Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "Parting Shot" Review: I'm Not Crying, It's Just Really Dusty in Here

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S03E13: "Parting Shot"

You know, sometimes you sit down to watch a show that you've watched dozens of times and you think you know what to expect from it week to week, but then, like an episode of MTV's Diary in 2001, it turns out that you really have no idea. Last week, in my review of "The Inside Man," I wrote that I had hoped the plot involving Bobbi and Hunter chasing Powers Boothe to Russia would lead to something exciting and not necessarily an early exit for the characters' in development spin-off Marvel's Most Wanted. Unfortunately, that's exactly what "Parting Shot" was: an ending and what looked to be a final exit for two of the best, most-liked characters S.H.I.E.L.D. has seen in its relatively short time on air. 

The good news is that this was a great exit, far better than the one B.J. Britt received in the middle of Season 2, which makes sense because his character died, and these two lovebirds were just written off into another series. But it hurt. And I guess I didn't expect it to hurt this much? I definitely didn't expect it to happen so soon after S.H.I.E.L.D. returned from hiatus. When characters are spun off into their own series, they're usually written out at the end of the current season, but it's only Episode 13 of 22 and Bobbi and Hunter are no longer agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. They couldn't even say proper goodbyes to their former coworkers and friends like Mack—oh my GOD, poor Mack!—because otherwise the sacrifice they made to protect the organization in Moscow would have been for nothing. I mean, I wouldn't bet against the two of them popping up again later this season, or even later after the events of the potential spin-off in which they attempt to clear their names, but it felt awfully sudden. But then again, it was probably always going to feel that way because we were never going to be ready to say goodbye to Bobbi and Hunter.

This is the type of effective, engaging storytelling I've been missing since S.H.I.E.L.D. returned from hiatus and started setting up its various second-half arcs. "Parting Shot" was a tense hour because of the seriousness of the mission and the flashbacks to what transpired that put Bobbi and Hunter in Interpol's interrogation room, and it was layered with emotions because of the characters' love for one another and the love of their friends. This episode really got to the heart of what S.H.I.E.L.D., both as an organization and as a series, is really about, which is the human component within the fight for the greater good. We all have different reasons for tuning in every week; some fans watch for the spy missions, some tune in for the Inhumans and the heroics, and some people watch for the men and women at the heart of both of those aspects. But at the end of the day, it really is about the people who put their lives on the line for the betterment of the world and what happens to them as a result of that.

Last week, when May told Hunter they weren't friends, her hostility was a holdover from Hunter's actions earlier this season—when he was reckless in his attempt to kill Ward for nearly killing Bobbi and Andrew nearly died as a result. This week, when they were paired up (by May's own orders), May laid into him and he sincerely apologized and told her that he'd take a bullet for any member of their team, not for the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo, but for them. In what was arguably a fairly short amount of time, Hunter really came to care about this team and he wasn't nearly as selfish as he may have appeared from the outside, or he may have been when he first signed on. As it turned out, by the end of the episode, Hunter would end up figuratively taking a bullet for both his friends and the organization right alongside Bobbi. If the Russians had found out that S.H.I.E.L.D. was still operational (the prime minister already suspected as much) and that they'd been training Inhumans as agents, Coulson worried that something comparable to the Cold War would be on the horizon, so Bobbi and Hunter both chose—without knowing the full extent of the Russia threat—to sacrifice themselves and not to follow the team's complicated extraction plan. They were relieved of their S.H.I.E.L.D. agent status effective immediately, and as it stands, they're now civilians and they have plenty of time to take as many vacations as they want. 

The episode's final scene in the bar, in which each of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team members—first Simmons, then Fitz, then May, Daisy, Mack, and Coulson—sent them shots to say goodbye, was one of the more emotional and heartbreaking moments this series has ever crafted, and one I didn't see coming. Bobbi and Hunter are still alive, but the team's action of pouring one out or toasting to their "absent" friends, coupled with everyone's emotional responses to the situation, was a moving tribute to these characters and what they've accomplished since the beginning of Season 2. I didn't expect to be in a puddle of tears this week, but that ending, especially once the series got around to Mack, turned me into Niagara Falls and I'm not even ashamed to admit it. It pulled all the right heartstrings like a feelings ninja.

From the moment ABC announced it was developing Marvel's Most Wanted, which is still just in pilot contention for next season (but will probably be picked up to series—likely as a series to fill the gap between S.H.I.E.L.D.'s half-seasons the way Agent Carter did), my gut reaction and ensuing feelings have been largely negative. I've always been of the mind that these characters worked best as part of a team, not on their own. I thought they helped to solidify a shaky foundation and wasn't optimistic about their ability to carry an entire series, but this week, as Bobbi and Hunter were left alone on their own to surveil the compound, my brain started drifting toward the idea that maybe I'd been wrong, maybe I wouldn't mind watching a spy series that followed the two of them, one that featured Hunter teaching me how to make mushroom soup or Bobbi ordering a cheeseburger during an interrogation. It may still be true that they won't click with audiences once outside the S.H.I.E.L.D. sphere—one solid episode does not a series make (and part of what made this week's episode so great was how their characters interacted with the rest of the team or affected the rest of the team)—but I do think it's fairly obvious that S.H.I.E.L.D. needs Bobbi and Hunter more than they probably need S.H.I.E.L.D. at this point.

