Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. "The Only Light in the Darkness" Review: True Lies

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E19: "The Only Light in the Darkness"

After giving us a peek behind the evil curtain last week, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pulled back just a bit in "The Only Light in the Darkness" so it could focus more on the emotions swirling around Coulson and his team in the aftermath of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s dismantling, May's lies being exposed, and Hydra leaving the Fridge door open, so to speak. It should come as no surprise that the more interesting half of the episode dealt with Ward's ongoing treachery and his appearance at the secret bunker, but Coulson's trip to Portland to save Amy Acker's cellist from the villainous Blackout gave us a nice glimpse at how hard this life has become, not just for Coulson, but for his whole team. 

The world is changing around these characters, and it's easy to focus on big shocking moments like Ward's betrayal, because they're the flashier developments, but that's not all that's going on here. Over the course of this first season Simmons has gradually evolved as a character, and ever since she saved Skye using the alien substance found in the Guest House, she's felt like a stronger, more confident character, even questioning Coulson's orders and going behind his back in the name of science. Once the Hydra bomb was dropped in "Turn, Turn, Turn", though, her eyes were opened to the harsh reality of the world outside her lab, and her faith in S.H.I.E.L.D.—an organization that's been a huge presence in her life—was shaken. She's not sure why she's still working with Coulson and the team. Even her relationship with Fitz, a person who's been her constant companion for years, begun to change as she questioned what she knew. 


For most of the series Fitz and Simmons have been played like siblings, characters with a deep bond who care very strongly about each other, but it's become increasingly clear in in the wake of recent events that Fitz's feelings go beyond that. Watching Triplett close in on what he feels to be his territory (and being better at nearly everything, it seems) is unsettling him, and he spent a great deal of "The Only Light in the Darkness" thinking about his own light in this newer, darker version of the world. When Agent Koenig put the characters through the rigorous lie detector test, he asked each character what they'd want to be in a box if they were stranded on a desert island. No one yelled, "WHAT'S IN THE BOX?!" during that scene, which was a missed opportunity in my opinion, but Fitz's response was pretty good, even though some people might think it a bit rushed.

After saying it depended on how big the box was, he told Koenig without hesitation that he would want Simmons to be in that box. She's been by his side for a very long time now, and she's incredibly intelligent, so of course he wants Simmons to be in that box (Simmons, for what it's worth, chose the TARDIS proving once again that she's brilliant). In Fitz's opinion, Simmons is what's most important to his survival. It was sad that he couldn't tell her the truth about his feelings when she confronted him about his actions toward Tripplett, but considering it appears he's only now coming to terms with his feelings, maybe it's for the best that he keep them to himself for the time being. Plus, if Coulson couldn't tell the cellist that he was alive, it makes sense Fitz wouldn't see this as the right time to tell Simmons that he loves her. In the grand scheme of things, he was probably right, because although he doesn't know it yet, the shit has hit the fan.


Back at the bunker, Ward put on his sexiest shirt, managed to spin his mission to get Skye to decrypt the hard drive as a way to prove his loyalty to Koenig during the lie detector test, and then thanked the man by garroting him. Guys, forget what I said about liking this new, "interesting" Ward, because he's on my shit list now. You don't just stroll in and kill a man like Patton Oswalt! Throughout the entirety of that scene I just kept thinking, "Constable Bob wouldn't have gone down that easily!" But alas, this is not Justified, and Agent Koenig was not Constable Bob (although was a Howling Commando in the comics, it doesn't appear that carried over to the series). I am very bummed about losing a great comedic presence like Oswalt, but if S.H.I.E.L.D. wants to keep moving at the same accelerated pace that it's maintained for the last three weeks, and if the writers want there to be stakes, there also have to be casualties. And I was only joking before about disliking Ward, because his storyline continues to fuel the fire that powers the show.

Last week I could've made an argument as to how the series could still find rational ways to redeem Ward's character—it certainly wouldn't be the first time a series made excuses for keeping someone around—but the more bodies he drops, the more it looks like Brett Dalton's presence on this series is going to be a limited one. And considering that S.H.I.E.L.D. is already grooming B.J. Britt's Agent Triplett as Ward's replacement, it wouldn't be the least bit surprising to see him die. It would be a shame, because you all know how much I adore Ward's handsome face, but if he goes out in a blaze of traitor glory, it'll be an exciting end to a character I once hated so much that I wanted to shove his face in a George Foreman Grill. I'd be forced to bestow him the Most Changed award for the year. 


That being said, Ward's love for Skye is still in play, and S.H.I.E.L.D. really doesn't want to let us forget it. He used it to fool Koenig, he projected his feelings for Skye onto Fitz when he suggested that Fitz not wait to tell Simmons how he felt because their world was falling apart around them, AND he had that brief moment with Skye during which he tried to tell her the truth about being a shitbag (Side note: I find it hilarious that Ward thinks Skye wouldn't like him if she knew the truth about him, because I didn't like him until I knew the truth about him). 

The series is laying it on pretty thick with all the love mumbo-jumbo, and the scene in which Ward and May discussed the idea of following orders no matter the cost was very, very heavy-handed. Ward's entire storyline this episode was pretty heavy-handed, actually. This might mean that instead of going out as a traitor, he'll go out as a tragic, last-second hero who finally discovers just how truly evil the turtlenecks are and switches allegiances like he's Italy during a World War. It could also mean the series isn't ready to part with Ward and his traitorous scruff just yet. With only three episodes left in the season, the S.H.I.E.L.D. still has a lot of ground left to cover regarding his loyalty to Garrett, but since he kidnapped Skye not realizing she's discovered his secret, it looks like these last three episodes will be just as high-pressured as the last three.



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– I get why the writers had Coulson chase after Blackout after discovering that he'd escaped from the Fridge—his feelings for Acker's character meant Coulson had a personal interest, it meant he knew where Blackout would be (unlike the rest of the escaped villains), and it meant the show could continue the storyline of Coulson's refusal to accept S.H.I.E.L.D.'s dismantling—but that storyline really could have waited until the show could give it proper screen time. As it stands, it felt pretty shaky at best. 

