Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD “Aftershocks” Review (Season 2 Episode 11)


The Inhumans are here, ya’ll!

Yes, Agents of SHIELD finally returned tonight with “Aftershocks,” which was possibly the most on-the-nose episode title that the show has ever given us. Yes, we are seeing the aftershocks of the huge events from the last episode, and the big reveal that Skye is Daisy Johnson AKA Quake.

However, it took a while to get to that stuff, as the thing everybody was reeling from right away was the death of Trip. Everybody is understandably upset about it, but Mac seems to have taken it the worse as he partly blames himself for his death. He not only snapped on poor, innocent Fitz, but he got into a shouting match with Coulson himself! It’s nice to see a little more from Mac, as he was really just the strong dude that befriend Fitz for the first half of the season. I’ve heard a lot of theories that Trip might not actually be dead, and that somehow the whole crumbling to pieces thing was a part of his new power and he’s just out in the ether somewhere. Even though I find this incredibly unlikely, I really hope it’s not the case. People make fun of the Marvel Universe enough for not killing off their characters, so I hope somebody stays dead for once.

The rest of the crew decides to focus on getting Bakshi back to the higher-ups of Hydra so they can find out who they are. I love Coulson’s focus here, and how he’s still trying to squash out Hydra and strike while the iron’s hot. I also love that they are not screwing around with Hydra anymore! They tricked Bakshi into killing out the other leaders of Hydra, and then Lance came in at the end there and blew that dude’s brains out! It really seems like they’re cleaning house with the whole Hydra thing, since they really don’t seem to be a villain that Marvel is focusing on anymore. They’re clearly moving on to the Inhumans and more supernatural villains, so they’re wiping up the remaining Hydra baddies to move on to bigger and better things.

Speaking of bigger and better things, let’s get into those new Inhumans now. The first one is Raina, who appears to have been transformed into Naja, one of the new Inhumans. Through some pretty incredible cosmetic work, Ruth Negga looks completely unrecognizable here, and it’s pretty freaking aweesome. I really loved her frustration at Cal about how unfair it is that Skye got to stay her same beautiful self and she’s transformed into this thing. Things were going from bad to worse for her, but she was eventually saved by Gordon at the last minute. I’m excited to see what Gordon’s deal is, and who he’s working with now.

The other Inhuman in the cast is Skye AKA Daisy AKA Quake! What am I supposed to call her now, by the way? I guess I’ll stick with Skye since that’s how most of the cast still refers to her. Chloe Bennett has been pretty hit-or-miss for me for much of the series thus far, but this is the heaviest stuff she’s been asked to do, and she’s nailing it so far. She’s understandably scared and emotional about it all, but she’s also balancing all of that with a huge amount of strength and grace. Even though she’s the one locked up and exhibiting these strange powers, she’s the one who’s trying to comfort Fitz and Simmons. I’m not sure it was the smartest idea for Fitz to lie to everybody else about Skye’s power, as keeping this secret is definitely going to come back to bite him. In the meantime, I’m going to love watching her get used to her powers!

While I definitely enjoyed Marvel’s Agent Carter while it lasted, I’m excited to have SHIELD back and firing on all cylinders like it was tonight. What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments section below!

Random Thoughts:

– I had no idea that Cactus Cooler was only sold in California! I’ve lived in California all my life, and it’s always been in steady supply around here so I just assumed it was sold everywhere else.

– As soon as Coulson yelled “They’ll never take us alive!” I just knew they were faking it. That was way too goofy and over the top to be real, but I loved his comeback to May about her making everybody silent if she wrote the script.

– Seriously, how many random SHIELD agents work at Coulson’s base? There was a bunch of extras that got fake shot by May, and then another that gave Skye a shot.