If you had told me a month ago that Ward and Skye would end becoming the most interesting couple on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I would’ve laughed in your face and then backed away slowly so that people wouldn’t see me with the crazy person.
And yet, against all the odds, it's happened. By making Ward a HYDRA agent, while still retaining his feelings for Skye, their coma inducing romance has now become interestingly twisted. There are definite shades of Buffy/Angel circa season two, although Ward isn’t nearly as villainous as Angelus. Ward doesn’t see himself as the bad guy. As far as he is concerned he is just a soldier following orders. Which is the weakest justification of all time and Skye was quick to throw that back in his face, reminding him of other individuals in history (*cough* Nazis *cough*) who claimed to just be following orders.
How long is Ward going to keep following his orders? Deathlok was willing to kill him to get Skye to decrypt the drive, supposedly on Garrett’s order. I say supposedly because we don’t know for certain that the order came directly from Garrett. Unless he's started referring to himself in the third person, Garrett wasn’t the one sending Deathlok his orders. If, however, it was him that means Garrett sees Ward as disposable, which gives Ward a pretty good reason to turn against his mentor at a possibly crucial moment in the not too distant future.
Skye was great in this episode. It's not often that I say that. I don't think that I ever expected to say that. For much of the season it didn’t feel like Skye really belonged on the bus. Sure, she’s always had those too good to be true hacking skills, but it always felt like she was only there because Coulson treated every day like it was bring your surrogate daughter to work day. But lately Skye has started to feel like a credible member of the team. Ever since she was shot they've been fixing a lot of the problems I had with the character, such as completely toning down her almost obnoxious adorkableness. She's a lot more likeable now that they've stopped trying so hard to make her likeable.
Why haven't I talked about Maria Hill yet? I just love Maria Hill, I really do. We need to see more of her, but not too much. I'm one of the few people who doesn’t want to her to become a regular. Far better to keep her as a recurring ally who pops up every now and again to help out and kick ass. Maybe next season we can have an episode where she, May, Pepper and Romanoff get together for a girls night out that will be everything that episode of Person of Interest promised to be but wasn't.
It now looks like S.H.I.E.L.D. is well and truly finished. Hill made it clear to Coulson that there is nothing left of the agency, not even unofficially. The band is most definitely not getting back together for a reunion tour. She advised him to finish off Garrett and Ward and then disband the team. I loved that shot of them all, sans May, sitting by the motel pool, unsure of what they are going to do next. Over the last few episodes we’ve seen the team stripped down to the very basics. They’ve got no allies, no base, no resources, and now no plane. All they have left is each other. And a pool.
After a little bit of grave robbing (does it count as grave robbing when there technically isn’t a grave?), May found out who was in charge of the T.A.H.I.T.I. project. Hint, his name is Phil. This all makes perfect sense. If an alien came crashing down to Earth, Coulson is exactly the man Fury would’ve sent to investigate. That’s what happened in Thor. According to pre-death Coulson, those treated with the T.A.H.I.T.I. serum later began to suffer from serious mental problems, the only treatment for which was a complete memory wipe. Because of this Coulson recommended that the serum never be used. Nick Fury obviously didn’t listen to that part.
What does this mean for Skye? She was treated by the serum. So far she showing no sign of mental detrition. If she does, what do they do? The facility where Coulson was treated has been destroyed. We still don’t really know what Skye is. Her origins remain the only major unsolved mystery at this point. The side effects for her could be completely different. I don’t think there’s time to explore that now, what with everything else that going on, more than likely they’re saving this for season two. If there is a season two.
Intel and Assets
--I love that Coulson actually got his wallet out to pay the valet. Forever following Steven Rogers' example.
--Why is it Hill is more Robin-ish when she’s on this show? Is it just that she has so little screen time in the movies that her Robin-ness easily goes by unnoticed?
--I hope Skye learned a valuable lesson about the importance of seatbelts.
--Hill mentioned ‘Man-Thing’ when she was venting on the phone to Pepper.
--While Fitz was in denial at first about Ward, Simmons went straight to acceptance without passing go or collecting £200. Of the two of them, she has matured the most since the series started.
--Ward shot Lola. He is so never getting back on the team.
Coulson: “Trust me, I’m gonna have a major freakout later.”
Coulson: “If I come out, will you shoot me? ‘Cause… then I won’t come out.”
Coulson: “May walked away ‘cause I told her to. I was mad, and I was mean."
Triplett: “Then we don’t need her sorry ass.”
Coulson: “Excuse me?”
--No one talks shit about May.
Ward: "If Fury needed eye candy around, he could have at least picked Romanoff."
Hill: "That's funny. I'll tell her you said that."
--That's Hill code for "We're gonna fuck up you up, buster".
Hill: “I swear, I need a cocktail and a lobotomy.”
Three out of four Huhs.
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