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TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 2 Episode 20 "Scars"

05.06.2015

EPISODE 20: "Scars"

SYNOPSIS:  Skye is torn between her loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D. and her connection to the Inhumans as tensions rise between the groups — and Coulson reveals a secret he’s been hiding from even those closest to him.

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

Well, what do you know? It turns out that Coulson was a big factor in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON after all. After a flashback to one year prior shows that Coulson had hidden away a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier for an emergency, we flashforward to the agents watching the news footage of The Avengers defeating Ultron. Coulson admits that he needs oversight and proposes that the two factions of S.H.I.E.L.D. unite with him as director and Gonzales' team acting as an advisory council.

Skye comforts a recouperating Lincoln who is afraid that now that S.H.I.E.L.D. knows they exist that they will not stop until they find Afterlife. At the safe city, Raina has finally come to terms with her gift and her visions are coming more regularly. She tells Gordon of a vision involvind a stone being smashed by waves and it reminds him of a Kree legend of a stone that could kill them all. Jiaying gives permission for Raina to go with Gordon to find the stone before it can hurt all of the Inhumans. Raina and Gordon teleport to the site of her vision and the location of the stone: the S.H.I.E.L.D. aircraft carrier.

While searching for the stone, May, Bobbi, and Hunter come across Raina and Gordon who teleport away and find the Kree artifact in a containment box. It is able to melt into a black liquid and then reform. Before they can be caught, Gordon and Raina teleport away. We then learn that HYDRA was looking for the stone and that S.H.I.E.L.D. took possession of it after it was recovered from a dig site 100 years earlier. Coulson asks Skye about the stone but she doesn't know anything. Coulson doubts her honesty about the Inhumans and they argue about why she won't reveal the location of the Inhumans or why she trusts them. At the same time, Bobbi is informed they were able to trail Gordon after his last teleport and now know where Afterlife is.

Coulson argues with Gonzales' team who want to pre-emptively attack Afterlife and the Inhumans. Coulson and Bobbi are against it and suggest a sitdown with Jiaying instead. Coulson tells Skye what they plan to do: catalog the Inhumans and put them on the Index but Skye pleads him to let her go first and prepare Jiaying for their arrival. She also reveals to Coulson that Jiaying is her mother. Coulson informs May but it is clear their relationship is no longer the same. May doesn't share the same trust with Coulson any longer.

Raina rushes to Gordon and tells him she had a vision of S.H.I.E.L.D. attacking Afterlife and that it begins with them talking to Jiaying and suggests she meet with S.H.I.E.L.D. in her stead. After being outvoted, Coulson changes his plan and sends Gonzales to Afterlife instead. Mack resigns as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent because he doesn't trust Coulson and how Fury resurrected him using alien blood. Coulson accepts his resignation and sends the mission into action. Cal cautions Jiaying about S.H.I.E.L.D. but says Coulson does have Skye's interests at heart and offers to give himself up in exchange for keeping them safe.

As Gonzales takes a failsafe device to his meeting with the Inhumans, Bobbi is cornered by Agent 33 who is posing as May. 33 remembers what Bobbi did to her and, as their quinjet lands, Bobbi is able to knock her out. Bobbi steps out of the plane and is promptly shot by a waiting Grant Ward. Jiaying, Gordon, and Skye confront Raina for lying about her vision but Raina pleads that she is telling the truth. Jiaying turns Cal over to Gonzales and Skye takes her father into custody. Gonzales offers a gift to Jiaying: a Chinese talisman she intended to give to Skye as a child. Gonzales urges S.H.I.E.L.D. is there to protect the world from those with bad powers but not to hurt those who have good intentions. Jiaying offers a gift in return: an artificial Terrigen crystal. She then spouts that indexing never has led to fairness through history and will not let S.H.I.E.L.D. do it to her people. She then breaks the crystal which kills Gonzales. She takes his gun and shoots herself, posing it as a S.H.I.E.L.D. attack. As she stumbles out, Jiaying declares it to be war. The stinger shows Ward and 33 reunited and planning their next actions.

