E.G.G Q&A: Episode 28
This Q&A Session contains full spoilers for E.G.G Episode 28: Secret Invasion, and a lot happened in this one! If you have not read it, please click here to do so now!
After things got tense in E.G.G Base, Josh fled to New York with Allyson, where he found Agent Rice from the Wolfpack! Turns out, the Wolfpack had actually been infiltrated by Skrulls and Rice was the only one left, acting undercover to get the goods on the aliens. After discovering that they were not only invading, but working with the Syndicate, he and Josh decided to team up to get this info to S.H.I.E.L.D.
Meanwhile, Eileen was tasked by Fury (who knew she was Lightstream all along!) to finish the Skrull Detector that is actually turns out Ailemara, the Skrull replacing Acacia, had been sabotaging the entire time! When Eileen outed Ailemara, she took her down in a furious rage and raced off to New York.
On the Helicarrier, Fury was trying to sort out who was who when he found himself in the midst of a hostile takeover by none other than the Skrull queen herself, Queen Veranke, disguised as the Avenger Spider-Woman. Before he was killed, Fury sent the Helicarrier crashing into the streets of New York, where the battle has yet to begin.
Lastly, while on the Skrull warship, Acacia found that she had survived the 'Super Skrull' procedure, and was attempting to find a way when she discovered that the Skrulls had replaced none other than the leader of the Avengers himself, Captain America.
Hall of E.G.G Gadget Guide
Gadget: Skrull Detector
Description: During the Secret Invasion, Nick Fury tasked E.G.G with a way to find and detect Skrulls hidden among the human race. A meter ranges from red to green and the number from 0%-100%, depending on how close you are to a Skrull. Eileen used it to discover that Ailemara had been posing as Acacia.
Field Test: Results Pending
Status: Required for immediate emergency mass production.
Agent Rice Returns
Josh lifted his glass to sip some raspberry lemonade when he stopped. In the reflection, sitting at the table behind him, was Agent Rice.
“No freaking way.” He said. Allyson looked up.
“That’s Agent Rice!”
“From the Wolfpack! The one that got away!”
“I’m gonna bag him…” Allyson put her hand on Josh’s.
“Please, don’t.” She begged.
“Allyson, this guy’s on S.H.I.E.L.D’s radar in a big way!”
“Josh, this is us time…”
“And it’ll still be us time when I get back. Get a to-go bag and head to the hotel. I’ll meet you there.” Josh quickly kissed Allyson and made his way towards Rice.
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Aw, this guy's back? Well, like they say, crime never pays! You know, unless he's been an undercover good guy the whole time... Let's just say that you'll be seeing a lot more of Agent Kyle Rice.
“I want to talk to Nick Fury.”
“You got him.” Fury said, walking onto the deck, signaling his men to stand down. “And what can I do for you?”
“I heard about this alien invasion.” She replied. “I want to help in any way I can.”
“You want to help?” Fury asked. “Then how about you finish up the Skrull detector you started a week ago, Eileen.” She froze.
“We’re S.H.I.E.L.D. Of course we know. You think we’re gonna let some half-trained new hero fly the streets without gathering proper intel?” Eileen sighed and took off her mask.
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Haha, silly Eileen. Did you really think you were going to keep your identity a secret from S.H.I.E.L.D? I mean, really? Well, at least someone knows. Right?
Syndicate working with Skrulls?
“I’ve been on the Skrull’s trail for weeks now, this was them trying to stop me. I recently figured out the Syndicate already knew about the Skrulls and formed an alliance for protection and extra manpower.”
“Wow, this is heavy…”
“Exactly. I need to report back to S.H.I.E.L.D. Go back home, this is the big leagues now.”
“Now wait a minute, I’m not going anywhere!” Josh stood proud. “Like it or not, we’re partners now.” Rice sighed.
“Fine, Chrysler Building, 8:00, don’t be late. What’s that?”
“What?” Josh turned and saw nothing. He turned back and Rice was gone.
“Really? Psh, whatever. Thinks he’s big stuff…” Josh left the warehouse.
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Like the Syndicate wasn't bad enough! Now they've got Skrull allies! This can't be good, for anyone. Luckily Agent Rice is on the case! Good to know he's on our side.
Trouble with Jallyson
“What does it take to get your attention?” She shouted. “Should I fly and shoot lasers out of my hands?”
“What? Wait, don’t tell me you’re talking about Lightstream!”
“Well you care about her more than you do about me, and you don’t even know her name.”
“You are spewing nonsense Allyson! Listen, I know I keep promising to spend time with you, but in my life, it’s just not possible.” Josh threw his duffle bag over his shoulder and opened the door. “Look, I gotta go. We’ll talk more when I get back.”
“Joshua Westbrook, if you walk out of that door we’re through!” Allyson shouted. Josh stopped, one foot out the door. “I mean it, if you leave you’ll never see me again.”
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For all the Jallyson (Josh and Allyson) shippers out there, I know this scene kind of got your pants in a knot. But didn't you feel a lot better when Josh stayed to work things out? Even though it was just a test on Allyson's part, but still. Let's just hope that Josh can spend more time with his girlfriend. And that this whole crush on Lightstream thing doesn't get in the way of that...
