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Agent Carter Talks Agents of SHIELD finale “SOS”

Agent Carter mugshotAgent Carter here with my final report before vacation. The mess of SHIELD continues. Powered people, alien artifacts, rogue agents. I hate to see my SSR Agency dissembling, let’s watch what happens…

Jaiying continues with her SHIELD war plan. It’s disheartening to watch as she stumbles wounded into a courtyard, in Afterlife, shouting about how Gonzales attacked her. Things begin to disintegrate. May gets in touch with Coulson. They discover Bobbi is missing. Simmons rushes in with the Jaiying report. Coulson discourages any overt attacks until they get all the information. I must say, I admire Coulson for taking the time to get proper information. No sense running into a situation and making things worse. Jaiying asks Skye why they trusted SHIELD. Rather pointedly. I don’t quite understand her, but she is villainous, so I may never.

Gordon and cohort hijack a QuinJet, by trouncing in, disabling the guards and taking off. They proceed to head over to Afterlife and fire upon one of their own buildings.

May defends herself against Skye like a one handed Jedi, until Skye uses her powers.

May defends herself against Skye like a one handed Jedi, until Skye uses her powers.

May is trying to get to the truth and wants to see Gonzales. Skye stops her and tells her to leave. Skye stands her ground to defend her new friends and Skye and May fight. May holds her own, often dealing with Skye one handed. Defeated, Skye uses her new powers to knock May out.

Back on the ship, reports of Gonzales’s death come in. Mack, who was just planning to leave Shield, realizes he’s still invested, so heads up to the control room to see what’s what. He walks in on Coulson and Weaver discussing possibilities of action. Weaver is quite bent to strike hard and immediately. Coulson wants to hold back still. Surprisingly, Mack agrees with Coulson. Simmons is still trying to comprehend things. I do find scientists often have a hard time not believing evidence they don’t see!

Back in Jaiying’s quarters, Lincoln is quite mad. Jaiying keeps advocating for harsh action. Skye goes to Raina for guidance. Raina talks of destiny. And how their destinies are entwined. And she tells Skye she will lead the InHumans and Jaiying is currently misleading them. She tells Skye that they will never talk again though Raina will be a light in the dark to guide Skye. Honestly with all this cryptic discussion, I barely know if Raina should be believed!

Gordon comes back to Jaiying with a hostage and says the plan worked. Lincoln will fight with them. Skye likely will. Everyone else is safe. Then Jaiying proceeds to literally suck the life out of the hostage so she can heal from the gunshot wound. Ah, so she’s something of an energy vampire. She’s kept that little bit a secret.

Cal is quite mad. If I were a doctor, I'd enjoy watching.

Cal is quite mad. If I were a doctor, I’d enjoy watching.

Cal is very happy. He is in fact singing. This man seems to have similar mental problems to Dottie. Simmons takes his vials to see what he took before his capture. May comes back and reports to Coulson that Skye chose the other side.

Hunter and Fitz figure out Bobbi was with Agent 33. And we see Bobbi with Kara and Ward. The point of Bobbi’s capture seems to be for Kara to get revenge on Bobbi for letting her be brainwashed.

Skye stops in to see Jaiying. Skye whines about it being a bad day. Jaiying advocates for taking the war to SHIELD. And Skye, even on this, her ‘worst day’, hesitates.

SHIELD watches the surveillance video. They realize that Jaiying set it all up. They still don’t know Gonzales is dead, though they suspect. Fitz comes in and reveals their Bobbi info. Hunter and May decide to go to after Bobbi.

Kara has learned Ward's techniques. Hang on Bobbi!

Kara has learned Ward’s techniques. Hang on Bobbi!

We watch Bobbi be tortured. Ward is exceedingly creative at this and seems to have access to drugs and implements. Never have I seen someone more suited to Hydra, even down to the addled reasoning and blame. It seems they simply want Bobbi to acknowledge and apologize for Bobbi giving up a SHIELD safehouse when she was undercover at Hydra. Kara was the safe house when Hydra attacked and wound up getting caught, then tortured and brainwashed. Understandably, she’s upset about what Bobbi did. But Bobbi is not, or at least not while she’s busy being tortured. She made a tough call for the greater good and she’d do it all again.

