Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Asset or Risk?
By Lauren Petterson (@Pixidustdprops)
We all know S.H.I.E.L.D. has a habit for finding not-so-stable agents. I mean they partner with one who turns into an angry green giant of fun. So it shouldn’t surprise us that S.H.I.E.L.D. is drawn to Skye in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series. She’s smart and knows how to hack her way into shareholder’s event, but she’s also a part of a group that wants to reveal S.H.I.E.L.D. for what they really are. So is Skye an asset or a risk?
This week we saw Skye flip flop between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Ian Quinn’s possible job offer. Last week we saw Skye text the Rising Tide that she was in for one of their upcoming schemes. However, we also saw Skye become determined and proclaim that she really wants to be a part of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. What’s a girl to do with all these awesome options open to her?
What do you think?
Coulson first proclaimed Skye as a possible huge asset. S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t know anything about her aside from the fact that she is a part of the Rising Tide and has no family. They don’t know her history or back story. People like Skye are rare. Perhaps if they give her something to fight for, she’ll come through. However, Coulson also tells Dr. Fury that he knows that Skye is a risk. She’s not stable and she hasn’t sworn off the Rising Tide. Skye also can’t decide if being a part of this team is really what she wants. It looks like fun, but it stands for everything she is against.
I can’t decide how I feel about Skye. A part of me wants her to fully invest in S.H.I.E.L.D. and to commit. If she does this, she’ll be a part of something bigger than herself, learn awesome secrets and let her Sci-Fi geek loose, and perhaps have a shot at some romance with Agent Ward (is that allowed?). The other part of me wants her to be a risk. It would cause some serious drama if she was just taking S.H.I.E.L.D. for all the money in the world. It would create an interesting rift in the team and with Coulson and his superiors. It could be really interesting twist in the plot. One thing is for sure, heroes of any kind cannot run from their past. Her past is sure to catch up with her at some point and I’m interested to see what it offers us.
I know that the character of Skye was developed this way for a reason. Maybe the writers don’t know what they want Skye to be, but they want to give her options. Maybe they know exactly what she will be and they want us to figure it out and make our own decisions. I just wish I could make my own decision about her.
What do you all think about Skye? Is she an Asset or a Risk?
And while we are talking about assets and risks, what did you all think of this week’s villain? An asset turned into a 110% risk. The end of the
episode leaves promise that we haven’t seen the last of Dr. Hall.
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