By Rosie Narasaki, Hollywood Staff
Last week, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. teased us with clues regarding Coulson's mysterious resurrection. After a half season of dropped hints (and about a month on hiatus), we were finally promised a concrete answer. Unfortunately, The Magical Place didn't quite deliver; it ended up asking more questions than it actually answered, leaving us as befuddled as ever.
Seeds did something similar with Skye's origin story. It wasn't quite as big of a disappointment-riddled tease as The Magical Place was, but we're still itching for more. We have some knowledge now: it turns out that S.H.I.E.L.D. got wind of an 0-8-4 (or, an object of unknown origin) in a small village of China - they went after it, only to find that the whole village had been massacred in attempt to save what turned out to be a baby. A baby Skye, to be exact. Agent Linda Avery, the SHIELD agent who recovered her (and every agent involved, sans one) was also killed - but not before ensuring that Skye would bounce around the foster system until reaching adulthood; a necessary evil to make sure she was never found.
It all raises the question, what exactly made Skye an 0-8-4? The obvious answer is that she has powers of some kind, though we've yet to see any hint of them thus far. We've seen the origin stories of Graviton (remember the guy from The Asset?) and Blizzard - could this all be the origin story of Skye, Insert Superhero Name Here? She could also be from some other planet or universe - or maybe she's some kind of key, a la Dawn Summers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame.
Anyways, it looks like all we can do is wait. The teaser warned us that the next episode (which doesn't air until February, argh) will contain an astonishing series-changing final act. Who knows what that means - ideally, we'll be finding out more about Skye and her 0-8-4 status (or more about Coulson), but we know better by now than to get our hopes up.
Ah well. At least the whole Coulson-is-her-secret-dad/May-is-her-secret-mom theories are pretty effectively busted now.