The events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier changed everything for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Now in this episode we flashback to see what Mockingbird and Mack were doing the day S.H.I.E.L.D. fell, plus Skye learns more about her Quake powers. All this and more, after the jump, in my review of “One Door Closes.”
The Day S.H.I.E.L.D. Fell
We open on exactly what my subtitle indicates, the day S.H.I.E.L.D. fell, in the midst of the Hydra attacks on the Triskelion, in the background of the main story of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Hydra rose from within the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D. to destroy the organization is last season’s mad game changer. This is where we find Mack, held captive by Hydra in the ensuing wreckage.
After reminders of how brutal Hydra is/was, and their Nazi heritage, Mack gets saved by the bad ass Mockingbird and the returning-if-only-in-flashback warrior princess Lucy Lawless as Agent Hartley. Here, they are following Nick Fury’s orders – to save S.H.I.E.L.D. This is a major difference from their present day objectives. What soured this aspect of the organization on Nick Fury?
Spy Vs. Spy
Speaking of the present day, Coulson tries to confront Mack in his usual easy-going manner, but it doesn’t work out. Meanwhile Morse is in his office stealing some top secret Nick Fury device, The Toolbox, from Coulson’s desk. Like in the comics, we learn that Mockingbird’s battle staves aren’t just for hitting people – they also have laser drills and magnets in them, nice.
What follows is something we have all been speculating and possibly waiting for for months – May vs. Mockingbird. Sadly it is not as cool as we would have wanted, more a grabbing game for The Toolbox than the hand to staff combat we would have hoped for. When she drops an EMP charge, it allows for a much too easy escape for both Morse and Mack.
Skye is still stowed away at The Cabin, bored out of her mind. She tries on the gloves Simmons gave her, similar to those she wears in the comics. Skye even tries to call her, but with the EMP attack, Simmons isn’t answering. She plays dozens of games of solitaire, and finds a fist-shaped dent in the wall that could only have been made by the Hulk. Just when the creeps and effects of a Paranormal Activity viewing start to kick in, that’s when Gordon the Inhuman comes calling.
As much as I’ve grown to hate this character in his previous appearances, Gordon tries to be comforting to Skye (or as comforting as an eyeless man can be), explaining the situation to her. I was amazed that Skye was so calm and seemingly trusting, another of Gordon’s powers perhaps? He offers to take her to a place where she can be with others like her, and learn about her new powers, no pressure of course, and then he bamfs away.
While it was nice to see Simmons take out Morse at first, it’s too late as the ‘real’ S.H.I.E.L.D. is on their way, and invading our S.H.I.E.L.D.’s headquarters, and they quickly have a hold on everyone but Agent May. I found it quite sad that Coulson’s team could be taken down so easily, but then, without Hunter, Mack, Skye, Ward, and especially Morse – it’s really not much of a team, is it? And that made me sadder. Still May remained in play.
Edward James Olmos’ Agent Gonzales confronts Coulson directly, making all sorts of whacky accusations about alien DNA, which are probably right even though we know Coulson is now okay. Still, Coulson refuses to cooperate with either deciphering Fury’s Toolbox or the location of Skye. The Cavalry does come to his rescue however, and gets him out of there, while staying herself a prisoner. We end the episode with Coulson hooking up with Hunter in a tropical spot… Tahiti perhaps?
The aggressive Calderon and Morse are after bigger game however – Skye. Just after playing with running water with her powers, Skye gets a call from May. She’s told to run, to get out of there, but it may be too late as two quinjets descend on The Cabin. It’s hard to determine if Morse is having second thoughts or not here. Much like other costumed and super-powered S.H.I.E.L.D. women like the Black Widow and Spider-Woman, Mockingbird has rocked the double agent ruse with some expertise. One might wonder if she’s there to save Skye from Calderon, or for him. When they get to poor Skye however, it’s too late.
Skye unleashes a ferocious blast of her seismic powers at them, pretty much cementing anyone’s fear of whether or not she’s dangerous. As the dust settles, she says Gordon’s name aloud, and just as he deus ex machina-ed her father out of a satisfying ending a few episodes back in “One of Us,” Gordon teleports in and bamfs himself and Skye away. Will the Inhumans finally be revealed when we next see Skye? Who can tell at this point?