This week, on Agents of SHIELD:
What is that on Simmons’ head? Oh, it’s for the surgery that she’s performing in this episode.
A biochemist is performing SURGERY?
And no, her protest that this really isn’t her field is not sufficient to justify this. Not even a little. Seriously, Coulson might as well just do the surgery himself at this point. At least his hands would be steady. I imagine he’d also be much less squeamish.
I mean, what do the writers think a medical degree is for, anyway? Fun?
The funny thing is, if they retain Ron Glass for at least a few more cameos, then they have a doctor. Having him take care of this (and check Mike Peterson’s pulse at the end of episode 1 instead of Simmons) would have already been a huge improvement.
I checked out Simmons’ entry on the show’s wikia, to see if anything we knew about her background even remotely made this better (it didn’t). A couple of interesting tidbits from there:
She’s described as a biochemist who specializes in life sciences, which makes no sense because biochemistry is a subset of life science. It would be better to say that she’s a life scientists who specializes in biochemistry, and even better to just say she’s a biochemist and avoid the redundancy altogether.
Another problem is that she’s described as having two PhDs. Timewise, this is theoretically possible since European PhDs take less time than American ones. Reality-wise, it’s not as likely. Two PhDs are not better than one. And “graduate student” is not the highest level you can attain, either. After you get a PhD, you generally work as a postdoc.
The only remotely reasonable explanation I can think of for this is that she started out as a physicist and got a PhD in that–which would explain how she knows so much about Fitz’s work–then pretty soon after, decided she wanted to be biologist instead. Then she went back for her PhD because she didn’t have the qualifications for a postdoc and wasn’t being accepted (or didn’t want to work in) a biophysics focused lab.
Actually, I’ve just decided that this is exactly what happened. You can’t convince me otherwise.
Why were FitzSimmons taking the same classes under the same instructor (Franklin Hall of episode 3)? He studied engineering and she studied biochemistry. What on earth could this class have been about?
And for the episode 2 reveal: There is no way Skye and the Rising Tide could have predicted Coulson’s eccentric recruiting tactics. They could have arranged for Skye to be interrogated, but that’s about it. No one should expect a Coulson to be in charge. This is not a normal thing.
Can’t wait for the show to pick up, and really hoping Simmons doesn’t do any more surgeries!