Last night’s episode of Agents of Shield was as action-packed as ever! And some of our questions were answered–or are at least explored a little further. What are the symbols Coulson sees? Who is Skye’s father? What about Creel? Where is Raina? Let’s get to it!
After returning to The Playground with the bus, Skye tells Coulson that the obelisk lit up with the strange symbols he has her studying. So we now know the symbols are as old as the obelisk, which was the first 0-8-4 ever recorded in Shield history. Maybe it’s alien? Maybe it’s Kree? We don’t know yet, but this was only the second episode. Also we learn at the end that May is aware that Coulson is seeing the symbols. They’ve actually got a pretty good system going. Whenever Coulson has these wall-carving episodes, May takes photos of them.
Raina returns in this episode, and honestly, I had almost forgotten about her! The last time we saw her, she told someone we could all assume was Skye’s father that she had found his daughter. Raina apparently isn’t on Hydra’s side anymore, and she doesn’t want Creel to deliver the obelisk to them. She claims it’s only because she doesn’t want it falling into the hands of people who don’t understand it, and she thinks Coulson might because John Garrett saw the symbols too. She puts a tracker on Creel, which allows Shield to finally catch up with him.
At the end of the episode we see Raina and a man with the obelisk. I have always wondered if Raina has any kind of powers, or if she just likes being around the people who do–specifically the people who think they have the answers to the universe and the future. The man tells her to touch the obelisk and she hesitantly obeys. Instead of frying her hand, the obelisk doesn’t do anything except light up with the symbols. I thought for a moment that this confirmed my suspicions about her, but then the man says that it “let her live”. It’s a pretty terrifying object to begin with, and knowing that it has an “opinion” makes it even worse.
The man asks Raina to bring him his daughter and he’ll tell them how to use the obelisk, which leads us to believe that this man is Skye’s father. I’m pretty sure the man Raina talks to at the end of the finale was bald, and the guy in last night’s episode had a pretty full head of hair. It was good hair, too. But if he can teach them how to use it, then that means Skye can touch it as well. Some are speculating that Raina is Skye’s mother, which is interesting to think about, but I don’t think we’ve been given any actual evidence of that yet.
My favorite part of this episode is Fitz. He saves the day! He finally has a friend! Someone besides imaginary-Simmons who tries to figure out what he’s thinking. Mack is another engineer who has joined the team. He isn’t a field agent, but he’s pretty jacked so he could probably fill in if they needed a backup. Because Fitz hasn’t been able to figure out the cloaking device, Mack has to try to reverse-engineer it from the bus. Imaginary-Simmons has convinced Fitz that he can help figure out Creel’s DNA and potentially stop him instead of fretting over the cloaking problem. Mack comes across Fitz trying to figure this out, and decides to help him. Instead of feeling bad for Fitz when he can’t find the right words, Mack tries to understand him. He talks to him like they’re a team, which imaginary-Simmons says is refreshing! He even yells at Fitz a little bit. Eventually Mack figures out that Fitz is trying to say he has made something that might stop Creel already, he just can’t remember what it is. They look back through his designs and come across a little gadget that Coulson uses to turn Creel completely into stone. Coulson then turns Creel over to General Talbot, so obviously Creel is probably going to escape again at some point. I don’t think this will be the last we see of him!
Lastly, Agent Lance Hunter is officially part of Coulson’s team. Hunter, Heartly, and Idaho were three mercenaries who were working with Shield. Some of them cared about the work they were doing, but Hunter only really cared about getting paid. After Creel crashes their car at the end of the premiere and Heartly and Idaho are killed, Hunter is left with a decision: go off on his own, or stay with Coulson. I haven’t been getting a good vibe from Hunter, especially after he is captured by Talbot and he agrees to turn Coulson over to him. But he ends up being a decent guy. It will be interesting to see how his character progresses from here.
Next week, the real Simmons returns! Apparently she could possibly have turned Hydra, but I’m hoping it will just be her way of getting back at them for what they did to Fitz and the entire Shield agency. We’ll see!