the tiniest of weapons and those nifty facial masks.

Coulson offers to send Ward for the Tahiti treatment as part of his deal. I have my doubts about this memory erasure process however.

Skye’s loyalty to SHIELD and towards protecting the innocent is refreshing.

Jaiying’s concern for her InHuman family is also quite touching. She also seems fully aware that someone is seeking her members out.

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.

Agents Of Shield- S2e11- Aftershocks

Agent Carter here- let’s see what’s become of my splendid SSR operation now known as SHIELD.

Hmmm. There certainly is a lot going on outside of SHIELD. Skye’s mother worked to help the gifted, including this eyeless fellow we saw grown up in modern times previously. Interesting power, we could have used it to decrease travel costs! So there’s alien technology too. As if Stark’s tech wasn’t enough! Hopefully the aliens aren’t so childish despite being a genius. My oh my, we’ve taken on a lot to deal with.

Skye's immortal comforting a teenage eyeless teleporter, because this is that kind of show!

Skye’s immortal comforting a teenage eyeless teleporter, because this is that kind of show!

Agents of SHIELD-What’s Going Here?

As Agents of Shield takes a break while Hydra takes over the US political system, it’s worth pausing to consider where the series is after these first eight episodes of season 2. Everything has been moving at pretty fast pace, with lots of developments and plenty of questions, so lets dive in: What is the Diviner?…

Agents of Shield, Season 2 Episode 8-‘The Things We Bury’ Don’t Stay Buried and Where is That Darn City?

  Austria, 1945! Werner Reinhardt aka Dr. Whitehall is interviewing people about that pesky little device we know as the Obelisk/Diviner. He encourages someone to touch the device and they’re killed, just like almost everyone else who’s touched it. Reinhardt/Whitehall is definitely the evil bad guy! It’s the lofty monotone chat that gives it away! When a…