Violet recaps Season 2 Episode 12 of Agents of SHIELD, titled Who You Really Are, where Lady Sif returns, but she has suffered a memory loss! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts on the episode.
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Episode Recap of Agents of SHIELD, Season 2 Episode 12: Who You Really Are
On a beach in Portugal, Lady Sif emerges out of the water, and tells some people sitting around a campfire that she must find Kava. She does not remember who she is.
May and Skye train, but May doesn’t want Skye to hold back anymore. Fitz interrupts, but Skye insists that she’s fine.
Meanwhile, Bobbi and Hunter finish up in bed. Hunter tells her that Coulson has offered to make his position permanent. It seems that they are getting along well, and Hunter thinks that things will be simpler for their relationship now that they’re both on the same team.
Coulson talks to Mac, and tells him he needs him out in the field. Mac is reluctant, saying he doesn’t like violence.
Just then, Coulson gets a call from an operative in Portugal, and the team flies out to meet up with Lady Sif. She still has no memory of who she is, but knows she is from Asgard. May shows them a video of Lady Sif fighting a guy, who throws her into the ocean.
Meanwhile, the guy that Lady Sif was fighting goes to the hospital, saying he needs fuel, and that he’s here to hunt someone down. As he grabs the woman at the front desk, his face begins to turn blue.
Back at HQ, the SHIELD team analyzes the video of the fight. They notice that some blue substance is coming from the man when Sif stabs him with her sword.
They go investigate the pier where the fight took place. Lady Sif still doesn’t remember anything except basic lessons learned as a child. Coulson and May inform her that she’s a great warrior. Hunter notices something on a nearby pole, which he barely touches, and it falls over. They send a sample to Simmons to analyze.
Bobbi and Skye go to the hospital to investigate whether anyone has seen the man, or if anyone was brought in who was injured from the pier. They notice that the woman who had been at the front desk is unable to remember who she is.
Back at the beach, a balloon man recognizes Lady Sif from the fight. He informs them that the man stole his helium tank valves. Just then, Simmons informs them that the substance wasn’t blood, it was liquid nitrogen. Sif must have damaged his containment hardware. Bobbi calls and says they have evidence the man is at the hospital, so Coulson tells her to look for nitrogen.
Bobbi and Skye find the man in a room with nitrogen tanks, and his skin is blue. He and Bobbi fight, but Bobbi gets easily thrown to the side. Skye pulls out her gun, but then she begins to tremble, the room starts to shake, and her gun comes apart. The man takes the opportunity to run away.
Back at HQ, Skye tells Coulson that the man was blue, and they believe he must be a Kree. Lady Sif explains that she thought that “kava” was a name, but it’s actually a Kree word that means “keys.”
Skye and Fitz secretly meet and discuss what happened when she confronted the Kree guy. Skye wants to tell Coulson, but Fitz wants her to wait until after he is done running her blood sample. Hunter happens by and interrupts.
Mac and Bobbi privately meet, and Bobbi suggests bringing Hunter on board. However, Mac disagrees. He says the only chance of them being together is if she pushes him away. They’re plotting something, but they’re not HYDRA.
May points out the city of Chavez to Coulson, as Chavez means “keys” in English. Sif realizes that’s where the Kree must have been headed, and her mission was to chase him there. Coulson and May also remember that Chavez, Portugal was in Whitehall’s SSR file, as it was the site of his dig in 1945, where he first found the obelisk. They start to head out, but Skye asks to sit this one out, claiming she’s still shaken up from her run in with the Kree.
The SHIELD team finds and captures the Kree man, who has just dug up a crate. They bring him back for questioning. He claims that he’s here to help, and asks for his truncheon back – the one that wipes memories. He says his name is Vin-Tak.
While Bobbi analyzes the truncheon, Hunter comes in to talk to her, and flirts a bit. However, she gives him the cold shoulder and says she thinks they should slow things down.
Bobbi gives the truncheon back to Coulson and says it’s possible that only Vin-Tak can operate it. They question him on how it works, and Vin-Tak tells them it only works when it’s in his hand. He snatches the truncheon from Coulson’s hands, and taps Lady Sif with it. As a result, her memories return. She punches Vin-Tak. It turns out that Odin gave her the mission of retrieving the Kree when he was seen landing on Earth.
Vin-Tak and Sif discuss the tale of Terragenesis, and how Earth was one of the planets that the Kree descended upon long ago and altered the inhabitants to fight their war. One Kree faction genetically modified other creatures’ DNA, and their experiments succeeded on Earth. The modifications can be activated with terrigen crystals. The Kree had to shut down this faction, which had built the underground city, and brought the Diviners with them, which held the crystals. Once their plans were discovered, the Kree thwarted them. But when Vin-Tak saw that an ancient signal had been triggered, he knew it had to be a Diviner, so he came to stop any further monstrosities from occurring, and erase any knowledge of the Diviners.
There were supposed to be several Diviners in the crate which Vin-Tak unearthed, but just then, Simmons notifies the others that she has opened the crate, and it is empty. Simmons assumes that the Diviners must have been taken in the 40s, and that HYDRA has them. Then Simmons finds Fitz’s program analyzing Skye’s DNA, and thinks it’s a simulation, praising it as appearing to be real.
Coulson tells Vin-Tak and Sif that Raina transformed, but she got away. Skye admits that she witnessed it, and Vin-Tak questions her. She gets nervous, and everything begins to shake. Skye confesses that she’s doing this. Then glass shatters.
