Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season 2 Review “What They Become”

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 2 Episode 10 What They Become (8)

I may be a few days late, but I just had to chime in with my thoughts on the midseason finale of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. “What They Become” was a huge episode for both the show itself and the Marvel Cinematic Universe that it resides in, so let’s get started in dissecting one of SHIELD‘s best episodes so far.

So they got the most obvious cliffhanger out of the way fast, with Agent 33 telling the Hydra helicarriers to shoot down the Bus. It turns out they decided not to blow up half the cast, so May was able to do some fancy flying to keep everybody alive and make Hydra think they were dead. It was one of the most impressive special effects sequences we’ve ever seen with our team’s plane, and it was a fun start to the episode.

This was a fun scene to be sure, but it was just an intro to the big reunion that we’ve all been waiting to see! Skye finally met up with her long lost daddy, which definitely lived up to the hype for me.

Kyle MacLachlan continues to be incredible. He can go so quickly from pure joy one moment to incredible sadness the next. Then he goes from all encompassing anger to singing his daughter a lullaby minutes later. I was a little excited to see him fully hulk out, but we never really saw him get to show off all of his powers. Now that we know what his real identity is (more on that later!), I thought we’d get to see him do more cool stuff.

Before we get to the big reveal at the end, and how freakin’ awesome it was, we have to go over the stuff that wasn’t quite as good. Most notable was Whitehall’s death. It was one of the most anticlimactic kills I’ve ever seen, especially for a character that’s supposed to have been the big bad for the season. Not only that, but it did rob us of getting to see The Doctor go nuts on him. I get that this was part of the storyline, but I maintain that it was lame. This being the Marvel Universe, and Whitehall being able to live forever, it’s possible that he’ll still show up later.

It was also a shame that so few of the cast was being utilized tonight. This cast has become so big at this point that it’s hard for everyone to be included in a worthwhile storyline. So for every great father/daughter reunion or brutal fight scene, we have a scene with Tripp and Fitzsimmons trudging through the underground caves. Seriously, how inconsequential was that little excursion? They just installed the bombs and that was that! Tripp going back down was just a way to get him into that chamber, and eventually to his demise.

Anyway, let’s get to the good stuff! So yeah, Skye is actually Daisy Johnson AKA Quake and The Doctor is Mister Hyde! Not only does this finally answer what kind of mysterious gifts Skye possesses, but it introduces a lot of new stuff to the Marvel Universe! Not only do we have two new characters from the comics to enjoy, but we’ve also been introduced to The Inhumans! This opens up a world of possibilities, and is another big step out into the Marvel Cosmic Universe that’s become so popular recently with Guardians of the Galaxy and other Marvel films. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in the second half of the season. I just wish March wasn’t so far away!

Random Thoughts:

– We still haven’t had a closeup of Diego. They kept him weirdly obscured last week, and kept doing it this week as well!

– I know I say this every week, but good for Kyle MachLachlan getting this great career resurgence recently. Not only is he playing a Mister Hyde now, but he was announced to be a voice in the next Pixar movie as well!

– It’s hard to stop from being cynical about the inclusion of The Inhumans. Marvel just announced the Inhumans film for 2018, so you’ve got to think that part of the reason for having them on the show is to educate the viewers before the movie comes out.