Another solid episode building on the events of AGE OF ULTRON while also posing the endgame for the season. With Phase Three set to kick off next year, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is poised to kickstart a war between humans and Inhumans, something that will be vital for the next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I called it when I said the factions of S.H.I.E.L.D. would unite and it looks like that potential spin-off could focus on the agents on the helicarrier as opposed to Coulson's squad. It feels like a lifetime ago when Inhumans were not a factor on this show and it has grown dramatically in terms of quality over the first season. With the big finale coming next week, I am hoping the show can stick the landing.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES: The helicarrier Nick Fury used to assist The Avengers in rescuing the citizens of Sokovia was part of Coulson's Theta Protocol and instrumental in the final act of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Tony Stark's creation of Ultron also plays into a comparison to why Coulson should not be allowed to make decisions without oversight.

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

Episode 21/22 "S.O.S. Part 1 and 2" airs May 12th - S.H.I.E.L.D. puts everything on the line to survive a war that blurs the line between friend and foe. Coulson and his team will be forced to make shocking sacrifices that will leave their relationships and their world changed forever

Source: JoBlo.com

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11:37PM on 05/06/2015

LOL.....

I love to come here on nights where the episodes are bad and laugh about the ridiculously positive reviews for AoS and Arrow. Seriously, this was the worst episode in weeks (and the least believable since.....I can't remember the last one that was sillier), and you give it a 9? Dude.....
I love to come here on nights where the episodes are bad and laugh about the ridiculously positive reviews for AoS and Arrow. Seriously, this was the worst episode in weeks (and the least believable since.....I can't remember the last one that was sillier), and you give it a 9? Dude.....
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8:42PM on 05/06/2015
I'm still a fan of the show and will continue to watch, but I have to say the woman that plays Jaiying has got to be the worst actress I've seen in a while. I'm also getting kind of sick of mopey Fitzsimmons. I miss their perky former selves.
I'm still a fan of the show and will continue to watch, but I have to say the woman that plays Jaiying has got to be the worst actress I've seen in a while. I'm also getting kind of sick of mopey Fitzsimmons. I miss their perky former selves.
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10:07PM on 05/06/2015
Yeah I've railed on that actress for a long time. she's one of the worst actresses I've ever seen. She has absolutely no facial expressions. She makes Keanu Reeves look like the most emotional and expressive actor that has ever existed.
Yeah I've railed on that actress for a long time. she's one of the worst actresses I've ever seen. She has absolutely no facial expressions. She makes Keanu Reeves look like the most emotional and expressive actor that has ever existed.
3:03PM on 05/06/2015

I don't get it

Gonzales' carrier was CG anyway, and they'd lose nothing by having it turn out to be the one used in Age of Ultron. Why have this second pointless ship and meanwhile hack in this last minute BS about Coulson having his the first carrier? Why? Why do they constantly leave this crap for the last minute instead of properly writing it into the story??
Gonzales' carrier was CG anyway, and they'd lose nothing by having it turn out to be the one used in Age of Ultron. Why have this second pointless ship and meanwhile hack in this last minute BS about Coulson having his the first carrier? Why? Why do they constantly leave this crap for the last minute instead of properly writing it into the story??
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10:05PM on 05/06/2015
Because the carrier Gonzalez had is just that a carrier, NOT a hellicarrier. They played this out perfectly to fit in with AOU in my opinion. They made this show this season to not be hanging on what the movie universe does, and it did it perfectly. It fit in with it without really having the entire story to revolve around it.
Because the carrier Gonzalez had is just that a carrier, NOT a hellicarrier. They played this out perfectly to fit in with AOU in my opinion. They made this show this season to not be hanging on what the movie universe does, and it did it perfectly. It fit in with it without really having the entire story to revolve around it.
12:25PM on 05/06/2015

Seasons are way to long.

Why do we need 25 episodes for a show like this? These shows have so much filler and so much junk thrown in for no reason.

This show should be no more than 12 episodes a season. That way it is condensed, things stay interesting and it leaves little time for the horrible drama they try to produce each episode.
Why do we need 25 episodes for a show like this? These shows have so much filler and so much junk thrown in for no reason.

