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TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 2 Episode 15 "One Door Closes"

04.01.2015
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EPISODE 15: "One Door Closes"

SYNOPSIS:  War comes to Coulson’s doorstep in a way he never anticipated as shocking revelations are brought to light, and Skye struggles to control her new abilities but will soon make a decision that irrevocably changes her life

BREAKDOWN: (The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode).

For the last few episodes,we have been teased with a civil war within S.H.I.E.L.D. One one side we have Robert Gonzales (Edward James Olmos) and the faction that consider themselves the Real S.H.I.E.L.D. and on the other we have Coulson and his directive handed directly over from Nick Fury himself. Where this is going to go is unknown, but the episode quickly reveals to Coulson that Bobbi and Mack are there only to retrieve Fury's vibranium toolbox and take down what they consider the fake S.H.I.E.L.D.

We also finally learn the true motives behind Gonzales' S.H.I.E.L.D. faction. It began during the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. thanks to HYDRA's actions during CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. Aboard the helicarrier Iliad, Bobbi, Mack, Gonzales, and Isabel Hartley (Lucy Lawless) are tasked with destroying the ship to prevent the enemy from gaining access. Bobbi, acting on orders from Nick Fury himself, is dissuaded by Mack and the other survivors from destroying the vessel but rather fighting to protect it.

This also comes coupled with the fear of the Enhanced humans Nick Fury had stashed around the world. Gonzales feels the true nature of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been corrupted and these secrets need to be found and taken into custody. Taking over Coulson's base, Gonzales comes face to face with Coulson and relates their true mission. He demands to know how to access Fury's toolbox, but May shows up and gets Coulson out of the base since without him there is no S.H.I.E.L.D.

Gonzales and his faction also want Skye captured as she is a risk to everyone's safety. Secure at Fury's cabin, the Bruce Banner designed Retreat, Skye is still struggling with her powers. Remotely talking to her friends, Skye is torn between using Simmons' containtment gloves when the eyeless man appears. He introduces himself as Gordon and explains to Skye there are more people like them, survivors of the Terrigen Mists, and offers her a chance to use her powers to their full potential before disappearing.

When Bobbi and a team of agents arrive to bring Skye into custody, Skye is already on her way to safety thanks to a warning call from May. As Bobbi shouts for Skye to watch out, a bullet is fired directly at her. Skye manages to focus her powers and sends a shockwave that deflects the bullet and levels the trees directly around her. Amazed at her focus but frightened at the injuries she has caused, Skye calls for Gordon who teleports her to safety at her new "home". The episode ends with Coulson at a tiki bar in a tropical setting. Hunter arrives and asks Coulson what they are going to do next.

This episode ranks as one of my favorites this season. The dueling S.H.I.E.L.D.s adds a nice level of tension to the story in a way that HYDRA has failed to do this season and also sets up not only the superhuman registration act to come in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR but adds more to the background of what the Inhumans are. There is a community of these MIst-enhanced people that we will get to glimpse well before the big screen outing in Phase Three. The action here was excellent, especially in the WINTER SOLDIER-era flashback scenes. Adrianne Palicki has quickly become a favorite of mine and I hope she sticks around for a long time to come.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES: All flashbacks this week take us to the events of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, referred to here as "The Day S.H.I.E.L.D. Fell". Nick Fury and the true purpose for S.H.I.E.L.D. abound. Skye finds the imprint of Hulk's fist on the wall of Nick Fury's cabin.

NEXT ON MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.:

Episode 14 "Afterlife" (Airs April 7th) - As Robert Gonzales makes his move, Coulson must do whatever it takes to protect the future of S.H.I.E.L.D. Meanwhile Skye’s journey to control her powers takes a surprising turn when she meets the enigmatic Inhuman named Lincoln.

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8:32AM on 04/01/2015
That was a fantastic episode. Shield really has come a long way since the first terrible 9 episodes of Season 1. I can't help but think Bobbi and Mac are still somewhat playing Gonzalez though. Mac protecting Fitz, Bobbi wanting to protect Skye from the guy from Fringe. What will Agent 33 and Ward do? (not so much caring but kinda curious what he has planned) I'm really enjoying this season. Plus Fitz and Simmons kinda sorta make up after he lays it out flat on her about how much she has
That was a fantastic episode. Shield really has come a long way since the first terrible 9 episodes of Season 1. I can't help but think Bobbi and Mac are still somewhat playing Gonzalez though. Mac protecting Fitz, Bobbi wanting to protect Skye from the guy from Fringe. What will Agent 33 and Ward do? (not so much caring but kinda curious what he has planned) I'm really enjoying this season. Plus Fitz and Simmons kinda sorta make up after he lays it out flat on her about how much she has changed.
At first I didn't like dual Shield either but this is getting interesting to me.
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1:54AM on 04/01/2015
In the context that this is most likely building as a precursor to Civil War, I loved this episode as much as I hated last weeks setup to this. Last week I despised and thought was the worst episode of the season. This episode however completely redeemed it. The flashbacks and back story of this "real" Shield was a nice touch. The explanation makes sense as to why there could be effectively two different Shields. Also this new Shield apparently doesn't know that Fury is still alive. As @The
In the context that this is most likely building as a precursor to Civil War, I loved this episode as much as I hated last weeks setup to this. Last week I despised and thought was the worst episode of the season. This episode however completely redeemed it. The flashbacks and back story of this "real" Shield was a nice touch. The explanation makes sense as to why there could be effectively two different Shields. Also this new Shield apparently doesn't know that Fury is still alive. As @The Clif mentioned, there are technically no bad guys here. This is just two separate factions of the same side doing what they think is right.

