Just so you know, this was nearly just every screencap of Melinda May from this entire episode. But I thought you might like some words and also some pictures of Camilla. It is still mostly screencaps of Melinda May though, punctuated by sighing.
^^^ Like so.
Ward and Melinda May are being all ‘hmm, is this is a good idea?’ at Coulson for including Skye because she’s a. not combat trained and b. totally a criminal hacker, but he’s not having any of it – although he says ‘your frown will be on record’ which is a phrase I will be employing in everyday life, starting from now.
FitzSimmons are welcoming Skye in the most British manner possible. Bless. Simmons has regressed a few years and is acting like a schoolgirl with a crush on the head girl. I can empathise! (Just so you know, Jemma, I look at you like this too).
Coulson strikes me as the sort of person who really, really wants to compare scar stories, because he knows he will always win. You can just imagine it:
You (casually, like it’s no big deal): oh yeah, car crash, had to crawl out of the burning wreckage with part of the engine sticking out of my leg.
Coulson (deadpan): I got this just before the Battle of New York. An Asgardian stabbed me through the heart with a Chitauri sceptre.
You: Oh… um…
Coulson: And then Fury gave me this plane.
You: *slinks away in defeat*
Tahiti’s a magical place again. HE KNOWS SOMETHING!!
The last 0-8-4 was a hammer! #love (I want to watch Thor again now).
Melinda May at the bus controls *sigh* be still my fangirl heart!
I should probably explain that my father is a retired pilot and for almost all the flights I took in my childhood (which, when your father is a pilot, is a LOT), he was at the controls. And this was pre-9/11 so I’d be sitting in the cockpit for take-off and landing and I could actually see him at the controls. I would just trail around after him in a fog of pride and awe because to me he seemed like the most impressive man in the world (still does, actually). And now that I’m grown-up and wanting female role models to look up to… well, you put a badass woman in the captain’s seat on a plane and I am there, you know? *sigh*
Sweet landing too.
So! moving on. We’re in Peru to find the 0-8-4 which is something which we don’t know what it is (what?). FitzSimmons are talking gibberish again, cutely. Skye’s having a ‘why on earth did I agree to this?’ moment because Coulson just told her they might want her to help with the plausible denial if things go arse-upwards. Which is a fair point.
They find the artefact and it’s… a lump of metal with lights on. Really, it could be anything. Looks quite steampunk-y actually. Dammit, now I want one.
Simmons thinks it could be alien! Fitz thinks it could be German. No sense of wonder, that boy.
Ooh, Melinda May again… Ward asks her where her sidearm is and she says “if I want a gun I’ll take one” and then Ward says “forgot I was working with the cavalry” and oooh! What does this mean? Melinda May doesn’t want him to ever call her that and by the look on her face, she’s not kidding.
What went down in Bahrain, then? I’m not getting up my hopes of ever finding out though, after Budapest *stamps foot*. Hilariously, Ward has been casually wandering across the clearing while this conversation has been going on because there’s a man in uniform hiding behind some foliage! (this never happens to me *pouts*) and Melinda May wants not one but TWO guns and I can’t, I just can’t even…
Then a lot more people in uniform turn up and Ward says “should have taken more guns” but c’mon, she’s only got two hands. It’s OK though, because Coulson knows their leader and they… quite obviously had a thing. Or nearly had a thing. Or at least wanted to have a thing.
Coulson, amazingly, doesn’t show off about the Asgardian stabbing incident. Maybe later.
But seriously, look at this woman!
Coulson, I will fight you for her. Not least because she has the best chocolate in the world. #bonus
But then the rebels turn up! Oh, Ward, you’re such a meathead. “What is the matter with you?” Yes, I thought that sounded familiar.
Coulson and Camilla are all kinds of awesome in their Mr and Mrs Smith-ing.
Oh WOW. WOW WOW!! I love this thing that Ward just stuck into the ground. It would be SO useful on the school run (I’m KIDDING!!!).
They make it back to the plane – after some bickering, and also some ‘wow, these people are really not combat trained’ exposition – to find that the 0-8-4 = Very Bad (not -12). And here was me thinking it was just mood lighting ;-).
Coulson goes to the cockpit and apologises to Melinda May for dragging her into combat after promising not to. She’s not having any of it though. Oh Melinda May, I love you so much *sigh*. That was thirty seconds of stone cold fury so perfectly expressed *sigh*.
Under ‘having a face on’ in the dictionary is this picture. I am longing to know more about her, and also to give her a big hug.
