The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mid-season 2 premiere left us positively quivering with questions. Here’s what we most want to know — and what we think might happen next.
Seriously, what is up with Bobbi and Mack?
We didn’t learn much more about Bobbi and Mack’s mysterious agenda in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mid-season 2 finale. But in place of details, the case against the conspirators was bolstered with good, old-fashioned feelings.
Because while we may expect Bobbi to lie to Hunter, watching Mack manipulate Fitz gave us some very bad feelings. And seeing Mini Lola, the ultimate innocent, the symbol of good-will and honest intentions, be revealed as an instrument of espionage! Well, it left us with more narrowed eyes and suspicious hearts than if Bobbi had fist-bumped Mack and whispered “Hail Hydra.”
So what could these two be up to? Are they deep, deep, deep Hydra sleepers? (We really doubt it, but the possibility exists.) Are they agents of S.W.O.R.D., S.H.I.E.L.D.’s counterpart for extra-terrestrials? Is that why Mack is so sensitive about the “alien crap”? Could they be working for Robert Gonzales?
…Maybe they just want to change the lunch menu.
Will Simmons come around on the Inhumans?
One of the most unsettling elements of “Aftershocks” was watching Simmons reach the conclusion that alien alterations to human DNA are a plague-level crisis that should be uniformly eradicated. For all that we kind of understand why she feels that way, we couldn’t help but get flashbacks to… well, basically every X-Men Versus Scientist plot line ever.
And those don’t usually end well for the scientists.
The fact is, Simmons is on the wrong side of history here. As the the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mid-season 2 premiere made eminently clear, the Inhumans aren’t coming – they’re already here. And when (or preferably before) that truth becomes evident, we’d really like Agent Simmons to give Skye a hug and hop off the “well-intentioned evil scientist” train before it reaches Termination Station.
We can see it happening, certainly. But we can also imagine Simmons becoming entrenched in her ideas, and we’re really not sure which way she’ll go.
Is Hydra really done?
There’s no way anyone could have predicted that Coulson would basically take out Hydra in “Aftershocks,” but by all appearances, that’s what happened. The never-before-seen-but-apparently-super-important bad guys were all slain at each other’s hands, and Coulson seems to think that this particular burden has been successfully dislodged from his shoulders.
But is that really the case? Aside from being, we must confess, a somewhat dissatisfying end to such a formidable foe, is it realistic that Hydra could be disbanded in one evening?
We suspect that answer is something along the lines of “Yes… for now.” Baron Von Strucker, the Avengers-level villain who was gratifyingly name-dropped in the episode, remains potently at large (though he may be less interested in Hydra than he once was.) Mr. Bakshi is also alive, presumably destined to join Crusher Creel in the bowels of a government containment facility.
But it is the lingering threat of brainwashing which keeps us most curious about Hydra’s continued relevance. The origins of the Faustus Method were revealed on Agent Carter, and we saw the method brutally deployed against Agent 33 and others. Lots of theoretical money was placed on Agent Simmons being a victim of brainwashing, but so far, that has not come to pass.
Are we meant to forget it, then? Or is this idea, like that of Hydra, merely slinking back into the shadows to await a better opportunity?