Reviewed By Eric Switzer. This week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Lady Sif returns on another man hunt, this time for a Kree warrior on an unknown to erase some minds, including Sif’s, with a magic truncheon. ‘Who You Really Are” first seems like a one off episode but it actually deepens the inhuman mythology in a big way and impresses with just the right amount of twisty-turny plotting. You don’t have to say “Lady Sif episode” twice to get my attention, but I was pretty pleased with this episode as a whole.
One thing I’ve always really appreciated about “Shield” is that it doesn’t drag out the inevitable. The status quo generally shifts just before you get fed up with waiting for Coulson to find out about X or the bad guy to do Y, so I’m grateful that Skye’s transformation is out in the open now. If only the same could be said about Mac and Bobbi. I detest their B plot in this and every episode, carefully circling around a big reveal, dropping hints in the worst “Lost”-esque fashion. I’m over it. I was over it from the start. Their reveal
better be catastrophic or bring in a major character. Even if that is the case, I think the way they’ve dragged things out was poorly executed. If this is something that’s meant to be timed with “Avengers 2” I’m going to be frustrated.
The Inhumans mythos is deep and complex and opens so many doors for the MCU. I’m glad they are using the series as a way to introduce these big ideas before the film. This episode took a familiar “violent meta on the run” formula and subverted expectations to tie it back into the season arc in a unique way. This was a big episode and things developed here that are going to impact the future of the MCU, that’s what I love about this connected film universe.
-Lady Sif duh
-We have Kree contact!
-May: “Skye, do you wanna talk to us?”
-Didn’t have to wait for Skye’s secret to come out
-Still waiting for Mac and Bobbi’s though…
-That truncheon looked ridiculous
What did you think of Who You Really Are? Are you happy to see Lady Sif make another appearance? What character from the MCU do you want to see next?
Eric Switzer is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles. His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality. He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at email@example.com.