Man, what an episode this week! Definitely one of the best of the season. Surprise guests and multiple twists abound, so let’s get to it.
Skye has been taken to a haven for people like her (a.k.a. Inhumans) where she meets Lincoln, who helps transition her body into her new powers and gives us more information about the mythology that surrounds the Inhumans. Most people who are at the haven, what they call Afterlife, have not been through Teregenesis, so they don’t have powers, just the potential for them. There is a long process that everyone goes through and a long line of people waiting to go through it. Skye has, essentially, cut to the front of the line so many of them give her strange looks.
Though originally told that Raina and Cal are not at Afterlife, Skye eventually discovers that they are and goes to confront Raina. The two meet and a fight almost ensues, but it is broken up by the woman who has decided to become Skye’s trainer. Who is this woman? Skye’s mom. You know, the lady who Whitehall dissected earlier this season and we saw her in pieces? Somehow, she’s come back and she has the scars to prove it. But that’s not the only surprise guest this week.
Meanwhile, Coulson and Hunter are still on the run. They end up at the safe house where they kept Skye and Coulson feels out of options. With only bad options left, he makes two calls. One alerting Gonzales to their location and one calling for back up. I assumed his back up was May, but I was so wrong. His goal is obtaining a Quinjet.
The back half of this season starts shortly after the front half ended. Skye is in quarantine until they can confirm that she’s OK. Simmons is back down in the temple getting it prepped to be destroyed, Coulson is ready to take out Hydra once and for all and everyone is mourning Tripp’s death in their own way. We then cut to the heads of Hydra who have come together to decide who will replace Whitehall. The original idea was to have Bakshi take over because he was being groomed for the role, but he’s missing (actually he’s in SHIELD custody). They decide that whoever can take down SHIELD will take Whitehall’s place.
Back at SHIELD, cracks are beginning to form in our team as Mack and Coulson butt heads which leads to a team wide argument that reminded me of a similar scene in The Avengers. The only thing missing was Loki’s glow stick of destiny. Eventually, the team calms down and Coulson begins to enact his plan to take down Hydra.
Meanwhile, Raina has escaped from the temple, but not before killing a few agents and being shot at by Simmons. She finds Cal and confronts him about her transformation. She doesn’t like her thorny new look but Cal has little sympathy, especially after discovering that Skye has been transformed as well and gone back to Coulson. He leaves Raina, telling her that he’s thinking about reconnecting with some of his friends that SHIELD has on their index in order to get revenge on Coulson and get his daughter back.
Coulson and his team have agreed to a prisoner exchange, offering Bakshi up to General Talbot and the U.S. Government, but on their way to drop him off, they are attacked. May and Coulson are both shot and a getaway car rides up to take Bakshi away. However, the whole thing is a set up. May and Coulson aren’t dead and the person driving the getaway car is Hunter. Hunter ends up taking Bakshi to the house where the Hydra leaders met. The real plan is then revealed causing all of the heads of Hydra to kill each other leaving no one left in charge. Of course, Hydra will rise again (Baron Von Strucker will show up on May 1, for example) but in one fell swoop, the writers of the show essentially said, “We’re not focusing on Hydra for the rest of the season. Now we’re focusing on the Inhumans.”
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