Cold Reception!! Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep.12 Recap!!

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Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) return to the academy to investigate an occurrence at their alma mater

Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) return to the academy to investigate an occurrence at their alma mater

A group of S.H.I.E.L.D. cadets sneak into the academy pool when it suddenly begins to freeze over. Skye, Ward, Fitz and Simmons head to the S.H.I.E.L.D. academy where they meet Agent Weaver. Coulson is still dealing with what happened to him now that he knows some of the truth. May tells him that she has found Agent Avery’s partner who has stayed off the grid for more than two decades. Fitz and Simmons are giving a speech about their experience in the field when the same cadet who nearly escaped the pool just as it froze over turns into a block of ice. Simmons and Fitz quickly tend to the cadet and discover a cryogenic device. While Agent Weaver interviews the cadets, Ward, Simmons, Skye and Fitz conduct their own investigation. Fitz speaks with Sonny. In Mexico City, Coulson and May keep watch over a restaurant when Coulson spots the former agent. They chase him to an alley where May engages him. He beats her and tries to escape. Coulson transforms the car and flies to the agent who knows about Skye. On the BUS, Coulson speak with the agent. He tells them about what happened to Agent Avery and Skye’s past. The story has May and Coulson worried.

Back at the academy, Fitz is still with Donny who has been secluded since his arrival. Ward speaks with a cadet named Hannah. He asks her about the device in the class room. Hannah mentions that Donny and Seth have been talking about meeting Simmons and Fitz weeks before their arrival. Simmons deduces that the cadets have staged the attacks. Fitz returns to Donny’s room and discovers that Donny has made a large version of the ice device. Fitz tries to reason with Donny before he is knocked out by Seth. Simmons and Fitz report back to Coulson about Donny and Seth. They, along with Skye, learn that the parts they used to build their device were from Ian Quinn. They also deduce that the cadets intend to sell the machine to Quinn. At the academy, Seth calls Ian Quinn to try to sell the device when he mentions that Fitz found them out. Ian calls off the sale after he tells them that he will pick them up after seeing the device in action. Donny turns on the device which creates a supercell storm directly over the academy. Fitz and Simmons track the storm as it grows. Realizing that the storm has gotten out of hand, Seth and Donny attempt to shut it down when lightning strikes the device and destroys it. May guides the BUS down through the eye of the storm where the cadets are. The team brings them aboard. Simmons tries to revive Seth but to no avail. Afterward, Seth is taken away to the Sandbox. Fitz tries to console him but Donny shuts him out. Coulson reveals to May that he told Skye everything the former agent told them. On his way to the Sandbox, Donny runs his finger along the glass window. It freezes to his touch.

Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) and Coulson (Clark Glenn) search for information on Skye's past

Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) and Coulson (Clark Glenn) search for information on Skye’s past

Coulson has had faith in the system since he became an agent. Now that faith has been tarnished when he learned that the memories he has about Tahiti were a lie. He is beginning to have doubts about himself as an agent, wondering what else about him S.H.I.E.L.D. has altered. It was interesting to see May show deep concern for Coulson. This is likely out of respect but more so out of natural instinct. Whenever Melinda spoke her peace, it’s usually with the stern tone of a school marm. Seeing her express actual concern was strange for her character. It was also out of place to Coulson. With S.H.I.E.L.D.’s deception and Director Nick Fury’s hiding of the truth, Coulson declares he is finished with secrets. The lies and cover-up have gotten the better of him. This is heightened after Coulson speaks with the former agent who was with Agent Avery over two decades ago. He tells them about a baby Avery died protecting and the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who were also killed. The former agent also mentions that the child had powers and the child was in fact the 086—object of unknown origin—they were investigating. The child was Skye. Yeah, it’s always the unexpected ones. Coulson tells Skye the truth about her past despite May’s advice. Now Skye has shown resentment toward S.H.I.E.L.D. so one would expect her to be upset with Coulson for keeping everything a secret from her. But no, she takes a negative and turns it into a positive. Skye has taken a liking to her “family” as she has always been an orphan so why turn on them now. Plus, it’s not like she has anywhere else to go. The irony—the very agency she once sought to expose has been protecting her all this time. This revelation raises more questions about Skye. We’ll learn more about Skye’s powers and the possibility of who her parents are as the series progresses and what she will do now that she sees S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t so bad. Of course they are extremely secretive but she just may see them in a new light. Also, Coulson will likely delve more into what else S.H.I.E.L.D. is hiding from him about what was done to him. And there’s another potential supervillain as Donny has been given the power to turn things icy just like his machine. What’s the deal with lightning strikes giving folks powers?

Dylane Minnette portrays S.H.I.E.L.D. cadet Donny Gill, better known by Marvel fans as Blizzard

Dylane Minnette portrays S.H.I.E.L.D. cadet Donny Gill, better known by Marvel fans as Blizzard

And what’s the deal with the cadets being so daggum smart? Could the top secret government agency be turning out more than just good agents? It seems so. Earlier in the season, we were introduced to a former teacher of Fitz and Simmons who developed a machine to control gravity and lost touch with reality in the process who could come back as a gravity controlling bad guy. Now we got a cadet who now has Iceman like powers. The cadet’s name is Donny Gill; Marvel fans know him as Blizzard. Hopefully we’ll get to see this character appear in future episodes. He’ll likely appear as a villain first before he is reformed (most likely by Fitz) like his comic book counterpart. That is if this happens. For the sake of pointing out the obvious, I have a strong feeling that everything that has been happening centers around this Clairvoyant who’s getting a lot of attention without being seen. The fact that Ian Quinn delivered a message from the Clairvoyant to Phil Coulson makes this undeniable. Now I’m interested in seeing who this invisible master mind truly is.

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