They’re the kickass women from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Yes, we’re talking about Agents “Bobbi” Morse, Melinda May, Daisy aka “Skye” and Jemma Simmons who are kicking down the doors for action heroines on the small screen. We give you a case-by-case breakdown of how these characters are smoking up one of Marvel’s hottest TV shows right now.
KAPOW! BOOM! PUNCH! That’s just some of the sounds of some serious butt-kicking and jaw-dropping moments that you will experience in this season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from its leading female characters, giving viewers a bruised eye while watching it. After an impressive half season, the show comes back from a three-month hiatus (only to make way for another S.H.I.E.L.D legend – Agent Carter) without missing a beat from it’s plot line of punch drunk alien planet madness. But more than this, Agents “Bobbi” Morse, Melinda May, Daisy aka “Skye” and Jemma Simmons are giving the guys on the show a run for their injuries as they punch, whack, splice, dice and shoot ’em up good on every episode since Season 3 was let loose on us a few months ago.
In conjunction with that, we decided to open up our very own case files for each of these ball-busting tomboy-like characters to investigate just how much they’ve grown over the course of the show’s three seasons and where these fiery heroines are probably heading down to next, in terms of their plots and characterisation. (Predictions? Yes! So move over Emergency Awesome!)
So let’s start off with our first case file on Daisy Johnson aka Skye/Quake.
KICKASS CASE FILE #1 – Agent Daisy Johnson aka Skye/Quake
When Season 1 began, we saw Daisy, back then, known as Skye, working as a “hacktivist” for an underground group known as The Rising Tide from her ‘mobile office’ – a roughed-up old van equipped with the latest in hack-tech. Working completely against S.H.I.E.L.D because she believed the agency was a dangerous entity out to destroy humanity, Skye’s character came off being the cute, smart-ass, yet naive rookie with a thing for Agent Ward before he went all ‘Hydra nutjob’ on his former comrades.
In the pilot episode, we are introduced to her character, played by Chloe Bennet, who discovers Mike “Deathlok” Peterson’s display of superpowers during an accident which would kill a normal human being and advises him to run, knowing that S.H.I.E.L.D. might attempt to make him disappear. Along the way, of course, Agent Phil Coulson takes a liking to Skye’s friendly and chirpy persona and recognises her brilliant hacking skills and uses that to recruit her into S.H.I.E.L.D.
The stakes, of course obviously were raised for her character when her crazy parents came into the scene at the end of Season 1 and into Season 2. As Skye’s character got worn down by the cycles of betrayal and trust from within and without the agency, she not only found a new sense of maturity; she also discovered her earthquake generating powers. Not bad for someone who once camped out in a van.
While one can’t deny that Skye’s character has gone through quite the roller coaster ride, we kind of feel that she has become a little too serious for our liking. To top it off, her current relationship with hot-wired electrical blaster Inhuman, Lincoln Campbell, isn’t setting off as much sparks as she did with Ward. If anything, the best part of Skye’s character development is the embracing of her alien DNA and using that to kick some major butt with the other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
In the comic book version of The Avengers series (Issue#19 – January 2012), Skye does take on a supporting role but whether that is going to happen with the small-screen version of the character is left to be seen. What we can predict is that Daisy will probably have to sacrifice her relationship with Lincoln at some point before the season is done since they’re now both at odds about their Inhuman powers and the discovery of the neutering effect of ex-Hydra agent Carl Creel’s (aka Absorbing Man) blood on their power. Hopefully, with the Inhumans storyline meandering its way into the world of the Avengers, Marvel Studios might literally ‘gravitate’ towards making Daisy an integral part of that cinematic universe only because that would be an awesome cross-over storyline.
KICKASS CASE FILE #2 – Agent Jemma Simmons
Lab rookie and one half of the Fitz-Simmons Duracell power-packing scientist duo, Agent Jemma Simmons is no willowy daisy in the flower pot when she was first introduced to the show.
We do have to admit, though, that in season 1, the Fitz-Simmon dynamic was utterly annoying, no thanks to the hyper-caffeinated discourses between the two would-be-and-could-have-been-lovers.
England-born Agent Jemma Simmons is no classic English lady but an over-enthused science geek with serious biochemical prowess. The character, played by Elizabeth Henstridge, was over-the-top-preppy and quite a lot to take in when the series began. However, like Daisy/Skye, she seems to have gone through the grind, experiencing quite a bit of wear and tear, thanks to Leo Fitz’s severe concussion borne around the events surrounding the Battle at Cybertek along with his unexpected love confession to her right after, which has bearing down heavily on her spirit for awhile now.
Sensing that her presence would be an impediment to Fitz’s recovery early on in Season 2, Jemma decides to get away from ‘superpower’ lab work at S.H.I.E.L.D. and dives deep undercover at Hydra, as a – you guessed it – scientist, until the Inhuman, Raina breaks her cover. On her return back to the team, we never really see the rift between the fabulous Fitz-Simmons dynamic heal. Clearly, as the story goes, love bites.
After being sucked into the Kree Monolith and having to survive on the most bluest planet of our fictional Universe, and escape a psychotic alien being that inhabited it at the end of Season 2 and the first-half of Season 3, that we see Jemma really rise to the occasion with her badass science moves and grit.