– Skye's reaction to discovering that Ward was Hydra was handled very well. She freaked out, but then got her shit together, and even remembered to replace Ward's penny. He has no idea she's on to him, especially since she pretended to reciprocate his feelings after the fact. Do you think she was able to leave a message for Coulson and the rest of the team, though? Like, maybe a big, "HEY YOU GUYS WARD IS AN EVIL SON OF A BITCH. P.S. IT'S KIND OF HOT. P.P.S. COME SAVE ME. XOXO SKYE" in lipstick on the bathroom mirror? Or on the revolving images? I don't know, just throwing it out there.

– May left the team! She packed her bags because Coulson couldn't forgive her (although we now know now that he has to or is willing to), and called her mom for a ride. Come on, like you haven't ever broken up with someone while out in the middle of nowhere in Canada and had to suck it up and call your parents to come pick you up. Okay, she also had her mom find Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill because Mama May is awesome, but it's still totally the same thing.

– I honestly don't know how the series is going to wrap up Garrett and Ward with only three episodes left. I mean, sure, Coulson, Maria Hill, and Nick Fury could bust in and just blow Garrett's head off at the turtleneck, but where would that leave us with Ward? Do you think that if/when the series is renewed for Season 2, Brett Dalton will be back? Do you want Ward to return? Do you want to see him redeemed? 

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Dec 22, 2014
If somebody leaves a penny on top of the door as an intruder alert, why bother to replace the penny if you're standing *inside* the room waiting for the person who put it there?
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May 03, 2014
It's this late, and they haven't even decided whether they're going to renew it or not? That's just... sucky of ABC. Come on, ABC, get your act together - the writers need some sort of heads-up, or they'll give us a thrown-together season finale either way.

Assuming that they are renewing... (and I know I'm late, so if the news has changed, please don't shoot me):

I definitely think Ward's in this for the long haul. I think he's shaping up to be a primary antagonist (more so than Garrett, actually)... although I don't necessarily think he'll stay that way. SHIELD is about spies, after all, and since, at least at the moment, Ward seems to be kind of emotionally vulnerable... I think another poster got it right when he/she said that a huge plot point will be the battle for Ward's soul. Right now, Ward is reminding me a lot of Angelus, actually, in terms of his role in the story... especially Angelus in the "Innocence" episode (the one right after they have sex and he loses his soul, when he's stringing Buffy along). Except, unlike Angelus, Ward actually has a soul. A corrupted one, but a soul, nonetheless. And therefore he can be redeemed. But not without a lot of emotional tug-of-war first.

Question: at what point will Coulson (and I'm an episode behind because Hulu) find out? Because, as forgiving as Coulson is, I really can't see him forgiving a secret Hydra allegiance. Will he continue to try to win Ward back? Will he do the spy thing and pretend he doesn't know, so he can use Ward without Ward knowing? Will he just kill Ward? Will he even have the chance, or is Ward not coming back?
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Apr 28, 2014
I'm refusing even to contemplate this series not being renewed.
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Apr 28, 2014
At this point, there's no way they could rehabilitate Ward to stay on the team. They could send him off and have him pop up now and again to lend a hand during said rehabilitation, but he's killed agents, released criminals, and stolen harmful tech -- all of which would guarantee him a swift death or a lengthy imprisonment.

Establishing Triplett as the grandson of a Howling Commando also gave him an "in" for replacing Ward.

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Apr 27, 2014
what s this obsession with having things wrap up in the next 3 eps? and what's with the other obsession of either Ward being redeemed or dying within those eps?! as if the HYDRA storyline needs to be resolved now, now, now! what's with the shows killing main characters to 'keep the stakes high'?!
y not have Ward keep working for HYDRA and being their main opposition in s2? y not have Ward be made, Skye being rescued, and Ward disappearing in the great HYDRA machine to be seen maybe in a few eps in the future? y not have characters go back and forth and occasionally changing allegiance or temporarily working together according to their personal etc agendas? or be neutral? or simply go be somewhere else?
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Apr 28, 2014
I guess that since so many network shows have a tendency to wrap up mysteries/plotlines within a season, that some viewers expect that from this show. I'm hoping for more of a multi-season arc that has exactly what you state happening. This is more common to comic books, and is far more interesting than all of the characters remaining static within their relationships.
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Apr 26, 2014
I am very conflicted about the show's new direction, on one hard it is extremely thrilling and interesting, didn't see a couple of those twists that left we lost for words, but on the other I really will miss the chemistry and carry on with all the characters on the bus.. Its kinda sad to think about it because there's no going back, so yeah definitely going to miss the team being united and the light hearted humour..
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Apr 26, 2014
Patton Oswald kinda dropped the ball when he was questioning Ward and forgot about his HYDRA line of questioning because he got one out of like ten right? That makes a guy dead I guess...
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Apr 26, 2014
I honestly don't know if I can keep watching if Ward remains evil or gets whacked to be replaced by Tripplett. I actually liked Ward before the "big reveal." And I really don't like it when the character they have first made me get attached to is then sacrificed just so the writers can go "Ha! We pulled one over on you guys! Didn't see that one coming, did you?" There had better be a damned good explanation/redemption coming up!

I love FitzSimmons too, but I don't know if that would be enough to make me forgive what they did to Ward, if they do in fact keep him evil or kill him off.
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Apr 27, 2014
Ward is my favorite character, has been from the beginning. I don't like this twist much either, especially as they are pushing him further and further from redeemable. I mean, he doesn't have to be redeemed this season. It would be way more interesting to end it on cliffhanger and have him come slowly back to teh team during the next season. If they get a next season. It could be a character study as well.

And I very much agree about Tripplett. He is not a bad character but I so don't want him on teh team. Even less as Ward's replacement. He feels like a disruption and what the team needs right now is something to bring them back together. A glue, if you will. And he is so not that.