The SHIELD council agrees to 3 hours of intel gathering. Coulson wants to chat with Cal and the ship needs to be battle ready. Mack gets put in charge of security detail. Coulson has Cal in the deep freeze and their chat starts off very pointless.

Bobbi tries to get Kara to turn against Ward, but this doesn’t go well either. Kara seems a perfect match to his evil insanity. The two of them make a decidedly deadly couple.

Ah Raina, your light, now that it shines for good, will be missed.

Ah Raina, your light, now that it shines for good, will be missed.

Jaiying invites Raina to a chat. Raina is quite honest about what she’s seen. She says she’ll be a light in the darkness and reveal the truth. Jaiying seems amused before stabbing her. She turns to see Skye watching. Skye confronts her mother who rails on about the need to destroy SHIELD. Skye argues with her and gets conked on the head for her trouble. Jaiying says to lock her up.

Cal finally reveals that he’s there to kill as many SHIELD agents as possible. Coulson rethinks his approach. Maybe he can talk to Cal and convince him to stand down?

May and Hunter find Bobbi’s plane. And see that there’s been a struggle.

Bobbi’s not doing so great. Ward rambles on about Coulson as a talent scout. He tries to talk her into confessing. She escapes instead and fights Ward. Kara wakes up and the two subdue her. Ward hands her the gun and Kara doesn’t shoot her. Apparently Bobbi doesn’t fear death and Kara is too sweet. Or Kara wants to feed on Bobbi’s fear.

On the ship, Gordon is bringing other Inhumans aboard. And Cal isn’t doing good either. He has a heart attack in the middle of his chat with Coulson. The chemical mixture he created to give himself super strength is unstable. He was never able to get the mixture quite right. Simmons revives him with an injection, so he doesn’t die. Whatever was in the injection was the right ingredient to make the chemical mixture stable, so Cal turns into a sort of hulked out version of himself. Coulson Ices him but that hardly works, Cal complians of numb legs, but can still walk! Meanwhile, Mack sees the InHumans aboard the ship (with an unconscious Skye).

Ward and Kara set Bobbi up in a room with a Bobbi trap, that will shoot anyone who walks in the door. Ward figures that Hunter will come to rescue her and him accidentally killing her would be a nice twist when opening the door.

The ship is under attack now, with its crew either dead or captured by Inhumans. Weaver calls Coulson for help.

Coulson doesn't like Cal when he's mad.

Coulson doesn’t like Cal when he’s mad.

Back at SHIELD base, Coulson is dealing with the enraged Cal. Nothing seems to stop his rampage. Coulson finally traps him by pinning him to a wall with an SUV. Ever the resourceful man!

The InHumans take the control room of the ship. They do so rather easily. Despite all the training agents receive, they’re little match for super-powered people. Then, Jaiying arrives with Terrigen crystals, the same ones used to transform people into InHumans, while killing regular humans. The SHIELD council admirably stand to their code in the face of these.

Cal doesn’t take the talk well, he’s been so angry for so long. But Coulson convinces him Jaiying has been manipulating them. Gradually Cal’s anger subsides at this truth. He explains Jaiying was never the same after Whitehall’s destruction of her. Cal wanted to fix her, but all he did was feed her people to heal from. Coulson finally makes him see Skye is in danger. Cal agrees to help. Despite his crimes, the man truly does care about his daughter.

Mack breaks Skye out of the brig and tells her to hack the ship. They send out a hardwired beacon to attract Coulson’s help. The InHumans discover the signal, realize they can’t stop it and instead come up with a plan to use it. Jaiying wants them to expand the beacon to get all of SHIELD’s attention, to hopefully deal with the agency once and for all.