We finally see her having a spine as she gathers up the will – yeah, literally, since she falls in love with lone planet survivor, ex-NASA astronaut called Will – to survive the hostile planet until she and the new beau can find a way to escape.
The experience taints her perspective of humanity and drives a wedge between her and lab buddy, Fitz. After the ordeal, one can see that she clearly wears her battle scars on her world-weary shoulders these days and while it’s been a fun ride to see her mature and ‘decaffeneite’ from cheerleader to kickass disaster survivor, we still think that the creators need to spin her character out of this slump soon or she will end up either being written off the show or transforming into the T-1000.
Either way, we predict that for now, the writers are kinda done with her side of the ‘Blue Planet Tales’ and are redirecting her focus back to trying to patch things up with the adorable Fitz. We see a sexy kilt being part of the future here. Do you?
KICK-ASS CASE FILE #3 – Agent Barbara “Bobbi” Morse
S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Barbara “Bobbi” Morse is our next kickass agent on these case files.
Played by actress, Adrianne Palicki, there’s no dropping the ball with her around. In the series, we first see her as a deep undercover agent working for Hydra in the second season. That dramatic story saw her loyalties to S.H.I.E.L.D. being questioned over Season 2, specifically to Coulson because she trusted her commander, Robert Gonzalez and was willing to betray the agency because she trusted Gonzalez. That rock-solid and fierce, unquestionable loyalty, we think, is one of the reasons why she makes the kickass cut.
Despite everything that has been thrown at her, Bobbi is always at the top of her game when it comes to serving the agency. Her sometimes stoic, dependable male-like personality has gotten her through quite a lot of skirmishes including that insane plot line where she gets kidnapped and tortured by a revenge-thirsty Ward.
When it comes to the job, trust Bobbi to die for what she believes in because she is the ultimate soldier. If she gets struck down, rest assured, she will pick herself up and roll with the next few punches without missing a beat.
Even in relationships, Bobbi is like a fortress. She is willing to die for what she believes in. Despite the failure of her initial marriage with Lance Hunter in the series, she still sees the good in his sensitive ways and still lights a candle for him somewhere in her heart.
Throughout the time that she has been on the team, Bobbi’s loyalty never wavers nor her skills with those iron batons she so marvellously wields. Audiences know that if anyone in S.H.I.E.L.D. is captured by their enemy, she would be the last one to turn, as we witnessed in this latest season’s episode. Even under duress, she (and Hunter) refused to squeal on their mates as they took the fall for their team and were eventually disavowed from the agency.
Without revealing too much, character predictions for Bobbi is that she will continue to bring her brand of devoted loyalty and impeccable integrity into AOS spinoff, “Marvels Most Wanted” where we’ll see more of those iron batons in action. Perhaps even under the covers with partner-in-crime, Hunter.
KICKASS CASE FILE #4 – Agent Melinda May
If rollercoaster characters is your thing, trust our most senior kickass case file subject from the agency, Agent Melinda May to give you the ride of your life. She went from butt-kicking “Agent Most Likely to Succeed” to self-demoted desk droid before swinging back into the thick of action as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s new kickass ‘bus driver’ all over the course of 60+ episodes.
Agent May, portrayed by the very talented Ming Na-Wen, has become somewhat of an integral character that, like Coulson, helps glue this diverse team of merry agents together. She started off being quite the typical East Asian cold fish female stereotype, thanks to a tragic mission that went very wrong in Bahrain that earned her the nickname “The Cavalry”, to guardian of the roost.
Personally, she is one of my most favourite characters on the show. What is endearing about May is that sense of pride when it comes to doing her job and doing it well. Her technical proficiency and confidence in handling any vehicle or situation is unquestionable and her ninja moves are spot-on impressive and sometimes deadly. Agent May is, to me, literally a character that makes you want to get up and fight alongside her.
What’s also fantastic about her character on the show is also how the writers have developed her over the last 3 years. It was a conflicted and very emotionally bruised and detached Agent May that we first saw in the pilot but when the show picked up its pace, we begin to see the range of her personality, from her funny, witty side but also her soft spots, on and off the job. Out of all the characters, Agent May’s character is the one that really takes the cake for being an all out 360 character. That is, of course, thanks to Ming Na-Wen’s awesome portrayal of her.
Where Agent May will end up at the conclusion of this season is still anyone’s guess. We predict it will definitely have something to do with her ex-husband, Dr. Andrew Garner aka Lash. A showdown between the two where May will have to choose between her heart or her duty to S.H.I.E.L.D. is most likely on the cards since Lash is currently M.I.A and is being hotly pursued by her. Whether Lash survives is left to be seen since the chemistry between Na-Wen and Blair Underwood, who plays the violent Inhuman, is still fogging up our screens immensely (ooo-la-la!) and to take that dynamic away from the story might bring Melinda’s character back to ‘droid’ mode: Something we’re already used to seeing and doesn’t bring much to the table in terms of character development.
So, what are your plot predictions for the upcoming finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Tell us in the comments below!