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Agents of SHIELD: 211 “Aftershocks” Review – Cult Fix
  • Christoph The Sky Sorcerer

    Any idea who Gordon and Raina in comic book terms? I think it’s pretty clear that Gordon is not, as was initially suspected, Reader; his powers are clearly based around teleportation and some kind of force field ability. As for Raina, I have no idea.

    I definitely don’t think Mack and Bobbie are working for Hydra; that would be way too easy and would feel too much like a rehash of the Ward plot twist last season. My guess is that they’re working for Talbot or some other third party that wants SHIELD technology for themselves.

    • Deus Ex Machina

      I’ve been searching the internet for the last couple of days and haven’t found anything about Raina and Gordon. The closest Inhuman that I can find to Raina is the Ultimate universe version of Gorgon, but I’m 99.999% sure she’s not meant to be her. Gordon could still be Reader, only heavily modified, but I’m pretty certain they’re both original characters.

  • ShalkaDoctor

    Mixed episode. I didn’t like how Simmons was suddenly ‘let’s exterminate all Inhumans’. Felt very out of character.

    • Christoph The Sky Sorcerer

      I think she was more saying “We should try to eliminate superpowers in people, since they’re dangerous and kill people”.

    • Deus Ex Machina

      I though it was more ‘let’s cure all superpowers’, as if it was a disease. Think X-Men 3.

  • Gustaff

    I so hoped they wouldn’t put Skye on such a pedestal. They actually called her a rockstar for shooting an unarmed Ward while his back was turned as opposed to apprehending him to stand trial like SHIELD is supposed to do. Her plot armor protected her yet again. Trip died, Raina became hideous and in pain, Skye, well she stayed beautiful and got a cool power out of the deal. Fitz is the one going to get the blame and get in trouble once the team finds out what he did. Simmons will lose her trust in him and Skye by that time will have mastered her powers so they won’t make a big deal about it.

    Did I leave anything out?

    • See, I get where you’re coming from, but I have some issues with what you’re actually saying. First off, with her shooting Ward – considering that the last time they tried to put Ward on trial, it ended with the murders of a truck full of government agents, a bar full of Hydra agents, a United States Senator and his parents, I can understand Skye taking a ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ approach. Throw in the fact that she’d recently undergone some personal trauma and the fact that at the end of last season Ward legitimately threatened to rape her, as well as the fact that there was a potentially world-ending cataclysm about to go down, and I think she took the most logical option. It may not have been the most moral decision and I agree that calling her a ‘rockstar’ was a bit much, but I really don’t have as much of an issue with her actions as you seem to.

      On Skye staying beautiful while Raina gets fugly, that’s understandable from a purely logistical standpoint – I mean, it’s gonna get crazy expensive to have your lead character in creepy prosthetics all the time. And besides, her mum stayed hot even after she went through Terrigenesis, maybe it’s a genetic thing? Either way, it’s still possible for them to show a major change in her and to depict the ramifications of having a superpower, which isn’t shown that often in superhero movies and shows – I think it’s pretty clear at this stage that Skye’s power is far from ‘cool’, and one of the themes running through the show as a whole is that powers aren’t necessarily good and more often than not lead to corruption and general bad juju. Obviously that’s not going to happen with Skye, but you’ve jumped to a lot of conclusions about what is going to happen which I think is kind of a problematic thing with a show like this.

      I guess maybe it’s a personal thing – I like Skye a lot, I think she’s come a long way from being slightly annoying in the beginning, and I’ve enjoyed her development. If I disliked her as much as you seem to, I’m sure I’d also find as many things to be critical of as you do.

      • Gustaff

        The writers could’ve at least narratively justified the shot by putting a gun in Ward’s hand and attempting to hurt Skye making it self defense. Her facial expression spelled out that it wasn’t a ‘necessary’ kill, but more of a ‘gotcha’ shot. It was motivated by revenge as opposed to eliminating an obstacle to make the mission easier for her.

        I understand the prosthetic thing.Ii agree. I knew that before you mentioned, but other than a little bit of trauma which she will bounce back from within an episode or so, nothing major happened to Skye. If it turns out that she feels incredible pain every time (forever with no option of adapting past that) she uses her powers, I’d buy the trade-off as it’s fair. Raina traded in looks for power, the blind guy gave up his sight in order to teleport, but so far, Skye doesn’t seem to have traded anything for her power.

        You’re right. I’m not Skye’s biggest fan because everything comes so natural to her. I also prefer it when the show gives equal attention to all it’s characters like the second half of S1 and first half of S2. After all, it is Agents of SHIELD, not Agents of SKYE.

        And lastly, thank you for such a positive and well attituded response. Most people would’ve just bashed or put a ‘hater’ label on me. Kudos to you sir.