Season 3 of Agents of SHIELD is right around the corner. Get caught up with our recap of Season 2’s finale, the two-parter titled SOS Part 1 & 2. Also check out Violet and Josh’s thoughts on the finale!
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Episode Recap: Agents of SHIELD, Season 2 Episodes 21 and 22: SOS part 1 and 2 Recap Overview
So last season of Agents of SHIELD was a two-parter season finale. The episode begins with Jiaying bleeding, telling Skye and other Inhumans that she was tricked, and that SHIELD is planning to attack them. Jiaying orders everyone to safety.
Meanwhile, May is worried about Bobbi, as she hasn’t heard from her. Simmons, who is with Jiaying and Skye, tells Coulson and May that things are about to get worse. Meanwhile, Gordon and another Inhuman have hijacked one of SHIELD’s planes. Skye and Lincoln try to help Jiayang, when a SHIELD jet begins firing on the village. Turns out it is the Inhuman who stole the jet. More of Jiaying’s plan to frame SHIELD. Skye, Lincoln and Jiaying are knocked to the ground, and the jet takes off. Jiaying then blames Skye for not taking her side. Agent May then shows up as Skye takes down a SHIELD agent. May tries to talk sense into Skye, but it turns into a fist fight. Skye puts up a fight, but May takes her down–so she thinks. Skye gets up and uses her power to take May down.
Back at SHIELD, Coulson and Gemma don’t believe that Gonzales would do such a thing. Coulson has a feeling Calvin might know something.
Skye checks on Jiaying, and Lincoln now seems upset with Skye. Jiaying tries to calm things down. Skye decides to visit Raina, and asks her if she knew what would happen. Raina says she did. Raina gets a little cryptic about seeing the future, and says that her destiny is to help Skye be who she is “supposed to be.” But then Raina says that Jiaying is misleading the Inhumans.
Gordon pops back with a present for Jiaying–a SHIELD agent that Jiaying drains to heal her wounds she inflicted on herself.
Skye comes back and is amazed that Jiaying has healed. Skye seems lost in terms of how to proceed, and what has happened so far. Jiaying says they need to take on SHIELD and Skye seems hesitant. Jiaying tells Skye to bring back a medallion that she gives to Skye if she will join the fight.
Fitz and Hunter, meanwhile, search for Bobbi. Looking at the footage, Fitz finds May leaving the base twice, so they put together that one of them is Agent 33. Meanwhile, Coulson talks with Calvin, asking why he is really there. He plays coy, and Gemma is worried about him being a Trojan horse.
A bit later, Coulson and the team figure out Jiaying’s plan to set up SHIELD. Hunter then tells Coulson about Bobbi going missing, and they figure out it must be Ward.
Moving to Agent 33, she and Ward torture Bobbi to get her to “admit” what she did. They both blame Bobbi for the torture that Agent 33 endured, because when she was undercover with HYDRA, Bobbi turned Agent 33 over to them. Bobbi tells Agent 33 and Ward that she had to make a decision when she was undercover–protecting the lives of many over one. Bobbi tries to talk sense into Agent 33, but she isn’t buying what Bobbi is selling.
SHIELD’s remaining leaders want to take on the Inhumans, but Coulson wants to remain calm, and try to get Skye to be a tool for resolving the conflict. Aboard the helicarrier, Mac is ordered to get the ship battle ready.
Coulson pays a visit to Calvin again, and tries to figure out his plan. Gemma is analyzing the drugs Calvin ingested before he was taken in, and it looks like a bunch of chemicals that is meant to provide super strength.
Coulson again talks to Calvin, who is now in a cell. Calvin then explains what is in the drugs he took–it gave him super strength, but made him a little “moody.” Coulson realizes that Calvin is going to attack eventually. Coulson and Calvin go back and forth until Calvin seems to seize. Gemma and Fitz try to help him, and decide the best solution is to give Calvin adrenaline. Calvin convulses, then awakens, looking pretty “Hyde” like. As in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde…and he proceeds with his plan to attack SHIELD. Coulson, Fitz and Simmons try “icers” on Calvin, but they don’t seem to work.
Jiaying meets up with Raina, who wants her to be her advisor. Raina says she sees Jiayang’s plan, but Skye is the one who will save the Inhumans. Rayna then tells Jiayang she will tell the Inhumans who Jiayang is. Jiayang decides that won’t happen and murders Raina. Unfortunately for her, Skye sees this happen–and drops the medallion she was going to present to Jiayang to the ground. Jiayang tries to calm Skye down, but Skye realizes that she killed Gonzales. Jiaying tells Skye that she is trying to protect her people, but Skye isn’t going along with it. Another Inhuman knocks her out since she isn’t playing nice.
