T.V. Series Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 2

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 2 Summary

Season 2, Episode 1: Shadows

In 1945, Agent Peggy Carter and the Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.) raid the last known Hydra base (led by Werner Reinhardt) and confiscate many items, including the Obelisk and a blue body. In the present, Phil Coulson’s team monitors a deal revolving around the Obelisk, which goes awry when Carl Creel kills the ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent offering the intel and escapes with it. Agent Skye interrogates Grant Ward and learns that Hydra is using communication channels not monitored by S.H.I.E.L.D. The team realizes that General Glenn Talbot is in trouble and rushes to rescue him from Creel, before abducting Talbot themselves and using him to break into a military facility full of confiscated S.H.I.E.L.D. assets. Agent Isabelle Hartley finds the Obelisk, while Skye and Agent Antoine Triplett steal a cloak-capable quinjet. Lance Hunter leaves with his team of mercenaries enlisted by S.H.I.E.L.D., only to be ambushed by Creel, whose attack kills Hartley. Creel then steals the Obelisk for an apparently un-aged Reinhardt, now going by the name Daniel Whitehall.

Season 2, Episode 2: Heavy in the Head

Following Creel’s theft of the Obelisk, Hunter is captured by Talbot’s men. Creel absorbs the properties of the Obelisk and accidentally kills a waitress in a bar. He later meets Raina, but declines her offer to help him. Talbot tries to persuade Hunter to work for him and sets him free, but Hunter returns to S.H.I.E.L.D. wanting revenge for his fallen friends. Agent Leo Fitz and the mechanic Agent Alphonso Mackenzie are able to build a weapon that can incapacitate Creel. As the team observes Creel making a deal with Whitehall’s second-in-command Sunil Bakshi, Hunter disarms the other agents and tries to kill Creel himself. However, Creel easily defeats him. Just as he is about to kill Hunter, Coulson incapacitates Creel with the new weapon. Coulson later asks Hunter to stay and help S.H.I.E.L.D., and then tells Talbot that he is wasting his time tracking S.H.I.E.L.D. and turns Creel over to him. The Obelisk is later shown in the possession of Raina and “The Doctor”—Skye’s father—who is asking the former to find his daughter.

Season 2, Episode 3: Making Friends and Influencing People

Coulson learns from Agent Jemma Simmons, who is working undercover within Hydra, that their next planned target for recruitment is Donnie Gill, and Ward explains to Skye that Hydra brainwashes promising recruits such as Creel. S.H.I.E.L.D. traces Gill to a Hydra ship in Morocco, while Hydra sends Simmons with a team to find Gill themselves, as a test of her loyalty. Fitz reveals to Ward that Gill is the target, and Ward warns that Gill was a Hydra asset already, and that Hydra would try to reactivate his brainwashing. Agent Melinda May, who knows of Simmons’ mission, allows her and Gill to escape, to maintain Simmons’ cover, and Hydra successfully re-brainwashes Gill. Skye manages to shoot him, and he falls into the water and freezes, but government forces are later unable to locate his body. Whitehall decides to promote Simmons, despite her failure to retrieve Gill, and Ward tells Skye that her father is alive and offers to bring her to him.

Season 2, Episode 4: Face My Enemy

Coulson and May go undercover to a charity function to get a painting that is carved with alien symbols, and encounter Talbot, who has already claimed it, and asks to meet with Coulson in private. Coulson sends May to scout ahead, and she discovers the brainwashed S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent 33 in Talbot’s hotel room, realizing that the Talbot at the party was actually Bakshi in disguise. Bakshi tortures May while Agent 33 disguises herself as May to pick up Coulson and sabotage the Bus. Coulson realizes that “May” is a fake because of inconsistencies in her behavior. He rescues the real May, who defeats Agent 33, while Fitz and Hunter work together to save the Bus from Hydra’s computer virus, allowing Fitz to start reintegrating into the team following previous life-changing injuries. Though Bakshi escapes, S.H.I.E.L.D. claims the painting, hiding its survival from the real Talbot. Raina is later confronted by Whitehall, who orders her to deliver the Obelisk to Hydra or face death.

