Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “One of Us” Review

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Posted March 27, 2015 by Kenneth Rodriguez in Comic Books

If you want to catch up on last week’s episode, you can find that here

 

So this week’s episode feels like the most filler-filled episode of the second half of this season, mostly serving to set up storylines that are sure to payoff later on in the season without advancing the plot too much directly. We did see the first inklings of a real-honest-to-goodness supervillian team in the MCU, even though its members could be considered to be.. well Z-listers at best. It is really cool to see the beginnings of the super-villain community start to take shape, as most of the threats superheroes have had to face in the MCU so far have been one-offs or aliens. I can see the storylines starting in this episode paying off well in the season finale, but to be quite honest, I was a bit bored watching myself.

 

Carla Fey Gideon with her surgically applied razors

Carla Fey Gideon with her surgically applied razors

We start off seeing a woman with metal cuffs on her fingers trying in vain to eat a meal, clearly frustrated with her restraints. She gets a knock on the door, and it is Cal (Skye’s dad) and a group of shall we say,… misfits. It seems her name is Carla Fey Gideon (sharing the name of the Daredevil character, and nothing else.. so far) and Cal and his gang have come for her … particular set of equipment and assure her that they are not from S.H.I.E.L.D. She shuts the door on them, obviously not trusting them, but after thinking about it she goes with them, hoping they can help her out.

 

Skye and Coulson seem to hanging out back at S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ, with her still hanging out in The Cage. He informs her that they have her on the Gifted Index, a list of enhanced and super powered individuals S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps in order to help them like a witness protection type program as well as tracking those they deem dangerous. Apparently, a psych evaluation is standard part of the course when admitting someone to the Index, and they seem to know a guy who has experience with people on the Index, May goes out to find him. It seems she knows the psychology professor at Culver University in West Virginia, Dr. Garner, and it turns out the man is May’s Ex-husband and he is hesitant to return to S.H.I.E.L.D.  We have heard rumors of May’s ex before but now we get to see them interact, and it seems he has a bit of a chilly reception for her (she apparently never returned his call reaching out after the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D.), as it seems that she divorced him, and he doesn’t think it would be a good idea to work with her again, even if S.H.I.E.L.D. is different this time. But she manages to convince him and they head back to S.H.I.E.L.D.  HQ. It seems Simmons is baffled by Skye’s abilities and can’t explain them with science, and tells Bobbi how betrayed she feels by Fitz’s lie. Bobbi then calls Mac to report on the team’s friction, and we see that Mac has Hunter cuffed to a sink, apparently keeping him prisoner until his superiors tell him he’s cleared to bring him in.

 

May's Ex and Skye's shrink

May’s Ex and Skye’s shrink

Skye isn’t very happy about talking to a shrink, as she is sick of them after going through the foster system all her life, but she opens up a bit more when she mentions that she was married to Dr. Garner. He breaks the ice by giver her a bit of insight about their marriage, and he figures out that Skye is afraid of hurting her whole team and losing her place at S.H.I.E.L.D. (I mean, duh?). In the meantime, Coulson and Bobbi go check out a mental institution that they have heard Cal broke into, but it turns out it also contains a high-security jail for dangerous members of the index, the real target for Cal. Coulson and Bobbi are searching when a dangerous criminal jumps Bobbi and she takes him out (this show does a great job making me believe Bobbi really is Mockingbird). But it turns out the most dangerous prisoner,a man who can overwhelm people’s central nervous system with only his voice (Angar the Screamer from the comics, a really random choice) , is missing and we see he has found Cal and company. They leave behind a message on the wall, “Fight On” scrawled in blood, seemingly a call to arms by Cal for other enhanced humans.

May and Garner speak about Skye’s condition in the kitchen and we can see the sparks flying again between these two, freaking out Fitz who was about to go in there. He goes to the lab to heat up his tea and speaks to Simmons about it, and they both find it weird to see May happy but like it. Suddenly tremors start rocking the entire building and it seems Skye is causing it, unable to hold her tremors in when something causes her stress in a dream. Dr. Garner asks to stay with her while everyone else leaves. We see Cal and his cronies are enjoying breakfast at a diner, and we learn that Cal’s enhanced strength comes from his experimental chemicals, and he is still working on the formula (I expect we will see Cal go full on Mr. Hyde soon).  Carla suggests forgetting about S.H.I.E.L.D. but he refuses, and says they need to get revenge; it seems they have a plan. Coulson and Bobbi get back to HQ and try to figure out what the message on the wall might mean, and a reference to history gets Coulson figuring out it is in reference to his hometown’s fight song in Wisconsin. We see that is indeed where Cal is, and after removing the restraint from Angar, he screams and knocks the whole football stadium out, even knocking birds out of the sky.