Hunter and May find Bobbi’s jet, and Bobbi is suffering pretty badly now. Ward praises her toughness, and tries to relate to the tortured Bobbi. Ward tells Bobbi to give Agent 33 closure, by admitting what she did. In their conversation, Bobbi has managed to break free, and she and Ward go at it. Agent 33 hears the racket, and joins the brawl. Bobbi tries to fight them both off, but gets taken down. Ward gives her one last chance to admit her “sins”, but she refuses. Ward gives Agent 33 a gun, but Agent 33 says this “doesn’t feel right”. Ward tells her, “I know what to do”.
Meanwhile, May and Hunter seem to have located Bobbi, and it looks like Ward has a surprise for the two of them when they show up. Ward set up a gun which will shoot the first person that enters the room, which will likely be Hunter or May.
Gordon and a couple other Inhumans have made it aboard the helicarrier, and they are planning something bad it sounds like. They initiate their attack, and they have damaged the ship pretty badly. Mac has decided to take his axe to the fight.
Meanwhile with Coulson, Calvin chases Gemma and Fitz, but into a trap, as Coulson rams an SUV into him, pinning him to the wall. This first part ends with Jiaying taking over the helicarrier, and ready to execute her master plan….
The second half of the season finale begins with Coulson reinforcing the trap he set for Calvin, and asking him some questions. Coulson tries to reason with Calvin, and even says that he is a good man. Calvin breaks down, wanting to reassemble his family. Specifically referring to Jiaying. Calvin tells Coulson that Jiaying takes lives to survive. Calvin breaks free, but Coulson seems to have been convincing enough that he wants to help Coulson. Skye, who had been locked up on the helicarrier, is freed by Mack, and he seems a bit unhappy with her “people” and asks for Skye’s help to hack the helicarrier to stop Jiaying.
Jiaying is in the command area of the helicarrier demanding that the SHIELD agents turn on a beacon which will alert all SHIELD agents to come to their location. To show she is serious, she uses her blue vials to kill a SHIELD agent.
Meanwhile, May and Hunter make their way to Ward, and Ward and Agent 33 plan to join the party to make sure Hunter is the one to take the bullet. Bobbi realizes that Hunter is near, and begins to frantically bounce in her chair trying to figure out a solution. Hunter opens one door, but it is not the one Bobbi is in. But Ward has found a SHIELD soldier and taken them down. Agent 33 finds one as well. May finds 33 and a firefight begins. Hunter did find the right door this time, but Bobbi managed to put herself in front of the gun, taking the bullet herself. Hunter frantically tries to help her. Meanwhile, Ward thinks he has gotten the drop on May, but turns out Agent 33 was trying to play May using her face. Ward had shot her several times. May has met up with Hunter and they try to save Bobbi.
Back to the helicarrier, Lincoln is seeming to second guess Jiaying to Gordon, but Gordon says what they are doing is best for their people. Gordon tries to talk “sense” into Lincoln. Meanwhile Mack and Skye try to shut down the beacon. Lincoln runs into Skye and decides to attack rather than listen to reason. Skye tries to explain what really happened, but Lincoln isn’t buying it–at first. He seems to turn around, but Mack whacks him before he can change his tune.
Back with Coulson, Bobbi is brought in with Hunter and May. Gemma is prepping for surgery, as Bobbi’s condition is not great. Fitz prepares for his mission, heading to the helicarrier with the rest of the agents, and Gemma is worried about him. She even sort of, kind of indicates she might have feelings for him, but this time Fitz gives her the cold shoulder.
On the way to the helicarrier, Skye seems to have hacked the signal, morse coding that they are walking into a trap. Coulson has all other jets back off, and they go in alone. Coulson and May realize that Jiaying’s plan is to use the vials in the ventilation on the helicarrier to see who lives or who turns Inhuman.
Aboard the ship, Mack confronts Gordon and Skye confronts Jiaying. Jiaying leaves, and one of the Inhumans stays behind to take on Skye. But Jiaying has a reunion with Calvin. Calvin tries to reason with Jiaying, but she is bent on her “mission”. Jiaying locks Calvin away with little effort in a side room. Fitz and Coulson meet up with Mack, and set up some devices that will prevent Gordon from teleporting. Meanwhile Skye is dealing with her Inhuman, which is a woman who can separate into multiple copies of herself. Lincoln has awoken, and met up with May. Looks like he might be on the right side now. May and Lincoln help out Skye, taking down the Inhuman. Lincoln shorts out the bracelets inhibiting Skye’s power, so she is more dangerous now. Back with Gordon, Fitz manages to stop Gordon’s power, and the trio take him down. Gordon drops a vial in his dying, and Coulson grabs it so it doesn’t break. Coulson’s hand begins to turn to ash like the others, but Mack uses his hand axe and cuts off his hand before it spreads too far.
Jiaying has made it to her jet, but Skye has shown up. Skye tries to talk her down, but Jiaying seems set on her path. Jiaying then grabs Skye and begins draining her as she has others in the past. But Skye manages to get her powers activated, breaking free from Jiaying, and destroying the plane at the same time. Jiaying attacks Skye again, but Calvin comes to the rescue, killing Jiaying.
