By: Casey (@DarthHockey)
WARNING: There are spoilers ahead.
Ward and Agent 33
Ward sighting? Yes, and he’s creepy as ever. A few people have suggested that Ward is actually on a redemption arc. I may have been one of them. I think it’s time to put those theories away for good. Ward is a bad guy. He killed a doctor, two Air Force guys, and assisted Agent 33 on a personal revenge mission to break Sunil Bakshi out of prison so she could brainwash him. Ward is not a good guy. He’s not a triple agent who’s waiting for that perfect moment to come back to winning team.
That being said, he’s still one hell of an interesting character. In just a season and a half, he’s gone from robot boy scout to psycho killer. That’s a difficult character arc to pull off, but Brett Dalton did it so well that it’s easy to forget just how loyal he used to be to Coulson and company. Hopefully the writers have something interesting ahead for him, because I’d hate to see this character lost in the shuffle as the show builds up to Age of Ultron.
This was a pretty calm episode for Coulson, but that’s good because I’m pretty sure he’s going to have his hands tied for the rest of the season. Despite Andrew’s recommendation last week that Skye leave SHIELD, it looks like Coulson is making one last effort to get her powers under control. We all know this will be a failed effort, which is a shame because we can see just how much Coulson cares about Skye.
One thing I liked about this episode is just how much we’re seeing Coulson transform into Nick Fury. After finding out about the Kree DNA that was injected into him in season one, Coulson insisted that he was finished with secrets. In the mid-season finale, he insisted that he’s not like Nick Fury. Robert Gonzalez (Edward James Olmos) and his other compatriots feel otherwise. He has secrets, and this secrets have cost people their lives. We saw Coulson’s Fury-like personality when he told Skye she’s one of the few people he can trust. This was reminiscent of the season one finale when Fury told Coulson, “You know how many people I can trust.” Coulson responded, “You can count them on one hand.” To which Fury replied, “And I’m not afraid to cut off fingers.” Life isn’t so easy now that you’re in charge, is it, Phil?
SHIELD, the Real SHIELD
We finally got the answers to the Bobbi and Mack questions that have been lurking since the first half of the season. After all the speculation that they could be Hydra agents, Fury spies, or Talbot moles, they ended up working for an alternate SHIELD agency. There’s still more questions to be answered, but I like this development. I’m Team Coulson all the way, but I thought it was a little convenient that Fury just handed the reigns over at the end of last season. Wouldn’t people have a problem with Fury unilaterally giving SHIELD to an agent? The answer to that question was a resounding yes.
There’s so much potential for this development. While the “real SHIELD” could end up being a benevolent force, there’s still the chance that it has nefarious plans. It could be another Hydra front (did the “Love in the Time of Hydra” title of this episode refer to Ward and Agent 33 or Bobbi and Hunter?). Judging by the previews for next, all will be revealed.
Thanks for reading!