Skye’s starting to freak out alot

We see Mac and Hunter trying to posturing with each other, trading machismo blows and trying to outwit each other, with Hunter bitter about his capture. Mac lets him know he will know what this is all about soon, and leaves. Cal baits Coulson out of sneaking mode, onto the football field where his pals are, ready to “take the kids out”. He caves, with Cal trying to piss him off from the announcer’s box, and we see Angar ready to take Coulson out. As Cal comes out to the field, May comes out holding Skye with a gun to her head (meant to antagonize Cal, planned ahead of time) and there is a standoff. Cal tries to plead with Skye to come with him, but it’s no use and he gives the mic over to Angar to shut everyone down. But before this happens, Gordon (the eyeless Inhuman, The Reader) teleports in and takes Cal away. This sets off a fight and Coulson takes on Angar, neutralizing him and May fights the slightly super-strength enhanced man hanging with Cal while Bobbi fights Carla. Seeing S.H.I.E.L.D. fighting people on the index starts setting off bells for Skye and she realizes that could be her, and tremors start up again. She eventually gets it under control, but not before she passes out and the fight is over. Skye tries to convince him that she has her powers all under control, but it turns out that her “control” of her abilities has only been superficial. She has been internalizing the tremors she has been causing into her own body, causing hundreds of micro-fractures to her skeleton, showing her powers are not as in check as she thought. Simmons gives her specially designed casts for her injuries, and informs Coulson there are two types of super-powered individuals. One is “Enhanced” where science or technology has gave them abilities, and “Other” where their powers were already inside of them like Skye or Raina ( this should be obvious to both the characters and comic fans, but Imagine this is for anyone who isn’t yet clear on the divide). Garner seems to think Skye would be better off being taken off active duty, but while May agrees she is concerned because S.H.I.E.L.D. is the closest thing she has to family.

We see Mac take Hunter to his bosses, which we see in a big reveal sequence, to be… a slightly redesigned S.H.I.E.L.D. eagle logo, since they are the “real” S.H.I.E.L.D. We also see Gordon took Cal away to the same room we have seen him contained in when he was trying to get a hold of his powers (the irony of this being the same room Cal’s wife once used to help Inhumans is not lost), and he has used his strength to rip the place apart. It seems the Inhuman community he is a part of was concerned Cal was drawing too much attention to them, and he has no right since he is “not one of them, just a science experiment”, and what happens to Cal now is not his decision. I guess this means we will see who is running this Inhuman group soon enough.

Skye and May talk about her future

Skye and May talk about her future

Overall, this episode was very bland, not a whole lot happened and you could really feel the budget this show is running on. The Wisconsin meet up felt like a set from a small-time Sy-Fy channel movie and the acting in the whole episode was probably the weakest in a while from everyone involved, (excluding Kyle McMahon of course, because he is a genius.) Even though the concept of other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents believing that reviving the agency as a pillar of transparency after the secrets of Fury’s regime took it down makes sense, it’s just that the reveal about the “real” S.H.I.E.L.D. was entirely underwhelming. I hope there is more here, but really something like S.W.O.R.D. would have made much more of an impact but I trust the writers to make this interesting.

Unfortunately though, Hunter and Mac are still wooden, one-dimensional characters that I couldn’t care less about, regardless of how much the writers try to make them interesting. Bobbi is a different story, since she has been around for a while and we can see her evolution somewhat (not to mention that she is a badass) but I am actually interested to see why she believes in this outfit more than she does Coulson. Skye is starting to get Mary-Sue syndrome again, with everyone else explaining how special she is all the time without Skye herself actually doing anything. I understand she is the only Inhuman in their midst, but in a world with Hulk, Thor, and Alien invasions…. I don’t understand why they are so surprised by her ability to cause earthquakes; it really shouldn’t surprise them so much.


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Kenneth Rodriguez

Kenny has been completing his pokedex since Pokemon Yellow, ever ready for his next test, comics in hand. He thinks Mass Effect is the best game series ever,.. period and loves TV and Movies dearly. Follow him on Twitter @k_rod14