*cracks knuckles* All right, let’s talk about the one episode badass wondrous warrior that is Akela Amador and why she is so incredibly important.
(Fair Warning: This may devolve into nonsensical crying but I really love Akela a lot.)
Her intro scene. I’m sorry but it’s incredibly badass, and I swooned as I rightfully should’ve, and so should you. Akela Amador is a goddamn certified badass.
Next, we learn that SHIELD has a certain type of soldiers they have a lot off - the lone, doesn’t play well with others, antihero. And SHIELD tries to socialise them into being team players. This? Is a type reserved solely for white men in fiction. And by alone being a part of this group, Akela Amador subverts this. And we’re still starting to get to know Akela Amador. Gosh I’m in love already.
Okay but hey the team is still after her, so she’s the bad gu— wait what’s this? Coulson first wants to find out her reasons before taking action against her? You mean the White Male Protagonist is actually giving a Woman, A Non White Woman a chance to explain her actions?
Okay we’ll probably find out she’s a traitor and be done with that and move onto White Male Protagonist angst over not seeing this coming. I mean she’s already done something unforgivable and Melinda has gone after her— wait no what do you mean we’re giving her a backstory aND NOT VILLAINISING HER? WHAT DO MEAN WE’RE NOT KILLING HER? What do you mean we’re talking about giving her second chances?
She was experimented upon against her will and is being controlled and is trying to survive, and is still willing to take responsibility for her actions instead of using it as an excuse - OH MY GOSH MY BABY COME HERE TO ME.YOU DON’T NEED NO REDEMPTION ARC. LET ME KEEP YOU SAFE FOREVER.
AND THEY MANAGE TO ACTUALLY SAVE HER AT THE END, OH GOSH MY HEART.
AND FINALLY THAT LAST SHOT OF AKELA SLEEPING PEACEFULLY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MAYBE YEARS.
Akela Amador actually got a story, got redeemed, and didn’t get killed but a peaceful ending, do you know how rare that is?
But more than that, she’s dealt with losing her team, being taken in by a Nazi organisation off shoot, being experimented upon against her will, used as a super soldier for that organisation. She’s probably dealing with years of PTSD and trauma, and so much more. And she finally gets what she wants at the end. A simple wish to just rest.
Akela Amador is a paragon of intersectional representation too. She’s black, a woman, a soldier, someone who definitely has ptsd and other trauma issues due to what she went through, and as of the end of the episode she even counts as disabled. And we give her a peaceful ending instead of turning her into canon fodder.
Akela Amador is incredibly important and deserves all the happiness and healing and fluffy warm comfy things ever.