I read the writers had meant for Ward to be HYDRA from teh beginning but I can't help to think they pulled that one out of their asses when they've seen the lukewarm reception the show got. It is a good twist and it makes the show thrilling to watch but it also hurts me and honestly? Given that I'm mostly annoyed with Coulson, don't care much about May and think they are hit and miss with Skye, without Ward, as much as I love FitzSimmons they wouldn't be enough to keep me interested either.
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Apr 27, 2014
I agree. I feel a bit like the writers sat around and thought 'What can we do to punish those silly fans who liked the show and the characters from the beginning?'
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May 03, 2014
That's a brilliant way to describe it.
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Apr 26, 2014
P.S. Evil Ward is interesting, I'll give you that, and it has been fun seeing Dalton spread his wings. But I don't find good, stoic characters boring. I was pretty interested in the specialist with bad social skills and locked-up emotions. I was looking forward to seeing what influence Skye had on him, if she was like Bogie in the African Queen teaching Hepburn how to loosen up. I didn't want to watch her try to kill him.
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Apr 26, 2014
It was great to see Amy Acker/Root on this seemed like a perfect fit. Skye handled that situation very well and loved the Bruce Banner reference.
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Apr 26, 2014
Amy always fits. :-)
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Apr 26, 2014
Ya she does haha
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Apr 26, 2014
I personally can't stand Tripplett, but then again I really don't like any new characters being brought in in an ongoing season.
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Apr 25, 2014
The only reason Ward beat the bloody uber lie detector machine is that he was in physical pain from the beating as well having more pain by putting a nail or something close to it into his finger.. Talk about dedication... Pretty psychotic if you ask me. I wonder if Garrett is Ward's older bro... And that would perhaps, maybe, be one way for Ward to redeem himself.. Nah.. I doubt it..

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Apr 26, 2014
I was also wondering if maybe Garrett was Ward's older bro. That would at least explain Ward's behaviour, if Garrett had him brainwashed from childhood. Don't know if that makes him redeemable though, sadly.
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Apr 25, 2014
I think that Ward isn't going to die, but he won't be redeemed either, seems more like if Garrett buys the farm, Ward will become a more staunched and determined adversary.

Skye knows the secret, so, it will be interesting to see how this plays out, if she's going to be smart enough to outwit both him and Garrett.

Patton Oswalt wasn't meant to be a long term thing, I kinda felt it when Coulson decided to go out and save the Cellist, the team would be fragmented and Ward is a killer, there was no way he was going to survive the episode, it didn't surprised me a bit that he's dead.

But, for Skye to be the only one to know about the badges' and the locator machine, that was, well, just one hell of a good coincidence, no? :)

I look forward to the next 3 episodes.. Should be fun! :)

P.S. One thing I hope we learn is WHY Coulson was chosen to live beyond his death. Why did Fury actually go through all these lengths to well.. have him rebuilt and resurrected....

Was it a selfish thing.. an experiment for his own self to see if it could be done? or was there a genuine reason, because Coulson wasn't the highest ranking dude in that organization, so, gotta wonder if there will be some actual resolution eventually, if not in this season, then in the next.
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Apr 25, 2014
Looks like Patton Oswalt's dissing of Lou Ferrigno (in favor of Adam West) in the ComicCon ep (8.6 "Shear Torture") of King of Queens finally caught up with him.




Poor Koenig! (Dang 70's Hulk and 60's Bats!)
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Apr 25, 2014
The way Skye was looking at the screen, she must have put the message there, live feed maybe. She recovered very good by the way, I loved that part. During that moment when she was hiding and Ward was looking for her I was thinking how will she fight him since he was her trainer and there is no way she could outrun him or take him down. Very smart move.


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Apr 25, 2014
Also did anyone else think Skye was staring at that picture of the city for ages? I thought it was going to be significant or something but i can't figure out why?

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Apr 26, 2014
She left a message on the picture for the next day, so the others can see it the day after.
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Apr 25, 2014
One or two things - she probably used it to send a message to the team ("X marks the spot") and it may have given her an idea for a good fake decryption spot - you know, "Ward, we TOTALLY have to go there!".
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Apr 25, 2014
I have a really, really stupid theory about Ward:
You know when it kinda seemed like he was gunna tell Skye he's HYDRA but then he said how his older brother used to make him beat up his younger brother, and you know how Garret makes Ward kill people... MAYBE GARRET IS WARD'S OLDER BROTHER! In one episode I actually think Ward said that Garret is like a brother to him... Yeah, I know it doesn't make any sense, the age difference is probably too big and Garret saved Ward from his family, so maybe he's not literally his older brother... just metaphoricaly...
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Apr 27, 2014

As somebody who has a full brother who is 18 years older than her and a half-brother is 20 years older than her, it’s completely plausible in that regard. Although it would not completely lineup with the flashbacks from the earlier episode.

My theory is that he’s more likely to be something like Ward’s uncle or maybe just the very concerned person who rescued him from a very abusive household, only to put him in another abusive situation. Basically, I believe Ward is suffering from a very toxic combination of Stockholm syndrome and brainwashing.

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Apr 27, 2014
I too think Ward sees Garrett as someone who saved him from a very bad situation. I don't think he is the brother but I do think we will meet the older brotehr eventually. It woudl be a nice twist if meeting his brother again would open Ward's eyes to how truly abusive and not good his relationship with Garrett is.
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Apr 27, 2014
Yeah, I hope your right otherwise they'll probably kill him off if he's just evil
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Apr 25, 2014
Skye obviously left some kind of message, or else she wouldn't act so cool. Before Ward turned out to be a traitor i guessed Tripplett looked like a replacement for him, i guess he stays. I'm Hoping Maria Hill will be a recurring character in season 2, now that Cobie Smulders is freed up, although would she want to do a series again so soon?
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Apr 25, 2014
I really like Agent Triplett and the freshness he brought to the group, so I wouldn't be against him replacing Ward... which is weird because I'm one of the few people who liked Ward from the beginning. Still, at this point, I don't really see how he could be a team member again (he killed Patton Oswalt!)... unless he's revealed to be brainwashed or some other bs, but I sincerely hope the show is above that.

Also, Fitzsimmons better not hook up. They're perfect as best friends/quasi-brother and sister, no need to bring romance into it.
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Apr 25, 2014
I liked it. All in all, I think a solid follow up to the sh*t storm that was last week's episode. Well, except for one thing with is a huge TV pet peeve of mine.

So Nick Fury, THE badass of all badasses builds the ultimate über lie detector which cannot be beaten and Ward goes about beating it using the exact same methods as the current day, completely unreliable lie detector...half truths and physical manipulation. What's the point in talking about how unbeatable this machine is if you're just going to show me somebody beating it minutes later?

"For most of the series Fitz and Simmons have been played like siblings, characters with a deep bond who care very strongly about each other"

And IMO this is the way it should stay. I'm traditionally all for various characters hooking up with one another where things get so incestuous that by the end of series, everybody's basically slept with everybody. BUT, I really dislike this Fitz crush. BOOOOO!!! The two of them play so well off each other as platonic friends. I even quite like the idea of "big brother" looking out of his little sister as the suave agent puts his mack on. I can only pray that over time Fitz realizes that his feels aren't romantic but instead just looking out for his close close friend.