Now my allegiance is obviously with Cap and most likely Coulson in this. I think Coulson has the real grasp on what Shield should be. What Shield used to be is why it was easy for Hydra to infiltrate. It was a large corporate/military style machine. It was soulless and would sacrifice any member for any gain in its own position. Gonzalez's character affirms this by saying if it were his choice they would have blown up the ship with all the people still on it. So sure it had organization and order, but it had so many faceless "numbers" for people that it was easy to sneak in. Coulson's Shield, while still maintaining some secrets, is smaller and more personal. Coulson takes the moral good stance in my opinion. His Shield is also dealing with threats and subjects that the original Shield could ever have imagined. I'm on the underdog's side on this one. Team Coulson all the way.

Now onto Skye. We know Skye/Quake will remain loyal to Coulson. And frankly in the current earth bound characters of the MCU, she is one of the most powerful when she learns to control her powers. Scarlett Witch tops her, frankly Witch tops anyone in the current MCU other than Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet. Quake once she learns how to control her powers, is a force to be reckoned with. She can level a city or be so pinpoint she can explode a person's heart in their chest. She can eventually put up force fields I think as well, or surround herself in one. What she did tonight was awesome because they showed both the powerful (the force wave) and pinpoint (water manipulation) style control. I had a huge smile on my face when they gave the nod to the scope of her powers.

Needless to say my thoughts on this episode were thank god last week was just an aberration and this week we're back to the normal strong season shows. 9/10 from me on this show much like the reviewer. I actually thought the show itself was 8/10 but it gets a bonus point for having Lucy Lawless back. I wish they never killed her.
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12:19AM on 04/01/2015
There were a lot of good character moments and cool scenes in this episode (Simmons tricking Bobbi, Skye's use of her powers at the end). However, I'm not really a fan of the second SHIELD subplot. At best it just feels like filler until they develop another threat, and worst it feels so much like a repeat of the Hydra storyline from Season One. The Inhumans story seems like it's leading somewhere, but at the same time its about 4 years until the planned movie, so I'm curious as to what they're
There were a lot of good character moments and cool scenes in this episode (Simmons tricking Bobbi, Skye's use of her powers at the end). However, I'm not really a fan of the second SHIELD subplot. At best it just feels like filler until they develop another threat, and worst it feels so much like a repeat of the Hydra storyline from Season One. The Inhumans story seems like it's leading somewhere, but at the same time its about 4 years until the planned movie, so I'm curious as to what they're building to with it.
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12:18AM on 04/01/2015

Loved it

It's getting hard to determine who's in right. I gotta be honest, as of right now, I'd choose Gonzalez's SHIELD as opposed to Coulson's team. Now that we've gotten a full understanding of who they are and what they want, I can't help but see Coulson and team as the unruly overly-idealistic children refusing to understand. Anyway, I have a strong feeling people from team Coulson are going to jump ship (Simmons). They're not the bad guys here. No one is really, which makes this so damn hard.
It's getting hard to determine who's in right. I gotta be honest, as of right now, I'd choose Gonzalez's SHIELD as opposed to Coulson's team. Now that we've gotten a full understanding of who they are and what they want, I can't help but see Coulson and team as the unruly overly-idealistic children refusing to understand. Anyway, I have a strong feeling people from team Coulson are going to jump ship (Simmons). They're not the bad guys here. No one is really, which makes this so damn hard. This is the start of Civil War. AOS is loading the gun and AOU will be pulling the trigger. It's going to be really hard to pick a side if they're going where I think they're going (Iron Man with Gonzalez and Captain America with Coulson and Fury.) I love Captain America, but being a pragmatist, I will probably on Iron man's side.
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1:15AM on 04/01/2015
That's the great thing about the civil war storyline that's happening. The "real" shield wants to enact rules and limits on a society and people that they don't like and understand ( see any similarities to recent real world events).
That's the great thing about the civil war storyline that's happening. The "real" shield wants to enact rules and limits on a society and people that they don't like and understand ( see any similarities to recent real world events).
2:11AM on 04/01/2015
I don't find it difficult at all. Obviously the "real SHIELD" is the leftover fascists from the group that wanted to bomb NY to kill the aliens. If they weren't on the scummy side, why would they plot a takeover of Coulsen and his people instead of first sending someone to knock on the door and say hello?

Plus Skye is obviously good, so the fact that they took a shoot first approach with her proves that regardless of how good they think they are, they are in fact the bad guys.....at least
I don't find it difficult at all. Obviously the "real SHIELD" is the leftover fascists from the group that wanted to bomb NY to kill the aliens. If they weren't on the scummy side, why would they plot a takeover of Coulsen and his people instead of first sending someone to knock on the door and say hello?

Plus Skye is obviously good, so the fact that they took a shoot first approach with her proves that regardless of how good they think they are, they are in fact the bad guys.....at least vs Coulsen & co.
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