After the finale that we were left with for season 1, I wasn’t really sure if they would be able to write/produce something that left me wanting more (this was also amplified by the lack of purpose for most of the season…) But I’m happy to say that they were able to achieve this. I did wonder how they were going to use the “powered people” so that they became a more regular feature and also what would go down with Skye’s Mum (who I still think of as Summer from Neighbours! Even after Dollhouse that’s all I can think of!)
The “2 hour” long special started with the destruction of the safe place for the powered people to live. The betrayal from the previous episode slowly worsened over time and at first I thought that it was solely Jiaying who was to blame but it seemed that the unfolding and planning of the treachery was happening off screen. It’s interesting to see how a marginalised and frightened group can quickly jump to the idea of violence and war if they feel it’s the only way to be safe. I’m sure that is has some sort of profound social commentary but I’m not exactly sure how to put it into words.
There were a lot of twists and turns and it definitely was able to keep my attention held for the entire hour and 20 minutes, which is not something that has happened for a long time. I’m guessing the fact I watched it on a plane may have had more to help with that than solely the episode itself. By the way, as a random aside I’m trying to keep this as spoiler free as possible as I know how much I hate it when I see a spoiler by accident! But if I accidentally slip then I am so very sorry!
I think I was more intrigued by the story line involving Bobbie’s kidnap as I was intrigued as to why Grant and Agent 33 (yes I have forgotten her actual name) wanted to take her hostage and what it was that she had done to Agent 33 to warrant this sort of treatment. SPOILER HERE the scenes of torture that they use to get her to confess to her crimes shows true resilience and it made me really appreciation how strong the female characters are in this programme. I think the first season let down the female characters a little, but I also think it let all the characters down a little.
I’m really glad that I stuck with this show as it was one of those that had potential but sometimes it takes a while to work out all the kinks and get it running smoothly and with true entertainment. Even though, I do admit that I was a bit confused with where they were going to take the programme with the plot of the stone and the aliens. It seemed a little far-fetched and this was a spin off show to the Avengers and all the other Marvel films…. If a plot seems a little far-fetched in a genre like this then you know that you need some serious explanation as to what is happening and why.
Personally, the last 10/15 minutes were the most exciting for me as so much happened! I did not expect any of it and the last scene has left me in shock and I can’t wait for the next season to start now. I honestly don’t know how I am going to cope with waiting for it now that there is around a 4 month gap. I had forgotten what it was like to have to wait for a series to return as I have spent a lot of time watching a few seasons in a row!
Also after having read up some of the information online since the airing of this episode it turns out that one of the characters actually did die in the last few minutes…. I still don’t really know how to process this information. But it has made my anticipation for the next series increase as I am hoping that the writers and producers have fed us a false line and it’s changed somehow.