A mysterious Femme Fatale in a flower dress kidnaps a SHIELD protected magician with the gift of fire. The team finds out that someone from Rising Tide broke into their system to find this magician who was just given the moniker Scorch by the girl in the flower dress. This casts doubt on Skye’s dedication to the team. She tracks down the hacker named Miles in Austin, TX. Miles, it turns out, is Skye’s main squeeze and they’re able to have an intimate reunion while May waits outside holding Skye’s shirt. The team searches Miles’ apartment and a distressed Coulson asks Skye some questions. Miles and Skye are handcuffed and taken back to the bus. They find out that Miles sold the information to Centipede (remember them from the first episode? They like making super powered people) for one MILLION dollars. Skye no longer likes Miles.
Meanwhile, Scorch hasn’t been treated very well at Centipede headquarters. Briefly, they amp his powers and give him the hope for a great life. But, once their research is done they take away his platelets which allow him not to burn when he throws fireballs.
The team goes to the Centipede facility to save Scorch. They arrive in time to set him free. But, he’s as angry at SHIELD’s attempts to stifle his creativity as at Centipede’s attempt to stifle his life. He’s not up for being saved. They try to sedate him. When that doesn’t work they make him blow up. Not until after he is able to use his kind of cool fire powers to make the doctor burn up very quickly and kill his handler SHIELD Agent Kwan.
Skye’s former squeeze is sent on his way with a bracelet that makes it so he won’t be able to be able to do any bad deeds. His ill gotten gains are given to Kwan’s family. Skye gets the cold shoulder from May and Ward when she is about go up to Coulson’s office. Coulson gets hard case on her and demands to know what she has been lying about all this time. She admits that she has been looking for her birth parents. The only document she has been able to find has been redacted all to hell by SHIELD. Coulson says he might be able to help her with that, and gives her a box with a bracelet similar to the one given to Miles.
In the stinger Reyna, the femme fatale, is seen talking to a prisoner. She tells him it is his job to talk to the clairvoyant. So, apparently, something approaching ESP is possible, the protests from last episode notwithstanding.
Finally, we’ve made some headway with a character! Skye is looking for something other than a noble quest for data. The search for her parents is bound to be something that crosses over the entire run of the show, or at the very least this season. I suspect it will lead to painting SHIELD as not entirely a force for good (sections of SHIELD not under Fury’s direct control, I imagine). SHIELD’s good name has already been thrown into question this episode in their treatment of Scorch, and the fact that they keep an Index of other super powered beings they try to control.
Skye is allowed on the team, but apparently that bracelet makes it so she is somewhat controlled by SHIELD. Her place in the team is more interesting now. She isn’t trusted. The trust she earned before is long gone, and it will probably take most of this season for her to earn it back from May and Ward. Coulson wants to trust and help her, but he is hedging his bets with the bracelet. Skye still wants to be there, and believes in the team. But, she has an obvious mistrust for SHIELD overall.
I liked the episode. But, then again, I’m easy. (obviously.)
Stuff I noticed
- What adult plays battleship anymore? And, who didn’t see them playing a game coming with the super serious words that started that scene off?
- “Alright, Suit, you asked for it!”, Miles said menacingly. And, then he unleashed a TRAFFIC JAM!
- It’s too bad they killed the bad guy off so quickly. He already had such a great catch phrase “Almost got SCORCHED!”
- “Now you’re making fun of my VAN?!”
- “The World’s Largest Vacuum”
- “How are we going to get in?” we see May shooting up the zip line behind them. “The roof.”
- Reyna is awesome. The best bad guy yet. “Beginning to think you’re bad luck.” I think that actress did an incredibly great job this episode. She really kicked it up a notch as the episode wore on.
- “How long is this going to take?” “Done”