Lady Sif and Vin-Tak are intent on taking Skye out, because she’s too dangerous. May takes Skye and they run away, while Coulson points his gun and the truncheon at Sif and Vin-Tak. Skye apologizes to Simmons as she runs by her, and as Fitz runs by, Simmons realizes that he knew. Fitz runs by Bobbi and Mac and tells them that Lady Sif and the Kree are trying to take Skye away.
Meanwhile, Coulson tries to talk Lady Sif down, but Vin-Tak picks him up and throws him. Vin-Tak chases after Skye, but Mac and Bobbi stand in his way. Mac gets knocked down, then Hunter shows up to help out, but he promptly gets knocked out too. Bobbi ends up fighting Vin-Tak again.
May brings Skye down to Ward’s old cell, and tries to talk Skye through controlling her emotions. Lady Sif plunges her sword through the cell wall.
Fitz grabs a special gun and shoots Vin-Tak with it, which knocks him to the ground. Then Bobbi puts the truncheon in Vin-Tak’s hand and makes him use it on himself.
Lady Sif breaks through the wall. Unable to control her emotions, Skye takes May’s gun and shoots herself in the arm, promptly passing out. The shaking stops.
Lady Sif agrees to leave Skye with Coulson, but warns that this decision is very dangerous. Coulson understands, but assures her that they’ll help Skye through it. Lady Sif will return Vin-Tak to his home planet, and he has no memory of what happened. She reminds Coulson that there are other Diviners, but Coulson points out that they flooded the city, so no one can activate them. She leaves Coulson with a mysterious warning that “there are tides in the universe that you can’t swim against.” Then she and Vin-Tak return to Asgard. May remembers what Lumley had said: wherever Skye goes, death follows.
The team cleans up SHIELD HQ. Fitz apologizes to Simmons, but everyone is mad at him, saying they had a right to know about Skye. Fitz defends his actions to them, saying they should be protecting Skye. Mac says they’re the ones that need protection from her. However, Skye walks up just then and overhears this, then walks away. Fitz tries to follow, but she ignores him, and moves into the Cage with her packed bag.
Hunter confronts Mac and demands to know what’s going on with him and Bobbi. Hunter says he knows about the flash drive, and that there is no support group. Hunter asks who “backup” is, saying that he heard Bobbi mention it to him in the hallway. Rather than answer, Mac gets Hunter into a strangle hold, and he passes out.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 2 Episode 12 of Agents of SHIELD: Who You Really Are
I wasn’t very excited about last week’s episode, and this week I feel the same way. I feel like I should be excited. As in, it’s a subject matter that I should be interested in, with people making transformation and developing powers and aliens and such. But I guess the way this has been portrayed so far just has been very interesting to me.
I think part of the reason is that I have no interest in Lady Sif. I didn’t realize that until after this episode. Again, I feel like I should like her. She’s a great female warrior that kicks butt. But, I guess I just don’t find her very interesting. Maybe it’s because I have trouble seeing her as anyone other than Jessi from Kyle XY? And I find her accent totally fake? I also didn’t like the last Agents of SHIELD episode that she was in, which I believe was during that time in Season 1 when I was having trouble watching the show, before it started getting good towards the end of the season. Plus the fact that I find the Thor storyline the least interesting in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
At this point, the most intriguing thing going on is what are Bobbi and Mac up to? They’re not HYDRA, but they have some sort of “backup” that they could call in that they believe could easily take down the Kree. I got the feeling that when Simmons and Fitz were talking about who could have the Diviners, if not HYDRA, that whoever Bobbi and Mac are working with is who has the Diviners. Who could that be though? Are they working directly with the other Inhumans? Or possibly working specifically against the Inhumans? Are they working for some other entity we have yet to learn about? Bobbi and Mac seemed especially upset with Fitz for not telling them about Skye. This likely has to do with whatever secret they’re keeping.
As for Skye, I’m not finding her newfound power very interesting, or her storyline in general. This could stem from the fact that she has annoyed me from Day 1, and I still have yet to accept her.
Come on Agents of SHIELD, please get good again!
Josh’s Thoughts: Agents of SHIELD, Season 2 Episode 12: Who You Really Are
So, what stood out to me this episode wasn’t so much the Skye issue but the Bobbi and Mac issue. I used to like Mac and Bobbi a lot, but this nefarious talking behind people’s backs is starting to get on my nerves. The good thing about it is though, Hunter has shown himself to be a more stand up guy than I first thought, considering he seems to be taking Coulson’s side on whatever is going on here. But what is going on here is what I want to know. From the sounds of the conversations both Mac and Bobbi are having, they are planning a takeover of SHIELD. They admit to each other that they are disillusioned by HYDRA infiltrating SHIELD so they are definitely not HYDRA agents. But the question is, what is their long term play? Also, now that Hunter has confronted Mac, what will Mac do with his now unconscious potential whistle-blower?
I am surprised that Skye’s secret came out so quickly. I actually wanted to see more interaction between Fitz and Skye to see how that would progress. But Simmons is pretty hurt it looks like. I liked the scene where Fitz explains why he kept Skye’s secret, and then the group basically proves him right.
As for the primary storyline this week, I wasn’t too invested in it. Sif was cool to see again, since she is from the movie universe, and it was a good way to help set up the Inhumans more, but I didn’t have a lot of fun with that part of the episode. I am more interested in seeing what happens with Skye, and more so with Bobbi and Mac. I do wonder if both of them might disappear from SHIELD soon enough to form their own group.
Scenes from Agents of SHIELD, Season 2 Episode 13: One of Us
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