Season 2, Episode 5: A Hen in the Wolf House

Raina begs Skye’s father to give her the Obelisk, but he angrily berates her for not delivering Skye, then kills two men who he was performing surgery for. Raina discovers Simmons’ cover and attempts to blackmail Coulson: she will not reveal Simmons to Hydra if she can take Skye to her father. Coulson refuses the offer and Simmons’ identity is exposed, though Hydra security chief Bobbi Morse, another undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, rescues her. Coulson has Raina tagged so she can lead them to Hydra, and she discloses the location of Skye’s father. At his abandoned hideout, the team finds the bodies of the men he murdered, and he realizes, watching through hidden cameras, that Skye thinks he is a monster. Coulson later shows Skye alien symbols he has been compulsively carving, which she believes are a map. Fitz and Simmons are reunited while Morse, who is Hunter’s ex-wife, joins the team. Skye’s father delivers the Obelisk to Whitehall himself and offers to join forces with Hydra.

Season 2, Episode 6: A Fractured House

During a United Nations meeting on S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra agents posing as S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives attack and kill several world representatives. Senator Christian Ward, the brother of Grant Ward, decides to use this incident to propose a multinational anti-S.H.I.E.L.D. initiative. As Coulson meets Christian to propose a win-win solution, Skye interrogates Grant about Christian. Grant explains to Skye that Christian is a master manipulator, Christian tells Coulson that this is a lie, with both S.H.I.E.L.D. agents attempting to ascertain which Ward brother is being truthful. Christian and Coulson agree to abandon the anti-S.H.I.E.L.D. proposal in exchange for Grant’s transfer to Christian to stand trial, but Grant escapes while being transferred. May leads a team against the Hydra agents who attacked the UN, capturing several agents, and turning them over to Talbot, who begins to agree with Coulson’s mission and offers his condolences for fallen S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

Season 2, Episode 7: The Writing on the Wall

Since being resurrected by S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Project T.A.H.I.T.I. using the experimental drug GH-325 (derived from the alien corpse Carter discovered in Whitehall’s possession), Coulson has been compulsively carving the alien symbols. When a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and patient of T.A.H.I.T.I. is killed and her body carved with the symbols (by the former agent who had carved the painting previously), Coulson uses Hydra’s memory machine to find other patients who were injected with the drug. He goes after the remaining patients, trying to find an end to the madness. He discovers that the writing is actually a 3D diagram of a city where the alien host of GH-325 apparently wished to go. Seeing the completed design ends his need to carve, but since Hydra is also searching for the city, he makes it a priority for S.H.I.E.L.D. to find it first. Meanwhile, the other members of the team try to capture Ward, who betrays Hydra by capturing Bakshi and leaving him for S.H.I.E.L.D., before preparing to meet his brother.

Season 2, Episode 8: The Things We Bury

Bakshi accidentally reveals to Morse that Whitehall is actually Reinhardt, a Nazi scientist who was working on the Obelisk before being captured by the S.S.R. and imprisoned for life by Carter in 1945. In 1989, Reinhardt was released from prison by Alexander Pierce, to find that a woman he had found in 1945 was still the same age. Dissecting her, Reinhardt discovered the secret to her immortality, and used it to make himself 44 years younger. “The Doctor” finds the remains of the woman, who was his wife, and vows vengeance against Whitehall, who he is now pretending to be allied with. Grant Ward also appears to join in an alliance with Whitehall, after having tortured Christian into confessing past sins, and then apparently murdering him and their parents. S.H.I.E.L.D. hacks a USAF mapping satellite and use it to find the hidden city, and Coulson meets “The Doctor”, who knows that the Obelisk (or the Diviner) is a key that must be taken to the city by someone it deems to be worthy.

Season 2, Episode 9: …Ye Who Enter Here

The team splits up, with Coulson and Morse leading a group to begin searching for the hidden city under San Juan, and May, Skye, and Hunter leaving to help Agents Sam and Billy Koenigrescue Raina from a Hydra kidnapping attempt in Vancouver. Raina tells Skye that they are two of the “worthy ones” who could enter the temple in the city, and that any others who try will die. She also reveals that the city and Diviner were created by the Kree. Skye tries to warn the main team, but Whitehall blocks their communications, and Ward boards the Bus to take Raina. He also takes Skye, promising to take her to her father, and in exchange agrees to let the others go. Mack has already entered the city, which causes him great pain and compels him to attack the others, until he is subdued by Morse and falls down a deep shaft. Whitehall, surprised to learn that Ward took Skye and did not destroy the Bus as ordered, gives Agent 33 (who still has May’s face, but is now disfigured) orders to do so.

