Spies and international politics dominated last night’s episode as the team bid farewell to a couple of friends on their way to their first vacation.
Spoilers for “Parting Shot”
So that mission didn’t go well for Bobbie and Hunter. When we open things up, the two of them are sitting in an interrogation room being accused of murdering three Russian government members and working for the terrorist group SHIELD.
In flashbacks we learn Malick conspired with the Russian diplomat, Petrov from last week’s episode, to assassinate the Russian Prime Minister and stage a coup in order to build the Inhuman sanctuary. A Russian General who is an ally of Petrov’s is an Inhuman who can cast his shadow away from himself and make it into a corporeal entity he can control. The plan is to bring the Minister to an abandoned factory which will be the site of the sanctuary and have the General kill the Minister.
Bobbie and Hunter are joined on the ground by May, Mack, and Daisy to help keep the Minister safe. The shadow effectively knocks out Daisy. Mack, after having his ass whooped, gets her back to the quint jet while May deals with guards, Hunter protects the Minister, and Bobbie deals with the General himself. In full view of others, Bobbie shoots and kills the General just as his shadow is bearing down on Hunter and the Minister.
Flash forward to the present, Bobbie and Hunter are going to possibly face the firing squad for their involvement in the three deaths. Bobbie did kill the General and Hunter killed Petrov while protecting the Minister, but the third guy was taken out by the General’s shadow. The President of the US comes in and tries to keep things from getting out of hand because if it is known SHIELD is fully up and operational AND recruiting and training Inhumans, it could mean a Cold War like standoff between the US and pretty much every other country in the world.
Coulson comes in (as an advisor to the President about Inhumans) and tries to covertly break Bobbie and Hunter out. The rub is the two of them will be out of the field for good. The two of them “take the bullet” so to speak and stick to their story as two tourists who got lost and caught up in a conspiracy so SHIELD and the US are not caught in the political crosshairs. Coulson deftly points out the Minister is still alive and his opposition is dead because of the actions of Bobbie and Hunter. The Minister lets the two go free and they are disavowed by SHIELD.
Bobbie and Hunter plan their first vacation while having drinks at a dive bar when they see Jemma, Fitz, Daisy, Mack, May, and Coulson around the bar to give them a “Spy’s goodbye.”
Questions, Thoughts, and Theories:
This was a fun episode. A cross between John Le Carré and The X-Files. Good to see Mack back as well. Where in the hell was he last week? Didn’t really miss Lincoln this week.
The secret to a great mushroom soup is chicken bouillon and dried porcini. Gonna have to try that next time I make a mushroom soup.
Bobbie was right to be appalled that out of all the SHIELD Field Agents, she was the only one who could speak several languages. They are spies, they should know more than English.
Amadeus Ravenclaw Hunter. I’m just going to leave that one there.
When it seemed like May forgave Hunter, I worried for his life. I knew he was supposed to be a part of the spinoff series, but it wouldn’t be the first time a Whedon show killed off a character we thought was going to be around for a long time. Joss did put Amber Benson in the main titles of Buffy the same episode he (SPOILER ALERT) killed Tara.
Even though we are going to see Bobbie and Hunter again (and probably one more time before the season finale), the goodbye scene had me tearing up. Seeing Mack cry is what did me in.
I’m curious as to how Malick’s daughter is going to play out in future episodes.
What did you think of last night’s episode of Agents of SHIELD? Were you sad to see Bobbie and Hunter go? Are you excited to see what their new show is going to be like? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.