From a character point of view, Bobbi is a badass, reliable woman who can work as part of a team or on her own. When she's on a mission, you can count on her to get the job done and that she won't crack under pressure. As it was made abundantly clear this week, she was the only member of the team outside of May who was a fully-trained agent, with the skills you'd normally associate with this profession, which makes sense because people like Daisy, Mack, and Lincoln have all come on board via different means and with different skills. Meanwhile, Hunter, though not an officially trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, has obviously had training and was a mercenary prior to signing on to Coulson's team. Also reliable, and pretty damn resilient, Hunter was a great addition to the series for the opposite reason that Bobbi was a great addition: he didn't have time for following the rules and his personality made him stand out in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s increasingly large cast. Without Bobbi's top-notch skills and Hunter's tension-eliminating one-liners, what will S.H.I.E.L.D. become?

As it stands, Lincoln's a pretty face with a pretty cool power, but his potential has yet to be realized. Daisy's fully embraced her abilities and although she still serves up some great lines of her own and has saved the day, she isn't going to be able to pick up Hunter's slack and she doesn't have the knowledge that Bobbi had. Mack, who joined the series alongside Bobbi and Hunter, has become a very strong character and someone who's proved to be a capable and reliable leader in times of need, so much so that I've often found my mind drifting to what it would be like if he took on a larger role within S.H.I.E.L.D. Meanwhile, May is still the cavalry, still there to bust anyone's balls that need busting; Fitz and Simmons have both become better equipped at handling themselves outside of the lab thanks to the obstacles they've had to overcome since the series premiere; and Coulson is, well, he's Phil Coulson, the guy who still likes to step out of the shadows to make a cool entrance (yeah, don't think I didn't notice that this week). This team (and cast) is fairly solid, but without Bobbi and Hunter, they're losing a lot of experience, especially in regards to fieldwork, and they're losing the dynamic their characters, both apart and together, brought to the series. Add in the fact that it's probably fairly likely that Brett Dalton probably won't be around in Season 4 and the series is losing a lot of what has made it interesting and great these last couple of seasons.

But Bobbi and Hunter's departure was tied into something larger and I'd be remiss if I didn't discuss how their exit came to be. After the symposium in Taiwan, they followed Powers Boothe and the Russian delegate Anton Petrov to the middle of nowhere in Russia, where the latter wanted to set up a sanctuary of sorts for Inhumans. But Powers Boothe—because he's Powers Boothe—was actually staging a coup and S.H.I.E.L.D. was forced to intervene before an Inhuman with the power to manifest a form of sentient Darkforce (miss you, Agent Carter!) that was able to shift its density at will and operated independently of the general tried to kill the prime minister because he was against Inhumans. After Bobbi, Mack, and Daisy got their asses handed to them by the shadow-like creature, Bobbi was forced to kill the general in order to kill the creature to protect the prime minister (but also Hunter who was getting his ass kicked as well). Apparently it's frowned upon when members of the Russian government are killed or something because that's how Bobbi and Hunter ended up at the Interpol offices in Moscow, where they were interrogated. The Russian Prime Minister was certain they were working for S.H.I.E.L.D. (and saw them as proof that S.H.I.E.L.D. was still operational), but neither Bobbi nor Hunter broke, even when the other's life was in danger. 

Last week, when May accused Hunter of only sticking around S.H.I.E.L.D. because Bobbi was an agent, I thought it was a load of rubbish. I still think it's rubbish, to an extent, but it is true that Bobbi is Hunter's weakness, and it's equally true that he is her weakness. For as much as I wish they hadn't had to give up their membership as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., "Parting Shot" was a really great, intense, heartbreaking episode that made plenty of strides in convincing me that a series based around these characters is something that I'll at least consider to be worth watching. I don't know what their departure will mean for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. moving forward, but I know that I already miss Hunter something fierce.



DECLASSIFIED CASE FILES


– Amadeus Ravenclaw Hunter is the best fake name, no?

– In the episode's end tag, Haley James Scott went skeet shooting with her dad Powers Boothe and I DO NOT APPROVE OF THIS EVIL. 

– "He was just doing his job." "So was Stalin."

– "What are the chances he just tripped and fell and wrapped himself in a nice comfy tarp?"

– "The letter that looks like New Hampshire with legs: that’s D, right?" 


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Apr 05, 2016
what makes you think bret wont be in season 4? if i may ask?
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Apr 10, 2016
Ehm, maybe cause his original character is dead and the new one is the big bad of this season, which means he'll probably be killed off in the last chapter.

