'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Season 2 Refresher
We never leave an agent behind—gear up for the series' Season 6 return with these primer recaps!
With "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Season 6 premiere quickly approaching on Friday, May 10 at 8|7c on ABC, let's take a quick trip to the very beginning with a refresher because these S.H.I.E.L.D. agents have come so far in such a short time.
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How do you even begin to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D.? That’s the question on everyone’s mind going into “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2. Following the events of Season 1, the organization completely crumbles from the inside out, revealing that Agent Grant Ward was secretly working for Hydra and had double-crossed his colleagues Skye, Melinda May, Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons, and Director Phil Coulson. Now what?
For starters, Simmons has left S.H.I.E.L.D., since it was hard for her to deal with Fitz’s ongoing issues following his near-death experience at the end of Season 1. However, just because you take the girl out of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t mean you can take the S.H.I.E.L.D. out of the girl. She’s now working at Hydra as a double agent, still reporting back to Coulson.
With Simmons gone, Fitz has started a friendship with S.H.I.E.L.D. mechanic Mack who helps him get through some tough times. It probably doesn’t help that S.H.I.E.L.D. still has Ward locked up in the basement, which means that the reason for Fitz’s new emotional state is always nearby.
The team also adds a new ally, Lance Hunter, after the undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agents he’s working alongside are killed trying to protect a mysterious obelisk, which is the first 0-8-4. They’ve also got a new frenemy with General Glenn Talbot, as he’s been newly promoted and is trying to track down whatever members are left of S.H.I.E.L.D, as they still might be working for Hydra. The team steals a quinjet and carrier plane with cloaking technology, which means it’s going to be way harder for Talbot to track them.
Speaking of the obelisk, or “The Diviner,” Raina gets her hands on it and delivers it right to Skye’s biological father, Calvin Zabo. Skye’s been looking for him, he’s been looking for her, and it’s only a matter of time until they meet. Cal orders Raina to bring Skye to him, and Raina decides to blackmail S.H.I.E.l.D. into turning her over. When Coulson won’t cooperate, Raina sends an email to all of Hydra exposing Simmons as a mole.
Simmons manages to escape from Hydra with the help of Bobbi Morse, another undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and also Hunter’s ex-wife. That’s going to make things very awkward for everyone very fast.
In an effort to try and draw out all remaining true S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Hydra stages an attack at the United Nations and Ward’s older brother, Senator Christian Ward, tries to locate his brother and lock him away himself. S.H.I.E.L.D. agrees to turn Ward over to the Senator, but unfortunately during the transfer Ward escapes, and then kills his brother and his parents. Ward is now on the loose. He later teams up with Agent 33, who has been brainwashed by Hydra and has shapeshifting ability, which means she can pose as anyone at any time — including the likes of May and Skye.
The team also begins to learn more about the obelisk and the markings Coulson has been drawing. The symbols are actually a map to a Kree city, and S.H.I.E.L.D., Cal, and also Hydra’s Daniel Whitehall (who has suspiciously not aged over the last 50 years) race there to be the first to uncover its secrets.
Raina and Skye make it into the Kree city and take the Diviner into a temple where they are then exposed to some sort of mist-like substance from it. This causes Raina and Skye to both transforms: Raina’s physical appearance has now been altered to that of some sort of alien creature and later starts experiencing precognitive dreams, while Skye how has the ability to harness seismic energy. Unfortunately, during the women’s transformations, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Trip is killed in the temple. Raina and Skye then learn that they’re both descendants from the Inhumans, a group of genetically modified humans created by the Kree — this is why both women could withstand the Diviner’s powers. Skye has also learned a little bit more about herself and her family, most importantly that her real name is Daisy. She meets her father for the first time, and he explains that her mother was killed by Whitehall.
Since this is a lot for Skye, er, Daisy, she’s pulled from active duty and May’s ex-husband (!!) and psychoanalyst, Dr. Andrew Garner, is brought in to help her out. This throws a wrench into May’s tough exterior, as Fitz actually sees May laughing and smiling and doesn’t understand how to process it.
Daisy’s later sent to a safe house until the rest of the team can figure out how to properly help her and her new powers. While there, Daisy is visited by another Inhuman, Gordon who has the ability to teleport, who takes her to Afterlife. Gordon introduces Daisy to her guide who will help her with her new abilities, the group's leader Jiaying. During this training, Jiaying reveals that she’s actually Daisy’s mother and starts trying to teach her daughter how to harness her powers. Daisy also befriends an Inhuman named Lincoln who can manipulate electrical chargers, and in doing so, emit electromagnetic energy.
While all of this is happening, things are not going great back at S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ. Everyone’s loyalties are being questioned, and Hunter suspects that Bobbi and Mack are working for someone else. Turns out, they are, because they’re reporting back to former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Robert Gonzales who is also trying to form a new S.H.I.E.L.D., separate from Coulson’s. Gonzales doesn’t trust Coulson and tries to capture him, but he escapes (however, May, Fitz, and Simmons are captured).
Coulson, not having many people who he can trust on his side, tries to reach out to Ward for help and while he’s able to convince him to assist (by kidnapping Agent 33), Coulson later turns himself in to Gonzales. The two agree to work together, but Gonzales wants access to a Toolbox that Nick Fury left behind for Coulson. The Toolbox contains coordinates, information about the Diviner, and information about a monolith aboard Gonzales’ ship, the Iliad.
Daisy has a meeting with her mom where she tries to convince her to work alongside S.H.I.E.L.D., but Jiaying isn’t willing to go along with it. She sees S.H.I.E.L.D. as a major threat to the Inhumans and plans to assassinate Gonzales. Jiaying stages an attack to make it look like S.H.I.E.L.D. came after her and her people, and then kills Raina. Unfortunately, Daisy witnesses all of this. Her mother’s plan doesn’t just include killing Gonzales and Raina. Jiaying wants to kill all those who are not Inhumans, and in the process, create even more of her kind. She’s going to do this by releasing Terrigen Crystals from the Diviner.
Jiaying has also handed Cal over to S.H.I.E.L.D. with an ulterior motive. Cal drinks a formula that gives him super strength and starts attacking S.H.I.E.L.D., but Coulson is able to talk him down, and turning him to their side. When Daisy and Jiaying begin fighting themselves, it’s Cal who steps in to stop them and in doing so, critically injures his wife, sparing his daughter. Cal then has his memory wiped so he can start a new life and has lost all memories of Daisy.
It certainly seems like the agents have defeated Jiaying’s Inhumans for now. There’s just one tiny problem with this, and it’s that a case of Terrigen crystals that fell onto the ocean floor, and now is seeping into the water… and into fish that are then turned into fish oil and placed on shelves to buy. S.H.I.E.L.D. is certainly going to run into more Inhumans down the road from now.
As the season closes, Ward tries to gather all the remaining Hydra agents to start a new Hydra, and Bobby is recovering from being shot, via a boobytrap set by Ward, with Hunter by her side. May decides to take an extended vacation with Garner. Simmons and Fitz are tasked with studying the monolith from the Iliad. While trying to ask Simmons out on a date, Fitz accidentally unlocks the case for the monolith and then leaves the room. Simmons, who is seriously considering his proposed date, is suddenly sucked into the shapeshifting monolith and disappears.
Watch the "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Season 6 premiere on Friday, May 10 at 8|7c on ABC, with new episodes every Friday! Stream new episodes the next day on Hulu, On Demand or ABC.com.
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