Until then, I'm gonna enjoy my man Triplett get closer and closer to Simmons. I never would have pegged those two upon his introduction but I REALLY like the idea of them together now. That Fitz is losing his sh*t seeing a man that while obviously not his intellectual equal is quite smart and a total badass to boot.

"The more bodies he drops, the more it looks like Brett Dalton's presence on this series is going to be a limited one"

Yup. His biggest appeal was seeing him play double agent now that we know about his true motives. But since his mission was to decode the hard drive or bring back Skye was of the 24 hour variety, that was never going to happen. And as much fun as Evil Ward is, take him away from the team and put him in the Blofeldian volcano lair as a henchman and the appeal is lost. If I had to guess, by seasons end, Ward dies but Bill Paxton remains as a long term foe...which is totally cool with me.
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Apr 25, 2014
Just watched the episode again, and while Ward is my favourite character and I want him redeemed, they've really gone out of their way this episode to make him seem crazy as well as supporting the wrong side, and therefore it just doesn't seem possible anymore. I don't see where else they can go except killing him off or making him even more evil - either of which would really put me off the show. Not impressed with his replacement by Triplett on the team. Hoping they can come up with some kind of other option none of us have thought of to bring the team back together in some way, even if it takes some time.

Best thing about the episode was May's mother. She should come out of retirement and join the team! She made such a strong and amusing impression in about a minute of screen time.

Fitz and Simmons rift is getting old fast. Seems forced and cliched, and how could Simmons be so oblivious? She really annoyed me on the second viewing.
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Apr 25, 2014
I think they are making him darker and darker, just killing more people each episode so they can kill him and no one will complaint, at least that's what i'm afraid of, because all of a sudden he's just killing people left and right, not a great way to keep your cover...and i agree with you, he's my favorite character and i would be disappointed if they just decided to kill him, there's so many layers of him they can develop, his family history, brothers and parents, what did Garrett save him from and how...
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Apr 25, 2014
Just seen the captain america winter solider so catching up with shield now I see how everything ties in , Ward is a interesting character arc. Also I thought May buggering off felt a excuse to put skye in danger on her own again, why would she go off with ward knowing that he works for Hydra? Coulson storyline was good he did have a soul mate before he died and the fitz with simmons storyline needs to be resolved as its getting stale? Looking forward to last episodes see how they tie in with Avengers 2.
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Apr 25, 2014
Ward is my favorite character. While I consider Simmons to be the best character the show has created and her and Fitz's relationship is getting more and more interesting, Ward is my favorite and it is breaking my heart that he seems to be on the path to irredeemable.
I wish they would redeem him. Maybe second season can be about that. his slow slide into the light.
I really liked how Skye handled the reveal. and I didn't even think about the revolving images and leaving a message on them. that is a clever idea.
I LOVE how Brett Dalton plays Ward now and he looks even better than when he was good. And I have a really hard time knowing what from his words and actions is actually real. I'm guessing very little. Though the picture he painted about his family rang scaruly true.
I loved the lie detector test scene. That was a nice fun moment before things got heavy again.
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Apr 25, 2014
"You got to change your evil ways, baby." That's probably what Skye thinks when she looks Ward in the eyes, even though this new evil Ward is WAY BETTER than the old boring one. For me he's proved his evil genius in the way he kidnapped Skye: by trusting her. He used her new found sense of home to let her take the lead, made her think she is helping the team. Too bad for him she already knows he's Hydra, even though I still don't think he's really Hydra.
Anyway, she thinks he's Hydra but she doesn't know Garrett is still alive and even less that Ward is working with him, so I guess she's up for an unpleasant surprise. Unless she's taking him to a trap, that would be a whole different story.
Talking about surprises I can't say that I'm shocked by May leaving the team, after all Coulson made very clear he doesn't need her. Anyway, she got with his mother information of Agent Hill's whereabouts so she can find Fury's whereabouts. The million dollar question is what does she want with Fury, a question that might be answered in the next episode by Agent Hill herself.
Fitz is in love with Simmons, another non-surprise. They've been next to each other for years, one thing always lead to another. Really surprising is Simmons' newly acquired taste for questioning the authority, she's been giving pieces of her mind to Coulson ever since SHIELD started crumble. You go, girl!
So the cellist (Amy Acker who was Fred in Joss Whedon's Angel) wasn't Hydra after all. But she sure taught him one or two things about forgiveness, he'll need that when he's face to face with Ward. Well, he might end up putting a bullet in his brain. Nothing personal.
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Apr 25, 2014
Wow MAOS is 5th on TV.Com's most popular shows list?
The Americans aint even in the top thirteen. Neither is Turn or Dusk till Dawn or any of my favorites. Well actually Game of Thrones is @ number one, but it's still getting under way.

I tried to watch last ep. of AOS and fell asleep. What's wrong with me?
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Apr 25, 2014
Ok Ward is no a triple agent just a bad guy... I don't realy see how he could be on season 2 if we have a season 2. Or maybe as one of HYDRA lieutnant...
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Apr 25, 2014
I also agree he just needs to be written off as a bad guy and kept at that status. Its a bit frustrating to watch shows the characters flip flop from good to bad and back. Most of the time the flip flops are held together by poorly written plotline. He has killed too many people to be redeemed or to use a "I was undercover" plot.

Take a look at how Coulson has treated May for withholding she's been assigned to watch over him. I see what she has done as trivial and of all people Coulson should understand given the nature of his cure. Using this info as a baseline he's surely going to blow a gasket once he learns what Ward has done. If he can just go straight to bring him back into the fold then I call shenanigan's.
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Apr 24, 2014
If May was expecting to be picked up, why was she walking along the road instead of meeting at a designated spot? If there's a road there then there has to be something around.
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Apr 24, 2014
Do not like the way this is turning. Each new episode the few of them trying to "catch" one of those prisoners who fled? That sounds like almost every other show. We also now know Ward is one of them proper evil sociopaths who is truly a bad guy. No "triple agent" or anything. Just a new big bad evil character.

Sociopaths without any charm.. boring. I can understand that the female audience like Ward, that just how it always is. But as he has no real charisma anymore.. compared to Dexter.. the serial killer we all love.. Ward is just another "monster" killing people left and right.


