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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  1. Lars the GreatOctober 9th, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    What do you all think about Skye? Is she an Asset or a Risk?

    I says she is just YUMMY!!! XOXOXO

  2. JessicaOctober 9th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    My husband and I both thought this was the best episode so far. I definitely didn’t expect Skye to do what she did and I’m wondering what she has up her sleeve for future episodes. I’m thinking she might start out with bad intentions but slowly learn all the good that S.H.I.E.L.D. does and turn into a great asset.

  3. AaronOctober 9th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    After 3 episodes I still don’t know how to feel about her either, I mean she is the geek in all of us and it is through her eyes that we are seeing the inner workings of SHIELD, but her duality seems to be a little too in your face and I really hope her characters gets a little more development asap

  4. JayneOctober 9th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I think Skye is a risky asset

  5. JayneOctober 9th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Oops, the last part of my previous comment didn’t post – it mustn’t like emoticons!

    I said that we don’t get the 3rd episode in UK yet until Friday night so I can’t comment on this week’s villain yet!

  6. HannahOctober 9th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I like Skye, I really think she is and asset, but a risk too. If she weren’t then I don’t think we would like her so much. There is no way of knowing where she is going to go and I like that. The villain… I felt like Coulson, didn’t see it coming… Look forward to what happens next!

  7. AmyOctober 9th, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I’m loving the series so far! Wonder when we’ll get more clues about the mystery surrounding Coulson.

  8. AnthonyOctober 9th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I feel that as of now Skye could be considered a risk, but over time I feel she is gonna feel like this group is her family and she will wind up staying with them.

  9. MeghanOctober 9th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Since the show has started, I kind of feel like Skye is hiding some kind of superpower of her own, other than the fact that she can hack into things. I hope, HOPE that she is an asset, and every time it looks like she’s a risk I always want her to do the right thing. On the other hand, that would kind of make her a typical character. But I’m becoming attached to the chemistry of the team, so I hope they all stay together or wind up back together is something happens to shake things up. As far as the villain goes, I wonder how Coulson will react considering he is the one that created him. I think a lot of things are going to hit Coulson really hard on this show, especially when we find out what he really is and how he came back from the dead. This show has a lot of competition in its present time slot, so we’ll see how it goes.

  10. MeghanOctober 9th, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    IF something happens to shake things up. (Not “is.” Blasted typos!)

  11. LaurenOctober 9th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Guys, these comments are great! I am glad I am not the only person who feels like Skye is a Risky Asset. I, too, also feel like she is hiding something.

    Meghan- I totally agree with your Coulson statement! I think we are going to discover a lot with Coulson if the writers let us. It could be really awesome! And who knows how he will feel knowing that he created a villain. It’s going to be interesting for sure!

  12. IvyMosesOctober 9th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I really want Skye to be a villain and, in some clever twist, it’s revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D. knew she was all along. Thinking along the same lines as the “truth serum”, I think it would be a smart concept if S.H.I.E.L.D. deliberately befriended Skye (knowing she would always have complete allegiance to Rising Tide), let her see what they wanted her to see (i.e. train her, show her encrypted files, etc), and send her on missions to see what real information they can get from Rising Tide. I think that would make more sense. As it is, I see no other reason why they would keep her character on the team. She serves no real purpose except to offer (bland) one-liners and flirt with Ward. We’re only a few episodes in so there’s still time to build a wonderful character but… she’s really bugging me right now.

  13. BenOctober 10th, 2013 at 5:15 am

    The mystery with Coulson: In episode 1 The medical doctor and Maria Hill, we suggesting that Coulson doesn’t really know who he is. My theory is that Coulson is actually “The Vision” but doesn’t realize it yet! Also Skye is a double agent since she has helped the team out but also got that weird text in episode 2! This sow is really good, and I hope they realize they need more than 6 episodes (just like The Walking Dead)

  14. CarolOctober 10th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I’m not sure who was the villain of this episode, but it certainly wasn’t Dr. Hall. As far as I’m concerned, SHIELD has no intention of trying to safely destroy Dr. Hall’s creation, which is clearly what should be done. I would even go so far as to say that SHIELD probably wanted to procure the technology for their own gains, making them essentially no better than Ian Quinn. Whatever bad comes of this, SHIELD brought it on themselves. That being said, a story that villainizes the “good guys” could be interesting.

    As far as Skye is concerned, she’s the “rebel without a cause” who desperately wants attention and approval but doesn’t seem to understand how to get those things. I don’t think she’s an asset or a risk, she’s just sort of… sad, but not in a remotely interesting way. As far as Skye’s future is concerned, I’d like to see SHIELD sacrifice her immediately after she demonstrates her commitment, because I’m dark like that.

    I’m trying to like this show, but it’s very hard when all of the focus is on Skye, the single most boring, one-dimensional character of the lot. If this episode had focused more on Dr. Hall and his part of the story, it could’ve been fantastic. Long live Graviton.

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