TV Review: “Agents of SHIELD” – “Who You Really Are”

Written by Danielle Sing March 13, 2015

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“Agents of SHIELD” is back this week with ‘Who You Really Are’. Jaimie Alexander returns in her second guest appearance as Lady Sif of Asgard. While this episode used old jokes from past Marvel films, and had dialogue issues, ‘Who You Really Are’ is possibly one of the most important “Agents of SHIELD” episodes in relation to the Marvel universe because we learn more about Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) condition and its relation to the Kree.

The agents find Lady Sif in Portugal after she attacked a man on a pier and loses her memories. The man’s name is Vin-Tak (Eddie McClintock) and he is Kree, the same race as Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) from “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Vin-Tak came to Earth because someone used a Diviner – the Obelisk -, and he wants to kill them before the Kree learn of their existence. Vin-Tak and Lady Sif (who regains her memories) tell us that the Diviners are a Kree creation meant to create Kree hybrids with species of other planets. The Kree’s intention was to create weapons and these creations became more powerful than expected. They believed the experiment failed, but in reality the hybrids were destroyed before the Kree could learn they succeeded.

“There are tides in this universe that you cannot swim against.”

Vin-Tak’s character is flat, and Lady Sif offers comic relief through jokes about an Asgardian not understanding Midgard (Earth). Other than that, their knowledge about terrigensis and Skye’s condition seems to be the only reason these two characters are in this “Agents of SHIELD” episode. While the information they deliver to the audience about terrigensis and its connection to the Kree is important, it’s all exposition. It does, however, quicken the pace of the second season and forces the rest of the agents to react to Skye’s powers. If the agents were to discover this information about terrigensis on their own, the pace of the second season would be slower and it would allow for the rest of the agents to grieve Trip’s (B.J. Britt) death.

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The agents react negatively to the truth about Skye. Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) is upset that Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) would lie to her, and tries to reassure him that her murderous reaction to Raina (Ruth Negga) would be different with Skye because they’re friends. This gives us some hope that Simmons’s characterization will be more consistent in the future. Hunter (Nick Blood), Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki), and Mack (Henry Simmons) all express that they “had a right to know” and while Mack says, “We’re the ones that need protection from her”. Skye listened to this conversation and it has a visible emotional toll on her. Even after she shoots herself with the ICER gun (a stun gun) to protect the others from her uncontrollable powers, some are unsure of her now. Fitz’s protection of Skye continues; Fitz doesn’t want Skye to be treated differently by her fellow agents. He experienced the same thing when he first had brain damage. Fitz is protecting Skye on an emotional level versus a physical one, which is really powerful.

“You’re coming after one of my people. So I’m willing to fight.”

We get more of the subplot about Bobbi and Mack’s secret when Hunter confronts Mack about it. The confrontation results in Mack putting Hunter in a choke-hold until he’s unconscious. Mack constantly states he’s not violent so it’s interesting to see what he’s capable of, especially since it benefits his ulterior motives. These ulterior motives are believable with Bobbi as she’s trained as an undercover agent and is used to lying; however, it’s less believable that Mack has ulterior motives, especially with his kindness towards Fitz in the early half of this season of “Agents of SHIELD”. With this display of violence, the audience now knows surprising facets of him; it’s good to see Mack’s character becoming more multifaceted.

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‘Who You Really Are’ gives the audience what it deserved from the mid-season premiere of “Agents of SHIELD”: an explanation of the mid-season finale. Even though this is done through dialogue from characters whose only purpose was sharing this information, the episode was balanced. The audience received important information, the characters grew, there were good action scenes, tension was built, and there was an appropriate amount of comic relief while still keeping us on edge for next week.

My Rating: 8/10

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