'Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.' S2E20: Scars

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It’s a little odd that there wasn’t too much resulting from the Age of Ultron movie besides a couple of references thrown around and using the main plot as a device for Gonzales to place distrust on Coulson. While Coulson did also discover Strucker’s location, Coulson being listed as one of the people who "saved the world" because he was on the helicrusier didn’t fit. Especially since he doesn’t even appear in the movie.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S2E20

Age of Ultron, unlike Winter Soldier, had little to do with the episode, which made each time it was brought up awkward and rushed. They tried their best to tie it in with the upcoming conflict between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Inhumans, and it did smooth over some decisions. It’s still an odd choice, even with their distrust in Coulson, to send Gonzales as an ambassador because of his well-voiced opinion on them. But it did lead to a very good villain moment from Jiaying, who murdered him in cold blood.

Raina’s power struggle with Jiaying, like everything this season, met a quick end. Raina’s still a potent Inhuman with the ability to predict the future and manipulate others with that. It was fun to see that her prediction regarding the S.H.I.E.L.D. could have some truth to it after all. Cal’s Hyde serum has been brought up more and more often lately, which means we may get to see him go berserk during the S.H.I.E.L.D. confrontation. He wants to protect Skye at any cost and, like Jiaying, people will probably get in the way of that.

The Ward and Agent 33 reveal was also very cool. Ward seemed like he wasn’t going to be a part of the episode, so when he showed up to shoot Bobbi, it felt like a great surprise. Mac is quitting, I can’t find a reason to really care. Perhaps Mac will appear in the Bobbi/Hunter spinoff. [Ed. note: ABC announced today that this spinoff is not going forward.]

Note: Can anyone confirm if Lincoln is Black Bolt? I know that Black Bolt is an Inhuman so it would be a great character reimagining.


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