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‘The Bridge’ Review
It’s our last date with S.H.I.E.L.D. before winter break (what, you didn’t think we’d take them home for the holidays so soon, did you?) and things got explosive. Normally, I wouldn’t complain because who doesn’t like to warm up the winter chill, but if Mike Peterson is dead, they’re going to have to do a lot to make it up to me.
Centipede Part III
‘The Bridge’ literally does just that this week, weaving several of the stories S.H.I.E.L.D. has told together. The mysterious man in prison who was visited by the girl in the flower dress is back, “rescued” from that prison by military men. HQ knows no good can come from this and team Coulson is called in to save the day.
When the team realizes that they are coming up against Centipede again, they bring back the guy who started it all. Ward and May are both icy, which I guess makes sense, but as Simmons points out, it’s not like they haven’t had to give someone the benefit of the doubt before. Skye’s like on what … chance three or four?
Mike Peterson Saves the Day
Well, okay, he doesn’t at all, but I wish he would have because J. August Richards is fantastic as Mike Peterson, a mixture of strength and vulnerability with a lot of sexy, and S.H.I.E.L.D. could really use him. Alas, it’s not to be.
As I said, Richards’ Peterson is dynamic and watching him struggle to make amends for nearly killing the team at Grand Central Station is good TV. He’s earnest and righteous and wants to be like Captain America, for god’s sake. Not only does he take some serious damage in the name of protecting Coulson against the new phase of Centipede experiments, but he gives the team a heads up on Raina, the handler we met in ‘Girl in the Flower Dress’.
Unfortunately not only is Raina’s team the creators of Centepede, but they also created that eye camera implant last scene in ‘Eye Spy’ and have outfitted all the new Centipede experiments with them. When Mike saves Coulson, their images are transported to Raina and Po, who then kidnap Mike’s son.
When Peterson told the team about his son’s kidnapping, I cheered. Yay, he’s not going to go off by himself and do something stupid, I thought. Instead, he does something more stupid; he double crosses S.H.I.E.L.D., who thinks they’re trading Mike for his son, by trading his son for Coulson.
Coulson, being way more awesome than anyone deserves to be, is okay with this because he doesn’t want the kid to die. Honestly, I wanted the kid to die, so Peterson would have no reason not to stay on as a part of team S.H.I.E.L.D. Sadly, it was not to be. Instead, Raina and Po make off with Coulson, and after getting his son to safety, it appears Mike is blown up when he tries to “fix” it and get Coulson back.
Centipedes super special healing powers better have protected Mike from that blast, is all I’m saying, because two episodes is not enough!
Love on the Airplane
Though May ended ‘Repairs’ with a joke, suggesting maybe her cold exterior was thawing, she was back to stone cold this week with Ward. From shushing him about their sexytime exploits to accusing him of taking a punch to protect her instead of putting the mission first, it was a bit of a regression considering how things ended.
Ward, for his part, seems to be keeping a bit of his growth after his brush with Asgardian rage in ‘The Well.’ He takes offense when May suggests he protected her over the mission, making it clear he took the hit because she was faster and could try to save the day, but he also talked to Coulson about love, leaving us with the impression that this work place romance is about to hit some road blocks.
Fitz-Simmons played comic relief, with some minor irritation on Fitz’s part when Simmons got tongue tied over the very hunky Mike Peterson. Adorable, but I’d really like to see them developed outside of the funny.
Skye’s given up romantic love, determined to use her free time to search for her mother. Armed with info from Coulson, she’s searching S.H.I.E.L.D.’s files to find her mother, now under the impression that her mother was an agent. Coulson insists that the agent who left her may not even be her mother and that May’s on the case, but when Skye goes to question her, May shuts it down. Given that she told Coulson she’d help, it’s an odd turn of events that leads me to believe that May was the agent who left Skye or that she’s her biological mother.
Neither one of those possibilities thrill me.
The last minute of ‘The Bridge’ shows Coulson alive, in a helicopter with Raina, unconscious. I’m glad we’re not left wondering if he was killed in the blast; it’s Agent Coulson. While he may have been expendable in the Marvel movie universe, S.H.I.E.L.D. desperately needs him and his safety is no real cliffhanger.
What happened in Tahiti, of course, is. It’s the question we’ve been asking all along and so, after it’s revealed that Peterson sold Coulson out to protect his son, I’m not surprised at all that Po and Raina want to know the answer as well.
I feel like I should have put my finger on the double cross sooner, after all, Raina found out how to stabilize centipede in ‘Girl in the Flower Dress.’ She never needed Mike. Whatever phase three is for Po, it has to do with bringing people back from death and Tahiti.
Given that Fury has shielded Coulson, and us, from that information, I can’t be too upset that Raina and Po are trying to get to the bottom of it. Just don’t hurt Coulson too much, you guys. We love him. Also, May is going to kill you for taking him, but I have a feeling the more damage you do, the more painful your death will be.
‘The Bridge’ left us hanging, but things are finally coming together. Why is May so upset about Skye wanting to know about her past, could she be the agent who left her? What will Raina and Po uncover in Coulson’s head? Does Skye know that Ward and May are hooking up? Will we ever forgive them if they really did kill Mike Peterson? Head over to the forum, or leave us a comment, and let us know you’re thoughts!