Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Thoughts: Season 2 Episode 18 “The Frenemy of My Enemy”

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By: Casey (@DarthHockey)

WARNING: There are spoilers about Agents of SHIELD as well as speculation about the plot of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Coulson is still on the run with Fitz and Hunter. He’s struck an uncomfortable alliance with Ward and Agent 33 to infiltrate Hydra. Meanwhile, the Inhumans have decided to permanently exile Cal from their sanctuary. Skye is uncomfortable with that decision, and wants to soften the blow to her dad.

Coulson

I think Coulson got the most interesting story this week. Part of the strength of the story is that it is now starting to setup Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is very exciting for me to see.  Coulson has made a deal with Ward to infiltrate Hydra. Wolfgang von Strucker was name-dropped for the second time this season. The last we saw him was in the mid-credits scene for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We saw him experimenting on Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, and it sounds like he’s continuing his research. Based on what we’ve seen so far, I’m now certain that the twins will end up being Inhumans in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Marvel Studios is not allowed to use their mutant origins from the comics in their movies. Fox owns the rights to the mutants). I’m guessing we will also find Strucker in possession of the missing Diviners that we last saw back in episode 12 of this season.

Coulson’s world is about break wide open. He’s no stranger to superheroes, but everyone he’s met so far (Iron Man, Captain America, etc.) has been one-of-a-kind. Only Thor has come from a race of people with any special abilities. Coulson now knows about Skye. He has an idea about Gordon and Raina, but that’s it. He has no idea about the centuries-old race of people that are granted special abilities when they go through Terrigenesis. That will change for him, if not next week then certainly by the end of this season.

Skye and Cal

Skye is continuing her quest to find a family. I like that her attitude towards Cal softened a little in this episode. Despite everything he’s done, he is kind of a sympathetic character. I imagine anyone who’s lost his wife and daughter in such a horrific way would feel the same way he does. He snapped, and in doing so he made himself into a bad guy. When he talks about it, I can hear the regret in his voice. Kyle MacLachlan is really playing this part well. He thinks he finally has his family back, that he’s gotten a second chance. Seeing the look on his face when he realizes he’s been betrayed was very heart-breaking. Knowing that Skye emphasizes with him amplifies that feeling.

Inhumans

What Marvel Studios is doing right now is very exciting. I love the movies Marvel Studios has been putting out since 2008, but it was time for some new stories to come into the mix. It started with last summer’s Guardians of Galaxy and continued last week with Daredevil. Now Agents of SHIELD is really starting to dive head-first into the Inhumans story after testing the waters for the past eight episodes. After building a solid foundation with stories centered around Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and Captain America, Marvel Studios is now introducing new characters and powers that will stave off any “superhero fatigue” that may have been setting in with the audience.

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