In the aftermath, Coulson sees May’s husband for therapy, and Coulson is now in a sling from losing his hand. Bobbi has survived, and woken up, but needs many surgeries to get back to normal. Looks like Mack will be staying on the team. May and the whole team seem to be taking a break from SHIELD.
Skye meanwhile has one last heart to heart with her dad, who is then locked away–or is he? Calvin actually seems to have had his memory wiped. He now owns a veterinary clinic, and Skye visits him. He has no idea who she is. Skye is then given a formal invitation to SHIELD, and they get to work.
Then there is Ward. He seems to be looking for HYDRA. It looks to be hard to find HYDRA agents because the leadership has been taken down. Looks like he is trying to get some HYDRA going himself, gathering some new recruits.
Then it looks like we are given a glimpse into how the Inhumans are made–vials have broken in the ocean. Based on the scene, it looks like anyone taking fish oil is going to be exposed to the vials…
Then one final shocker. Fitz asks Simmons out for dinner, and she says yes! That’s not the shocker though–when Fitz leaves for a moment, Simmons takes a look at the mysterious statue the Inhumans were after. Then it liquefies for a split second, and grabs Simmons, pulling her into it.
That is how the season ends. It looks like they already have big plans for season 3. Let’s see what it is!
Josh’s Thoughts: Agents of SHIELD, Season 2 Episode 21 and 22: SOS Part 1 and 2
The first thing I have to say about this episode: “Man that was a long recap to do for two episodes!” but besides that, the finale was pretty good, considering the problems I have with the season. The reveal of Jiaying, and how it played out in the finale was pretty interesting, and how she tried to play Skye against SHIELD. Skye had an interesting story progression through the episode too, first buying into Jiaying, then slowly realizing the monster Jiaying really is. Calvin also had some interesting story points as well. Turning from an evil man to one that seemed to just want to protect his daughter. Of course, he still hurt a lot of people, so I would say he is as good of a guy as Coulson was making him out to be at the end of the episode, but I was fine with his resolution. Taking his memories seemed like an interesting “punishment”, and almost seems more torturous despite him not having any knowledge of it. Whoever Calvin was now ceases to exist and in a way that is pretty frightening to me.
I enjoyed how Bobbi and Hunter’s storyline played out as well. The dilemma that Bobbi was put in back when she was in HYDRA is a really tough one. I can completely see why Agent 33 would hate Bobbi, and I understand a little where she is coming from. But when you step back and look at it without emotions, Bobbi is right–these people have signed up for SHIELD taking an oath knowing that they’re putting their lives in danger. When going undercover, that has to be heightened tenfold, and to protect the mission, I understand what Bobbi had to do. I do think that Bobbi could have apologized to some extent–saying that she is sorry for what she had to do, but she HAD to do it for the greater good. Of course Ward and Agent 33 probably wouldn’t have taken that has an apology, but at least Bobbi could show she had compassion at least.
Now let’s talk about how the episode ended. I was happy to see that Fitz and Simmons might actually be together soon. That was quickly changed with that thing swallowing up Gemma though. I really am curious to see where she ends up, and what happens next with her.
Moving on to the ocean “pollution”, how will this affect the future? Are millions of people going to die now that this is in the environment? Given we have seen people turn to ash coming in contact with it, I wonder what will happen next. Of course Inhumans will be the result of this, but I actually am more curious as to what happens to the “Average Joe/Jane”.
As for Ward, it looks like he is trying to “reorganize” HYDRA. I am curious how this will play out, and if it has a chance to play out in the movies. I would guess it will not, but I have hope at least. Ward is quite the bad guy, and hopefully he can make season 3 more enjoyable than season 2.
A couple more quick things I want to go over real quick. Before Gordon meets his maker, he mentions that Mack is “different” than the rest. I am curious to know what that means. Is he possibly an Inhuman now? What exactly will happen? Then finally, Coulson is missing a hand. I can’t imagine that is going to be permanent. I wonder how that will be “fixed”. Robotics? Some sort of voodoo? science re-growing it? I guess we will see this week…
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 2 Episode 21 and 22 of Agents of SHIELD: SOS Part 1 and 2
Ever since this show began, I go back and forth between liking it and not. Towards the end of Season 1 was when it got really good, but Season 2 had its ups and downs as well. I felt that Season 2 ended on a strong note, wrapping certain things up, but also leaving things open so that I want to come back to watch Season 3.
I had no idea the extent of just how bad Jiaying was, so it was interesting to see that story play out. I am curious to see how things go forward with the Inhumans, and see how new ones develop. Also, is Coulson going to continue without a hand, or will he get a replacement? And most importantly, I want FitzSimmons back! We were so close to it, and the possibility of something more, then Simmons disappears to who knows where?! Hopefully they can get her back soon. Anyway, seems like we have a lot to look forward to in Season 3!
Scenes from Agents of SHIELD, Season 3 premiere Laws of Nature
Here are scenes from the Season 3 premiere episode of Agents of SHIELD, titled Laws of Nature: