Episode Analysis: Agents of SHIELD, 2x02 “Heavy is the Head”

This week was heavy…on the action and the character development. So let’s get straight to it. 

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I know people are pissed that Coulson is so welcoming to Hunter while he’s still holding a grudge against Ward, but that’s a very real, very human reaction. We hold grudges against people for far more petty reasons than why Coulson and the team are upset with Ward.

Just like Ward cannot be expected to redeem himself and better himself overnight, we also cannot expect the team to understand his actions and forgive him so quickly either. 

okay WHOA at simmons but 

a) it makes sense if she really joined hydra because we saw her struggle last season and we also know how she is able to compartmentalize and focus on the job at hand, so it makes sense for her to join them if they offered her knowledge and science and all that jazz

b) maybe she’s on a personal mission to be a double agent, not on coulson’s orders, but for her own sake of avenging fitz

ALSO last season’s scheduling was so all over the place that i’m kind of exhausted already by the prospect of having 3 new episodes in a row

Def thought i heard Coulson say “but i fell for you” to Lance Hunter

to be honest, it makes me kind of sad that he didn’t say that

really glad hunter only had an ICER and not a real gun right now

CHECK YOSELF BEFORE YOU WRECK YOSELF BRO

REVENGE NEVER ENDS WELL

ESPECIALLY AGAINST A DUDE WHO CAN TRANSFORM INTO OTHER MATERIALS 

it makes me laugh way more than it should that creel has all these cubby holes full of trinkets

like did he make that shelving unit himself

because little drawers that small have to be custom, right

I LOVE MACK SO MUCH

LIKE I CAN’T EVEN PUT INTO WORDS HOW MUCH I LOVE HIM

I LOVE HIM AS MUCH AS I IMMEDIATELY LOVED TRIP LAST SEASON

HE’S SO QUIETLY REASSURING AND SUPPORTIVE AND SOOTHING AND COMFORTING

HE IS LIKE THE HUMAN EQUIVALENT OF A BLANKET BUT LIKE A BLANKET THAT’S REALLY SMART AND KNOWS PARTICLE PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING AND IS ALSO JACKED

Lance, the bounty hunter with a heart of gold. You don’t fool anyone - you’ll fit right in with our ragtag team.

It’s very telling that Skye blames the Obelisk for Hartley and Idaho’s death, while Coulson (probably rightfully) says that it’s Creel’s fault. 

In this moment, Skye, who is herself alien, is more focused on the alien aspect while Coulson is more focused on the human aspect. 

It’s not just alien artifacts that cause death and destruction. It’s humans who are capable of evil as well.

It makes me sad that Skye is pissed at Simmons, but I also completely understand her disappointment because her whole life, she has been left behind by those she thought cared about her. We know Simmons didn’t intend to abandon the team (discussed here), but to Skye, of course it would seem like that’s exactly what she did. 

I AM 500000% HERE FOR THE FITZ/MACK BROMANCE

CAN WE KEEP MACK

HIS VOICE IS SO SOOTHING

Interesting how the roles have reversed - last season, Coulson would have been the one who would’ve wanted to avenge a fallen soldier while May would have been the one telling him to keep to the mission. This season, Coulson is giving the orders, wanting May to go dark, while she’s the one jeopardizing the operation.

This episode is a very good PSA for the importance of reading EULAs. Because you may think you’re agreeing to use iTunes but you could also potentially be signing away your soul to Moloch. You just never know.

OH LAWD JESUS HAVE MERCY

IRVING DON’T SIGN IT

DON’T SIGN YOUR SOUL AWAY IN BLOOD TO THE HORSEMAN OF WAR

OH JESUS CHRIST

NOOOOO

The only thing that would make me like Abraham-as-Headless better is if he actually acted like he was headless and walked into things and fired his gun really really inaccurately and fell off his horse once in a while.

Come on, show, throw us a bone.