In The Dark Together: 10 Reasons I Ship Skoulson

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Credit: ABC

I’ll be the first to admit to that I am a multi-shipper. Chemistry is not lost on me and many of the fandoms I am in pander to my multi-shipper heart. Harry Potter and Doctor Who are just two of those fandoms (both of which I have no OTP in).

OTP stands for one true pairing and is usually reserved for one die hard ship in a fandom of your choice, like the Doctor and Rose or Philinda from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While I can appreciate Philinda to a certain extent, my OTP and light of my life are my orphans Skye and Phil Coulson, colloquially known as Skoulson.

Before you cry foul and say they are father/daughter only and that shipping them is weird, I’ll say to each their own, but I ship these babies more than I ship the Doctor and Clara and that is saying something.

So, in response to the previously published Philinda ode, written by Emmy Rivera and Stephanie Coats, here are the top ten reasons I ship Skoulson.

10. When Skye keeps saving Phil
http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/110823318185/badrowboats-mcu-ladies-week-day-3-favorite

Role reversal for the win! The one thing I love about this show is it doesn’t shy away from the fact that Skye is the second top billed protagonist and is perfectly capable of handling things on her own. It’s also nice to see the damsel in distress trope completely flipped on its head here. Phil is a perfectly able machine, who just so happens to need a hot, POC heroine to save his ass all the time.

9. Coulson risking everything to save Skye when she was shot
http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/112432163415/no-ones-suggesting-that-we-submit-skye-to

Phil is fully aware that GH-325 could potentially damage Skye but it’s worth the risk and Ian Quinn is so on point when he says Skye means so much to Coulson. Skye revived a lot of Phil’s humanity following his death. She gave him something to look forward to and gave him something to put his faith in. He needed that when everything was taken away from him.
http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/111687152650/but-i-will-see-you-wherever-you-go

8 – 7. “I lost her.”/ finding her again (Bonus: Skye=S.H.I.E.L.D.)
http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/115868508850
http://wandamaxmioff.tumblr.com/post/117052852920
It has been alluded to many times in the show that Skye equals S.H.I.E.L.D. and Phil takes that very seriously. Very seriously. So much so that even Melinda realises the connection and when “real” S.H.I.E.L.D. takes over the base, May basically tells Phil to go find Skye because without Skye there is no S.H.I.E.L.D. I find that pretty intense and accurate and awesome. Not to mention in the comic books Skye eventually becomes the Director. Granted the MCU may not follow that same path but it’s still a pretty cool piece of trivia.

6. Parallels
I literally could spend an entire article talking about the amazing parallels between these two for the past two seasons. They mirror each other perfectly, perhaps even without knowing it.
http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/117792751010/the-babes-trying-to-locate-each-other

Not to mention they actively reverse roles on occasion and make it look entirely too easy. Like, no professional relationship looks this good. Even the famous May/Coulson undercover op didn’t look this good or seamless.

It should be illegal to look this good.

http://duskendales.tumblr.com/post/108297153056

5. Trust
http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/119463152725/1×09-repairs-2×22-s-o-s-part-2

http://callieamity.tumblr.com/post/102476417213

While Melinda is basically second in command of the rebuilt S.H.I.E..L.D., there are definitely trust issues between May and Coulson. There always has been. Perhaps it even goes as far back as Bahrain.

When Skye finds out about the “crazy wall,” May is no longer needed and it’s Skye who assumes the role of documentarian and protector.
http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/107350774525/skoulson-in-every-episode-2×07-the-writing-on

If it had been up to Coulson in the first place, there is no doubt that Skye would’ve been there from the beginning and not May. Not to mention he trusts Skye to research the alien writing. Not Jemma, who is well versed in alien biology, among other things not of this world. Not May either who would’ve been perfectly capable of doing the research herself. No, he trusted Skye.
http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/106263703460/skoulson-in-every-episode-2×01-shadows

4. “You value me.”
There are no words for this one. It speaks for itself.

3. In the dark together
http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/118227474780/at-least-were-in-the-dark-t-o-g-e-t-h-e-r
This entire concept is just… ugh, so perfect. They are connected by fate and alien blood. They’ve been lied to and hurt and they are the only ones they can trust when things get nuts. Granted Coulson did keep Skye out of the loop in the beginning of season 2a, but he entrusted the alien writing to Skye to figure out. Not Jemma, not Fitz, but Skye only. It’s still very obvious that both May and Coulson still distrust each other. That’s definitely not a problem with Skye and Coulson.
http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/97406743170/top-20-favorite-skoulson-moments-01-20-in-the

2. “I’m not her father”
This is not an in your face or ‘I told you so’ thing I’m trying to throw at you guys. Not at all, but it does throw a wrench in the entire belief that Coulson only sees Skye as her father and vice versa. Skye only has one father and one mother and neither are named Phil or Melinda.

1. Skye = Lola speech
http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/118049506665/because-im-the-red-corvette

http://lastcenturykindagirl.tumblr.com/post/119794140754/becketted-johnsonandcoulson-i-know-how-much

No, but seriously, this speech is everything. Coulson, Skye, and Lola have a history dating all the way back to season 1 episode 1.
http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/119047621525/1×01-pilot-2×22-s-o-s-part-2

She has been in that car more than anyone else on the team, not to mention she drove her, DROVE HER in the season finale. That’s unprecedented. No one drives Lola, but Coulson. Not to mention he indirectly calls her beautiful in the speech. Ugh. My orphans.
http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/118967138950/this-is-my-permanent-reminder-that-well-always-be

I could go on and on and on about their amazing chemistry and how they risk everything for each other but I’ll let these extra gifsets speak for themselves.
http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/110658705445/skye-coulson-season-2a

http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/110185397620/skye-coulson-touch

http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/111400289860/skye-coulson-season-1b

http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/111300536685/skye-coulson-season-1a

http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/114433478910/youre-having-one-hell-of-a-day-huh

http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/112901748465

Also, when you have an actual Skoulson shipper on the team, it makes it that much better. Praise Hunter. He’s amazing.

http://fuckyeahskoulson.tumblr.com/post/112346593775/its-not-like-that

So did I make a good case for Skoulson? Sound off below and tell me your fave AoS ships!

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Shelby Arnold

Shelby is currently reviewer extraordinaire for 4YE. She is also currently the co-editor of Arkansas Tech University's paper The Arka Tech. She runs her own movie review blog called Shellin' Out Reviews where she crossposts many of her reviews. She previously was a staff writer at PopWrapped.

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