Cal is calming down. And Coulson sees what’s been happening while they were busy. They try to recall May and Hunter and team but, they are already on the ground.  Ward and Kara watch as May’s team come in. A couple of their agents are hit. Hunter snaps the trap and Bobbi adjusts her body to take the bullet, but not in her head, as the trap was designed, but in her chest. Smart and illuminating move. She’ll make the tough calls for the greater good, which aren’t always in black and white. Meanwhile, May tricks Kara into assuming her face and leads her into a part of the building where Ward is. It’s a well done play that works beautifully. Ward winds up shooting the disguised Kara, who dies in his arms as he struggles to save her.

Lincoln and Gordon chat. Lincoln seems to be having doubts. Gordon tries to talk him back to the InHuman side, though Lincoln clearly understands Jaiying is murdering folks. Ah some sense on both sides finally!

Mack and Skye get to the beacon to expand it. They hope this will be enough to stall.

May and Hunter get back with Bobbi; she’s not doing well. Coulson gets his ducks in a row. Fitz has made a ‘Gordon power’ dampening tool. It should prevent him from teleporting out of a room, if they can convince him to come in it.

Skye goes into the mainframe room and is found by Lincoln. Lincoln attacks Skye and Skye starts talking some sense to him and finds out the crystals are in the vent room. Then Mack walks in and knocks him out. Skye is a bit irate. But what’s an agent to do?

May calls Andrew and he tells her to do good. She is concerned that things are worse then ever. Simmons walks in on Fitz getting ready and she wants to talk about love. Now?? Love is most inconvenient, I must say, but it is improper to broach this before a rescue operation. Fitz agrees with me about the timing and then says theres nothing to talk about. Simmons stops him and says maybe there is. Then he wants to talk, but is interrupted by Coulson saying it’s time to go. Honestly, if your’e going to do these sort of things at inappropriate times, just kiss and get it over with.

There doesn't seem to be a perfect plan to be found! Good agents make do with what they have then.

There doesn’t seem to be a perfect plan to be found! Good agents make do with what they have then.

On the QuinJet, Coulson intercepts a message from Skye saying it’s a trap. May voices her dislike of the Cal plan. Coulson tells the rest of the teams to go home, they will try to solve the InHuman problem with minimal human contact.

Mack is hanging around in the fan room, sitting atop the case of blue crystals, holding an axe. Gordon teleports in. Mack introduces himself as the Man who will kill Gordon.

Jaiying pulls back from the control room with a second case of blue crystals. She leaves Skye with the red-haired ninja InHuman, who duplicates herself incessantly.

Cal confronts Jaiying who has Gordon whisk him away into a locked room, so she can carry on with her mad scheme. He bangs on the door. I don’t imagine it will hold him long.

Coulson and Fitz arrive on the ship, and find Mack, who’s managed to keep Gordon away from the crystals, but hasn’t been able to capture or hurt the teleporter. Fitz sets up his devices. The next time he teleports in, he can’t teleport out of room. Coulson, Mack and Fitz attack, as Gordon teleports around the room, fighting all three.

Lincoln comes in and helps Skye and May joins them. They let Skye go after Jaiying. Skye talks to Jaiying, but it’s not good, she’s set on war with the humans. In a final straw of how mad she is, Jaiying grabs Skye and begins sucking the life out of her. Skye struggles with her, but sticks to the mission and topples the jet with the crystals into the ocean.

Jaiying is not winning any mother of the year awards.

Jaiying is not winning any mother of the year awards.

In the control room Lincoln and May are not winning. Lincoln says they need to take out the main ninja. Lincoln comments that they aren’t bad, just mislead and knocks her out before May shoots. Ah initiative! I hope it helps, young Lincoln!

Jaiying and Skye are fighting again when Cal arrives and intervenes. He tells Skye he can kill her so Skye doesn’t have to live with that.

OOPS!

OOPS!

OH DEAR.

OH DEAR.

Gordon reappears, on a pole and dies; he drops a crystal as he goes down. Coulson dives for the crystal, because if it shatters, they’ll all be exposed to the Terrigen Mist and die (or be transformed). He catches it, but then holding the crystal begins to turn his hand to stone and it starts to spread up his body. Mack makes a wise but painful decision and cuts off Coulson’s hand with the crystal in it! Good lord that was smart, but obviously incredibly painful.

