Unfortunately(?) they kinda finessed the whole rapproachment angle. Coulson remains the director, but has retained the Gonzales' council to act as his advisors in an effort to integrate the two factions. However, Mack is leaving because he doesn't trust Coulson; May is pissed because when it comes to Skye she doesn't trust Coulson; OTOH, it was nice to see Skye, Fitz and Simmons back together again. Pity that SHIELD doesn't realize how they would appear to a population that seeks to remain hidden, and just what a threat Indexing would prove to be, especially should it fall into the wrong hands.
Gonzales attempt to soft-sell the program to Jiaying was ... pathetic. Frankly, he doesn't come across as the type to make compromises, and he is surprised when his proposed program is rejected. Albeit, Jiaying's reaction was ... well, I'm still reeling from it, though I do understand her thinking behind it. Indexing allows ANYONE to be able to identify an Inhuman, leaving them no means to retain their anonymity, and Humanity does have a bad track record when it comes to simply "getting along". Unfortunately, I don't see SHIELD offering any kind of compromise that wouldn't include Indexing, and I think the Index was the deal-breaker.
Now, the terrigen crystal being an Inhuman construct with diviner impurities within ... OK, that was an interesting reveal. That she used it on Gonzales, yeah, declaration of war. That she intended to use it on Coulson ... that's disheartening.
Alas, both SHIELD and the Inhumans are acting out of fear of the other, and in this instance, I can see both sides' arguments.
Rayna, I rather liked Cal's summation of her. She is resourceful, but she is greedy. She is manipulative, always seeking her own advantage, and her gift is something that can give her much influence. Whether her motives now have turned altruistic, or she remains the grasping individual that she was, or that she was trying to be altruistic and their rebuff would cause her to revert to form is still open to question, but I think Cal pretty much nailed her personality.
Bobbi, yeah, she was distracted. She was distracted by Hunter rebuffs, she was distracted by Mack's leaving, but how could she have missed that May was going to be piloting the gang out to Afterlife? Admittedly, I don't recall her being in the meeting where the decision on how to approach the Inhumans was being made, one would've thought that someone would've briefed her ... I guess she thought it was May, who was piloting her out to the Inhuman fastness so they could scout it out ahead of the regular party.
But, was Bobbi present when Kara/Agent 33 was being conditioned by Whitehall and Bakshi? What is Kara's beef with Bobbi? Could Bobbi have been the one who had captured Kara in the first place?
What is up with that Kree stone? It looked like it possibly housed some of the diviners, but it turns liquid in the presence of the Inhumans. Is it actually a means of destroying them, or is it something else?
And anticipating that SHIELD and Jiaying's Inhumans are going to come to blows next week, just where are they going for the season finale?
Stay tuned, True Believers, and find out!
the G-man Himself
Edited by G-man, 06 May 2015 - 08:01 AM.