Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., S2 Ep21/22 – S.O.S. Part 1 & 2

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s second season concludes with one action packed and emotional 2-hour season finale. This far superior second season has shown us an intense power struggle among S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, introduced and developed the concept of Inhumans, and introduced plenty of new and compelling characters, including Bobbi, Mack, and Hunter. Last week’s penultimate episode, “Scars”, concluded with a major twist that saw Skye’s mother, Jaiying, start a war with S.H.I.E.L.D. The conflict now leaves Skye in an awkward situation as she must choose to side with her friends at S.H.I.E.L.D. or her mother in Afterlife.

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Skye is conflicted

Although split into two episodes, “S.O.S.” parts one and two fit cohesively together almost delivering a movie-like experience. With a two hour run time a lot of major events occur that propel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and its characters into new territory. Skye jumps through some major hurdles in this episode, feeling confused and conflicted through out. She even opens up the episode with a fight against Agent May. It isn’t until later, when she sees her mother kill Raina, that Skye figures out what Jaiying’s real plans are.

The scenes directly related to Skye were some of the more compelling and emotional scenes in the episode, as Skye truly wants to believe there’s hope for her mother. By the end of “S.O.S.”, she faces her mother, who intends on unleashing the Terrigen mist on the world, which would cause new Inhumans to pop everywhere and cause the deaths of those who are not compatible. Jaiying’s actions are seemingly caused by her tragic background with Daniel Whitehall, as she feels Inhumans will never be accepted and will always be hunted down. While Skye has enjoyed herself in Afterlife getting to know her mother and father, “S.O.S.” sees the end of their relationship and the end of Jaiying. Skye’s father, who goes through some major changes himself in this episode, spares his daughter from having to kill her own mother in a final battle.

Throughout this season Skye’s father, Calvin, has proved to be much more than just the villain we all assumed he would be. While he has done some horrible things in the past to get to this point, it’s all been out of love and mental instability. In “S.O.S.” he goes through some physical alterations and becomes monstrous, threatening to kill Coulson and any S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in his way. Coulson is able to convince Calvin that his daughter needs his help and the only way she is going to get it is if they work together. So they do, which leads to him taking out Jaiying. Having effectively assisted in taking down Jaiying and her brotherhood of mislead Inhumans, Cal has his mind erased through the help of the T.A.H.I.T.I. project and begins a new life as a veterinarian. As Calvin was never really just a regular irredeemable villain, it’s nice to see that he gets some peace at the end of his story and Skye learns to forgive him.

On top of having a run-in with a monstrous version of Calvin, Coulson sees even more action as he helps in taking down Gordon. Fighting alongside both Fitz and Mack, their goal is to prevent Gordon from stealing more Terrigen crystals. The action scenes involving Gordon and the Inhumans were fun to watch as each Inhuaman had their own unique abilities. One Inhuman was even able to make duplicates of herself. She is later taken out by Lincoln’s electric powers. The battle that ensues between Gordon and Coulson, Mack, and Fitz concludes when Gordon teleports into Fitz’s steel pipe. When it happens there is a brief moment where we think Fitz was penetrated by the pipe, but we then see it was Gordon. As Gordon dies he drops a single Terrigen crystal which Coulson lunges for and catches, leading to his hand beginning to turn into stone. Mack, being the quick thinker he is, chops off Coulson’s hand with his ax. I was happy to see that Coulson didn’t die (again) and I wonder how being handicapped will play into his character next season.

While S.H.I.E.L.D. battles it out with the Inhumans, Ward has his own plans with Bobbi and Agent 33. It turns out they kidnapped Bobbi because she is the one who gave Agent 33 up to Hydra in the first place. In an effort to draw an apology and admittance of guilt from her, Ward comes up with some creative and brutal ways of torturing her. I’ll admit, seeing anything with fingernail torture is a little hard to watch for me, but it helped in further establishing how demented Ward can be.

Lincoln has a change of heart

Lincoln has a change of heart

The capture and torture of Bobbi eventually leads to Hunter and May figuring out where she is and attempting to rescue her. Some major elements occur in this subplot as Bobbi is rigged in a trap that will see whoever comes and saves her get shot once they open the door. When Hunter comes knocking she does her best to get in front of the gun to prevent her love from being shot down. It works, and Bobbi even survives the experience, but by the end of the episode it seems like Bobbi is going to try and take things a little easier going forward.

Another vital scene that happens is Ward being tricked into killing Agent 33, thinking that he was gunning down May. This scene was downright tragic for Ward, and May was brilliant for figuring out a way to make it happen. Unfortunately it seems Ward’s grief will lead to him forming a new faction of Hydra and getting his revenge on S.H.I.E.L.D. I was glad to see that this season didn’t have Ward be redeemed, even though some previous episodes hinted that they might go that route. Now it looks like he will go full on super-villian.

Other than making a major change to Ward’s character and seeing some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, including May, decide to take time away from the agency, three other major factors occur that will be addressed in the show’s third season. Skye is given a special assignment that will seemingly allow her to bring a team together, and the Terrigen crystals Jaiying tried to steal fell into the ocean and are now spreading across the world through fish and fish products. Chances are we’ll begin seeing more Inhumans popping up next season, which will eventually lead to Marvel’s Inhumans movie set to release in 2019. Wow, that’s a long time from now.

Lastly, as revealed in the episode’s stinger scene, Simmons is sucked into the Kree artifact in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s possession. I definitely didn’t see that coming.

Overall, “S.O.S.” was an amazing conclusion to a very strong season of Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. “S.O.S.” was two hours of nonstop action, emotion, and character development. Every character is in a new place mentally and emotionally, especially Skye, who has come out of her whole experience much stronger. “S.O.S.” sets up a lot for the show’s next season and the future of Marvel’s cinematic universe. There is definitely a lot to look forward to.

So, what did you think of “S.O.S.” or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s second season as a whole? Would you say Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has improved as a series, or is it the same boring television series it was last season? Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments below and feel free to shed light on anything I might have neglected in this review.