A magical "oh, look, he's alive again!" of Ward is not something anyone would like, no matter how much we miss the character.
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Mar 27, 2016
Not ashamed to say the "spy's goodbye" really got me, tears were shed! Funny because I didn't like either of the characters really when they were introduced :)
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Mar 27, 2016
I just realized that we're all getting used to her being Daisy now. It's gotten easier.
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Mar 27, 2016
"You wanna know the key to a good mushroom soup? dried porcinis."
"I dated a Russian hacker once but I only learned the dirty words."
"C'mon Daisy you can hack the Pentagon and shake the Earth you going to let a few backword letters trip you up?"
"You ready seestra?"
Damn! the spy's goodbye hit me with the feels!
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Mar 23, 2016
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Mar 24, 2016
What?!
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Mar 24, 2016
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Mar 27, 2016
Well if the only way to get to heaven is to have babies and be miserable and unhappy, because I don't want them, then I guess I'm Hell bound. I guess that's all there is to say about that. I'm not going to debate with someone who is clearly living in the middle ages and tells people that they're going to hell.
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Mar 27, 2016
Then get Married and Adapt a child or get married to somebody has already have a child...

And Childbirth isn't the only way to have a child, you know... Because Family comes into different ways form at all ages... And you can always adapt a child, and become a step mother getting married with somebody has a child...
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Mar 27, 2016
I do believe in love. Saying that it's not the same as romance doesn't mean I don't believe in love. I do. And I do like when relationhsips happen between my characters on TV. I just don't like when they're forced on characters that are not compatible.

That sounds very archaic to think that I can't get married or be happy w/o having a family. What about the family of the people that I love: my relatives & friends who are there for me? I love them and they love me.
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Mar 27, 2016
Then maybe you should tell DC Comics stop forcing Superman & Wonder Woman together... And bring back Superman & Lois Lane that relationship was fine and perfect...
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Mar 26, 2016
Well, I'm not that kind of female. I don't like romance. I like action & SciFi which is why I'm in a SciFi community discussing a sci fi show. Which is what we're all doing here. Perhaps you should look for a romance forum or message board to discuss this with other's who are interested & can make sense of what you're trying to say.
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Mar 27, 2016
Can't reply to the specific post.

"I'm a childfree woman. I don't want children. I just turned 41."

Good for you! I'm a childfree man of 43 and fortunately my wife of 33 has the same philosophy, there's more than enough selfish parents in the world, we decided to be selfish non-parents and just enjoy lives focussing on the two of us, and our awesome dogs! :)
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Mar 26, 2016
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Mar 25, 2016
A Female Agent into Action.

Such as Olivia Dunham from Fringe, she has the action first and then goes romantic later with Peter Bishop...

I believe Olivia made the first move to be with Peter...

A Female Police Offer into Action

Such as Catherine Chandler from Beauty & the Beast, she has the action first and then goes romantic later with Vincent Keller..

I believe Catherine made the first move to be with Vincent...
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Mar 26, 2016
I'm a childfree woman. I don't want children. I just turned 41. Knew that I didn't want children since I was little. Not all women want children. Many of us both men & women are childfree. And many people don't want to be married either. Love & romance are not the same things. Romance is more of a fairytale and love is something concrete & solid & certain. It's not always pretty or perfect. It's not flowers & wedding cakes & champagne. It's having someone understand you support you & sympathize with you, even when it's not something that they are experiencing.
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Mar 26, 2016
Great so you do watch TV shows? I stopped Beauty & the Beast. There was too much angst with the romance. It was frustrating.
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Mar 24, 2016
Wow, sexist much? Not all girls love romance, just like not all gay guys love mincing.
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Mar 27, 2016
Seriously after hearing that I'm going to hell for not wanting to have babies, I'm done too. At first I felt badly for the ESL romanti-ranter, but I'm done as well. I don't usually get this involved in craziness b/c as I've said I just want to talk about my show!!!
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Mar 25, 2016
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Mar 25, 2016
You know the opinion of all women, do you?

Your entire point throughout most of the post you have made on this site is that romance is dead in "this generation". Are there no women in "this generation"? Because if romance is dead then that mean that the women of "this generation" do not like romance!

And as GothCeltGirl has said, none of your posts have anything to do with the TV show being discussed. You also said you were leaving the site...well to be honest at this point I wish you would. I've had about all I can take of your butt-hurt attention seeking.
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Mar 24, 2016
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Mar 24, 2016
This guy is a ranting muppet who continually laments the death of romance in the "current generation"...whatever the hell that means. His grasp of English is pretty abysmal so most of what he types seems like gibberish. I don't care enough to try and decipher it.
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Mar 26, 2016
While I think that another Marvel show may be over-doing it, I do think that Bobbi and Hunter may work better as rouge agents instead of team members.

So, all in all, I'm looking forward to their spin-off.

The "Spy's goodbye" was... I'm not going to admit to crying, but it was really good.

InterPol isn't the international FBI. They don't have agents. It's a system for cooperation between independent Police forces across international borders.

