YOUR FACE! YOUR BEAUTIFUL FACE!
A mute Melinda May.
Rin says: SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO WONDER IF SHE EVER REALLY NEEDS TO SPEAK AT ALL.
This scene was so great though. Her and Coulson should really take their show on the road.
Sophy says: SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE’S ENGAGED IN SOME KIND OF VERY GENTLE YET IMMENSELY CYNICAL MIME.
But also what an Angel with her Tai chi. Too bad Coulson didn’t rip his shirt off and join in. That would have been very amusing.
“We’re gonna get our guys.”
Rin says: Is there anything more heartwarming than when your team wants to save you from certain death despite going against the higher uppers? It’s pretty standard move, but that doesn’t make it any less amazing or meaningful. These guys will go to the end of the world for each other and that is a seriously strong bond that I can’t see being broken any time soon. Bonded peas and such.
Plus I kind of love that our doofus guys have to be saved by the girls.
Sophy says: Well there’s a Buffy moment if ever I saw one – and not a blonde among them! In fact there is a decided lack of blondes on this show. I’m feeling underrepresented! But seriously there is more Asian on this show than there is blonde. That’s kind of lovely.
AND NO NOT BECAUSE OF MY YELLOW FEVER OH MY GOD NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT THAT.
And I mean, yes, sure, Coulson penised his way into this about 0.2 seconds after that last cap, but that’s not the point. The point is that maybe four is better but these three ladies were ready to go out there and rescue their menfolk because somebody has to and it will be them. And that’s kind of simple and all the more awesome for it.
And man, look at Skye’s stupid face in that last cap. She really likes being a part of the lady team. Or any team, really. NO ONE EVER PICKED HER FOR THEIR SOFTBALL TEAM WHEN SHE WAS GROWING UP ESPECIALLY NOT HER PARENTS AND IT SHOWS.
Or else she just really likes Simmons, which, fair.
Best Reminder that Joss is back :’)
“Before we left, you’re not the only one that Coulson talked to, okay? He told me to take care of you, too. And that’s exactly what I’m gonna do.”
Rin says: This is kind of a representation of the general idea that they’re really not letting the events of FZZT be swept under the rug. I was overjoyed that they weren’t going to let Simmons almost dying be something that wasn’t a big deal, because it is a big deal and has some serious repercussions. And not even in just this episode, but for episodes that follow too. It makes me happy because that is growth and development, and that is what separates good TV from OMG AMAZING TV. FZZT was amazing, but what’s even more amazing is that it was basically a catalyst for these characters to start opening up more and revealing things about themselves that we hadn’t seen before.
Ward and Fitz have some real tension because of what transpired. Fitz resents Ward for saving Simmons, and he resents himself a little because he knows he wouldn’t have been able to save her. It sucks to feel that helpless, that when it really came down to the wire you weren’t able to save the one who mattered most.
What I really loved about this episode was the development for Fitz. Yes putting Fitz into the field is lolsy because him as a character is never not going to be funny. Ward basically took it upon himself to act as Fitz’s babysitter, he’s like a small fragile sparrow that hasn’t learnt to fly and is still sitting in its nest. Ward is the mummy bird. BUT LIKE. The awesome thing is that it isn’t about Ward teaching Fitz to be a better agent, because being an agent isn’t just about being a good fighter. They’re all a part of a team, and being a good agent means playing your part and that is what Fitz does to a T. I think Fitz going into the field and finding the courage to do that is him embracing his role, and trusting Ward to do his.