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Apr 24, 2014
I think a lot of this falls back to the actor. Ward the agent was so bland and boring but since the reveal of this Evil Ward the actor has had so much more to work with but yet he still doesn't quite pull it off. Although Evil Ward is a much more interesting character the performance still feels flat, a stronger actor would have portrayed this transformation much better and with much more charisma.
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Apr 24, 2014
The pace slowed down just a little but this episode once again proves that the show has found it's identity. It is more than the mutant of the week now. Just like X-Files it took a little time to establish the big picture with the mythology and long term storyline involving Hydra.

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Apr 24, 2014
For one, they are making a pretty good job making me relate to it all the while knowing HYDRA is not exactly on Coulson's team.
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Apr 24, 2014
What I said last week still stands, Ward kills Skye and becomes the Big Bad for next season. That would be phenomenal.

Fitz, you are just the dotiest wee dote EVER! I can't cope with his cuteness! I think it's brilliant he is finally admitting his feelings towards Simmons, and it completely makes sense that he would keep them to himself. It is somewhat annoying that he is only realising these feelings when someone else comes into the picture! Or maybe he realised them when Simmons was infected and he thought she was going to die that time, but didn't want to deal with them then, and buried them?
It is heartbreaking that she doesn't seem to reciprocate those feelings though :'(

May, she just continues to be badass. I assume this is the setup for Hill's reappearance into the show. Does May suspect that Fury isn't actually dead, or is she just going to the highest agent she can think of for answers?
Loved May's mother. Would love to see her join the team on the bus.
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Apr 25, 2014
Yeah I just can not see them killing Skye anytime soon. They made her an 0-8-4 for an reason. Clearly that is an major plot element that they have large plans for down the road. So for that reason Skye is pretty much the 1 person on this show you can be confident will definitely survive for awhile.
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Apr 27, 2014
That's why it would have an even greater emotional impact!! (But yeah, I realise it's highly improbable she'll die, but a girl can dream.)
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Apr 24, 2014
I honestly believe Fitz its cute enough to believe Jemma has friendzone him. For a smart guy, he's clearly clueless when it comes to women (especially the one he has feelings for).
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Apr 24, 2014
I realize some people don't like Skye, but she's one of my favorites on the show next to FitzSimmons. So I would personally hate it if they went that direction.

I'm actually hoping for the opposite. Skye's already had moments that have shaken her up (getting shot twice, near death, becoming a shield agent only to have it disintegrate, finding out Ward is a traitor) that can contribute to her character growth into a more hardened agent. And what would be better for that then her having to kill Ward! Or at least make it seem like she killed him (since we all know comic book characters can survive some ridiculous situations).
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Apr 24, 2014
Ward killing Skye. Damn that would be kind of soul-crushing. Coming off of that excellent handling of discovering Ward this week, I'm actually starting to like Skye.

Nice discussion of Fitz! It really is kind of heartbreaking watching this little subplot unfold. Can't wait to see if they have Simmons completely shirk Fitz in favor of Trip, or come around and start to reciprocate the feelings. Personally, I think she did, and then they went back on it to start up this ridiculous love triangle.

May is seriously becoming the best. Her Mom is awesome too, and I totally want to see more of Mama May!
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Apr 24, 2014
2) Ward. Man, I can't tell whether he's acting or not anymore. On "Turn, turn, turn" I didn't buy his I-actually-like-you-Skye speech and on "Providence" I confirmed he was really Hydra and he had been playing the team all along (including his "crush" on Skye). I did not consider his words/actions towards Skye being truth, not even for a moment (altough I have to admit that reading some posts here, I doubted). But this ep... his chat with Skye had me really thinking: if the writers are showing him putting this much effort on playing Agent Ward-has-feelings-for-Skye card, maybe it's true that he has feelings for her despite of being Hydra. And about him being a double agent... I love this posibility the most, but then I think: how can Ward sleep at night knowing he's killing innocent people? It may be for a good reason (as a SHIELD undercover agent within Hydra, his final goal would be eliminate the organization), but that justifies the means? I don't think so, and I think he wouldn't think so either.

At this point, I don't know what to think, but I do want to know what you think.

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Apr 24, 2014
I brought this up before, but I now do not believe Ward's feelings for Skye are as deep as I originally believed. The reason for my change is when Ward was being asked why was he there with Shield, the montage shown were of Garret telling him to bring in Skye, not of Skye herself. That tells me he was thinking of his mission objective, bringing in Skye to Hydra, not of how much he felt for her. That's not to say he doesn't have any feelings for her, but I don't believe they're deep just yet.
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Apr 24, 2014
I more got the feeling that they showed that montage so that Ward could convince himself that he being there for Skye was the whole truth. He needed to believe she was the only reason he was there to pass the lie test.

That being said, I don't think his feelings for her are nearly as deep as everyone initially thought.
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Apr 24, 2014
I just hope we get more Amy Acker on the show.
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Apr 24, 2014
DON'T YOU JUST LOVE AGENT MAY'S MUM?!?
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Apr 25, 2014
First I loved that she called her Mum and then I loved it more when her mum was kickass just like her! &3
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Apr 24, 2014
So much!
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Apr 24, 2014
This was another marvellous episode (they started to stack firewood up since T.R.A.C.K.S. and then produced the starting spark with Turn, turn, turn) but what I really want to talk about are 1) Fitzsimmons and 2) Ward.

1) All those parallelisms between Coulson's love situation and Fitz's lighted up my shipper heart. I mean, maybe it was just my shipper brain, but all Coulson's (and Audrey's) words seemed to be applied to Fitz: "Some people are hard to get over" (even the following "we find Nathan (the cellist), we find Daniels (the bad guy)" reminded of how attached are/used to be Fitzsimmons, because if you're looking for one of them, he/she will be where the other one is), "[Simmons: Were you two close?] Very. [Jemma tilts down her head]", "[Fitz: maybe you should go in there] No, she's healing. She's getting along with her life. We should help her do that.", "[Fitz: Why don't you tell her the truth, that you're still alive? The way she talks about you seems you two had someting nice] We did. [Fitz: So it's not because you're afraid to talk to her] I don't want to hurt her again.", "[Fitz: Why don't you tell her the truth] I will. Some day, I guess, when there's a chance she'll understand."