The battle is over and SHIELD has won. But not without some cost. Coulson and Andrew (May’s pyschologist ex-husband) are having a meeting. Coulson’s arm is in a sling as they discuss the teams psyche evaluations. May has decided to take a vacation (she packs lingerie and a gun), Mack has decided to stay and is in charge of alien artifacts, though he still dreads the stuff. Skye and Cal say goodbye as he’s lead away. He asks that Skye visit from time to time, and she says yes. It’s a bittersweet goodbye. Cal did all the wrong things for the right reasons, the safety of his daughter. But still, so many wrong things. Still, Skye says she’ll visit.

Andrew helps Coulson debrief events.

Andrew helps Coulson debrief events.

Ward's new Hydra?

Ward’s new Hydra?

Ward is drinking at a bar and plotting. He’s looking for a team of Hydra agents. Or leaders. Or peons. He might even run a new branch of Hydra himself, as he searches for some kind of ‘closure’.

Skye goes to a vet’s office with Coulson and it’s being run by Cal, who is now Dr. Winslow. He has no idea who Skye is, as his mind has been wiped and he’s been given a new identity. So Skye has a father who doesn’t remember her at all. But at least now he can the kind and caring doctor he was before. Hopefully he’s a cat person.

Coulson runs the Powered Team idea past Skye. She’s in, but thinks it has to be done in secret. The world doesn’t like enhanced people, they fear and hate them, so best to anonymous with the new team. Coulson says that was always the plan.

Oh No! Simmons!

Oh No! Simmons!

We are what we eat.

We are what we eat.

Back at the lab, Fitz finally and nervously asks Simmons on a date. After realizing his intentions (scientists can be so focused), she agrees and smiles. He leaves and Simmons notices the Big Rock’s door is open. She goes near it and the rock sort of eats her. Well then. I suppose there won’t be a date just yet.

Dossier Notes:

I say, a lot of people seem to be losing hands and arms about SHIELD. Hmm.

So, it seems, Coulson is not InHuman despite alien blood transfusion.

Vacations are best taken after furious battles defeating a goodly number of enemies.

No matter who your boss, it is good to think for yourself. Don’t blindly follow and be mislead!

Don’t leave artifacts around, I expect that wayward box of Terrigan crystals will lead to no good.

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 Reviews Agents of SHIELD- Melinda

Here we are again looking over the agency I started, once the SSR, now SHIELD. It has become a bit of a mess recently- it’s still fighting alien remnants, rogue technologies, ‘Powered’ people and a splinter within the organization. I must say I look forward to learning more about Agent Melinda May.

SHIELD Agent Melinda May in much happier times. Who can blame her?

SHIELD Agent Melinda May in much happier times. Who can blame her?

We visit May’s past and we see happier times with her ex-husband, Andrew. It’s several years ago, when she and Agent Coulson were partners looking for Powered people. This seems to be right before Howard’s boy, Tony, came out as Iron Man. Coulson mentions the Avenger Initiative. They are looking for a young blonde woman, Eva Belyakov, in Bahrain.

Agents of SHIELD Recap by Agent Carter-One of Us

Agent Carter mugshotHello Agent Carter here. Let’s have a look at how my SSR Agency, now known as SHIELD, is fairing in these post Hydra days. It’s an interesting time, what with alien races and their buried, mythological warriors popping up on Earth and now incredibly powered beings among us. Things are certainly getting complicated!

Meet Agent Carter!

Agent Carter

Tonight we got to visit with the fabulous Agent Carter again!

She’s still getting over the loss of Captain America, aka Steve Rogers, who is now chilling at the bottom of the arctic. Also she helped save to world and now the boys in the office want her to… file the paperwork. BORIIIIING!

And we get to peek in at Howard Stark aka dad of Iron Man, though it’s 1946 and he’s not born yet. Stark behavior runs in the family and Howie is in front of congress defending himself against treasonous acts of selling weapons.