'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' react: May day
Spoilers ahead: Was there just a ghost on S.H.I.E.L.D.? Because I’m pretty sure there was a ghost on S.H.I.E.L.D. And that means that I’m confused on so many levels. Basically, what we thought was a girl with telekinetic powers — so I’m watching The Tomorrow People — turned out to be a man stuck between two worlds, a.k.a. a ghost — so now I’m watching Supernatural. Let’s try to work through some of this, shall we?
After a laboratory accident killed four people, we caught up with the guest star of the episode — Hannah, the sole survivor. She showed up on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s radar as potentially having gained telekinetic abilities in the accident. That was apparently the craziest idea FitzSimmons had ever heard, at which point I decided I really want them to meet a Tomorrow Person and have their minds blown. Really? Aliens are run of the mill, but telekinesis is unheard of? Maybe my shows are just de-sensitizing me.
But you know what I’ll never be de-sensitized to? A nice sets of abs. Cue Ward and May’s morning after, where they agreed to stick to the same plan as before in terms of staggering their timing so that no one suspects them. So does this mean that them sleeping together is a regular thing now? How are we feeling about this? If May does turn out to be Skye’s mom, this is really going to mess up all of my Skyward plans.
Back on the job, May and Ward went with Coulson to help retrieve the very confused Hannah. But when things started to go a little haywire — a car with no driver almost ran over some civilians — May sedated Hannah… with a gun. Hey, she is The Cavalry, right? Speaking of which, FitzSimmons decided that because Skye never went to the academy (S.H.I.E.L.D. Hogwarts), she was essentially a freshman, which meant she needed to be pranked. Their first idea? Tell her a fake story about how May got her nickname. They told Skye that May once rode in on a horse and killed hundreds of men to save a group of agents. Poor Skye, who was being left out of just about every loop, didn’t have any reason not to believe it. Congrats, FitzSimmons, your first adorable prank was a success!
Elsewhere, Coulson took May to try and calm down Hannah. They explained their telekinetic theory to her, but she had a theory of her own: God was punishing her. He had stopped protecting her from the demons that were haunting her. It sounded crazy until a man appeared to teleport out of the background of the scene. At this point, I was almost positive this was some type of Tomorrow People–Supernatural–S.H.I.E.L.D. explosion. But not surprisingly, I was wrong(ish). The man turned out to be Tobias, one of the four people killed in Hannah’s lab. The malfunction at the lab had produced a burst of energy, and now he was stuck between two universes. Hannah wasn’t telekinetic after all.
Time for Cavalry theory number two: According to Ward, May had taken out 20 assassins with only one gun in order to rescue agents. Sadly, there was no horse involved.
Back to the action: It seemed being stuck between two universes didn’t make Tobias very happy. He knocked out all the power on the plane and forced them to land in a field. While Skye bonded with Hannah (and May listened), Ward got beaten up by a ghost until May took matters into her own hands. As she took Hannah off the plane to use her as bait, Coulson finally told Skye the real story behind May’s nickname: She didn’t have a gun. It wasn’t a rescue or an assault. They were the welcome wagon and it went south. May killed “plenty” of people when a civilian girl and a few of the guys were being held by followers of a “gifted individual.” Or they were worshippers. Coulson wasn’t sure. May took it upon herself to go inside the building and get them out. She beat the enemy, but nobody knows how. The one thing they do know is that she lost herself in that building. Coulson said she used to be warm. She used to pull pranks. She used to think rules were meant to be broken — much like Skye! — but when she walked out of that building, that part of her was gone.
And now, May 2.0 was fighting with Tobias’ ghost when she realized that he wasn’t after Hannah. He was trying to protect her. When Tobias was alive, he filed safety complaints to get to spend time with Hannah. He liked her. So the accident was his fault — he had loosened a few bolts to try and get Hannah’s attention. He asked for Hannah’s forgiveness, but May told him that he couldn’t undo what had been done and that it would be with him forever. She said that trying to hold on to this life and clinging to the person he thought he could be… “that’s hell.” May convinced him to let go of Hannah. Afterward, we learned that those were the words Coulson said to her after she earned her nickname.
Once the power was back on, Coulson revealed his plan for Skye. She understands what makes people tick, and someday she’ll be the best welcome wagon S.H.I.E.L.D. has to offer. Skye then went and sat with May in the cockpit for a little (silent) girl time. So do we think this is all a bunch of parent-daughter bonding we’re witnessing here?
Finally, during a game of Scrabble, Fitz walked in to reveal that someone had put shaving cream on his pillow. So who was the prankster? Turned out, Agent May wasn’t a lost cause after all.
What did you guys think of the episode? I, for one, was not a big fan of the ghostly encounter. And I’m having trouble connecting with May. Am I crazy? Sound off in the comments!
Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) assembles a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to handle strange new cases.