This episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. actually pushes the Marvel universe forward in quite a big way. Although not as entertaining as some of the more action-oriented/comedy-ridden episodes of the past few weeks, we learn quite a bit about what to expect, not only from S.H.I.E.L.D., but from Marvel in general.
There’s plenty to dissect here, so let’s go with the obvious. We’re thrown back and forth between Agent Carter’s time to the present. In both eras Daniel Whitehall is around, and in both he’s out to learn the secret of the Obelisk, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s first 0-8-4. It’s proper name being the Diviner. This Diviner has a way of choosing certain individuals who are immune to its effects. The Asian woman whom the Diviner chose as worthy is later dissected after she is discovered to have unnatural long life, and then her organs are transplanted into Whitehall’s body – giving him that same unnatural edge.
Along with Whitehall, Skye’s father is thrown into the mix, divulging a vast array of knowledge when it comes to the Obelisk and its origins. We learn that ancient blue aliens came to earth to conquer and/or destroy life. Although they’re never named, we can assume these are the same blue aliens as was the blue body that Coulson discovers last year. This species is almost certainly going to be the Kree. We also learn the Diviner is less of a weapon and more of a key – the key to an ancient temple inside a hidden city. Well friends. I think this may be the first we learn about the Inhumans, and their ancient city of Attilan. Could Skye be one of them? We learn that it’s actually her mother that was the one murdered by Whitehall. And we now know Skye isn’t her real name.
On the Ward family front, Grant confronts Christian and takes him out to see the old well that his parents covered up. After a shaking up, a bit of a beating, and some digging up of past memories, Christian is willing to finally admit it was his fault their baby brother died. This gives Ward some peace of mind, just before he apparently kills him off camera, along with their two parents. Damn. I really liked Ward. There’s really no coming back after you kill your whole family though. I think that just about negates any chance of him rejoining the old team, even though I believe in his twisted head of lies he’s still fighting for S.H.I.E.L.D.