This week, on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Just when there’s no one left to trust, Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) returns to team up with Coulson as S.H.I.E.L.D. is being destroyed around them.
Diego: I do hope they’re setting Adrian Pasdar as an adversary for next season because boy, he’s been in the show twice and done nothing. Other than that, this episode kicked stuff into high gear again, pushing Ward further into the dark side and giving Skye some much needed agency and smart. We see her here being resourceful, not just hearing people saying she is. There’s a difference between assigning her technobabble to surmount and to actually see her playing Ward. Strong material for the three actors involved in that storyline.
Maria Hill was of course very welcome (with a Man-Thing mention! I don’t know much about him, but I do like the inclusion). Pragmatic as always, she understands that SHIELD as we know it is gone, and that its agents should try to fit in the new world instead of clinging to the old one. Which of course, for Coulson, is unthinkable. HYDRA is out there, and he’s not content with sitting with a government that labeled him a terrorist while the real threat is out there. Again, this episode lead with the aftermath of The Winter Soldier in a smart way, and ended with a bang: Coulson was the one that oversaw the TAHITI project. It was used on him against his wishes, but it worked, although the future doesn’t seem particularly bright for him nor Skye. I wonder if there’s a particular surgeon that could help them in this Strange circumstances.
Matt: Deathlok was the way Deathlok should be. Every time I see him I think of what Obi-Wan Kenobi said “He’s more machine now, than man…”
The team of bad guys does seem much more impressive than our rag tag group of good guys. We’ll see how it gets handled when everything comes to a head.
Laura: I feel like this was the episode I’ve been waiting for for a long time. So if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to spend my general thoughts rambling about how much I loved Skye in this episode. (Oh, also Maria Hill, who was flawless perfection as always.)
Skye told Ward he was a terrorist, a Nazi, a serial killer, and made it clear that just because he had feelings for her that he claims are real, that does NOT make any of the former ok. In fact, her response to all of that was, “I’m going to throw up.”
SHE HEADBUTTED HIM. The entire episode could’ve been Skye headbutting Ward and I would’ve loved it.
Basically, all of this gives me hope that the show won’t try to redeem Ward. I realize that this hope is probably slim, because redeeming a fallen character due to their romantic emotions is practically TV 101. I’m holding onto hope that they’ll break that pattern and do something interesting with the fallout instead.
Diego: Two episodes to go, and for once we don’t know how it’ll all shake out. I’m excited for those two episodes, and I hope they erase the bad taste the first half of the season had.
Matt: For the first time this season I’m asking “Is it Tuesday yet?”
Laura: I have no idea where Coulson’s group will go after this. Yes, obviously they’ll go after Garrett and Ward, but with the reveal of Coulson being behind the original TAHITI project, these last episodes could get very revealing.