So on this episode Fitz is both realizing and accepting he has feelings for Jemma, and at the same time he learns that this is not the right time to tell her, not only because all the chaos with SHIELD/Hydra, but because she seems to be growing up in her own way, apart from him, and he wants to give her the chance to do so. They both are maturing (forced by all this war they've been caugh up into and the deathly situations it brings) but also growing apart from each other and I think he accepts it and faces it bravely.

This parallelism thing also made me imagine (want) a future where Fitz and Simmons are not working together anymore and he's working from the shadows (like Coulson regarding Audrey) and she's working on a dangerous mission, which makes Fitz intervine to keep her safe but without showing himself before her... (sorry, shipper feelings took over me).


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Apr 26, 2014
@PatriciaSnche & csinner:

Hey guys! This episode was a doozy! (Did I just write doozy? TWICE?!)

It basically confirmed everything we've been saying for months. Fitz and Simmons are NOT platonic. Yeah, it's one-sided right now, but I've got to believe (for sanity's sake) that little caveat is only temporary.

We've speculated on where exactly Fitz and Simmons stand in terms of how they perceive their own relationship. Now we know half the tale. Fitz is officially IN love with Simmons. The fact she's the answer to his island question is more telling than anything we've seen or heard so far. Not a SAT phone. Not the TARDIS. If he had to choose one thing, he'd choose her. That's just so damn sweet it breaks me up a bit.

In the beginning of the season they were basically inseparable. Hell, they shared a freakin' name and were referred to as that single entity quite often. They had a uniquely close and special relationship. But as the season has progressed, they've slowly grown and matured (war and death will do that), and in that process are beginning to grow apart.

You don't hear the conglomerated FitzSimmons much anymore. They now are distinct individuals. And as much as that saddens me, I think it's necessary for the longevity of any sort of romantic relationship.

They had such a strong bond and close friendship, people assumed they had a platonic relationship. I remember the comments of people confidently asserting that these two would never be more than friends. Also, apparently there are people who thought they were siblings. And even though I disagreed, I understood why someone might have that (first) opinion.

That's why I believe this maturation and separation is the logical next step. They needed to find themselves as individuals before they could be together together. And that progression is already well under way.

Triplett has made Fitz not only confront his feelings, but accept and embrace them. He loves Jemma. He's not lying to himself anymore. But the beautifully tragic thing is, he's matured enough to know that the time is not yet right. Even though he knows Triplett is a threat, and that Jemma is drifting away from him, he's willing to give her the space and time she needs. Selfless love, indeed.

The crappy thing is we have an unrequited situation on our hands. And we (or maybe just I) might be saying "What the frack, Simmons?!" Their feelings for one another used to be quite similar. Simmons would give Fitz many a loving glance, but ever since the arrival of Trip, that dynamic has become very one-sided. Though that hurts my heart, it makes sense from a storytelling stance.

Fitz is the one who nearly lost Simmons. He's the one who risked his life to save her. He's the one who's had to deal with someone else showing an obvious interest. It's only natural that he be the first to confront and accept his feelings. After everything he's been through, he knows what's most important to him.

Now we need Simmons to explore her own feelings. How would she feel if confronted with the possible death of Fitz? How would she feel if some gorgeous engineer fawned over Fitz? I doubt the latter will happen, but precluding a love confession, the writers have to find an organic way to progress her feelings for Fitz.

The good news? I think it's only a matter of time, guys!

NOTES:

- The parallelisms between Coulson/Audrey and Fitz/Simmons were beautifully written. Such an amazing way to advance FitzSimmons without being heavy-handed.

- "There's always a chance they'll kill one of them off though, and tbh, if that happens, I'm not sure I could keep watching." - I think a part of me would die.

- To all those doubters who didn't think anything was there, and all the haters who never wanted anything to happen: SUCK IT! We were right! Virtual high-five!
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Apr 28, 2014
How rational is it for me to have thought of “a book” with that island question? It was the first thing that came to my mind when he asked but then I realized that it had to be something that could take me away from that island, hahaha, not something to be comfy on it (maybe it was my first thought because sometimes I prefer a good book instead of having to deal with some certain human beings… it’d better than what Oliver Queen found on his island, anyway xD)

I remember those comments about they being just Friends/siblings too, and I do understand some points of them, but the reality (back then and now) yells another different thing. Maybe those comments were based on the fact that back then Fitzsimmons didn’t show (not feel) any signs that could make us think it was something more than friendship. I mean, back then (10 eps ago maybe?) even they both thought they were just friends! It’s logic that some people would think the same thing about them. But watching so many shows/reading so many books and life itself provides you with a radar for these things, hahaha, and it also provides you with certain expectations and plot patterns that I really don’t want to see happening on AOS. My series-freak brain tells me that when two characters are meant to be but they don’t realize/know it yet, a third wheel will appear (step 1). Then, when the new couple is established, otp’s single one will meet somebody (step 2) and the other otp’s half will be jealous/will realize that him/her was really his/her one true love (step 3), but it will be too late (step 4). From this point forward, series are supposed to make its own original ending for this couple, but I think the previous pattern is very solid throught most of tv shows/books that have this kind of couples. We’re on the 1st step yet (already?) but the writers have put Fitzsimmons’s love realtionship in such an original way that I truly believe that, although they’ll follow that regular pattern, it’ll be original, unexpected and therefore amazing (I mean, come on, it’s Fitzsimmons, everthing is lovely and amazing about them).

But the beautifully tragic thing is, he's matured enough to know that the time is not yet right.” Ugh, this sentence is so accurate that it hurts.

Are we sure this love is unrequited? Because at the beginning of the show I remember thinking that it was Jemma the only one of them that was showing signs of feeling something for Fitz (FZZT made me sure of it, and whenever you want I’ll give you my reasons), then I thought maybe it was mutual afterall because Fitz was showing hints of jealousy and caring about her while she wasn’t doing so (and I thought it was because she had learnt about her feelings for him long time ago and therefore knew how to keep them hidden) and these signals have been increasing since then to this point where Fitz is fully aware of his feeling about her but she seems to be interested in somebody else (which I’m not so sure of, btw, I think she is just growing apart from all she has believed in until now and Tripplet happens to be there, and she might be thinking he is part of this change but it doesn’t mean that she has true feelings for him… I think she’s just confused and she mixes things up in her head). But that makes me think: what would have happened if Tripplet hadn’t showed up? Would we have still Fitz realizing his feelings? Or was Triplett really necessary for that to happen? I’d wish the anwser were “yes, Fitz would’ve realized his feelings anyway” but I think he wouldn’t have… at least not right this moment.

