Welcome to this week’s installment of Geek Girl Authority Crush of the Week! Each week, we will highlight a favorite female character or creator of geeky media.
DISCLAIMER: The following contains some spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. up until the series finale.
Agent Daisy Johnson, a.k.a. Skye, a.k.a. Quake
Daisy Johnson (played by Chloe Bennet) is the girl who used to yell “bang” when she shot a gun. We met her as Skye, an orphan, genius hacker who infiltrated the S.H.I.E.L.D. systems– just a regular young woman with no combat skills. Skye hacked into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s system to find information on her birth parents. Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) saw something special in Skye and added her to his team, and he has never had reason to regret that decision.
Skye found her parents, Calvin Zabo (Kyle MacLachlan) and Inhuman Jiaying (Dichen Lachman). It was then that she found out her real name is Daisy Johnson. She also discovered her Inhuman powers after going through the terragenesis mist. Jiaying helped Daisy control her powers. This is when Daisy became Quake. Unfortunately, Jiaying wasn’t the mother Daisy hoped she would be. When she attempted to kill Daisy, Cal saved his daughter by killing Jiaying.
Daisy focused on her S.H.I.E.L.D. family afterward. One could say that Coulson is the closest thing Daisy has to a father. If Coulson is dad, Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) is mom. Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie (Henry Simmons), Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) are her brothers and sisters. And we can’t forget Deke Shaw (Jeff Ward). He’s kind of like an annoying cousin who has a crush on her. Daisy is very protective of her family. After losing lots of friends, including a couple of boyfriends, she guards her heart. Once she lets you in, she will love you fiercely.
The Real Deal:
Daisy’s rise to S.H.I.E.L.D. leader hasn’t been easy. It took her some time to really trust S.H.I.E.L.D., and at every turn she felt she was betrayed by them. Through all of her low points, Daisy’s always emerged stronger and smarter than she was before– even when she felt betrayed by herself. Trust is something that Daisy has always struggled with. It took her almost five seasons to fully trust Coulson and the team. Her quick wit, cleverness and resiliency have helped her along the way. She has been the enemy at times, but Coulson’s always had her back.
Daisy doesn’t jump in and out of relationships. She takes her time figuring a person out and assesses whether or not he will challenge her. Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) challenged her and hurt her deeply with his betrayal. Lincoln Campbell (Luke Mitchell) was more like Daisy’s equal in many ways. He gave his life for Daisy, something not everyone will do. Daisy has stayed away from relationships since Lincoln, but there’s something about Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj). He definitely challenges Daisy and he’s willing to sacrifice himself for her. Maybe they are a perfect match? Maybe…
When it comes to newcomers to the group, Daisy understands the apprehension to deal with S.H.I.E.L.D. That may be the reason people warm to her so easily. Daisy’s associations with outsiders has brought some of the greatest allies S.H.I.E.L.D. has ever had. One in particular, Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna), was the only person who could have saved the team in season four. His friendship with Daisy gave S.H.I.E.L.D. the advantage and the win.
Dealing with superpowers and supernatural beings has helped Daisy adjust to her time traveling adventures well, but she wasn’t prepared to become the Destroyer of worlds. With her quake powers came the assumption that she’s dangerous and unstable. She became the face of Inhumans and the target of all of the fear that came with the unknown. It also brought some strange fans, such as Nathaniel Malick (Thomas E. Sullivan).
Nathaniel Malick stole Daisy’s powers with help from Dr. Daniel Whitehall’s (Reed Diamond) research. Nathaniel is working with the Chronicoms to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. Now that he has Daisy’s quake powers, the two are headed for a colossal showdown to save the world in the series finale.
Why Does She Matter:
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is heading into its series finale this week. It’s been a great ride watching these characters grow into a family these past seven seasons. We laughed, cried, got frustrated and even hoped for love to blossom amongst the characters. This show will be greatly missed.
Daisy is the greatest superhero among the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. because she knows her strength comes from love. And she knows that her team only wins when they are together. She matters because she still has faith in herself and hope in others. So be like Agent Daisy Johnson. Be brave, reckless and rebellious. Be loving, compassionate and protective. Shake things up. Be unpredictable. And never back down from a fight. BANG!