Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., S2 Ep10 – What They Become

While not much time was devoted to Bobbi and Hunter, they did have some neat relationship moments. Bobbi is obviously hiding something from Hunter and Hunter realizes it as he sees Bobbi hide a thumb drive from him. Although, Hunter still chooses to trust that whatever is on the thumb drive has nothing to do with him and her. As the audience, we don’t know what Bobbi is hiding either. All we know is that Mac knows. This small secret is something I look forward to seeing become revealed in the second half of season two.

Bobbi/Hunter Team-Up

Bobbi/Hunter Team-Up

Now, while the ending may not have come as a surprise to some, I’m sure plenty still have questions. Skye fails in stopping Raina from bringing the Obilesk to its required location, which leads to Skye and Raina becoming enclosed in a room in the temple along with the Obilesk. Tripp, after disarming a a few bombs he, Fitz, and Simmons planted in order to prevent HYDRA from finding the lost city, runs into the room with Skye and Raina and ends up getting trapped with them. The Obilesk opens up to reveal crystals within it, launches some sort of mist, and finally explodes. Raina and Skye then become encased in cocoons, while Tripp gets stabbed with pieces of the Obilesk leading him to die as only certain people can touch the Obilesk. Who are those certain people? What was the mist that hit Skye and Raina? If you’re a Marvel reader, chances are you know full well. If you’re not, the next paragraph will be chock-full of spoilers.

Skye and Raina are indeed Inhumans. The mist that hit them, encasing them in cocoons is referred to as Terrigen Mist. In the comics published by Marvel, this mist unlocks the potential in certain humans, referred to as Inhumans, to be something more, granting them with gifts. This process can currently be seen in the Marvel Comics titles Inhuman and Ms. Marvel. Surprisingly, Skye isn’t just any Inhuman. It is revealed by Skye’s father that her real name is Daisy. This can easily mean that Skye is Daisy “Quake” Johnson, who in the comics has a father by the name of Cal, Calvin Zabo. Skye certainly displayed some quake-like abilities after she emerged from her cocoon. So, not only does “What They Become” begin to set up the concept of Inhumans perfectly before Marvel’s eventual Inhumans movie releases, but it also supplies Skye with a whole new identity and power-set for us to look forward to next year.

While I enjoyed seeing these latest outcomes for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. play out and seeing more elements of Marvel’s universe begin to come into fruition, I’m still saddened by the loss of Tripp. He has grown into one of the show’s more enjoyable characters and actor B.J. Britt brought some great charisma and attitude to the character. There is so much more Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could have done with this character especially knowing he is a descendent of a Howling Commando. Agent Triplett, you will be missed.

Overall, “What They Become” was a great episode and a heck of way to end the first half of season two. I can’t wait til Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns in March so we can learn more about Skye’s Inhuman abilities, find out if Mac is indeed okay, see the team mourn the loss of Tripp, and find out what becomes of Ward and Agent 33 as they both seem to be on the run together. For those of you gave up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. because of its mediocre first season, know that the series has increased in quality immensely and is playing a major role in developing Marvel’s cinematic universe. Also, keep an eye out for the eventual Avengers: Age of Ultron tie-in episode premiering this summer.

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