So when Fitz says he isn’t trying to prove something he means it because this is so far past having to prove anything. It’s as simple as him doing his job and looking out for his fellow team member. And I loved that he turned everything Ward had been saying to him, about how he has to look after him, babysit him, and tell him that Coulson also said he should take care of Ward. FITZ IS HIS LITTLE BROTHER THAT HE’LL ALWAYS FEEL THE NEED TO PROTECT, BUT KNOW WILL ALWAYS HAVE YOUR BACK TOO. Our boys
Sophy says: Ahhhh! I loved this. You know what I loved most about it? Iain’s delivery. Because something that could so easily have come across as a simple pissing contest moment – an affirmation of his own manliness, thank you very much – was more about friendship than anything else. I mean yes, Fitz was keen to let Ward know he wasn’t a coward and that he would have jumped off that plane to save Simmons, because he loves her, sure, and for the same reasons he’ll stay now instead of running. Because he’s a good agent. Because he’s part of the team just as much as anybody else. Of course Fitz wanted to make those things clear to Ward and he was kind of deliciously huffy about it too. But what I loved was at the end of the day there was no bitchy, defensive vibe to it when he revealed to Ward that Coulson had asked him to look out for him too. It wasn’t a bam! moment when it so easily could have been. Instead it was about saying ‘Hey, I’ve got your back, have faith in me.’
And I love that about this show. These people have their flaws – all of them – and they are becoming more apparent with each passing episode – but
OKAY WAIT MAYBE ALL OF THEM EXCEPT SIMMONS SHE’S A BIT PERFECT.
I’m back. All of these characters have their flaws but at the end of the day they’re heroes. And not just in the grand To serve and protect kind of way, but in the way where they save the day for each other. Despite the fact that they don’t all know each other all that well yet they’ve come together with a common goal and that common goal carries a very serious commitment to one another. I loved that they showed, right after both Fitz and Ward were willing to jump out of a plane for Simmons – with varying degrees of usefulness – that they would do as much for each other – that they would do as much for the rest of their team, just as the rest of their team is doing as much for them.
It’s all very reciprocal and unconditional. Because this is a Joss Whedon show and at the core of a Joss Whedon show there is always, always, always what’s right. That’s not to say he doesn’t deal in moral grey areas, because he absolutely does – with more steely dedication than most other shows I’ve loved – but when it comes down to it there is a truth there, or there is at least a decision to believe.
And that’s what these guys do. They decide to believe in each other. And that’s how they make it through.
MUMMY BIRD WARD AND BABY SPARROW FITZ. BEST BEST BEST. Kind of shipping it. In bird form.
IN BIRD INCEST FORM WHY WHY WHY.
Best Reminder that Joss is LOL
“That was terrible! You are terrible at this.”
Rin says: I could not stop giggling throughout all this. These two are freaking adorable together in just how inexperienced they are with all of this agent stuff. They are literally like regular people when it comes to being a cunning agent, and it feels like they’re basically just trying to reiterate what they see on TV. Remember when Skye was undercover and had an ear piece and started saying random code words! They’re so hopeless.
I think the killer was when Simmons straight up talked to Skye with her head down, whispering right in front of baldy. I just. Best. AND THEN SHE PANICKED AND SHOT THE DUDE. AND THEN STRUGGLED TO DRAG HIM AWAY.
AND THEN RUSHED OUT LOOKING INCREDIBLY PLEASED WITH HERSELF AS IF SHE HAD JUST DONE A REALLY GOOD THING.
She is such a Riley in Hush when he breaks the wrong thing at the end and is all at Buffy looking for approval.
And then Skye. The delivery was utterly perfect. TERRIBLE! You are terrible at this.
God I fucking love our kids.
Sophy says: OH MY GOD. THIS WAS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED. I loved that they followed up on the unexpected sweetness of Skye hugging a safe and sound Simmons with something completely different – and completely ridiculous.
And yes, Skye, Simmons is terrible at this
OH MY GOD SHE IS SO ADORABLY TERRIBLE AT THIS
Yes, Simmons is terrible at this, but you’re one to talk I’VE GOT EYES ON TOP DOG.
I think probably my favourite part of the whole thing was Skye’s appalled face, though. That and the fact that Simmons just shot the guy. SHE JUST SHOT HIM. I MEAN WHAT KIND OF NICE LITTLE BRITISH GIRL IN A COLLARED SHIRT PANICS AND SHOOTS SOMEONE?
The best kind, apparently.
“I’m just a man.”
Rin says: HE IS SUCH A LITTLE DAVID BRENT HERE.
It was perfection.
Sophy says: EEEEEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE. That hands-on-hips-the-wrong-way-round thing is something Iain does quite a bit. I remember him doing it in the James Herriot mini-series and I think he might have done it in The Fades too.