- Are you sure it's a fake name? Have we ever heard Hunter's real name? His name might be Amadeus Ravenclaw, mightn't it?
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Mar 27, 2016
Oh I hope it's his real name!
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Mar 28, 2016
Sadly the name's Lance :D
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Mar 29, 2016
Boring! ;)
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Mar 25, 2016
Good God, that ending! Mack tipped me over from being teary-eyed to actually crying...damn him...
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Mar 25, 2016
Wow, that Spy's Goodbye almost got me tbh
S.H.I.E.L.D was bringing the feels hard there. I've loved Hunter and Bobbi since they arrived and I'm very sad to see them go. This episode really sorta brought us back to what S.H.I.E.L.D is suppose to be (what it was for most of season 1) a team show, where everyone brings something different and important to the table. I worry what S.H.I.E.L.D will be like without Hunter's commentary and Bobbi's badassery. This was a great exit, but ultimately I feel like their departure is bad for S.H.I.E.L.D as a show. We'll see. I will definitely tune in for Most Wanted, I can never really have to much good spy stuff in my life.
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Mar 25, 2016
Some people loved this episode and some people hated it. So, just like every other episode then. Get over yourselves, people that hated. It's just your opinion, not holy writ and no lives depend on it. Even if you loved it, ditto. I'm one who loved it if only because of the farewell scene in the bar. Even though I knew it was there to wring my withers, my withers got well and truly wrung. It takes a lot to make me cry but this got me blubbing. Both the writers (Paul Zbyszewski who wrote the script fromDaniel J. Doyle's story) should be very proud of what they achieved with this episode. It set up the spin off AND delivered the kind of emotional punch often missing from SHIELD and which seems to be the territory of the darker Marvel offerings like DAREDEVIL and JESSICA JONES. (It seems to be the only territory for DC's stuff with ARROW in particular constantly wallowing in soap emotions these days). SHIELD has become huge and baggy recently and this episode showed what needs to be done. Concentrating on two cast members WORKED. Concentrating on one as in the brilliant 4,772 HOURS episode worked even better. In other words,like a lot of us, SHIELD will benefit from going on a diet and getting back to a smaller, leaner cast roster.

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Mar 25, 2016
Overall I didn't like this episode and agree with others comments that it was nothing more than some nonsensical way to spin them off. There were some good lines and the farewell was fantastically done and I did cry. But as a whole it was a disappointment. Lots of holes in it and pointless bits. I am going to really miss both characters, especially Hunter's comic whips. But I do think there is the possibility of them coming back if most wanted tanks. It will also be nice to have other AoS characters developed more and get some focus back onto the other story lines. I felt it was getting a little too Bobbie & Hunter focused and that was also becoming bothersome. I enjoy them better within the team than on their own.
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Mar 24, 2016
I wasn't ready for this. Not even talking about how I bawled like a stupid baby (and trust me, I DID!), but this whole spin off thing is as much off timing wise as was the pace of season 1.
I have zero feeling on how these two characters could or will do on a spin off show, what I know is end of season two was the window.
Since then? Fitz and Simmons have been messed up with, Skye is just Skye, Mack...! and well basically every single bit on the show has suffered a bit of a hiccup that Bobbi and Hunter helped with, with their comedy, actually tolerable relationship... so that taking them away NOW, right when I was finally accepting that they weren't just pleasant sidekicks but actually necessary characters, feels just cruel and so very dangerous.
Now, I'm not going to whine about the prospects of more proper Fitz, Simmons or May screen time; but giving those two the boot at that moment, over a single episode... don't get me wrong, it was handled as beautifully as possible, both emotionally and the episode managed to convey big stakes in some way (even though they came out of someone's ass and it ultimately makes no sense the legal front of things would impact a totally illegal structure so much), good old Whedon quality, but also good old Whedon having to deal with outer stuff that shouldn't impact what's on the screen so much.
I'm confused and I ache.
Don’t get me started on the Tree Hill singing wench showing up to replace Bobbi’s white badass with killer looks combo. NOTHING can replace Bobbi’s hair.
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Mar 24, 2016
Marvels Agents of Shield - you made me cry. Shame on you!

I need Bobbi in my life. SHIELD won't be the same without her. I think separating her from the main show is terrible idea. She is as much the heart of AoS as Skye Daisy and Jemma are. Even if Most Wanted becomes a hit (which I doubt it) it will be a mid-season thing like Agent Carter. So instead of about 20 episodes of Bobbi's awesomness per season we'll get 10 at best.

The fact that Bobbi won't be in the remaining episodes of the current season of AoS makes me very sad.
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Mar 24, 2016
I'm going to miss Hunter most of all. I think I would say that even if this had been a series finally. I hope their show gets picked up so that Hunter's lines can live on.

I'm going to miss Bobbi's spy skills. In this tv/movie world we live in, where its still mostly guys kicking ass...it was nice to have Bobbi to kick serious ass, both literally and figuratively, without any super powers. I'm going to miss them both an awful lot. But I hope their absence will allow for more time with Fitz/Simmons and their special connection. Sorry Lincoln, I just don't get you. And can someone please give Mack a hug!!!!!
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Mar 27, 2016
I hope at some point, once we get over Hunter/Bobbi leaving the team, we get to see Fitz/Simmons get back what they had, even if it doesn't end up being a relationship love connection. They really have something special.
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Mar 24, 2016
Back when, I remember Charisma Carpenter explaining Joss Whedon had told her, he needed her for Angel but should it not work out, she would always have the possibility to go back to Buffy.
Let's hope, Jed and Maurissa have the opportunity to and count on doing that. After all, the writing out was convoluted enough, it should not be a problem to write them back in again next year in case the spin off goes south ;)
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Mar 24, 2016
This was the worst episode of Agents of SHIELD I've seen since early Season 1. Just "meh" in every way. JT_Kirk explains it pretty well in his comment below. A wasted ep - made solely for the purpose of launching Bobbi and Hunter's new show - but wow if it's anything like this ep, count me out. Please bring the good episode back. 6/10.
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Mar 24, 2016
episode+s &-- still no edit button grrrr
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Mar 24, 2016
"Great" exit, "terrible, sloppy, nonsensical" exit; potato, potahto.

