“Seeds” is exactly the type of episode we have been waiting for “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” to deliver. Easily the best episode on the show since “FZZT,” the fast-moving episode introduces a new facet of SHIELD, resolves an aspect of Skye’s mystery in an interesting way and launches a new supervillain.
It also made FitzSimmons the most popular kids at SHIELD Academy, which leads us to the realization that “Agents of SHIELD” is somehow at its best when it focuses on these two characters. Maybe it’s the easy chemistry Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker have or maybe it’s just that their characters are the most likeable, but these two episodes that have put them at the forefront have been our favorites.
The pair is summoned back to the SHIELD Academy — sort of the Hogwarts for SHIELD newbies — to investigate an incident where a mysterious object caused a pool to freeze almost instantaneously. As it turns out, the accident was really a ploy set up by Donnie Gill (Dylan Minnette) for him to draw in Fitz so the SHIELD agent could help him fix a problem with his battery, which powers a larger version of the ice-making machine.
In a not-so-surprising twist, Donnie and his one friend at school Seth (Daniel Zovatto) had made a deal with Ian Quinn to sell the larger version of the machine. Donnie uses a suggestion Fitz gave him to solve his problem, but by turning on the machine sets off a huge ice storm — and kills Tad. During an accident while trying to stop his creation, Donnie absorbs the machine’s power and thus the supervillain Blizzard is born.
Interestingly enough, Quinn was also present for the birth of “Agents of SHIELD’s” other Marvel comics supervillain, Graviton. It was revealed at the end of this episode that Quinn is working with the Clairvoyant, so maybe their plan is to create a whole posse of supervillains. Coincidence doesn’t seem likely in this fantasy-filled comic book world.
But on to the more interesting aspect of “Seeds”: The explanation of Skye’s “mother” and her redacted files. According to former agent Richard Lumley (Boyd Kestner), Agent Avery — the SHIELD agent who Skye thought might be her mother — was actually an agent who was killed trying to keep Skye a secret.
Avery and Lumley had found a baby — an object of unknown origin thought to have powers — in the arms of a dead senior agent, and realized that those around them also connected to the mysterious child were slowly being killed. Avery redacted the files about the baby and sent Skye bopping around the foster system in an attempt to protect her and was later killed for her role in Skye’s life.
Against May’s advice, Coulson tells Skye the truth about her origins. Clearly this flouting of SHIELD authority is a response to his learning the organization had been lying to him about his death in “The Magical Place,” and it turns out he made the right call. Though Skye was initially distraught by the realization that she was the cause of so many deaths, she also realized SHIELD had been protecting her all along. While she once thought she was unwanted and an outcast, she now knows she has always been a part of the SHIELD family.
Skye says her mystery is resolved, but it’s really not. Does she really have powers? Where is she from? Is she an alien, or just some unlucky kid? Who was killing the agents? And is this somehow connected to the Clairvoyant?
Beyond all these really cool elements of “Agents of SHIELD,” the funniest moment of “Seeds” was a more personal one. May’s admission to Coulson that she and Ward are hooking up is hilarious, and Coulson takes it in stride surprisingly well. Hopefully we get to see some more of the Mayward romance in future episodes.
Did you like “Seeds” as much as we did?