This show should be no more than 12 episodes a season. That way it is condensed, things stay interesting and it leaves little time for the horrible drama they try to produce each episode.
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11:58AM on 05/06/2015
There's so much to like about this show: Skye, May, Bobbi, Weaver, 33, even Jialing if you don;t mind the scars. Mack leaving, Jialing going nuts, Gonzales dying, 33 being bad and Ward showing up, none of that was expected. I wish I had Raina's gift because I have no idea what is going to happen next.
There's so much to like about this show: Skye, May, Bobbi, Weaver, 33, even Jialing if you don;t mind the scars. Mack leaving, Jialing going nuts, Gonzales dying, 33 being bad and Ward showing up, none of that was expected. I wish I had Raina's gift because I have no idea what is going to happen next.
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10:28AM on 05/06/2015
I don't think the spinoff will have anything to do with the second SHIELD on the helicarrier. The spinoff has already been confirmed to be about Mockingbird. With Mack leaving this episode (presumably for a starring role on Last Man on Earth), Bobbi and Hunter leaving for their own spinoff, that leaves Coulson with May, Skye, Fitz and Simmons. The show is supposed to be about SHIELD. So I'd imagine the team will take up residency in the helicarrier as their base of operations. The second
I don't think the spinoff will have anything to do with the second SHIELD on the helicarrier. The spinoff has already been confirmed to be about Mockingbird. With Mack leaving this episode (presumably for a starring role on Last Man on Earth), Bobbi and Hunter leaving for their own spinoff, that leaves Coulson with May, Skye, Fitz and Simmons. The show is supposed to be about SHIELD. So I'd imagine the team will take up residency in the helicarrier as their base of operations. The second SHIELD will then take up supporting roles in season 3.

I'm surprised at how little this had to do with AOU. Aside from the setup at the beginning to show where the helicarrier came from at the end of AOU and the slight reference to Tony Stark, this seemed to have little to do with AOU. Compared to Season 1 when the entire second half dealt with the fall out of Winter Soldier, this had little to do with tying into the MCU. That's not a bad thing, that's a kudos to the show for being able to stand on it's own.

I feel like the show might be jumping the gun too much with the Inhumans. Given how much they developed it this season and seeing how it's poised to carry beyond this one season, I'm guessing that Season 3 might be a big build up to the Inhumans movie. I'm guessing we'll start learning more about the Royal Family next season?
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10:02PM on 05/06/2015
The Royal Family won't ever appear on the show to be honest. The Royal Family will be name actors and the movie is still 2 years out from shooting and 3 years out from debuting. They will deal with the Inhumans on earth and the lore and history so that people watching the show will be so much more informed going into the movie. But my guess is the Royal Family will be using their base on the dark side of the moon. I also saw nothing about Simmons going to last man on earth as he does appear in
The Royal Family won't ever appear on the show to be honest. The Royal Family will be name actors and the movie is still 2 years out from shooting and 3 years out from debuting. They will deal with the Inhumans on earth and the lore and history so that people watching the show will be so much more informed going into the movie. But my guess is the Royal Family will be using their base on the dark side of the moon. I also saw nothing about Simmons going to last man on earth as he does appear in the next two episodes.
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9:31AM on 05/06/2015

Why The Different S.H.I.E.L.D. Factions & Negotiations?

Good episode, but where's Nick Fury? The helicarrier is public knowledge; Fury came out of the shadows for the AOU incident, so he should be back to either take command of S.H.I.E.L.D. or to name the new director. This is the biggest plot hole I've seen with AOS yet.
Good episode, but where's Nick Fury? The helicarrier is public knowledge; Fury came out of the shadows for the AOU incident, so he should be back to either take command of S.H.I.E.L.D. or to name the new director. This is the biggest plot hole I've seen with AOS yet.
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11:59AM on 05/06/2015
We don't know where he is, but Gonzalez had clearly accepted the fact that Fury had appointed Coulson as Director of SHIELD. I don't think Fury is officially out of the shadows so much as just there when you need him. I think it'll be interesting if they explain what he's been doing all this time though.
We don't know where he is, but Gonzalez had clearly accepted the fact that Fury had appointed Coulson as Director of SHIELD. I don't think Fury is officially out of the shadows so much as just there when you need him. I think it'll be interesting if they explain what he's been doing all this time though.
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5:32AM on 05/06/2015
So SHIELD just happened to have an extra helicarrier lying around?
So SHIELD just happened to have an extra helicarrier lying around?
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11:21AM on 05/06/2015
That's the same one as from the first Avengers, the numbers are the same. It was hidden away when Shield fell and they were spending the year fixing it up
That's the same one as from the first Avengers, the numbers are the same. It was hidden away when Shield fell and they were spending the year fixing it up
8:39PM on 05/06/2015
Did you see Winter Soldier? They had 3 at one point.
Did you see Winter Soldier? They had 3 at one point.
9:57PM on 05/06/2015
They didn't have 3 at one point. Those were upgraded Insight hellicarriers powered by Stark's arc reactor technology. The hellhellicarrier that appeared in the first Avengers is the theta protocol hellicarrier that Coulson and Hill were talking about and that appeared in Age of Ultron. As Mad Max said it has the same numbers. The 3 from Winter Soldier all got destroyed.
They didn't have 3 at one point. Those were upgraded Insight hellicarriers powered by Stark's arc reactor technology. The hellhellicarrier that appeared in the first Avengers is the theta protocol hellicarrier that Coulson and Hill were talking about and that appeared in Age of Ultron. As Mad Max said it has the same numbers. The 3 from Winter Soldier all got destroyed.
1:36AM on 05/06/2015

