The midseason premiere of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2 didn’t waste any time. Picking up shortly after Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) transformation and Triplett’s (BJ Britt) death, the team had a lot on their plate. Coulson (Clark Gregg) wanted to attack Hydra, Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) worried about an epidemic and Raina discovered that her powers weren’t so “divine” after all.
The episode started with a flashback to 1983. Skye’s mom, Jiaying (Dichen Lachman), was watching a teenage human named Gordon (Philip Labes) who passed through the Terrigen Mist. His eyes were completely gone, and she comforted him. “I’ll show you the way,” she said.
Another man said they were preparing him his entire life. He claimed Gordon could guide future generations through the change. However, that clearly wasn’t the case anymore. Skye was in quarantine at S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters.
No one was dealing with Trip’s death very well, but Coulson was taking the loss particularly hard. While Skye blamed herself, Coulson said it wasn’t her fault. He said that Hydra was to blame and they would attack while Hydra was still leaderless.
In order to gain the upper hand, Coulson wanted to give Bakshi (Simon Kassianides) to Talbot (Adrian Pasdar). Talbot's government resources would be able to help them take down Hydra.
The rest of the team wasn’t thrilled with that idea, though. Mack (Henry Simmons) was quick to blame Coulson for all the events in the underground city. “I’m saying that there wouldn’t have been anything to take if you and Skye hadn’t been obsessed with the alien messages in your damn head,” he said.
As the group started fighting, things in Skye’s cell started shaking. No one noticed but Skye. As she calmed herself down, she was able to stop the shaking.
With Skye’s near meltdown unnoticed and the team divided, Coulson decided to go through with his plan. As May (Ming-Na Wen) and Coulson tried to bring Bakshi to their meeting point, a truck pushed them into a warehouse where explosions and a shootout ensued. A masked man took Bakshi after shooting Coulson and May.
However, the entire thing was an act. They needed Bakshi to believe S.H.I.E.L.D. had been taken out. The man that took Bakshi away was actually Hunter (Nick Blood), and he explained that Whitehall was dead. “I guess I take orders from you now sir,” Hunter said in an American accent.
A few lies later, Hunter got Bakshi to arrange a meeting with Mr. Bloom (Fred Dryer). Hunter took out Bloom, but it seems the other heads of Hydra may have taken out each other in an attempt to get Whitehall's job. Two men in the running for Whitehall’s old position turned into stone and started crumbling as if they touched the obelisk, while the Baroness (Kathryn Leigh-Scott) was seemingly poisoned.
Of course, Hydra wasn’t the only problem in episode 11. Simmons was clearing out the tunnels. Her team was going through the rubble and planned to flood the city after they were finished.
Raina (Ruth Negga) woke up in the tunnels and immediately started killing agents. She saw her spike-covered face in a helmet and was terrified, but Simmons started shooting at her before she could stare for long.
The DNA on the helmet allowed Simmons to do some research. Simmons told Skye that Raina’s DNA had been changed. If Skye was also contaminated, it could mean an epidemic was on the way and she blamed herself. Simmons believed that no good could come from someone with super powers. The Avengers wouldn’t even be necessary if they didn’t allow anyone to have powers. She realized they shouldn’t be studying alien powers. “I should’ve been trying to terminate it, erase it from existence,” Simmons said.
Simmons even went to Coulson to tell him that maybe Raina shouldn’t be brought in alive. “I’m just saying, if they have to [kill her], it may not be the worst thing,” Simmons said.
Meanwhile, Raina wanted to be erased from existence. Raina found Cal (Kyle MacLachlan). “What happened to me?” she asked. “I was supposed to become something divine, something transcendent.”
Raina believed Skye took what was hers. Cal literally jumped for joy until he realized where she was. “She probably ran right back into Coulson’s arms. That’s the worst place for her to be!” As Cal talked to himself more, he realized that he could help her. “She may not love me now, but she needs me,” he said.
Unfortunately, he was only interested in helping his daughter. Raina said she needed his help, but Cal said she was on her own. “My insides feel like gravel. I cut myself when I move. I can’t live as this repulsive creature,” Raina said.
“Then don’t,” Cal said.
Later, Raina tried to walk into traffic, but a SWAT team surrounded her. They claimed they didn’t want to hurt her. “Either you kill me or I make you do it,” she said.
A blue force field suddenly surrounded her and a man appeared. “I’ll show you the way,” a grown Gordon (Jamie Harris) said before he grabbed Raina and they disappeared.
Skye didn’t quite get an Inhuman guide, but she did get Fitz (Iain De Caestecker). He fixed Skye’s wristband, which monitored her vital signs. It stopped working when Skye transformed. Fitz told Skye that her heartbeat was going at 300 beats per minute when it stopped. “That’s very fast,” Skye said.
“No, that’s inhuman,” Fitz said.
Fitz realized that Skye survived the earthquake because she caused it. “There’s nothing wrong with the data in my head, Skye. There’s something wrong with you,” Fitz said.
“No!” Skye screamed as the lights in her quarantine cell exploded.
Fitz ran out, but he didn’t tell anyone about his findings. May came in after he left to talk to Skye. Right as May noticed Skye’s bleeding hands, Fitz came in and said he was responsible. He claimed he hit the light with his biohazard suit. He also claimed that he had her blood test results and her DNA was completely normal.
Once they were alone, Fitz revealed that he worried about everyone’s reaction to Skye’s powers. “Until everyone around here calms down, I don’t think we should tell anybody,” Fitz said.
Fitz was much more accepting than his partner Simmons. “You’re just different now and there’s nothing wrong with that,” Fitz said.
However, Fitz and Skye were the only agents keeping secrets. Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) and Mack were up to something, and Hunter knew it. Bobbi claimed it was a support group. Hunter laughed, and Bobbi said they both needed help after S.H.I.E.L.D. was infiltrated by Hydra. Hunter was actually happy that Bobbi did something “emotionally healthy.”
Their secret wasn’t actually that wholesome. They were spying on Coulson. Mack’s model car took scans of Coulson’s office. “Fury’s tool box is locked in Coulson’s office,” Mack said. It seems Bobbi and Mack might be working for someone else.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on ABC. Who do you think Bobbi and Mack work for? Sound off in the comments section below!