[Warning! This article contains SPOILERS for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!]
ABC and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has only just entered its second season, and it's about to be one of a crowd of comic book-based television properties. Unlike the recently-debuted Gotham on Fox, NBC's upcoming Constantine or even the CW's Arrow/The Flash continuity, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. must tie into an established cinematic universe while finding its own voice.
With episode 2 of season 2 arguably delivering on its late-first season promise, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. appears to have established a solid narrative from within and is poised to contain some dynamic storytelling from here on out. The intriguing new additions to the cast only augment the sense that there are plenty of surprises in store.
Aside from the ongoing mystery of what's wrong with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s new director, Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), the season 1 finale also left us hanging when it came to the fate of tech wizard Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) - promo images revealed him to be alive and well, but as we've seen in the season's first two episodes, he's also a bit cracked, having invented an imaginary Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) to compensate for what he can't remember or articulate.
Which leads to the big questions still on our minds: What happened to Simmons? Why would she leave Fitz's side? Where is she now? Thanks to the clip below, courtesy of TV Guide, we know a bit more than we did before.
It appears that Simmons is now working in a Hydra lab. While a promo for season two's third episode 'Making Friends and Influencing People' hinted that Simmons' allegiance may not be with S.H.I.E.L.D. any longer, this clip confirms that she is now firmly with the enemy.
Is this a permanent shift for Simmons' character? Fans will likely want to think not, but with the latest episode's reveal of some surprising story elements - Agent May's knowledge of Coulson's "episodes," for example - we have to wonder if it's time to reevaluate what we knew about Simmons. It seemed unthinkable that she would leave Fitz's side, but she did.
Did Coulson plant her among the enemy for his own purposes? Wouldn't Hydra see that coming? This level of intrigue arguably proves that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has found a way to be truly self-contained even as it references the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. As for Simmons - we'll find out where her heart lies soon enough.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns next Tuesday with “Making Friends and Influencing People” @9pm on ABC.
Source: TV Guide