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Having disappeared since the midway point of Season One, Nick Fury returns with a vengeance. His mission is clear, to expose the Skrull agents that are on Earth. To that end he recruits Quake, Black Widow and Mockingbird to assist him in telling S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers one simple message: WHO DO YOU TRUST?
So we get the critical Skrull episode and surprisingly it didn't go as I thought it would. I thought this was going to be the episode where Captain America gets revealed as a Skrull agent. Instead, things went down a path I didn't even expect it to go. This episode clearly established the paranoia that anyone could be a Skrull and there's no way to tell unless you're Dr. Doom. Now the cat is somewhat out of the bag with the Avengers knowing that someone on the team is a Skrull. The reactions everyone has are VERY intriguing.
It wasn't surprising at all to see Wasp try and be the moral anchor again as she pretty much is trying to be the glue holding this team together. BUT... given what evidence that is presented to Iron Man from Fury, how can't you suspect that anyone could be a Skrull? Now we the viewers already know WHO that double agent is. To see this "Captain America" just innocently prove he wasn't a Skrull was quite chilling. Yeah, we've had evidence throughout this season for characters to question him, but with this episode you can't help but be awed at just how good a double agent he is. He just stands there as the team bickers amongst themselves and after it finished he just provides the moral support to keep the team afloat.
The other standouts of the episodes for me were four characters: Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Panther, and Ms. Marvel. For the latter of the four, this is her welcome party and geez does this revelation come at a horrible time for her. Given she's an agent of S.W.O.R.D. and an Avenger, her job isn't the easiest. So to see one job as an Avenger almost appear done before it didn't even start was amazing.
For Hawkeye, it was being the top suspect of being the Skrull double agent. It does make sense. Given how he acted throughout the latter half of Season One, his behavior would have to be suspected. Not to mention he would be the perfect double agent. He'd have access to everyone. Then there's the fact he's so darn brazen to resist being called a Skrull that it wouldn't help his cause even more. Still, it was awesome to see of all the Avengers that the only one to really defend him is Hulk. I really hope of all the heroes involved that it's Hulk who figures it out, because everyone just thinks of him as a brute and yet just in last episode we've seen some major intelligence from him.
Iron Man and Black Panther's reactions were pretty much my favorite. T'Challa is a ruler and to learn the Earth has already been invaded, you knew he'd walk away from the team the moment that revelation went down. I just wish we saw more of his overall reaction. Though the silent treatment he gives was just wow. With Stark, we get the more shell-shocked out of all the Avengers given he's the primary character for the episode. Plus out of all of them he would be the one to worry the most.
If any big downer of the episode is that we don't really get a fight at all save an off-screen one and even though everyone knows the Skrulls are on Earth, the end game of theirs hasn't been unleashed yet. To me that was the biggest disappointment of the episode. I really thought we would get to see the Skrull's plan teased more. We know they have Stark Tech, but what else? I want more of that. Instead, we got a face of who's leading them. Yes, the revelation of the Skrull Queen was actually shocking (though it should have made PERFECT SENSE given this is adapting Secret Invasion and I should have seen it coming).
Though honestly, there didn't need to be action in this episode. This was all about the drama and tension that set off a spark that at first was slowly burning throughout this season. Now that fire is a unyielding blaze, whatever comes next has to be the actual endgame or worse, something to even tip things closer to the Skrull's favor. I have to give major kudos to the writing staff for making the Secret Invasion adaptation so far better than the actual anticipation from the comics. In the actual comic story, there wasn't ever a clear shocking double agent. It really wasn't hard to know who was a Skrull Agent and who wasn't. Here we've got TWO and who knows how many more. All I know is I can't wait to see when the Skrull Invasion happens and see those who knew it was coming (Nick Fury and Doctor Doom) react.
5 out of 5
Review by: Zechs