Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1.17 Review – ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’
April 8, 2014 – ABC.
Hope you saw Captain America: The Winter Solider this weekend and weren’t spoiled by ‘Turn, Turn, Turn.’ If you haven’t, uh, well, I didn’t do it! I promise, I’ll keep my mouth shut for purposes of this review too. Working together, we may just get you into the theater to see Cap on the big screen with some surprises intact.
Next time, go opening weekend though, okay?
Anyway, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. bet the house this week. It gave us a little bit of everything – action, romance, classic betrayal – no take backs, okay?
Were you fooled into thinking May was reporting to the big bad (or even the big bad herself)? Team Coulson was unsure, but I don’t think many of us were. May has been consistently protective of her dear friend Phil and it’s no real surprise when she finally reveals that she’s been reporting to Director Fury. Oh, and she knew about Tahiti
I admit it, that stung. I could fangirl this and try to make it better (she did try to help him figure it out eventually after all), but Coulson is furious and rightly so. Still a part of me did roll my eyes a bit. Director Fury is charged with protecting the world! If Coulson had been thinking, he would have realized someone on that plane was phoning in a report on his behavior, just in case he was infected with crazy and tried to take over the world. Who else could it be? FitzSimmons? It had to be May.
Team Coulson has bigger fish to fry though, like finding out where the hell the plane has been programmed to go and help Agent Garrett escape some S.H.I.E.L.D. drones that are trying to shoot him out of the sky. Fitz is able to override S.H.I.E.L.D.’s hold on the plane’s guns and Coulson uses some fancy firepower to save Garrett and bring him aboard. Garrett tells them that the plane is being hauled back to HQ and Skye cracks S.H.I.E.L.D.’s systems to reveal that Hydra has embedded themselves in S.H.I.E.L.D., all the way to the top. That reveal took a little too long for me, but I saw the movie this weekend. If you didn’t, I’d think the pacing was just about right.
Coulson’s still pissed at May, but he knows when they need to call in the big guns and if she has a direct line to Fury, Coulson wants him on the phone now. Instead, they get the big news.
Director Fury is dead.
Coulson and Garrett are in shock; could it be true? Garrett reminds us that Fury’s hard to kill, Coulson’s living proof that death isn’t final but the plane is on the ground at HQ, surrounded by Hydra agents (and poor dupped S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who are just following orders) and Garrett admits it doesn’t look good for Fury. Can you imagine a S.H.I.E.L.D. without Fury?
Coulson and May can’t, but Fitz has got something else on his mind: Jemma’s safety. He hasn’t spoken with her since he attempted to hack a secure line and Coulson pointed out that Simmons is completely vulnerable at HQ, testing Skye’s blood for the super secret drug, surrounded by Hydra.
While all the agents at HQ have been scrambling to do Hand’s bidding, Simmons got to have some unplanned quiet time with Agent Triplett. Not the fun quiet time with intense eye sex stares either, the kind where he guilts her into giving up her plan to use Skye’s blood to figure out more about the super secret drug.
Tripp’s charm is unsettling; both May and Ward are taciturn, as though that is an assassin’s default setting. Can Simmons trust him?
He scores Simmons the secure outside line she needs to call a former professor for help with the blood work, but instead of answers, all they get is the bad news that Hydra has taken over S.H.I.E.L.D. Simmons’ professor warns her to lock the door and trust no one. When Tripp locks them in, Simmons is frightened. Trust no one – can she trust him?
Tripp turns on the charm again and hands over a knife. He’ll know if he can trust her if she doesn’t try to kill him. It’s almost slightly romantic and Simmons seems to be caught on his hook. I would be too, if I wasn’t completely aware that 1) armed or not, Simmons is no match for Tripp and 2) Fitz is so worried about her, I can’t in good conscious be okay with this.
Agent Hand isn’t shipping them yet either. She busts in and demands they swear allegiance to Hydra or die. Tripp tells her they’d rather die and a relieved Hand welcomes them to her team. Her team thinks Coulson is Hydra so it’s not made up of the brightest agents S.H.I.E.L.D. has to offer. Simmons refuses to believe it. Hand connects the dots of Coulson’s sins (he does go rogue a bit lately, yes?) and reminds her that Hydra’s about hiding in plain sight, keeping secrets and pretending to be your friend. Hand’s not wrong for not trusting Coulson, he’s not trusting her either. They’re both Team Good Guy, trying to save S.H.I.E.L.D.