What a convoluted, confusing, and ultimately unsatisfying episode. They are secret agents in a secret agency that's already not officially part of the US gov't, why should we care that they signed papers saying they can't when they already don't, legally? And if they're just gonna walk free at the end, why did we go through all that drama and all that setup only to go nowhere?
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Mar 27, 2016
I was a bit lost & confused in the beginning, but chalked it up to my ADHD & difficulty paying attention sometimes, plus the drab setting of Siberia. But I did end up liking how it came together. It was a story that wasn't told as sequentially as we're used to.
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Mar 24, 2016
i don't get it either.. that was NOT the Agents of SHIELD show I normally love - that was just.. a mess.. ugh..
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Mar 24, 2016
Think Haley James heard about Lucas' death(?) and came to the MCU to avenge him?
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Mar 24, 2016
-Great fake name. That was a bonafide laugh out loud moment.
-I was like, "so the daughter is evil too? that's just great..."
-We've still got a lot of Daisy one-liners, as well as Coulson. So we won't be w/o comic relief if there's no more Hunter

Boy what an epsisode! I didn't see that coming. Nor have I read anything about the impending possible spinoff until a little while ago. There are so many spin-offs, it'd difficult to keep track of them all.

I do love them. Bobbie is so badass, & Hunter is so yummy! And so many feels, my apt. got pretty dusty there for a minute, I could even feel it in my throat. That was one of the saddest goodbyes that didn't involve a character death that I've seen in a while. I guess we'll see where their journey takes them. And if the spin-off doesn't work out, maybe the writers can find a clever way to get them back.
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Mar 24, 2016
You may not be crying but I sure as hell am. Two remove the two most human and well liked characters from a show for a spinoff was stupid & shortsighted. I can hear all the fanboys talking about crossover episodes and such but frankly I couldn't care less about that crap. Like Hunter said to May when discussing the "mission" I don't know whether I respect you or feel sorry for you" Exactly Hunter and Bobbi had each other for better and for worse and that human connection is what made all of us love them. Mack appears to be the most affected by this. Great send off for two beloved and well written characters. We as fans deserve better. How this will affect the team remains to be seen but I am not happy about this at all.
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Mar 24, 2016
Not going to lie, never thought an episode of Agents of SHIELD would have me weeping but this one did.
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Mar 24, 2016
it was so forced i laughed.. no tears here - very sappy, seemed pretty lame actually...
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Mar 23, 2016
The first half of this episode was pretty MEH for me, but once the shadow creature showed up I was more in to it. I still don't think MW is a good idea, but if they do a short 1 and done season then maybe I could get on board! The MCU is just feeling a bit crowded nowadays. With all the DCU content I, don't know if I have enough patient's for another superhero spy show:-/ Ps I lol'd when the shadow monster attacking the team was just ignoring Daisy&Bobbi to take out Mac 1st! Then conspicuously raising his shot glass in the bar to the Most Wanted at the end too.Too funny, worst spies in a bar EVER:)
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Mar 27, 2016
I think the conspicuousness was for us, the audience, an intentional way to illustrate their goodbye.
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Mar 27, 2016
Oh yeah I know, but it just took me out of it, because a minute earlier they were saying how they couldn't go talk to the team due to being followed. It just made me laugh is all! I really don't know how the shows going to be now w/o the badass and comic relief?:-/
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Mar 28, 2016
That was a bit funny, I thought for a second, he isn't that guy watching you? But then it hit me hard in my feels.
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Mar 23, 2016
I thought the episode was fairly boring until the end. Those last five minutes were so emotional. Very painful to see and like many others on here, I am not too keen on them being written off for the spin-off.
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Mar 23, 2016
One detail, if no one knows SHIELD still exists, who do they think was flying the helicarrier in Age of Ultron?
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Mar 23, 2016
Just Nick Fury and a couple of ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agents ("old friends").
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Mar 23, 2016
Well done episode!
I cried like a girl during those last moments.
Sure I was expecting that outcome at some point in time because of that potential spinoff but still, the way it was acted was brilliant. No words were spelled, all relied on the glances and actors' emotions and it was great! Not the best episode because I wasn't really invested in the first half but the second part and ending were gems.
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Mar 23, 2016
Haley James Scott!!!!!

