I'm not sure the call was way too tough, and I think if we look forward to Ep. 4, I think May might think that Coulson is too soft/emotionally connected to play by the book.
Originally Posted by Shooter
Example 1: In Ep. 2 The bus is hijacked by Coulson's ex and all his team is threatened, and he goes out of his way to save her and some of the team. The right call would have been to "space" her out the ad hoc air lock; the message I cam away with was that you can take S.H.I.E.L.D. agents hostage and threaten to kill them and you'll be handcuffed and returned to your government. Meh.
Example 2: In Ep. 4 **SPOILER IF YOU HAVEN"T SEEN EYE SPY**
|Akela (& the Bee) is killing people, chopping off hands, committing crimes etc, and May doubts Coulson can make the hard call when it comes to his protoge, so she goes solo into the field. Coulson's softness actually pays off in this one as she's being coerced/controlled, but May was willing to make the hard call by herself.
I get the "I'm a better field agent than you and Ward, and I'm frustrated I have to sit in the bus" or "Frack it, you NEED me or you're going to get yourself killed" vibe from her, despite her initially wanting to avoid combat. Either way, I'm excited about May's backstory most of all.