Let’s Get a Drink
While Simmons is making friends, Team Coulson is trying to figure out how to save her. Garrett and Coulson have come to the consensus that Hand may be the Clairvoyant and Garrett wants to take her out first. Fitz is insisting that first priority has to be finding Simmons, Ward worries that Team Coulson’s intel could fall into the wrong hands when Hydra takes the plane and May wants out of the handcuffs because she’s taken a bullet in the arm to prove her loyalty to Team Coulson.
Coulson problem solves quickly: Skye’s going to back up the intel and wipe the plane, May’s not getting out of the handcuffs and they’ll use some of Fitz’s super sciencey toys to get out of the plane and tunnel into HQ undetected to save Simmons and Tripp before taking down Hand.
Once they’ve tunneled into HQ, Ward and Skye split from the team to dismantle HQ’s systems but it’s really a big plot device for Ward and Skye romantic time. Ward admits that he chose to “get drinks” with May because he knew he wouldn’t get emotionally involved, Skye reminds him she offered to talk, not sex him up and admits she knew that Ward was doing May this entire time. There’s an agreement to meet for drinks if they live through this and a smooch in case they don’t. It’s sweet, but not as romantic as Fitz’s worry or Tripp’s charm. Mission complete: Ward defeats the bad guys, Skye takes down the systems.
Fitz and Garrett wear hats and look down to disguise their identity for the S.H.I.E.L.D. cameras as they waltz their prisoners, Coulson and May, in the door. They quickly overpower the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and take over their surveillance equipment to find Hand. Fitz isn’t moving until they find Simmons, but Garrett wants to go in for the kill. Coulson and May think Hand should be iced and interrogated.
Garrett pleads revenge; Hand got several of his men killed and has a list of other sins, including having Coulson in that brain scanning machine. She’s a traitor, Garrett insists, but he’s flubbed it. Coulson never reported the brain scanning machine. Garrett could only know that if he was the Clairvoyant and a high level member of Hydra.
As such, Garrett’s able to easily manipulate a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who come in guns blazing. If you were trained by Agent Sitwell, you know what to do, he says and the team takes out half of their own members before turning the fight on Coulson, May and Fitz.
Coulson and May do the heavy lifting, but Fitz gets off a few heroic moments (including shooting an agent about to kill May, so I guess he’s forgiven her for trying to ice him). Hand is at the door, but she’s heard everything. Garrett is going to the fridge, but S.H.I.E.L.D. has gone under and Captain America is off the grid. Hand and Coulson could be the two highest ranking members of S.H.I.E.L.D. which seems odd because Black Widow and Hawkeye have to be higher…guess they’re off grid, like Captain America.
One Head, Two Heads
Finding out their SO has betrayed S.H.I.E.L.D., Tripp shouts threats and Ward goes into iceman mode. Still burdened with killing an innocent man, Ward insists on going with Hand to take Garrett to the Freezer. Uh, Ward, don’t you have a date?
His date’s pretty busy trying to put the plane back together with FitzSimmons and May, so I guess he gets to go on his field trip. May’s hall pass has been revoked though, Coulson will keep her on as an ally, but they are no longer friends. Oh Coulson, don’t say things that you’re going to have to take back. Were you not listening when Garrett said May would die for you? He lies a lot, but not about that.
On the way to the fridge, Hand decides it would be best if Garrett sees a grave instead of the icebox and offers Ward the chance to redeem himself for shooting an innocent. Ward gets up and shoots the other S.H.I.E.L.D. officers and Hand herself. Well, they did keep telling us that if you cut off one head, you’d get two.
This is honestly the best plot twist I could hope for, but they better not use Skye’s special snowflake powers to take it back because he loves her. No brainwashing. No secret mission given to him by Coulson to act undercover, Garrett’s too smart to fall for that. Ward being the bad guy is the most interesting he’s been since going to bed with May and I don’t want to see him redeemed.
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