And while Gonzales might have justifications lined up, I'm glad Coulson called him on his BS. Especially given that Coulson had attempted to reach out to him, and he responded by 1) concealing his existance (though, how, is still open to question as a Carrier is a substantial military asset that everyone, and their brother, would be tracking; and would require substantial logistical support to remain out at sea); 2) inserting his own agents in to spy on Coulson & co. (not just gather intelligence, but perform espionage); and 3) using force to establish his superiority before he even begins to consider opening a dialog.
OTOH, I'm glad to see that Coulson was hip to Mack's sketchy behavior; Simmons being able to take out Bobbi; May managing to twig onto what was happening; Mack actually trying to save Fitz from the break in; and then Skye's ... ummm ... shockwave(?) that knocked Bobbi and the other Alt-SHIELD guy back, as well as her being able to go toe-to-tow mano-a-mano with the Alt-SHIELD Stormtrooper guy; and also that they were incapable of holding onto either Coulson or his blackbox.
As near as I can figure, on the day that SHIELD fell, there was a major battle for control of the SHIELD Carrier (did they bother naming that ship?). While initially HYDRA, outnumbering the SHIELD guys 3:1 (really?), had managed to gain the advantage, the SHIELD guys managed to establish some bastions of resistance and managed to retake the ship.
Fitz-Simmons old science instructor apparently managed to go toe-to-toe with an "enhanced" to protect her charges when Gonzales gang came to the rescue, so she ended up with him.
I'm guessing that this occurred when Coulson essentially went on the lam, to keep himself and SHIELD out of Talbot's hands, and put a krimp in Garrett's plans. Which suggests that Gonzales actually beat Coulson to the punch in trying to consolidate former SHIELD assets to reconstitute the organization.
Skye, left behind in the House that Banner built, is approached by the teleporting Gordan, who has a sitdown chat with her. He talks about himself, how he was treated after he was transformed, and discussed just what the nature of Skye's power is. Though, I confess, the last seemed to have quite the deductive leap, given what Skye was saying to him, for him to suggest that she was in tune with the vibrations of the universe. I do like the idea that once she had a notion of just what it was she was doing, she could begin to master her abilities, as opposed to letting them master her. Anyhow, he left, leaving her the option to decide whether she'd want to join them or remain where she was ... totally different from Alt-SHIELD's approach.
It was good to see Bobbi and May go at it, especially the fact that the whole argument "I'm with the 'real' SHIELD" proves to be not very convincing to the people that she is actively betraying. Then also the ease by which May ICE'd Gonzales, freed Coulson and reclaimed Fury's toolbox was a joy to see.
On the Fitz-Simmons front, I think Fitz actually had a better idea of what Simmons was doing with Skye (the Science Project) than Simmons did. And that the gear that Simmons designed to help Skye was more to suppress her powers than simply to heal her. OTOH, given that no one had a clue just what it was that Skye was doing, save cause quakes when distressed, I really cannot fault Simmons' approach as, I can understand the desire to be completely safe while trying to comprehend what is happening, versus simply observing under more hazardous conditions.
I did like that Hunter did manage to elude the Alt-SHIELD group and link up with Coulson, signing on to Coulson's team. And I choose believe that was because Coulson dealt with him up front and allowed him to make his own decision, without resorting to subterfuge or coercion.
Ultimately, this leaves May and Fitz-Simmons with Alt-SHIELD, with Bobbi and Mack still somewhat on the fence about what happened, and Coulson is in the wind with Hunter.
the G-man Himself
Edited by G-man, 01 April 2015 - 11:00 AM.