Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (2013) season 2, episode 12
"Who You Really Are"
WRITER: DREW Z. GREENBERG
DIRECTOR: ROXANN DAWSON
AIR DATE: March 10 2015
Lady Sif (Jaime Alexander) of Asgard returns to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the new episode ‘Who You Really Are’. The title refers not only to a dilemma Sif finds herself in, but what one of the main players is going through. The aftermath of Skye (Chloe Bennet) undergoing the Terrigen mists transformation continue to play out, while some expository dialogue by a guest player conveys information about the Inhumans that comics readers already know about. It makes for a handy way to continue to set the groundwork for the eventual Inhumans film.
Sif turns up back on Earth in an incident that’s left her amnesiac after an altercation with a very strong unknown man. Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team pick her up, assuring her that they’ve worked together before, and so the wayward Asgardian joins them in trying to determine what’s happened to her, particularly who her opponent was. At first the audience might wonder - a small frost giant? A trick by Loki? As it turns out, her opponent’s not quite the Big Bad that we might expect, but a Kree who has come to Earth to destroy the Diviners - one of which we’ve seen trigger that whole Terrigen Mist thing in the hidden city. The Kree is Vin-Tak, and not only does he want to destroy those particular Maguffins, as Hitchcock would call them, but also those affected.
The Lady Sif returns
As things turn out, Vin-Tak turns up face to face with the team, restoring Sif’s memories while relating the history of his people in interfering with human physiology long ago to create a warrior population for their behalf, which fits perfectly with Inhuman continuity for the comics. We get why he’s doing what he’s doing, even if that means trouble for Skye, who is still trying to come to terms with what’s become of her. And while Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) has been keeping the secret of her transformation from the others, that isn’t the case for long, as her powers assert themselves at the worst possible time.
out of control
There’s not a lot of action this time out - aside from fights between various agents, Sif, and Vin-Tak. It’s more about character development and plot development. By the time it’s all said and done, Sif and Coulson have an understanding (while we still wonder how long it’ll be before Thor knows Coulson’s alive). And Skye’s transformation has been exposed to those around her. The rest of the team are divided as to what’s to be done about her, but one of them is surprising in their reaction, and in how they help Skye at a critical moment.
One lingering plotline plays out and leaves us at a bit of a cliffhanger. We still don’t know what kind of extra agenda Mack and Bobbi (Henry Simmons and Adrianne Palicki) are up to, but things leave off at one of those “can we trust either of these two ever again?” sort of moment.