Huge reveals! Some important mysteries solved! A change in the status quo! And setting up a huge Marvel Studios film - that's four years away!
These were some of the exciting developments during the engrossing.
Please note, this is not going to be a review, per se, but rather a recap of what I thought were the most important elements and events in the episode,
First, Skye finally comes face-to face with her father! This, of course, is huge simply because it has been a mystery since the show's beginning. However, fans should be even more impressed with this reveal of her father as "Cal", because...
Cal is short for Calvin Zabo, a.k.a. the villain Mister Hyde. Tis is a man who in the comics has gone toe-to-toe with Thor and the Hulk! But rather than that just being cool in and of itself, it also solves another mystery about Skye, because if Calvin Zabo is her father, that means...
We finally know that Skye is/will become the superhero Quake, who is able to cause earthquakes! Just in case there is any doubt, in the episode Zabo called Skye "Daisy", a.k.a. Daisy Johnson, the alter-ego of Quake!
WE were finally introduced to the Terrigen mists - and in addition to Skye, Raina was also exposed to them! We have no idea how or when the effect of the mists will become apparent!
This means the Inhumans are being set up/introduced four years in advance of the film! This is incredibly important - and makes the show more important on it's own while always being part of the tapestry of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the criticisms of the show is that it feels like filler in between movies. This events go a long way toward making "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." must-see TV.
This is so important, because now, there are so many stories to explore that might be difficult in major films. At the same time, it is starting to feel as synergistic as Disney and Marvel had hoped.
Right now, there are people who would love to see Calvin Zabo take on the Avengers, or Skye/Quake appear in one of the upcoming films. At the same time, the series can, in it's second half deal with Hydra, Mister Hyde, Quake, Bobbi Jones - and that's not even touching on the growth of all the existing characters we want to see either.
Toss in the possibility Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist could all cross over from their respective NETFLIX seies AND that there will surely be some story lines leading up to "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and this is becoming the show fans were hoping for when it premiered.
Before I go, I have to give a special shout-out to Kyle MacLachan and Chloe Bennet for their performances as Mister Hyde and Skye, respectively. MacLachlan was sufficiently creepy and menacing. Meanwhile, Bennet is growing as an actress and a character before our eyes. A character I once found slightly annoying is becoming worthy of the stature other female icons in the Whedonverse have received (It is worth remembering almost none of them were as beloved right off the bat as they would later become - Charisma Carpenter's Cordelia being a perfect example).
Oh, one more thing..to further tie-in and set up "Inhumans"...
We saw an eyeless man at the end of the episode, who is almost certainly Reader, an Inhuman who is blind but acts as the group's "eyes" - and relays information back to the group's Royal Family - almost certainly Black Bolt and Medusa! Could we possibly see them on the show before the "Inhumans" film?
That's what was great about this episode - it tied up long-running threads, had some character development and opened up a multitude of possibilities for the show in the future.
What do the rest of you think?