PLUS. As ridiculous as he was here he was also kind of amazing. Fixing the fuse to win their trust was one thing, but having fucked with it in the first place to give himself the opportunity to fix the fuse to win their trust? Genius. And that’s why he’s a good guy to have in the field, no matter how little he is or how attached he is to his Simmons-sandwiches.
Meanwhile, as much as the sandwich thing was very much about Simmons, having Fitz be irresponsibly and comically invested in his sustenance on a mission was nice continuity from him wanting to call Ward to inquire about the availability of snacks. He’s come a long way in a short time since then – because he has to – because he realized in the last episode that there may come a time when Simmons’ life depends on him coming a long way. But he’s still made of silly.
Cutest of the Scoobies
Homemade pesto aioli.
Rin says: Urgh.
I fear that they’re just going to keep upping the ante on how cute these two can be and one day I won’t be able to take it anymore and explode. Or implode like a black hole and suck everything anyone has ever loved into me.
What. I dunno. THAT’S WHAT IT FEELS LIKE.
Simmons is clearly not okay with Fitz going into the field and is all worried like a wife watching her husband pack for war. BUT THEN FITZ IS ALL LIKE. DON’T JUMP OUT OF ANY PLANES WHILE I’M GONE FFS.
And then they’re all LET’S TOUCH HANDS. Because they’re bastards who know that hand holding sometimes destroys Rophy. Especially when you look down at said touching hands longingly. Seriously.
And then she made him his favourite sandwich, like some kind of Cameron who knows House likes his Reuben sandwiches cold without pickles. And then it was totally a thing throughout the whole episode!
AND HE LIED ABOUT HOW DELICIOUS IT WAS BECAUSE HE DIDN’T WANT TO HURT HER FEELINGS.
Sophy says: SERIOUSLY THE FUCKING SANDWICH. Like, I don’t think there’s much that says you love someone more than making them a really important sandwich. For real. The only reason I don’t make Rin a sandwich on a daily basis is because we don’t live in the same state. TURKEY LETTUCE AVOCADO? BACON AT CHRISTMAS?
But seriously though, this is what being best friends is about: knowing the little things that will make the other person happy or make them feel comforted or like they’re not alone. That’s what the sandwich is about with Fitzsimmons, and not just for Fitz, for both of them.
It matters just as much to Simmons to be able to care for him as it does to him to be cared for. And it matters now more than ever for both of them because they’re both fucking scared.
Last week Fitz learned how easy it would be for Simmons to be dead and gone from him. And Simmons learned it too. Not only that, she learned how willing Fitz would be to throw his lot in with hers, no matter how dire the outcome may be. If Ward hadn’t come along in the nick of time he would have jumped out of that plane after her, whether he’d got the parachute on right or not. He already did put himself in quarantine with her so he could work by her side to save her.
Love is a dangerous thing sometimes, because it pushes us to our limits. Whether the feelings between Fitzsimmons are platonic or romantic or a confusing mix of both, it is clear that they love one another in ways that make them the people they would die for just as much as they’re the people who would pull each other through a bad situation. That’s why love is scary – because there’s so much riding on it. That’s why Fitzsimmons are both so afraid, not so much for themselves as for each other. But they can’t stop loving each other, right? Loving each other is who they are.
So the only solution is to love more. Bigger and stronger and in unbeatable detail. That’s what it’s about when Simmons packs Fitz’s bag with everything he might need that isn’t her. That’s what it’s about when Fitz practically cuddles her sandwich like it’s his teddy bear.
AND MAN. DID ANYONE ELSE THINK WARD WAS JUST BEING A PLAIN ASSHOLE FOR A SECOND WHEN HE THREW THE SANDWICH AWAY INSTEAD OF AN ASSHOLE ACTING IN THEIR BEST INTERESTS AND JUST WANT TO PUNCH HIM IN THE FACE? Because I did. And then I was like ‘Oh’.
It was still mean.
Please sir, we’d like some more
Rin says: “I can’t be a part of your bad-girl shenanigans. I like following the rules and doing what’s expected of me. It makes me feel nice.”