I need love on this tv show, guys, I really do. Because I don’t see May forgiving Phil for not have trusted her anytime soon (there’s definitely some grammar mistake on that last part of the sentence but I can’t put my finger on it, sorry xD) and I don’t buy Ward’s sudden crush on Skye (I guess I should hope I’m wrong on that one), so I need some light-hearted moments of love to blow off some steam (because too many bad things are happening to our team that I feel as I’m going throught them myself) but all this show does, it does it intensely, so I can only expect those love moments to be as equally intense (for better or for worse) as the rest of the series.
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May 01, 2014
First of all, yes to all of this. Just… yes.

Second of all, you're an Arrow fan, as well? Oh, I've got some Olicity musings I'd love to share with you. Let me just say: Felicity deserves better!

Third of all (I've got to stop numbering my thoughts), I love your points on plot radar and patterns. I'm right there with you. I've read and watched my fair share, so I completely understand what you're saying. There are formulas for redemption, villainy and love.

I used to think FitzSimmons would be following the traditional pattern you outlined, but now I think it won't even get that far. If Simmons still hasn't consciously realized her love for Fitz (which I continue to internally debate), I've got a hunch Triplett will tell her.

But I'll continue with that on another comment...
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Apr 24, 2014
Agreed with most of this until the end...I don't want them apart on this show ever! I'd almost prefer a slow burn, with Simmons getting with Trip for now, only to realize Fitz is the one that's been there for her.

To bring in another of my favorite pairings, this could do well if done the CASTLE way. Guy always knew girl was the one for him, girl caught on eventually, and then they spent a season or two beating around the bush to get there. It was beautiful to watch, and just the perfect amount of frustrating.

Fitz is definitely in love with her, and now we just need Fitz to either be in danger, or do something grand (again) to get Simmons to realize her feelings for him. He's always been possessive of her, but these past few episodes have stressed that he's not just possessive, he's in love. He's growing to be a SHIELD agent, but she's growing to be more of a straight scientist. He seems to know she's struggling with that, and I totally agree that he wants to give her space to figure it out. Selfless love right there.

Honestly, this episode renewed my interest in these two. Last week didn't give me much hope, but now that the writers are clearly setting up the Fitz side of Fitz-Fitz, I have faith that we'll get some sort of payoff here. It just remains to be seen if they're actually going to pair them up, or make this a passing interest.

There's always a chance they'll kill one of them off though, and tbh, if that happens, I'm not sure I could keep watching.
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Apr 26, 2014
Comment above: ^^^^^^
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Apr 24, 2014
I love this show. I wish people would stop being so hard on it. Can't we just enjoy it without picking every little thing apart? The character development in the last couple of episodes has been amazing. I was not the biggest Skye fan at first but she has really grown on me over the season. I am so excited for the rest of this season, but so sad there are only three episodes left
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Apr 24, 2014
I would have so much respect for this show if Ward ends up dying as an evil assh*le. I mean, arent we tired of the typical "bad guy-turns good out of love-ends up dying a hero" plot?
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Apr 24, 2014
He's more like Scandal's Huck: a bad guy that just so happen to like the main lead.

His crush on Skye doesn't redeem him,it just humanizes him.
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Apr 24, 2014
I just want them to keep him evil. He's a villain you could care for, which is what makes a great villain.
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Apr 24, 2014
I'll have to respect it, too. But just not yet. Let's keep him around awhile longer.
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Apr 24, 2014
Nope :)
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Apr 24, 2014
There is always room for Ward on this ship. Yes I am a SKYEWARD Shipper. I want him back and yes it may take a while, but how can you say no to that face. I never found WARD boring when he was good or evil. When he was good, I found him closed off, but not a bad character he didn't have to go evil, but they have made him that way so now I must live with it. I am on pins and needles to see how Skye is gonna handle this; though it seems he feels more for her than she didfor him until she broke down when she found out he was evil. I was like she is really hurt and scared.
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Apr 24, 2014
Garrett probably goes out in a blaze of glory. I wouldn't be surprised if Ward becomes season 2's (reluctant) big bad though. Garrett threatening Skye will definitely be Ward's heel turn moment and possible transition to season 2's (reluctant) arch-nemesis. Ward has been fairly restrained up to now (only dropping bodies if absolutely necessary), something in the finale probably changes that.
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Apr 24, 2014
I'm loving wards ark at the moment and this episode was a great pathway of that ark. I can see he's fighting with himself about his sense of duty and mission and his feeling for Skye, I hope we can finally get the real back story to wards past, I won't the whole story not just fragments of false truths. Now Skye showed some real balls this episode she had me convinced. I really hope they can find a way to keep Ward I don't want him to die, there's so much potential for his character.
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Apr 24, 2014
Can't wait to see how the cat and mouse game between Skye and Ward goes. At this point I'm finally invested in all the characters! I hope they find a way to keep Ward.
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Apr 24, 2014
I think at this moment, I'm now invested in Coulson the least. He's just kind of business-as-usual, whereas everyone else has an awesome arc going on.
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Apr 24, 2014
I actually like Coulson's current arc. It's not as showy as the others, but he is trying to keep an island of Shield going while the rest is falling apart around him. We say how much that matters to him in the last episode, how he planned to try cleaning up the mess made by the release of the Fridge leftovers, and I can't wait until next week to see how he reunites with Maria Hill.
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Apr 24, 2014
I'm shipping Hill and Coulson so bad since the Avengers movie!
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Apr 24, 2014
Great review and also wonder how Ward`s arc will play out. Since he`s pretty much past the point of redemption now and bordering on psycho, it would be a pity to lose AOS eye candy ;p and of late the most interesting character ...(Brett Dalton is slaying us with his increasingly sexy & creepy look . Kudos to Mr Dalton & his cheekbones lol.)

Yes, Trip looks set to join the cast if we are to get a S2 and although I like him, please not at the expense of our bad boy. I like Ward`s dynamic he has with team and especially with Skye. (BTW I think this will play a major part in a showdown with Garrett') Also the AOS fandom has a zillion SkyeWard shippers that will go absolutely batshit when their ship sinks!!!!... so please TPTB, save us from their fury!

