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Tonight we saw the return of everyone’s favorite Shield team – Director Coulson and Agents May, Fitzsimmons, Skye, and Triplett.
I recently rewatched all of season one, which really helped me remember all the little threads they dropped throughout the first season. Threads like Skye’s parentage, Coulson being the one who recommended a memory wipe for any TAHITI patients, the alien language Hyrda has been studying, and the blue alien ‘guest house’ resident who’s blood has restoritive properties. Many of you will remember the major reveals in the final episodes, like Garrett’s identity as the Clairvoyant, Ward’s identity as Hydra, and the biggest reveal of them all, the destruction of Shield.
How do you write a show about an organization that Avenger Captain America toppled to the ground? How do you write about these characters whose secrets have secrets? Honestly, it can’t be an easy job for these writers, and yet, it must also be a lot of fun.
Sure, Shield is toast, but the good people in the organization still want to protect the world. Hydra is still out there, and the writers of this amazing show get to pull from the entire comic book cannon of Marvel for villians, threats, allies, and enemies.
Plus, whatever they’re writing gets to directly tie into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, which includes The Avengers, Ant Man, the Guardians, and the new show Agent Carter.
So, enough recapping. Let’s get into tonight’s episode!
I don’t want to do a straight play by play recap – I want to share with you my reactions.
So, first off: WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?!?!?!
First off, we got a crazy cool flashback to the fabulously baddass Hayley Atwell – Agent Carter and the Howling Commandos busting up the last known Hydra base, and we see her stamp the very first 0-8-4 – how cool was that! And did anyone else catch the box with the blue alien in it? <gasp!>
Then we see the show start to play out pretty standardly. Coulson is running strike and reconnaissance teams from the Playground Base… We see May, Skye, Fitz, Simmons, Koenig, Triplett and three new characters: Hunter, Idaho, and Agent Hartly. We soon find out that they are keeping Ward locked up in the basement (cue creepy Ward), and we know that Fitz, while still recovering from his injury, is still able to work on tech projects with Simmons.
The team encounters a super power baddie known as the “Absorbing Man” and they kidnap Brigadier General Talbot so they can hack into the government facility where top secret weapons and tech are being held.
And this is where everything gets CRAZY! First up, Agent Hartly takes hold of the 0-8-4 and her arm begins to disintegrate. Hunter is forced to cut her arm off (AHHH) only have her die in a Winter Soldier style car flip accident.
Then, we see May, Skye and Triplett take orders from Coulson that puts them in direct danger. There’s a piece of tech that he needs that is worth more than the life of his team. What is that all about????? We soon find out that the tech he needs is a cloaking device so he and the team can track down more Hydra baddies without being chased by the military.
That brings us to the question: Why can’t Fitz build the cloaking device? Oh, right. BECAUSE HE ACTUALLY IS DAMAGED AND SIMMONS IS GONE. SIMMONS. IS GONE. When Coulson did his voice over about Simmons not being there, and Fitz is talking to her, and she starts to fade I started balling, absolutely balling my eyes out. I can’t stop crying. I love Fitz and Simmons so much, and to see him so broken and so desperate and so alone is heartbreaking.
At the end of the episode we are left with the knowledge that Elizabeth Hartley and Idaho are dead, that the Absorbing Man has the deadly 0-8-4, that while in solitary confinement Ward attempted to commit suicide, and that the German Hydra baddie in the beginning of the episode is alive and kicking.
While I knew things weren’t going to play out normally in this episode, I didn’t expect this level of crazy. Kudos to the writers keeping so many wonderful things secret – like the fact that while Fitz would appear in the episode, Simmons actually wouldn’t!
Looking ahead, I now have NO IDEA what to expect. What the heck is that crazy tech, who is the Hyrda baddie (played by Dollhouse alum Reed Diamond), when will Simmons come back, will Fitz get any of his mental abilities back, and the always looming question, how will all of this relate to the wider Marvel universe??? It’s all a little much for me to wrap my head around, but that’s what makes for great TV!
That’s it for me! Leave me a comment below or shoot me a tweet @Lauren_Gallaway! Schedule allowing I will be right here, posting my thoughts and reactions every Tuesday night! Stay classy Shield agents, and remember, WE DON’T HAIL HYDRA! 😉
Agents of Shield airs on ABC Tuesdays @ 9PM