Season 2, Episode 10: What They Become

May evades Hydra’s attempt to shoot down the Bus. Ward brings Skye to meet her father, Cal, who explains that her name is Daisy, and that Whitehall killed her mother. Arriving at the Hydra base in San Juan where they are drilling into the temple, Whitehall immobilizes Cal and menaces Skye, but is interrupted as Coulson’s team assaults the base. Coulson kills Whitehall, taking Cal’s chance of vengeance, leading the latter to attack Coulson. Skye shoots Ward and forces Cal to leave, before following Raina and the Diviner into the temple. Agent 33 assists Ward in escaping. Coulson and Triplett race to the temple, with Triplett making it in and Coulson being delayed by Mack, who soon after breaks from the city’s control when the temple closes itself and the Diviner opens, revealing a large crystal. Skye and Raina are encased in cocoons, while Triplett is killed by the Diviner. Skye erupts out of her cocoon as an earthquake shakes the city. Elsewhere, another Diviner reveals to a man with no eyes that “there’s someone new”.

Season 2, Episode 11: Aftershocks

In the wake of Triplett’s death, Coulson looks to hit back at Hydra, who are considering having Bakshi fill Whitehall’s leadership position. S.H.I.E.L.D. enacts a plan that sees Bakshi escaping and leading them to other high-ranking Hydra agents, who are then killed. In San Juan, the alien city is flooded, but not before a transformed Raina escapes, now with a monstrous appearance. When Cal turns his back on her, reminding her that she got what she wanted, Raina attempts to commit suicide, but she is taken by the man with no eyes, Gordon, who can teleport. Fitz and Skye realize that the latter has also been transformed—she caused the earthquake in San Juan, but has no control over this ability. Fitz agrees to keep her secret and hides the truth from the rest of the team. Meanwhile, a model car that Mack built for Coulson scans the latter’s office and finds the “toolbox” that previous S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury gave to him. Mack, who has been studying the S.H.I.E.L.D. base’s schematics, secretly reports this to Morse.

Season 2, Episode 12: Who You Really Are

S.H.I.E.L.D. is called in to help an amnesiac Sif, who was last seen fighting an incredibly strong man, and is searching for something called “Kava”, which they soon discover is the location where Whitehall had found the Diviner. There they capture the man, who restores Sif’s memories and introduces himself as a Kree named Vin-Tak who has come to destroy all the Diviners, and kill anyone affected by the Terrigen crystals inside. When Skye’s abilities are revealed, Sif and Vin-Tak attempt to capture and kill her, respectively, but Morse wipes Vin-Tak’s memories using his weapon, while Coulson convinces Sif to leave Skye be. Sif returns Vin-Tak to his planet, warning Coulson that the Kree should no longer be a problem, but Skye may be a greater danger than he realizes. Meanwhile, Morse tries to end her rekindled relationship with Hunter when Mack warns her that he is getting too close, but Hunter angrily confronts Mack about this and his suspicions that Mack and Morse are hiding something, forcing Mack to knock him unconscious.

Season 2, Episode 13: One of Us

Cal recruits dangerous individuals from S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Gifted Index to settle his vendetta. Coulson and Morse investigate, and are led to the former’s hometown of Manitowoc, where the criminals have seized the local school stadium. May enlists Dr. Andrew Garner, her ex-husband and a psychoanalyst, to work with Skye, who is now on the Index herself. During one of Garner’s talks with Skye, Coulson requests back-up, prompting May to fly the Bus to Manitowoc, with Garner and Skye on board. At the stadium, Coulson is confronted by Cal, while May arrives, bluffing to kill Skye. During the stand-off, Gordon appears and teleports away with Cal. As Coulson’s team subdue Cal’s group, Skye starts causing tremors, only stopping this by directing her abilities inward, causing hairline fractures throughout her body. Elsewhere, Mack hides Hunter in a safe house until they are extracted by an organization that Mack calls “the real S.H.I.E.L.D.”, and Gordon takes Cal to his superiors, belittling him for using science to increase his strength.

