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Oh, The Inhumanity!

December 28, 2014

WARNING!  HERE BE SPOILERS!  If you haven’t watched the last few episodes of Agents of SHIELD yet, I suggest you don’t read what follows.  Maybe you should go and look for some cute cat videos or pornography instead, or perhaps read the comments on a few Youtube clips – go on, there’s a big wide internet out there for you to enjoy without ruining your enjoyment of a rather ace TV show.

Still here?

Then let’s carry on…

I finally managed to catch up with the mid-season finale for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, and I’m pleased to report that it was jolly good fun. The season so far has been rather excellent overall, I’d say.  It’s been a good mix of action and character development and for my money it’s been paced just right – it hasn’t moved so fast that it’s felt rushed, but it hasn’t descended into super-slow motion tar like the first half of season two of The Walking Dead, which is always a bonus.

The high point for me was the confirmation that Skye and Raina are in fact examples of everyone’s favorite Kree genetic experiment, the Inhumans.  Geekdom have long suspected this to be the case, but when the Diviner cracked open to reveal what were undoubtedly Terrigen crystals the theory was pretty much confirmed.   One quick bath in the Terrigen mists later (which are, of course, toxic to humans like the dearly departed Agent Triplett) and Skye and Raina are ready to emerge from their cocoons as fully fledged Inhumans.  This leads us invariably to wonder what special abilities our super-powered (and possibly horribly mutated)  butterflies will develop.  I guess we have to wait till the spring to find out, right?

Or do we?

I’m just spitballing here, but I think this episode may have contained some big clues as to the powers that Skye will acquire.  I know the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes some pretty significant deviations on occasion from the comic versions of the characters, but I think there’s a couple of interesting parallels showing up that deserve our attention.

Skye’s father (played by the ever popular Trey-From-Sex-In-The-City-Muad’dib-Twin-Peaks-Bloke) confirmed his name was Cal, and that Skye’s real name was Daisy.  This would seem to indicate that the good Doctor is in fact Calvin Zabo, AKA Mr Hyde, who in the comics had an illegitimate  daughter by the name of Daisy Johnson.  That Skye’s dad is Hyde is supported by his medical training and murderous short temper, so I’m pretty confident on that front.  Now, the comic version of Daisy acquired seismic superpowers via her dad’s mutated DNA and ended up working for SHIELD using the nom-de-guerre Quake.   Could Skye be shortly making the earth move with earthshaking superpowers?  She did seem to break her cocoon with a bit of boom, after all…

Also, let’s not forget that Marvel have confirmed that an Inhumans movie is in development for a 2018 release and given the interconnected nature of the Marvel products it’s not unreasonable to assume that the SHIELD TV series will contribute in some way to that movie, what with all the Terrigen action they’ve got going on.  But given the distant release date for the movie, it doesn’t seem likely that we’ll be getting a Vin-Diesel-as-Black-Bolt cameo on the show any time soon – the movie must surely be at a very early stage of development at the moment.  But there is a slim chance that we already have our first member of the main cast confirmed.  If Skye does develop quake based powers then comparisons to the earth-shaking Inhuman Royal family member known as Gorgon are inevitable.  ‘Hang on a minute,’ I hear you cry, ‘isn’t Gorgon a big hairy bloke with a beard?’ Indeed the normal 616 Gorgon is a burly hirsute fellow, but It should be noted that the MCU has been known to take a fair few cues from the Ultimates Universe (Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, for example) and I’m pretty sure that the Ultimate version of the character was in fact female.

So, is Skye going to rock our world with a simple stamp of her foot?  Will she be on the big screen in 2018 with a bunch of weirdos that live in a hidden city in the Himalayas with a teleporting dog?  Will she develop great big cloven hooves that will mean she has to throw all her shoes out because they won’t fit?

It’s a possibility, I think.  Of course,  it could be that I’ve got it completely wrong and I’m just spouting utter bollocks. Either way, I’m sure we’ll know more when the second half of the season kicks off.  Spring seems a long way away at the moment, but judging by what we’ve seen so far it’s going to be worth waiting for.

 

Edit 29/12/14 – A friend has pointed me in the direction of an interview with the writing team from the show that can be found here that came out shortly after the mid-season finale aired in the US.  It looks like I’m way behind the curve on the whole Calvin Zabo / Daisy Johnson thing, but at least it’s nice to know I’m right on that point.  It’s also nice to see words like ‘Terrigen Mists’ being used by the writers themselves.  And who knows, I could still be on to something with my Gorgon theory…

 

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