Now that's out of the way let's talk about the brutal elephant in the room

I haven't been shy about my feelings for this AoS spin-off - not only does it seem more pointless than Legends of Tomorrow - it means the exit of my favourite SHIELD character - Lance Hunter

I was aware this episode was gonna be a sort of back-door pilot but i did not know that meant Bobbi and Hunter were exiting the series this early

And what an exit - sacrificing themselves for SHIELD - that bar scene was brutal, i cried (not ashamed to admit it) and SHIELD going forward without Bobbi and Hunter makes me a little depressed - there is gonna be a gaping hole in the team that will never be the same

As for the episode itself, i thought it was average, it was good to spend time with Bobbi and Hunter talking about their missed opportunities but the mission kinda dragged

I'm selfishly hoping for the spin-off to fail so we can see them back where they belong - and if this episode is anything to go by, the spin-off is gonna be average at best
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Mar 23, 2016
I agree with most of what you said about the MW, but I am NOT ashamed of sayin that I didn't cry at all. I'm just really indifferent about this backdoor pilot/ exit of 2 of the team:-/
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Mar 23, 2016
This episode had me in tears at the end as well. In the unlikely event I ever have another son. I may have to name him Amadeus Ravenclaw Hunter
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Mar 23, 2016
Did not see this coming. even the bar scene. I thought it'd be another cheesy back patting bye bye scene in a private area away from surveillance. Good luck on a long over due honeymoon of no wedlock.
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Mar 23, 2016
I really didn't think that Hunter and Bobbi were going to leave so soon. I'm not ready for them to go! The goodbye in the bar had me crying. I'm not ready to loose them! I really love them on the team and what they bring to it. I think that I will have to check out their show. If it doesn't work out I hope there is a way to bring them back to the team or at least not just loose them forever.

The first part of this episode was just all right for me. I enjoyed Hunter giving tips on mushroom soup and sticking with the story. Also, Hunter had some of the best lines this episode. The power the general guy had was kind of cool.

This episode just kind of stands out to me for Hunter and Bobbi's exit. I'm not okay with this.
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Mar 23, 2016
While Bobby and Hunter are not my favourite people on the show( I honestly couldn't care less whta happens to them) I really like the spy goodbye vigineete. Mack and Bobby seem to be really close so I guess he would have been more affected by it all.
If marvel's doing a spinoff with those 2 than goodluck to them as I have zero intention of watching.
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Mar 23, 2016
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Mar 24, 2016
"...God and his Son loves Same Sex!!!"

It's kind of hard to translate what you've written into a language that humans can understand but are you saying God and Jebus have a gay incestual relationship? 'Cause that's pretty offensive to Christians dude...
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Mar 24, 2016
What?

Father and Son can't have a gay relationship, you know!!!.... What i mean is, 50% of God's Angels are Lesbians and also Gay male angels also as well into Heaven... And God and Son don't rule out Gay or Lesbian relationships at all... Because they are loving beams for any kind of form relationships comes to be blossom. And we don't see God and Son banned or forbidden Gay Relationships into Heaven, and send them burn into Hell for being gay or lesbian at all...

Like we see todays or now a days standard with people on planet earth forbidden and banned gay relationships to even be blossom, form, come to be and marriage...

Since people on earth are going to believe their believing about the Book of God... And thinking God forbids same sex over people's choice to be with the ones they love, and want to get married to some day... Which it's bull crap lie about people on earth, keep changing the book of god with several fake information for many years.. Just keep the same sex away from getting married inside a church of their power playing god...

And God and his son loves any kind of form relationship on earth, from Man/Woman to Woman/Woman as along as they are happy with ones they love.... And I believe God is turning over in Heaven, saying forget about the church all together... I created this world, planet and universe into 7 days... And the church isn't the only one spot place for people to believe into him... They always can believe into me, with the whole entire planet everywhere they go...
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Mar 24, 2016
FYI (seeing as how you believe in that fairy tale) angels are actually sexless so would be neither straight or gay, but whatever dude, Your incoherent babbling is too baffling for my thinkbox to comprehend.
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Mar 24, 2016
Not being serious, seeing as how I don't believe any of that stuff, but I know quite a bit about it. When you die you do not become an angel. Angels pre-date humans. When you die your soul goes to Heaven (or Hell) and that's all it is, a soul in Heaven. Whether it's a gay or straight soul I doubt it matters but it's not an angel. On this you are definitely wrong. As far as you can be wrong about a fairy tale.
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Mar 24, 2016
No, Humans on planet earth of living first and then you die pass over the gates become Angel... And then join into Heaven as God's Angels...

When we are alive and living being gay and lesbian on planet earth first... Then when you die pass over into the gates into Heaven become Angel... And then join becoming God's Angels!!!

Wow!!! Why so serious?
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Mar 24, 2016
Believe it or not!!!

Same Sex was created first before Opposite Sex was created.... Because of the nature of the Dinosaurs was before People on Planet Earth... And also then the Animals, insects and other nature creatures... And then it finally blossom with the humans on planet earth, just like the Dinosaurs, Animals and Insects...

