POP QUIZ: My heart is human, my blood is boiling. I'm not a hero, I'm not a savior. Forget what you know. I'm just a man whose circumstances went beyond his control. Who am I?
Looks like S.H.I.E.L.D finally got good, people. This was the first episode where the cast, script, and storyline all worked together to produce a quality episode. So bravo on that S.H.E.I.L.D.
The key to this episode in my humble opinion (and I write this blog so if you were looking for something else, you came to the wrong place) were the secrets. A few secrets revealed, a few kept mysterious.
For instance, Centipede. Unlike the Rising Tide (who want all information freed), we still don't know what they really wants. But we did learn that the doctor from the pilot isn't important. Getting killed off really minimizes a character. Instead, we are left with the mystery of who Reina is, and more importantly, who the mystery man in jail is. And who or what is this clairvoyant? I do love a good tease, and that was a good tease.
One secret that was revealed was Skye's motivation: the secret of her parents. Who were they? Why did S.H.I.E.L.D. redact a file on them? Why is there so little information? We did get a warning that it might not be pretty, but I do expect it to be interesting.
We also saw what keeping a secret can do to a person. Chan, a.k.a. Scorch, simply wanted to throw away his mask and be known, but S.H.I.E.L.D. told him to hide his power. Centipede lured him in with the promise of making a name for himself. In the end, his discontentment with being a secret resulted in him burning from the inside out. We all need control; self-control that is.
Domo arigato S.H.I.E.L.D. for that valuable life lesson.
P.S. I'll accept Chan or Kilroy as the answer to the quiz. Give yourself a gold star.
P.S.S. There won't be a new S.H.I.E.L.D. next week. Though if you are reading this blog, you probably saw the episode and the previews that promised a new episode in two weeks. YAY REDUNDANCY!!!!