Simmons is trying to find help for Fitz… and it may not end well.
We’re not gonna lie, it was pretty darned devastating to learn that Simmons had left Team Coulson over the hiatus – and even worse to see the effect her absence had on Fitz. According to Coulson, Simmons thought that her leaving would help Fitz heal, but frankly, we find that a little hard to believe.
(That’s code for, “This reasoning is utterly devoid of logic and makes no sense.”)
So where is Agent Jemma Simmons, and what is she doing? While there’s always the possibility that Simmons just couldn’t handle her grief and guilt at Fitz’s reduced state (and seriously, we wouldn’t blame her – we can barely handle it, and we know he’s fictional) we have to suspect that the plucky biochemist has something else up her sleeve.
Namely, trying to find something to fix our Fitz. That “something” might be last year’s mysterious miracle drug, GH-325. It might be the bizarre 0-8-4 which made such a splashy appearance in the season premiere. Or it might be something else entirely.
But regardless of the details, we’re all but certain that Simmons is not content to let Fitz muddle his way through an incomplete recovery by himself.
This likelihood opens up a whole new can of worms. Who is Simmons working for? What dangerous and amoral elements could she be getting involved with? (coughAIMcough!) And what will the consequences be?
After all, this is the Marvel Universe. When was the last time anyone pursued a scientific panacea and everything wound up just about fine?
Oh, that’s right! NEVER.
Lawless’ Hartley gets taken by HYDRA and they make her into the Winter Soldier 2.0.
Let’s face it. Lucy Lawless is too much of a badass to hire on for just a single episode. For real though. If Marvel were to just let her die (and die like that), they’d have to be idiots. But they’re not idiots. That’s the thing. They’re smart and intuitive. They knew that everyone would be excited about seeing her on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and they wanted to use her badass reputation to their advantage.
So, we postulate that, since she was able to withstand the effects of the Obelisk (which we previously theorized to be an Infinity Stone), that means that there’s something very special about her. Much more than meets the eye.
As we saw, HYDRA is crawling all over the place and they have experience in implementing their technology or science in the bodies of innocents (Bucky and “the twins,” for instance). What’s to say that they won’t do the same to Isabelle Hartley, giving her an interesting storyline for the season? She could be a sort of anti-hero like Deathlok, but with a more pressing sense of duty and honor to S.H.I.E.L.D. (possibly more old S.H.I.E.L.D. than new).
Plus, she actually tells Lance Hunter “You’ve seen what they can do with robotics these days” in an effort to persuade him to cut off her arm. Did nobody else get a vision of metal-armed Bucky right then?
Could she even, perhaps, end up at the all-girls assassin school that Daniel Whitehall aka the Kraken (aka the bespectacled, young-looking HYDRA leader played by Reed Diamond) is known for running? It’s just a thought.