‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Recap: Skye’s Past Is Revealed!

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Mission Briefing
It’s back to school for the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. A rogue cadet at S.H.I.E.L.D.’s research academy is trying to bump off his or her fellow classmates with a nasty piece of freezing technology partially designed by Fitz/Simmons. The team heads back to their alma mater to investigate the mysterious attacks. Meanwhile, Coulson and May finally delve into Skye’s past, and end up finding out more than they bargained for.

The Agents
This week, Fitz/Simmons, Skye, and Agent Ward are investigating the attacks at the school, while Agents May and Coulson venture to Mexico City in order to track down Richard Lumley, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent linked to Skye’s past.

Mission Fallout
The team ventures to the science and technology division of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s training academy, which is essentially like Hogwarts for science nerds. At the campus, Fitz and Simmons are rock stars. They are the youngest agents to ever graduate from the academy, and they revel in the attention. Meanwhile, Ward seems uncomfortable at the disappointing lack of things to punch unconscious. The team begins investigating a lead, but their investigation changes course when their prime suspect, Donnie Gill, becomes a victim himself. Donnie is a brilliant student and a loner, and Fitz sees bits of himself in the student. Fitz helps Donnie with a couple of his secret projects, but realizes way too late that Donnie and his friend Seth, the student attacked in the first incident, staged the attacks in order to lure Fitz to campus. They needed Fitz to fix an issue with their device, which they intend to sell to Ian Quinn, the industrialist scumbag from the third episode.

Meanwhile, Agents Coulson and May track down agent Lumley, who went off the grid over 20 years ago. After a misunderstanding sends the May and the agent into fisticuffs, Lumley tells Coulson that baby Skye was originally a 0-8-4, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s code name for an object of unknown origin. Skye has some sort of powers, and an unknown party began killing her parents and the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents protecting her. Coulson decides not to tell Skye, but has a change of heart after realizing that he  experiencing first hand how the secrets that S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps can be damaging. The team regroups when Donnie’s device causes a massive winter storm. May flies the jet through the eye of the storm in order to rescue Donnie and Seth, but a lightning bolt hits the device and kills Seth and injures Donnie. The team manages to save Donnie, but not before the teen develops some ice powers and an even icier disposition. Can you say super-villain origin story?

Mission Highlights
– “Time will come when you won’t make fun of me for that. You’ll be jealous, jealous wrinkly old hags” Fitz can sure be a diva sometimes.
– Coulson should definitely drive “Lola” more often.
– Now with the genesis Blizzard (Donnie) and Graviton (Dr. Franklin Hall from ‘The Asset”), S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be collecting quite a group of super-powered villains. Hopefully they reappear sooner rather than later.