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Who is the real Grant Ward?
If his big brother, Christian, is to be believed, Grant Ward is a disturbed young man who abused his little brother and blamed it on Christian. But according to Grant, Christian is the abuser and master manipulator who enjoys watching others suffer. Who are we believe? Grant is a HYDRA agent who has betrayed and murdered everyone who trusted him. Christian is a United States Senator, which automatically makes him dodgy. The thing is, the Grant Ward that Christian describes, the homicidal psycho, is exactly the type of person I can see being recruited by HYDRA.
I've suspected for a while now that the stories Ward told Skye about his past, specifically the abuse he suffered at the hands of his older brother, weren't entirely true. At first I thought the older brother he always mentioned was merely a figment of his disturbed imagination, a way for absolving himself of blame for abuse he inflicted on his little brother. Well, it looks like I was wrong about big brother not being real, but not about who the real abuser was. That's assuming Christian was telling the truth. He is a politician after all. They're not known for their honesty.
Going into this season, the question on a lot of people's lips was whether or not Ward could be redeemed? A better question is, should Ward be redeemed? To which my answer is "No frakking way", but that's just me. I like Ward evil and hope they make him the Angelus of the series. Now that he's free, where will he go? What will he do? Frankly my dear... I can't wait to find out. It will be interesting to see what Ward's next move will be. He's burned all his bridges with S.H.I.E.L.D. and he has no true loyalty to HYDRA now that Garrett is dead. Will he go after Skye's father to fulfill his stalkerish obsession with her?
For a minute there I was worried that Skye was falling for Ward's blatant manipulation. I was almost screaming at the screen, shouting at her not to buy what he was selling. Oh me of little faith. I should've known better. May has really trained her well. She let him exploit her weakness so she could find out everything he knew about her father before they got rid of him. Although, it is obvious that he still managed to get under her skin. Ward is aiming for sincerity in his conversations with Skye, but he just comes off as a creepy, stalker ex-boyfriend.
The unwritten laws of television storytelling teach us that if two characters have an antagonistic relationship then there will inevitably be an episode where those character are forced into a situation where they must work together and overcome their differences. That is pretty much what happened to Bobbi and Hunter this week. Coulson sent them on a mission with May and as expected they bickered, and fought and kicked ass in perfect symmetry (seriously, these two have amazing coordination). And, as expected, they ultimately came to a rather predictable understanding with each other in the end. This wasn't the most interesting of side plots, but it did deliver when it came to action (see below).
Intel and Assets
--Did Ward genuinely think he was still part of Coulson's team? If so, he is more delusional than I thought.
--Bobbi in a Star Wars t-shirt. Need I say more.
--Coulson and the grumpy cat mug. Again, do I need to say more?
--Does anyone else think Mack was a little too hard on Simmons?
--Sorry, May, but Bobbi wins this week's ultimate badass award for this moment alone:
--Elizabeth Henstridge sounded like she had a cold.
--Hey, Bobby Cobb, I think you've had one glass of wine too many judging by all those tattoos.
Jemma: "If I ever see you again, I'll kill you."
Coulson: "You are not, nor will you ever be on my team. You dropped FitzSimmons out of a plane. You murdered Victoria Hand and Eric Koenig. You betrayed every one of us, you deluded son of a bitch."
May: "You know I don't like you, right?"
Coulson: "These are for your speech. I made a few changes. It's funnier now."
Four out of four Star Wars t-shirts.
Mark Greig has been writing for Doux Reviews since 2011. More Mark Greig.
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