Season 2, Episode 14: Love in the Time of Hydra

On Garner’s recommendation Coulson pulls Skye from active duty, and leaves her at a safe house with gloves designed to help repress her abilities, asking her to take some time to learn to control her powers. Ward and Agent 33 hunt down the man who created the technology that allowed Agent 33 to take on May’s appearance. He fixes her mask so she can once more change her appearance to anyone she wishes. Using this, they infiltrate Talbot’s base and break out Bakshi, who S.H.I.E.L.D. had handed over as a sign of good faith. From Bakshi they learn about Agent 33’s life before he brainwashed her, including her name, Kara Palamas, before brainwashing him themselves. Mack introduces Hunter to Robert Gonzales and the leadership of the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.”, founded on the ideal of transparency rather than Fury’s mantra of compartmentalization. They see Coulson and his erratic behavior as a threat, and when Hunter escapes they decide to attack Coulson’s group immediately.

Season 2, Episode 15: One Door Closes

Gordon visits Skye to tell her of his home, where she can be safe and learn to control her powers without S.H.I.E.L.D.’s gloves. Coulson confronts Mack about the model car and his behavior, deducing that he is a mole. Morse steals the toolbox from Coulson’s office and takes over the base’s systems, allowing her and Mack to evade capture, and the rest of their faction to attack. This organization was formed after the Hydra Uprising and the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. when Morse, Gonzales, Mack, and Hartley disobeyed Fury’s orders, saving hundreds of loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Gonzales realized all the harm caused by Fury and his secrets, and now wants S.H.I.E.L.D. to exist without them. He and his colleagues fear potential alien/superhuman phenomena that could endanger the rest of the world, including Skye, but when they try to detain Skye, she accidentally unleashes her abilities. Horrified at what she can do, Skye agrees to go with Gordon. May helps Coulson escape from Gonzales, and Coulson soon finds Hunter, who agrees to become a permanent agent.

Season 2, Episode 16: Afterlife

Gordon takes Skye to Afterlife, a haven, where Lincoln Campbell explains to her that most people who are transformed are chosen and prepared for it, and then a guide is selected to help these people master their new abilities. Skye’s guide is the founder of Afterlife, Jiaying, while Gordon will guide Raina, who still wants to die. When Gonzales asks Fitz and Simmons to help them open Fury’s toolbox, Fitz refuses and decides to leave S.H.I.E.L.D., while Simmons agrees to help, though this is a ruse so that Fitz can take the toolbox with him. Coulson and Hunter steal a quinjet from Gonzales’ agents with the help of Agent Mike Peterson, who has been hunting Hydra scientist Dr. List, and found him experimenting on gifted people. With the appearance of Peterson, Gonzales fears how many super powered operatives Coulson has, but believes that he still deserves fair representation, and so asks May to serve on their S.H.I.E.L.D. board. Coulson realizes that to deal with the new Hydra threat, he will have to turn to Grant Ward.

Season 2, Episode 17: Melinda

Now in charge of Coulson’s base, May agrees to look into his actions since he became Director, finding that Coulson has been secretly building another base and consulting with Garner, which Mack believes is because he is creating a gifted army. Skye is training with Jiaying, and begins to focus her abilities to manipulate objects’ natural frequencies. Jiaying soon reveals that she is Skye’s mother—Cal had pieced her back together, her healing factor revived her, and they searched for Skye, who S.H.I.E.L.D. had taken, until Jiaying realized what monsters they had become, and left Cal to build a new and peaceful life. Their relationship must remain a secret because once a member of their group stole Terrigen crystals for her daughter, who then forced her mother to hurt others to feed on their pain. They were stopped when May killed them both, scarring her for life. However, Jiaying and Skye do agree to join Cal for dinner, a moment that Raina apparently foresaw in a dream. Fitz opens the toolbox, and uses it to contact Coulson.

Season 2, Episode 18: The Frenemy of My Enemy

Coulson, Hunter, Fitz, and Peterson capture Ward and Palamas and make a deal to infiltrate Hydra in exchange for giving Ward a clean slate by wiping his memories. Ward uses the brainwashed Bakshi, along with Peterson, to get close to List, and they learn that he has been tracking Gordon and seeks to capture him. Jiaying intends to banish Cal from Afterlife, but Skye fears he may harm innocents, and so goes with him, before calling May for help. Simmons hacks into Peterson’s cybernetic eye, and through his video feed S.H.I.E.L.D. discovers that Coulson is working with Ward. May sends Bobbi and Mack. As Cal is enjoying spending time with Skye, they discover that Lincoln is spying on them, and Cal realizes Jiaying’s plans. Hydra tracks Gordon’s movements to Cal’s office, and attack before Cal can do anything about Lincoln. Hydra captures Peterson and Lincoln. Skye is almost reunited with Coulson, but Gordon takes her and Cal away. When Bobbi and Mack arrive, Coulson surrenders to them.