And we all are God creation and children living on Planet Earth... And God loves putting Same Sex together, like some of his Angels into Heaven... Such as a Female Dinosaur to a Female Dinosaur, Fairy to Fairy, Mermaid to Mermaid, Female Dog to a Female Dog and Female Human to a Female Human...
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Mar 23, 2016
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Mar 23, 2016
Here we go again! !! Am I right? ;-p
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Mar 24, 2016
Why is that account not banned yet?
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Mar 23, 2016
I am concerned. Not about AoS, because the show is good. But I don't think that Bobbie an the kind of worthless Hunter will be able to carry the show. The show is going to need to get fantastic writers.
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Mar 23, 2016
I thought the same when I heard that Angel was going to get his own spin off of Buffy. I couldn't have been more wrong as it ended up being just as good if not surpassing BTVS imo.
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Mar 23, 2016
Never saw Angel. I hope that you're right. On the one hand I want to see Adrianne Palicki go on to bigger and better things. She was great in John Wick. But seeing her every week in a role is good as well.
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Mar 23, 2016
Kind of? Bobbi is the brawns and intellect. Hunter is the street smarts and snark. That's exactly how a spy duo should be.
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Mar 23, 2016
What street smarts? Each and every time he was suppose to utilize his street smarts, he gets his arse kicked. And snark, you can get a teenager for half the price that can provide just as much snark.
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Mar 23, 2016
Worthless? I think we're gonna have to fight.
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Mar 23, 2016
I said "kind of". I know he is a favorite of some. But tactically he doesn't really bring much to the table.
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Mar 23, 2016
Epic episode! Top notch action and heavy emotional charge! Great script, great staging, memorable performances!

I still can't believe that they've written Bobbi and Hunter out!

Just that! It was really powerful episode!!!
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Mar 24, 2016
i disagree - the whole thing felt lame and forced - and the ending was overly sappy and stupid.. but to each his own...
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Mar 23, 2016
#prisoners_of_love

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Mar 23, 2016
#You_are_so_gonna_be_missed!!!

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Mar 24, 2016
i have requested that you be banned. this has nothing to do with the show, you keep posting this crap - take it somewhere else please - nobody here wants to hear it.
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Mar 23, 2016
I'm a grown up, cynical man and that ending made me cry. Oh and how I'd love to see a crossover with Daredevil, but of course it won't happen.
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Mar 23, 2016
When the mid season started, I was secretly hoping that they would mention the ruthless mind controlling maniac in Hell's Kitchen...
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Mar 24, 2016
Yeah, but it's Netflix so it won't happen. Although they mention the events in the movies, so...
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Apr 20, 2016
It's a Netflix show, but ABC produces. Wish the writers got along, no mention until now...
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Mar 23, 2016
I'm crying too Kaitlin :'( I'm going to miss those too...
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Mar 23, 2016
The first half wasn't terribly interesting for some reason, but the second half was exciting and the goodbye scene was incredible. I'm still not crazy about the fact that they're being split off to another show, but they handled the departure very well and avoided the extended contortions we've seen on other shows preparing for spinoffs.

Miss Malick reminds me of loathesome, arrogant, privileged people I've met in real life and it's too bad that it looks like we're going to be seeing a lot more of her. I bet we're going to find out whether Hive ever uses his host body to mate.
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Mar 24, 2016
Mating? This is GROSS, can't believe I haven't thought of it, amazing :D
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Mar 24, 2016
Ha! It was the comments about Ward being a suitable host and later about Malick not being ideal that made me think of his daughter maybe having the 'right personality'. And he did just remodel Ward's body after all, seems silly to relocate right away without at least throwing a party first ;)
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Mar 25, 2016
Flawless reasoning :)
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Mar 23, 2016
One of the best episodes this season bar none emotional in every way but it was needed as with arrow shield team was overcrowded . Now you got Lincoln and the other guy sorry can't remember his name Bobbi and Hunter needed to find their own path. I am glad they characters will be on a spin off, So does that mean Ward will become as big as acoyplse in x men getting stronger and stronger.
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Mar 23, 2016
Daredevil and Jessica Jones may gets most of the praise... but episodes like this one are the reason why I feel bad for the people who drop S.H.I.E.L.D. too early.

Hunter & Morse, I'll see you both on Wanted.
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Mar 23, 2016
I am going to miss Hunter.
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Mar 23, 2016
It's weird that I'm this upset about him leaving since he didn't die and I'll theoretically be able to watch the character on his own show if it gets picked up. But it's just not the same.
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Mar 23, 2016
Funniest line of the episode "He was just doing his job." "So was Stalin." lol
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Mar 23, 2016
I am sure Most Wanted could work given the decent treatment (see Agent Carter), but I am also sure that AOS is loosing big time by their departure. They were both instantly loveable from the scene one, and every time they appeared they lighten up the scene. I just don't see how they can be replaced by current tasks, they are all so .. tragic?
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Mar 23, 2016
Emotionally aching. Good episode. Sigh. Ah well. I'll put up my shield now till next week.
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Mar 23, 2016
So I guess with us already having Hive and Gorgon(the guy with the medusa eyes) on the show and with Von Strucker possibly returning, they are setting up Malick's daughter to be Madame Hydra.

Hive, Gorgon, Von Strucker, Madame Hydra and Kraken(Fury's Brother) in the comics were the present-day legendary "Hydra heads" as Red Skull's successors in terms of importance.

And now we have 4 out of 5 of them in the show. All the MCU needs now is to introduce Fury's brother or someone a kin to him and we will have full HYDRA leadership.

Then we might even eventually get Hydra versus Leviathan versus SHIELD in some seasons latter, if they decide to bring up (since its very likely cancelled)Carter's plotlines to present day.
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Mar 23, 2016
Still got no idea why they thought that needlessly weakening the cast of the main show just to make Mr and Mrs Burn Notice is a good idea.