Oh dear, this was inevitable, wasn’t it?
I love Coulson just refusing to referee. And aww, Skye’s “I’m good at stuff too!”.
This isn’t that face though, I just included this screencap because how gorgeous is she??
Ooh, FitzSimmons disagreeing! And then talking gibberish.
They might be disagreeing about the gibberish. I can’t actually tell.
“Hackers have lingo too, I’m sure I’ll pick yours up.” Yeah, you tell him, Skye. The knowledge he has is not the only knowledge in the world. I like this conversation though. At least they’re trying to see each other’s point of view.
But! It turns out Camilla’s the bad guy! I really didn’t want Camilla to be the bad guy. But she is. I can get on board with that, I like a good female villain. The guy that just gassed Melinda May, though? I hope he’s the one who went out of the hole in the fuselage at the start of the ep *evil death stare*.
And then this scene in the hold… I just can’t even. I love this scene. I love Melinda May being a famous badass. I love Ward talking Fitz down from the ledge with Skye’s advice.
(I couldn’t decide which of these screencaps to use, so I used all of them. You’re welcome). And then Melinda May dislocating her wrist to get out of the restraints (didn’t love that bit so much, tbh *shudder*) and then taking out the guard and saying “what’s next?”, all casual…
…while the others stare at her like this:
Which is also how I am staring at her, FYI.
While this was all happening, Camilla told Coulson that her government commissioned the 0-8-4 – and Fitz was right about it being German, bless him – but it was lost in the jungle years ago.
Now they can use it to end the rebellion and stabilise the country. Coulson says they should all be working together because hello? aliens, but she’s not super-interested. Hardly surprising really, given pretty much ALL of history. She’s not really the bad guy, from her perspective she’s the good guy. Phew.
(These were totally pertinent screencaps).
Lol, Coulson’s having an afterlife crisis! #love. And he seems to be looking foward to seeing what his team come up with. “They don’t need me. They just need time.” Awww, Coulson, of course they need you. And even if they don’t, we do.
Heh heh, and then back in the hold with Ward giving the others a pep talk… until Melinda May loses patience and revs the engine of the SUV and says “You talk a lot”.
I love her. Have I mentioned this already?
Oh, that’s one way to get into the lab, I guess. Ah, Camilla, IS that exactly what they want, or do they want you to THINK that’s exactly what they want? Hmmmm…
Now we’re back where we came in. OK, so the 0-8-4 is what made the hole in the side of the plane ummm, was that wise? Fitz doesn’t think so. But Melinda May’s kicking the crap out of the guy who’s sitting at her controls so who cares? Not me!
And Coulson saved Camilla, I’m glad about that. Because she is BADASS and GORGEOUS.
Skye blocks the hole in the fuselage with an inflatable raft – yes, I am sure this would work in real life – and the day is saved! Someone tell Fitz, he’s still hanging onto the furniture…
And then Skye talking to Coulson about the 0-8-4 and Camilla… “you guys totally did it, back in the day, right?” oh Skye, you are my heart.
And Ward is going to be her supervising officer… just as soon as he checks that that was what Melinda May meant…
I don’t know if I’m on board the Skye/Ward ship, though. I get the feeling I’m supposed to be but I’m not sure I am.
The team relax with a beer after a long day’s work – like you do – and watch the launch of a rocket carrying the weapon powered by evil that they retrieved for the good of all mankind – which I wish I did, but don’t – and Skye gets a text from The Rising Tide telling her that they’re about to ‘go dark’ and she replies that she’s in. I don’t think I know what ‘going dark’ means. Sounds to me like they’re shutting everything down and going on holiday to Tahiti (it’s a magical place) but I think it can’t be because Skye’s face suggests that she is a Betraying Betrayer Who Betrays. So it must mean something else.
But I still love you Skye!
Except not! Because Nick Fury! Being furious! Telling Coulson he has to repair the plane exactly how it was and he’s not allowed to let FitzSimmons upgrade it with all kinds of high-tech gibberish things like, um, fishtanks.
And Coulson not being cowed in the slightest but just giving him the ‘I know you’re lying to me about Tahiti’ face.
And then Fury leaves, and Coulson says into his earpiece “Yeah we’re going to have to kill the fishtank”, by which we can tell that there is so totally going to be a fishtank someday.
Best. Ending. Ever. (in two episodes. But still).
The real end!!
Screencaps from screencapped.net, with thanks.