IT MAKES ME FEEL NICE. THAT PART WAS THE BEST FUCKING THING THAT HAS EVER COME OUT OF ANYONE’S MOUTH.
Her proud little smile too.
Sophy says: IF SKYE WAS FAITH AND SIMMONS WAS BUFFY SHE WOULD TOTALLY HAVE BEEN BLOWING ON GLASS AND DRAWING HEARTS BUT ALSO SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL ‘YEAH? I GOT OTHER THINGS THAT CAN MAKE YOU FEEL NICE.’
Seriously. That’s all my brain can really do with ‘Bad-girl shenanigans’ in this context.
“Will you help me find out what really happened?”
“Dangerous waters. But I can try.”
Rin says: MUM AND DAD WORKING TOGETHER TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR DAUGHTERS PARENTS.
I love that even though they found the redacted document it just brought on more questions and the mystery continues. I have no clue in which direction they’re going to go with Skye’s parents and I like not knowing. That’s the fun of well written TV! Not knowing where they’re heading but enjoying every second of not knowing because ultimately you know you’re going to get your ‘NO FUCKING WAY’ moments and it’ll be glorious. Were Skye’s parents bad? Or heroes? SUPER heroes? Who knows.
But I’m glad that May is willing to stick her neck out there to help Coulson find out.
Sophy says: Sticking her neck out for Coulson is pretty much what May does. But she was significantly less adorably curmudgeonly about it here than usual and more deeply sad and troubled. I really loved that she became reflective and looked down when Coulson told her “some secrets are meant to stay secret”. Methinks Tahiti was on her mind.
I FIND THIS MYSTERY EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING BECAUSE THE CHARACTERS ARE WITHHOLDING INFORMATION FROM ME AND I WANT TO KNOW IMMEDIATELY.
I feel so left out. Like Coulson and May are the cool kids and won’t let Rophy play with them.
Head In Hands
“Sorry? Thank you.”
Rin says: Urgh. I love that Coulson genuinely cares beyond the point of ‘I protect my team.’ They are becoming very father-daughter. For Coulson she’s something that makes him feel more human, and less uncertain about what the hell Tahiti was. And for Skye he’s the father she never had.
I’m so glad Coulson stuck to his word and made sure to find out as much as he could about the redacted document like he told Syke he would. But he still wants to protect her from the full truth until they really know what’s going on. And I think it’s a fair call to make. It might be a costly one though as I can see it being something that forces Skye to lose trust in him.
BUT FOR NOW LET’S JUST FOCUS ON HER LITTLE FACE AS SHE HUGS HIM.
Sophy says: OH GOD HER LITTLE FACE. Chloe Bennett was really wonderful in this scene. I think my favourite thing she did was only just barely be able to get her incredulous “Sorry?” out of her mouth and resort to hugging him because that was as close as she was going to get to making him know how grateful she was.
And Coulson’s faaaace when she hugged him. He looked so sad and so guilty. And of course that’s why he says the ridiculous ‘Sorry,’ because he is in fact withholding information from Skye that she has a right to know and that he has the privilege of protecting her from. And seriously, I can only imagine how bad this shit is if even May is going to express sympathy about it.
All I can think is that Skye has some kind of freaky supernatural terminal illness or something. Or she accidentally murdered her parents when she was a baby. THESE ARE THE ONLY THINGS THAT SEEM BAD ENOUGH TO ELICIT ‘POOR GIRL’ FROM MAY.
But yeah, I love that Coulson wants to help Skye, even if it’s hard to do that when maybe doing exactly what she wants is going to destroy her. He found a middle ground in this episode – omitting certain apparently appalling details and yet telling her enough that she feels like she’s got something to hold onto.
And I don’t mean the information, exactly, though Skye’s face when she noted that it was a woman who dropped her off is the loveliest thing. What she has to hold onto is Coulson. Because she came through for her, even in the midst of all this chaos. Because he didn’t forget about what she asked him.
I think Skye is someone who has been forgotten about a whole lot in her life. It’s huge that somebody remembers and wants to make sure she knows it.
SCREW YOUR PARENTS, SKYE! YOU HAVE A COULSON!
Actually don’t screw your parents.