Just now watching this episode. Good grief, Skye is driving me insane, and I'm only a few minutes into it. This whole "I'm an anti-Establishment hero so I should get to do whatever I want" schtick is getting old, fast. Maybe some people find this type of person cool, but I think she's pathetic. She comes across as an immature brat. Thanks for the spoiler, Pikachu. Otherwise I would have been even more ticked off at seeing her treated as a hero. I don't mean to stir up controversy, but it's punks like her who get people killed when they breathlessly spill secrets like a 3-year-old. I think it takes far more courage to "trust the system" and act as part of a team than to act like a brat whenever Mommy and Daddy say they want to discuss something private.
As for the whole "you sent them there to die" thing, I'm sorry, but that just shows again how immature Skye is. These two men are flippin' secret agents. What, does Skye think all agents are like James Bond? They just miraculously come back from every mission? They signed up knowing full well that they might not come back some day. They put their love of their country above their own lives. I'm sorry for going on a tirade like this. I have several family members in the military, though, and so Skye's "socialist crap" just bugs the living heck out of me.
And having her be right about Coulson not knowing bugged me, too. That may satisfy the fantasies of Skye's crowd, but that's not reality. A military commander knows when he sends troops into battle that some won't come back. It's horrible, but it's the price you pay for being a leader. This reminds me of an old Star Trek: Next Generation episode. Counselor Troi wanted to be bridge officer and so had to pass a command test. The "test" had her dealing with a catastrophe on the ship. She kept failing until she realized it was because she didn't have the courage to send crew members on a mission that would save the ship, but that would end in their deaths. (They had volunteered for the mission.) She finally summoned up the courage, and then told Commander Riker that she had far more respect and admiration for him and the other bridge officers. That was a beautiful episode. This was just crap.
Ah, heck, might as well finish my tirade. Emma's attitude really bugged me, too. Ready to throw in her lot with Skye and betray her fellow agents just because she was worried about Leo. Excuse me? If you remember in the last episode, Leo said she was the one who wore him down and dragged him into the field. It'll be such an adventure! So, in this episode, are they trying to say that Emma was so immature that she never considered the consequences of becoming a secret agent? Does she have the James Bond mentality, too? If so, then that doesn't speak very highly of her. It's ironic that the two "hear me roar" women came out looking so badly, while Mr. Macho and Mr. Softy came out smelling like roses. I really enjoyed the whole Grant/Leo plot.
I like Grant, too. I find him a lot more sympathetic than Skye.
Well, you might not like Skye's attitude, but once Coulson got wind of what was actually going on, then he agreed with her & proceeded to take action to back her up & get his guys out.