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. If you’re not already caught up, you can find seasons 1-4 on Netflix and season 5 is available on Hulu. The agents will return for Season 6 in Summer 2019.
Daisy Johnson a.k.a. Skye a.k.a. Quake – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Daisy Johnson (played by Chloe Bennet) is a Marvel superhero in the comics and on television. Some of the similarities that the two share is that both can create seismic vibrations resembling an earthquake, were once orphans, and are emerging leaders in S.H.I.E.L.D. Comic book Daisy is a mutant, but does not have the x-gene; and TV Daisy is an Inhuman. Let’s focus on the television series version.
Daisy Johnson wasn’t always Daisy Johnson on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. For two seasons, AoS fans knew her as Skye, an orphan and genius hacker turned S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. When Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) found her, he found what he needed to complete his S.H.I.E.L.D. team…someone he can mentor into a great leader.
Skye went through a transformation in season two when she met her father, Cal Zabo (Kyle MacLachlan). He revealed her birth name as Daisy Johnson. Her mother is Inhuman leader Jiaying (Dichen Lachman). Daisy discovered her Inhuman abilities after being exposed to the terrigenesis mist. Jiaying helped Daisy to control her powers. This is when Daisy becomes Quake. She made it her personal mission to find other Inhumans and help them with their powers. In doing so, she also created her first SHIELD team, the Secret Warriors.
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 always emerged stronger and smarter than she was before. Even when she felt betrayed by herself.
Her quick wit, cleverness, and resiliency have helped her along the way. She has been the enemy at times, but Coulson and the gang have always had her back. Trust is something that she really struggled with. It took her almost five seasons to fully trust Coulson and the team. Coulson never gave up on her. He always believed in her and that has made Daisy believe in herself. Coulson thinks highly of Daisy and vice-versa. So when Coulson announced that he was dying, Daisy took it the hardest; refusing to let him die.
Daisy is also a great friend, even dishing out the tough love when needed. But love has eluded Daisy, having lost two love interests throughout the series. Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) wasn’t exactly her boyfriend, but he held a special place in Daisy’s heart. Daisy got a glimpse of what that relationship could have been while in the Framework; revealing that Ward is her biggest regret. Then there was Lincoln Campbell (Luke Mitchell), Daisy’s Inhuman boyfriend. Lincoln died to save Daisy after she received a vision of her death. In doing so, Daisy decided not to get too close to anyone again.
Of course, no one is perfect. Daisy has had her ups and downs with her teammates. Most recently in season five, Daisy butted heads with fellow Inhuman YoYo Rodriguez (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) over Daisy’s leadership style. I hated seeing them go at each other, but there was growth in both characters after the dust settled. Daisy is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Although, she has had to learn when to back down for the sake of the team. Which is probably why she gave up her leadership position to Agent Mackenzie (Henry Simmons). She recognized what YoYo and others already knew. She wasn’t ready to lead Team S.H.I.E.L.D. And yet, that makes her an even better leader.
Why Does She Matter:
It’s really interesting that the success of the show coincided with Daisy’s growth. When Daisy was confused or unsure, the show’s ratings wavered a bit. And when Daisy was at the top of her game, the show took off! Especially seasons 4 and 5. The story arcs began to center around Daisy and all that was going on in her world. The tone of each episode followed Daisy’s emotions and gave the viewer a lot to cheer for.
Daisy matters because of her resiliency not only as a woman, but as a mixed race woman. She has become a role model in more ways than one for young girls everywhere. Chloe Bennet is actually mixed race herself, making the character more authentic.
After five seasons, Daisy has finally found some balance as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and an Inhuman. She is able to recognize her strengths and weaknesses. Daisy can be her worst critic at times, but she knows when it’s her time to shine. And when she does, watch out!
Daisy has lost a lot in her life, but gained so much. She uses the pain of her losses to strengthen her purpose in life. She uses all of her negative experiences to create positive change. One thing that she has never changed is how much she cares about truth, justice, and all walks of life.
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