Season 2, Episode 19: The Dirty Half Dozen

Coulson offers to take his own team to infiltrate List’s base and free Peterson and Lincoln. Raina foresees Skye saving Lincoln’s life, and they convince Gordon to take her to S.H.I.E.L.D. without telling Jiaying, who allows Cal to stay in Afterlife (though he does accidentally reveal to the community that Skye is their daughter). Coulson, May, Skye, Fitz, Simmons, and Ward infiltrate the Hydra base with the help of Bakshi on the inside. Simmons and Ward save Peterson, but Simmons attempts to kill Ward for all that he has done to them. Bakshi sacrifices himself to save Ward, who decides to leave by himself. Skye does save Lincoln, while Coulson discovers the base of Hydra’s leader, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. He gives the location to Maria Hill so that the Avengers can defeat Hydra. Ward leaves Palamas with S.H.I.E.L.D., hoping that she can reclaim her lost life as an agent, while Raina, who is beginning to question Jiaying’s leadership, foresees metal men destroying cities.

Season 2, Episode 20: Scars

The S.H.I.E.L.D. board is grateful to Coulson after Fury uses Coulson’s secret helicarrier to save lives during the Battle of Sokovia, and they agree to merge their factions, with Coulson remaining as director, and the board acting as his oversight and advisory council. Raina has a vision of an ancient Kree weapon, designed to destroy the Inhumans—those who were altered by the Kree. Gordon takes her to search for it, finding it in the cargo hold of Gonzales’ ship. S.H.I.E.L.D. discovers the intruders, and uses Hydra technology to track them when they teleport away, learning the location of Afterlife. Palamas reveals Ward’s true plan when she helps him kidnap Morse. Gonzales leads a delegation to Afterlife to meet Jiaying and index the community. Raina foresees war if Jiaying meets with S.H.I.E.L.D., but it is implied that she is lying in order to seize power. When Jiaying and Gonzales meet, she delivers Cal into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, before killing Gonzales and shooting herself to start a war with S.H.I.E.L.D., rather than letting her people be indexed.

Season 2, Episode 21: S.O.S Part 1

S.H.I.E.L.D. quickly realizes Jiaying’s ruse, but the people of Afterlife, including Skye, fall for it, and agree to fight alongside her. Ward tortures Morse, wanting her to confess to the fact that she had revealed Palamas’ location to Hydra while undercover there. Realizing that Morse is confident in her actions, Ward sets a trap that will end with a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, presumably Hunter, being killed in front of her. However, Morse takes a bullet meant for Hunter, barely surviving, while Ward accidentally kills Palamas while she is disguised as May. As part of Jiaying’s plan, Cal takes a serum that he created to give himself Inhuman strength. However, it is also killing him, and Coulson helps him see the truth: Jiaying is the true monster, and ever since Cal had pieced her back together she had been convincing him to do terrible things, including bringing her humans, whose life she absorbs in order to heal and remain young. After failing to convince Skye that Jiaying is dangerous, Raina confronts Jiaying, who kills her. Seeing this, Skye turns her back on Jiaying.

Season 2, Episode 22: S.O.S part 2

The Inhumans take Skye prisoner and attack the S.H.I.E.L.D. ship, planning to use artificial Terrigen crystals (laced with Diviner metal) to reveal all Inhumans and kill all humans. Mack frees Skye, who warns Coulson of Jiaying’s plan; Coulson, Fitz, and Cal infiltrate the ship. Fitz kills Gordon, preventing him from unleashing Terrigen mist through the ship’s ventilation. However, Coulson loses a hand when he stops one of the crystals from shattering. Skye confronts Jiaying, who is attempting to spread more crystals around the world with a Quinjet. When Skye pushes the plane into the ocean, Jiaying begins draining her life, until Cal kills Jiaying. S.H.I.E.L.D. later wipes Cal’s memories, allowing him to live a new life in peace, while Skye joins a new S.H.I.E.L.D. team of gifted people, May takes a break from S.H.I.E.L.D. with Garner, and Ward plans to lead the remains of Hydra against S.H.I.E.L.D. As traces of the crystals from the ocean make their way around the world, the Kree weapon, known as the Monolith, absorbs Simmons.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 2 Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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