Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep12 – Seeds

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep12 - Seeds
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep12 - Seeds

Fitz and Simmons back at school.

“Seeds” brings most of the team to a S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy while May and Coulson, unbeknownst to the others, head to Mexico City to follow a lead on Skye’s secret origin. Problems have arisen at the Academy leading the team to go investigate. The show opens up with a handful of S.H.I.E.L.D. students taking a late night swim in the school pool when suddenly the water begins to freeze at a rapid rate. One student nearly gets his foot trapped in ice but breaks free thanks to the help of a fellow student named Donnie. From the get-go its obvious there’s something up with Donnie. So now Ward, Skye, Fitz, and Simmons are on the case. Much of the episode’s entertainment came from seeing Fitz and Simmons back at their old school. It was fun seeing them geek out and tell nerdy jokes to the current academy students. There’s even a bit of a rivalry between them and Ward since he trained at a different S.H.I.E.L.D. academy. Skye’s just there enjoying the ride along.

One thing that bothered me about their trip to the academy, and this may be nitpicking here, is when Skye and Ward find a plaque containing names of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who lost their lives in the line of duty. Skye reads out loud the name “Bucky Barnes.” As we know Bucky Barnes was Captain America’s best friend who died in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Based off events that occurred in the Peggy Carter one-shot featured on the Iron Man 3 blu-ray we know that S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t formed until way after Bucky’s death. So why have his name on the plaque? One can argue that because he worked side by side with Captain America on a few covert missions Bucky may be considered an honorary member, but hearing Skye say his name just came off as a cheap throwaway reference there to remind people that this show ties into the movies. Nothing more. But like I said this is strictly nitpicking and doesn’t affect the overall quality of the episode whatsoever.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep12 - Seeds

“I’m clearly up to no good.”

Meanwhile, Donnie, who is obviously up to something, gets frozen during an assembly. The team is able to save him before any harm is caused and come to the realization that someone is trying to kill him. After this Fitz splits off with the rest of the group. Ward, Skye, and Simmons head over to “The Boiler Room,” where S.H.I.E.L.D. students gather to let off some steam, and start investigating some leads. Fitz goes off to Donnie’s dorm to find out more about him and be there for him. Fitz sees a lot of himself in Donnie. Donnie is portrayed as unpopular amongst his peers but is still regarded as a genius. Fitz relates to Donnie in this way and ends up having a conversation about all of Donnie’s amazing experiments. Fitz assists Donnie on one device he’s been working on and then realizes he just helped Donnie create a weapon. We find out here that Donnie has been involved in these freak occurrences since the beginning and has been assisted by another student. The same student who nearly lost his leg in the opening scene. They then knock out Fitz and escape with the device.

The revelation that Donnie was behind everything wasn’t surprising but I was surprised to see he wasn’t working alone. We find out that they are in kahootz with Ian Quinn, the villain last seen in episode 3, “The Asset.” I wasn’t crazy about seeing him again. He didn’t make much of an impression on me the first time around and still doesn’t seem all that threatening now. After these revelations come into fruition, Donnie and his friend turn on their device, which is a bigger version of the device that froze the pool, in order to prove their worth to Quinn. That leads to a severe storm engulfing the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy. Of course, the team saves the day and stops the storm, but not before a malfunction causes Donnie to now have ice powers. The episode actually ended much like “The Asset.” In “The Asset” a scientist working for Quinn has an equipment related accident that may lead to him coming back as a villain. The same goes for Donnie. I hope Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does something with these loose threads in the future.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep12 - Seeds

Coulson, May… and Lola

Meanwhile, while all these shenanigans occurred at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, Coulson and May discover secrets involving Skye’s past. We find out that when Skye was only a baby her entire village was massacred while protecting her. Skye was an 0-8-4 that S.H.I.E.L.D. was called to. Although S.H.I.E.L.D. saved Skye from those horrors, any agents involved had begun getting killed off. This leads them to erasing any knowledge of Skye’s origins and placing her into foster care. Agent Lumley, the lead Coulson and May were following, tells them this story and says stay away from Skye, stating death follows her. I’m sure that there’s more to Skye’s origin than this. It’s still unclear why exactly Skye was considered an 0-8-4 to begin with and why she was so important that so many died for her. Later on Skye takes this news as best she can but looks at the resolution as a fresh start. I’m interested in seeing where her characters goes now since the mystery of her parents in no longer an issue to her.

“Seeds” was definitely an improvement on last week’s episode. The story may have been somewhat generic but it added some more to the mythology and the characters. While I may not have cared much for what was going on at S.H.I.E.L.D. academy I enjoyed the comic relief of Fitz and Simmons. Coulson’s new distrust of of S.H.I.E.L.D. because of what he discovered in “The Magical Place” adds a nice dynamic to his character. I also appreciated May coming out to Coulson about her current relationship with Ward. Also, although it was brief, I enjoyed seeing Lola fly again.

The show still needs to work on making me care more about these characters. Of course I love seeing Fitz and Simmons get more screen time, but other than them Coulson is the only one I truly care about. It may only be because some of his back-story has already been built in the previous Marvel movies.

The next episode entitled “T.R.A.C.K.S.” won’t air until February 4th. The team will be going undercover while Stan Lee guest stars. I’ll be looking forward to it simply because I want to see what Stan Lee pulls off. Will he be an important piece of the episode or will he just serve as comic relief?