Suddenly, the device began beeping. The needle swung heavily to the green side and the percentage read 94%. Eileen raised an eyebrow. “Well that makes no sense.” She said, tapping it. “Maybe this thing is on the fritz…” She slowly turned it. The beeping got louder. The percentage went up. 95%. 96%. 97%. Eileen squinted. She moved the device towards Acacia. The needle maxed out, the beeping got louder, and the screen read 100%.
“What the…” Eileen looked up at Acacia. “Oh no.” Acacia screamed and lunged at Eileen with the screwdriver. Eileen quickly jumped back and grabbed Acacia’s arm. Twisting it, she forced her to drop the screwdriver and kicked her against the wall. Acacia fell to the floor and transformed into Ailemara. Eileen gritted her teeth and violently grabbed her.
“Where is Acacia!” She growled. Ailemara laughed.
“You’ll never find her!”
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This was quite an emotional scene. Eileen's anger when she realized that Acacia was actually a Skrull was frightening! Ailemara never stood a chance! But what's with all that creepiness from Eileen? The voice splitting in two, the eyes turning red... kind of like back on the Helicarrier in AvE Part 3... There is something very wrong with her...
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S.H.I.E.L.D Takeover/Queen Veranke
“I wanna be in New York in three minutes.”
“Sorry Director Fury,” Quartermain said. “But I don’t think you’ll be able to make it to New York.”
“Why’s that?” He asked. Suddenly the door opened behind him. He turned to see Spider-Woman standing in front of him. “Jessica? I thought I told you to assist the Avengers in the Skrull search.”
“Yes, you did.” She replied. Just then every agent in the bridge stood and turned their guns on Fury. He turned and examined the room.
“Every blasted one of them…” He said.
“All Skrulls!” Spider-Woman replied. Quartermain walked up and kissed her hand.
“Queen Veranke,” he said, as she transformed into a Skrull. “I have accessed the Helicarrier mainframe and we now have full control over all of their weapon systems. The message will soon be spread. The invasion begins.”
“At last we will have our new home!” Queen Veranke called. All of the Skrull S.H.I.E.L.D agents cheered. “As it is written!”
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Oh man! The Skrulls have taken the entire Helicarrier! Now you know why Quartermain was still around after Acacia/Ailemara shot him: He's a Skrull too! And what about the famous Spider-Woman being the Skrull Queen Veranke! What a twist... you know, if you've never read the Secret Invasion Marvel comic... but even if you did, how about those homages! Fury's suspect board, Queen V as Jessica Drew, you just gotta love the parallels! Either way, the Skrulls clearly aren't messing around. Luckily, neither is Fury! They were in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D for what, 30 seconds? You know, before Fury crashed the dang thing! Gotta love those contingency plans!
Fury growled and charged for Queen Veranke, but Vax rushed him. He ran with full force and broke through the window with Nick Fury. The two fell, struggling with each other. Fury punched Vax, Vax kicked Fury.
“You are not taking our planet!” Fury shouted, head-butting Vax. He shook his head and smiled.
“Yes, we are.” He kicked Fury away from him.
“NOOOO!!!!” Fury screamed as he fell. Vax looked down to see he was approaching the ground fast. He closed his eyes.
“As it is written.” He said, and fell to his doom.
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R.I.P Director Nicholas Joseph Fury. He was a leader, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D, and a hero. You can bet that the Skrulls are going to pay for this one! You have to admit though, Fury went out like a boss!
“Fury’s gonna beam me up and I’ll turn in my intel.”
“Right.” Josh said. He and Rice watched the Helicarrier, coming towards them. “Hm, Helicarrier’s coming in close.” Josh observed. “And fast!” Rice squinted, then his eyes widened. “Wow, they really need to be this close beam…”
“Move!” Rice shouted, tackling Josh off of the eagle as the Helicarrier scraped the edge of the Chrysler Building. Josh screamed as they fell.
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Oh no! The Helicarrier crashed! Wait... that happens every other Thursday. Never mind.
They got Cap!
She peeked out of the room and snuck down the hall. She moved along the wall.
“I gotta get out of here…” Acacia said. She saw an open doorway. She held her breath and rushed past it. Then she stopped. She turned back. “Was that…” She peeked into the room. Skrulls were all around, but in the center was a very familiar item, and a very familiar man floating in a stasis tube.
“Oh no.” She said. “That’s… That’s Captain America.”
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Holy smokes! So the Skrulls are abducting and replacing people on Earth, we know this. We also know that they've gotten some pretty high-up people, i.e Quartermain, Spider-Woman, Elektra, etc. But now we're supposed to accept that they've got Captain America! Leader of the Avengers! Hero of WWII! Oh man, it seems like this secret invasion will only get a lot, lot worse.
See you tomorrow!
Remember after you read Episode 29, post comments and any questions you have so that I can answer them in the Q&A next Thursday, March 12!
Acacia's up and ready for action! The Skrulls are in for a surprise when Acacia teams up with some pretty unlikely allies to escape their warship. But with dangers like Super Skrull lurking about, that may be harder than she thinks. Oh, and there's a pretty amazing guest appearance, but we'll let you figure that one out tomorrow, March 6, in E.G.G Episode 29: Acacia's Great Escape!