TV Equals: After a somewhat mystifying episode last week with this nonsensical “Real SHIELD” twist, Agents of SHIELD returned tonight with the much more focused installment “Afterlife.”
The Real SHIELD plot was really frustrating to me last week for multiple reasons. Not the least of which is that their de facto leader, Edward James Olmos’ Robert Gonzalez, is such an ignorant crotchety old man that it’s hard to believe that anybody would follow him. This whole storyline was a bit more focused this week, and it finally looks like Bobbi is starting to notice just how ridiculous Gonzalez is being about this whole thing, and she may be slowly recognizing that Coulson wasn’t so bad after all. Coulson might have been a little too open minded as a leader, dealing with alien technology and Asgardians and all, but Gonzalez is almost unbelievably closed minded. The way he talks so derogatorily and dismissively about alien blood and people with abilities and stuff sounds so ridiculous in a post Avengers world. I mean…has he not heard of The Avengers? Was he not aware that thousands of aliens invaded earth, and were then repelled by aliens and people with abilities? Is he not aware that the entire purpose of SHIELD, including his “Real SHIELD”, is to deal with these threats in a diplomatic and secretive matter to protect the civilian people?