|Even S.H.I.E.L.D. agents have time to pose for |
awkward family photos
The original six are together again. Let's see how long before they kill Ward.
I've seen some say the decision to send just Coulson's original team was somewhat contrived, but I feel the episode did a good job of explaining why it was just those six and no one else. Gonzales said himself that he didn't want to risk his own people on the mission. He had his doubts that it would succeed and thus was more than happy to allow Coulson and those loyal to him (plus Ward) to go. If the mission failed then he would be rid of every S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who isn't 100% on his team in one go.
And if the mission was a success, which it was, then he would have some enhanced humans to play around with. Jan Brady doesn’t sound much different than HYDRA when it comes to how to treat enhanced people. He and the other non-awesome leaders of H.U.F.F.L.E.P.U.F.F. see enhanced humans, either biologically or technologically, as nothing more than things and threats, something to be contained or studied. Coulson and co doesn't agree with that and it looks like Bobbi doesn't either. She’s moving closer and closer to Coulson’s point of view when it comes to these people. How much longer until she decide to switches houses?
Ward was the only one who was excited about the original team being together again. He was all "hey, the band's back together" and "I know I've made some mistakes, but I had a shit childhood so I think we can all agree that that entitles me to at least a minimum amount of forgiveness and understanding". Everyone's reactions to his pathetic attempt to absolve himself of any real blame for the seriously bad things he'd done (like, you know, all the killing) were just beyond perfect and preserved for all time in gif form:
Once again Ward deluded himself into thinking that his bullshit excuses were going to get him a free pass. He thought it would just be like old times again. Wake up and smell the resentment and betrayal, Grant, you and the team are never ever ever getting back together. Like, ever. The good old days he was nostalgic for are gone and they are never coming back, which was made abundantly clear by the complete and utter destruction of the Bus.
With all the Quinjets the team has now it makes sense to get rid of the Bus once and for all. It is a large and expensive set that the show hasn't really been using much this season. I've been actually expecting its destruction for a while now. I originally thought it would be destroyed at the end of season one. It was a surprise to see it go down with hardly any fanfare. This was the team's home, the place they first came together, the place they were a family and they left it without so much as one teary eyed "farewell, old friend". I guess Ward's betrayal has killed off every trace of sentimentality they might've had for the good old days.
Jemma Simmons proved herself to be a woman of her word. She said if she ever saw Ward again she'd kill him and damn, if she didn’t try (RIP Bakshi). It was kind shocking how matter of factly Simmons was about killing Ward. She talked about vaporizing him as if she was baking a cake. The Jemma Simmons of season one is well and truly gone. All that remains of her is the way she smiles when she see Skye again, it's a smile so bright I'm amazed everyone present wasn't left blind.
Marvel is really cornering the market in awesome one shot action sequences. Did the production team hear about Daredevil's now legendary hallway fight and try to match it? This was a more frantic sequence as the camera followed Skye around the room as she took down HYDRA agent after HYDRA agent. Somewhere Melinda May is smirking with pride. Props to the director, stunt team and Chloe Bennett. Unless she used a stunt double, that is. I really couldn't tell. Would it kill someone to switch a light on?
|I sense another potential spin-off - Charlie's Angels of S.H.I.E.L.D.|
--Mack is patching things up with Hunter, who was still recovering from being shot last week. How long before the inevitable Huntingbird reconciliation?
--Kara, who is now mercifully free of Ward (even he knew their relationship wasn't healthy), has been getting a lot of screentime lately. This episode established a prior history between her and Bobbi which makes me think that she's being groomed to join the Huntingbird spin-off?
--If the show is renewed for a third season can Sharon Carter joined the cast? Emily VanCamp could use the work now that Revenge has been cancelled.
--Fitz was as shocked by Simmons’ cold ruthlessness as I was, but he still didn't try to stop her.
--What is Jan Brady keeping secret in the hold of his ship?
--The finale scenes were all just set up for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Best of all, Cobie Smoulders put in a brief appearance as Maria Hill, which doubled as Age of Ultron set up and a chance for Fury's Mean Girls to scoff at H.U.F.F.L.E.P.U.F.F.’s democratic system of leadership. They really need to get Maria on the show more often.
--Are Raina’s visions coming directly from Marvel’s promo department?
Skye: "I'm still happy I shot you."
Fitz: "Yeah, me too."
Simmons: "You should've aimed for the face."
Coulson: "Go nuts. At least until Fury shows up and asks for it back. Oops. Spoiler alert."
Skye: "No, Ward is here. I don’t want to talk about anything personal in case he’s…"
Ward: "Did I hear my name?"
Skye: "He's like Candyman."
Ward: "Mistakes were made."
Fitz: "By you."
Ward: "And people got hurt."
Fitz: "By you."
Skye: "I thought your power was spinning really fast to collect gold rings?"
Three out of four elephants on the plane.
Mark Greig has been writing for Doux Reviews since 2011. More Mark Greig.
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