Damn good episode, bring on the finale!

Another really solid episode. The way this hooks into Avengers was much less integral to AOS's story than last year, but it was much more important it turns out to the movie side of things. The theta protocol being the hellicarrier, and having it show up in Avengers was a nice bookend to last week. AOS gave us the lead in story to the Avengers last week and this week it gave us the bookend to how Fury helped save them at the end. Thats a beautiful way to work this show with the movie universe
Another really solid episode. The way this hooks into Avengers was much less integral to AOS's story than last year, but it was much more important it turns out to the movie side of things. The theta protocol being the hellicarrier, and having it show up in Avengers was a nice bookend to last week. AOS gave us the lead in story to the Avengers last week and this week it gave us the bookend to how Fury helped save them at the end. Thats a beautiful way to work this show with the movie universe and why a shared tv/movie universe will always be superior to separate ones. It brings so much more cohesiveness to Marvel and I love it.

Onto the Inhuman story line, I am LOVING it. I never trusted Skye's mom from day one when we started to see Afterlife. She and Cal are just as scheming and deceptive. Skye is everything her parents aren't. I hated Gonzalez's character so I am glad he is gone. I wonder what Ward and 33 were up to too, did they just want the quinjet? I expected them to show up and rain down the fire as Raina put it, thus causing Afterlife to think Shield wanted to kill them. I was wrong about that. I'm just not happy that this season is going to seemingly end with Skye having to decide on either Shield or the Inhumans. I have a feeling its going to be a cliffhanger as well. Quake in the comics stays with Shield, but this storyline never happened in the comics so who knows how it will play out. I hate that Coulson has put himself at the mercy of the second shield even if they are one Shield now. But with Gonzalez gone, maybe it will be mostly him in charge again as his biggest detractor will be gone. Bobby seems to side with Coulson more now than before the big takeover happened. Also who woulda thunk it, Raina was telling the truth. I figured she was lying to angle he way into control over Afterlife. Turns out she wasn't lying and it would have been better to keep Jiaying away obviously. Lastly it looks like Jiaying had some serious ulterior motives when she turned Cal over WITH his vials. That smile and the fact that the vials were mostly empty, I wonder...could we see him transform in the finale???? I hope so.

I know one and only one thing, I'm running out of popcorn on Tuesday nights, between this and the Flash its my favorite night on TV.
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10:16PM on 05/06/2015
Oh man, if we get a glimpse of Hyde form that would be neat.
Oh man, if we get a glimpse of Hyde form that would be neat.
12:32AM on 05/07/2015
After seeing what Flash did with Grodd, AOS has no reason or excuse why they can't transform a decent looking Hyde. This is Marvel money after all. They did great effects with Absorbing man at the beginning of the season and the way that the terrigen crystals kill humans is well done so they can pull it off if they want to try. I hope they do, because we've spent a season listening to how angry he gets but all we've ever seen is some smashed furniture and normal human fighting strength. Hyde is
After seeing what Flash did with Grodd, AOS has no reason or excuse why they can't transform a decent looking Hyde. This is Marvel money after all. They did great effects with Absorbing man at the beginning of the season and the way that the terrigen crystals kill humans is well done so they can pull it off if they want to try. I hope they do, because we've spent a season listening to how angry he gets but all we've ever seen is some smashed furniture and normal human fighting strength. Hyde is pretty badass in the comics strength wise. He's gone toe to toe with Thor and the Hulk and held his own for awhile.
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