I reckon new alliances & new allegiances will certainly come into play by season finale. But who knows ..the writers have done a great job since ep 13 and AOS is certain to reel in a few more viewers with its frenetic pace to the season finale and getting the green light for 2nd season.
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Apr 24, 2014
My only problem with the superpowered villain was that I had no idea who he was. I realize I stopped reading comics years ago, but I had to wiki the guy to find out who he was suppose to be because Coulson's little back story did nothing for me. I realize they are going to keep the really big guns for the movies, but they could pick more recognizable villains. Or at least put them in a costume from the comics to help make them easier to identify, especially if they are going to pick and choose the minor ones.
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Apr 24, 2014
I'm not sure how appropriate it is, but every time I hear the name Hydra this comes to mind: Otep - Theophagy
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Apr 24, 2014
Trivia:
In one of Coulsons first scenes during this episode, a spike of hair stands straight from his head. one shot later his hairdo is perfect again ^^
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Apr 24, 2014
It's not a spike of hair--his alien antennae were briefly showing. (DUN DUN!)

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Apr 24, 2014
I hope Brett Dalton sticks around. He's easily become the best thing on the show, and that's a compliment as--finally--everything is starting to come together. Fitz is great, May's on redemption and even Skye is growing on me. For two weeks now I've wanted to watch the episode rather than wait for a few to pile up on my Hulu queue.
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Apr 24, 2014
This show has me wavering. I despise what they did to Ward. Rarely have I been this disappointed with a show. I think it's very rude of the writers to make me like Ward, to have my favorite scenes all revolve around him; i.e. when he jumped out of the plane or had the buddy mission with Fitz; and then, in one foul twist, make them all dust. How boring he is now! I REALLY don't understand why anyone would find him more interesting! Now he's nothing but a pantomime bad guy, a smug villain like we've all seen a thousand times. He's a murderer, who cares if he has a crush or feels sorry for himself? He's stupid as well. You don't live with these guys for months, fighting to do good, and then flush it all down the toilet unless the I.Q. melted down with the conscience long ago. The moment he aimed his gun at Agent Hand and pulled the trigger, he turned into a mummy.
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Apr 24, 2014
I have to agree. I liked Ward the way he was, and I enjoyed a lot of the early episodes of the show (after the first three or so) which they have now totally twisted and destroyed. I don't get why people think he is more interesting now - I was hoping for redemption for Ward, but this week they seemed to go out of their way to show he was not only doing evil deeds, he is also borderline insane, something which is not necessarily redeemable. So a big part of what I liked about this show is now gone.
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Apr 24, 2014
Those that find him more interesting now, such as myself, seem to have been the ones that were more invested in the other Bus stories. Personally, my favorite scenes have always been the FitzSimmons scenes, and Ward was just a character passing through the background in those. He was never really integral to the storyline, whereas now, he IS the storyline.
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Apr 24, 2014
I agree. He's a storyline now, of yet another villain. (Ho hum, how many do we need? Good stories aren't about the villains, they're about the team and how they deal with the world around them) Whereas before he was a character- a member of the team, now he's just a Garret robot, on his way out. And hopefully gone sooner rather than later.
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Apr 24, 2014
I'd argue that Ward's the biggest part of the villain storyline though. We get way more Ward than Garrett in this particular arc, so it's pretty good in terms of character development for him.
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Apr 25, 2014
I guess I'm one of the few people who liked Ward before the Hydra reveal, and like him now just as much. I take it as this is another facet to a character I could already tell was complicated to begin with.
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Apr 25, 2014
@Vicky, oh for sure. Had I liked Ward before to any degree more than I did, I would have been pissed about this! As it stands, he is probably the only character I was okay with this happening to. Any other character and I'd share your feelings, so I completely understand why you're flummoxed.
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Apr 25, 2014
Yes, he is a big part of villainry- that's for sure. The crux of the matter here seems to be if you liked him before or not. Those who didn't care, who thought Ward boring, are perfectly fine with the twist, since now he's more interesting as evil. But for those of us who liked him, who enjoyed the subtle rather than the blatant, you must admit we have the right to be flummoxed.
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Apr 24, 2014
Have you ever heard of the term "under cover" or "double crossing"?
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Apr 24, 2014
WAT?! I always thought Fitz and Simmons were siblings... I was just about to yell incest lol.
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Apr 24, 2014
The actors try to play them as siblings, but they clearly failed to tone down the chemistry. At least in my opinion.

They were more siblings in 1-5, but episode 6 (FZZT) and beyond I've been watching them more as love interests.
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Apr 24, 2014
I think you're in the wrong fandom. This is AOS's Community, not GoT's.
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Apr 24, 2014
I think Ward is going to become a super villain enemy of SHIELD. I would approve if they kill him, but I don't see that coming.
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Apr 24, 2014
Is it wrong, that I too think Ward is extra hot now that he is bad? I thought he could be redeemed but after killing cute and cuddly Agent Koenig I'm thinking not a chance. Maybe he'll be a recurring evil guy. MAYBE. Skye's freak out about Ward was great acting! She is growing on me as well. Hopefully she left some sort of clue. Totally agree with your thoughts of Simmons, she is trying to adapt and is changing. Fitz is not, he said he doesn't like change and he has a rough road he doesn't say anything soon. And finally Any Acker! Love her! Hope she comes back. :)
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Apr 24, 2014
He is 10 time hotter now than he was. His look his personality his now just so much more attractive, I've found now that he is "evil" his humanity in some sense is showing more than it did before.
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Apr 24, 2014
Why wouldn't they want Iron Man's suit in the box? Why?? It's real in S.H.I.E.L.D. universe right?
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Apr 24, 2014
Probably because everybody knows where Tony's been. I mean, seriously, the guy even pees in the thing.

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Apr 24, 2014
Would YOU want Tony Stark showing up at your secret base? Tony is NOT a subtle guy; it would lead HYDRA straight to them.
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Apr 24, 2014
the box on the beach dude, the box on the beach. just iron man suit in it, no tony stark ;D
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Apr 24, 2014
The ego of Tony Stark knows no boundaries. Tony is tied to the collective unconscious of all scientists in the Marvel 'verse. He's like Santa Clause; he would KNOW that you were THINKING about using his tech. All little scientists know this. Which is why they avoided thinking about the armor. That would not end well.
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