I think you are jumping to conclusions that Brett Dalton won't be back in yet another role next season, cats look at Ward's amount of lives with jealousy.

Can you give the Powers Boothe thing a rest, arbitrarily deciding to ignore the character's name seems like a joke that has run its course by now.
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Mar 23, 2016
I think we all know I love Brett Dalton and I've been a big supporter of his presence on the show, but if the writers find a way to bring him back after killing him and letting that creature take over his body, I'm going to be forced to call MAJOR shenanigans.
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Mar 24, 2016
Considering he is the head of Hydra (or their god?) then it is actually quite apt for him to keep popping up again and again.
To truly personify Hydra he should be in multiple roles at a time by now.
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Mar 24, 2016
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Mar 23, 2016
"I think you are jumping to conclusions that Brett Dalton won't be back in yet another role next season, cats look at Ward's amount of lives with jealousy"

Hehehe...I've lost count on how many lives he's managed to cough up.
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Mar 23, 2016
I'm like you Kaitlin in that I expected Bobbi and Hunter to spin off at the end of the season. I'm confused as to why the exit was so soon. The dynamics of the show will completely shift, and not in a good way. I'm still trying to figure out why Marvel pushed this very unwanted spin-off without even testing it. What if this new show doesn't make the cut? How do you bring them back into the fold? Do they come back into the fold? Is this a case of spin-offitis, or is there a problem with the cast/actors? What are we not hearing about this?

Yeah, I choked up at that ending, but I'm not too happy at how the ending came so unknowingly. Mack's heartbreak is where I lost it, and that never happens to me.

You know that the world council and head's of state brains will implode when they find out that Phil Coulson, the US Presidential advisor, is the actual director of SHIELD. And we all know that THIS. WILL. HAPPEN!
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Mar 23, 2016
They had to exit this early so Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood could film the pilot for Marvel's Most Wanted. The writers decided not to write them out for a few episodes only to bring them back, which I understand, even though it sucks. However, if that show isn't picked up for some reason, by writing them out this way, they really made it impossible for the two of them to be able to come back.
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Mar 23, 2016
That's why this whole spin-off upsets me. The only way they'd be able to come back is if SHIELD loses its persona-non-grata status in the world. CA-CW could possible allow that, but I'm not too sure even that would help considering Bobbi killed off a Russian General and Interpol investigated.
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Mar 23, 2016
Because they need to add people to the show for Daisy new team of Inhumans. An Hive and Malick counter team of villains.
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Mar 23, 2016
As I understand it their names were cleared at the end there, the Russian Prime Minister agree to let them go because they killed off his political rivals and save his life. Even if there story was a load of rubbish.

The disparity between the films and the show grows, if S.H.I.E.L.D is still a big secret, who does the public, the Russians and the rest of the world thinks was flying that Helicarrier in the film?. Especially as countries for some reason don't operate their own helicarriers.

Great episode through.
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Mar 23, 2016
Sorry, the clearing their names bit was more about the logline for Marvel's Most Wanted than what happened in this episode. Here's the official logline for the potential spin-off:

"Centers on Bobbi Morse (a.k.a. Mockingbird) and Lance Hunter of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., two ex-spies and ex-spouses who are on the run with no friends, no S.H.I.E.L.D. and a long list of enemies looking to claim a bounty on their heads. Able to trust no one but each other, Bobbi and Hunter form an uneasy alliance with Dominic Fortune, a rogue adventurer with a wealth of resources and even more adversaries, who agrees to protect them so long as they help him with his own agenda. These two heroes will help anyone in need, all while trying to uncover the conspiracy that put their own lives in jeopardy."
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Mar 23, 2016
I presume they must get into trouble again during the pilot of the Most Wanted. From this it won't be the Russian government.
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Mar 23, 2016
They think it was Avengers. I mean Fury pretty much implied he is giving away that Helicarrier to them to use. AS far as they are concerned it was Cap's people who used it.

Countries would not have helicarriers. Its a ship type that SHIELD uses.
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Mar 23, 2016
Was it just me or did the suit sitting at the bar look like Justin Bartha?
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Mar 23, 2016
I really enjoyed how they set up that farewell. It was a nice way to say goodbye and thank you for your hard work/service. I had no idea they were going to have a spin off until I read this; I'll give it a shot.
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Mar 23, 2016
The real question is how many more cast member from One Tree Hill will end up in comic related shows? We got Chad Michael Murray in Agent Carter, Shantel VanSanten on The Flash, and now Bethany Joy Lenz on S.H.I.E.L.D.

This is a great opportunity to bring in Hilarie Burton as Captain Marvel, James Lafferty as Paladin, and Sophia Bush as Angela.
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Mar 23, 2016
Loved the emotional send-off, but I could have lived without the unfunny Russian jokes. Those accents were like nails on a chalkboard.
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Mar 23, 2016
And the text recap is up, as soon as it clears the cache.
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Mar 23, 2016
If they do bring back Bobbi and Hunter, I hope none of the main cast sees them. Like they help out and we know they are there, but no one else on the team does.
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