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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E22: "Beginning of the End"


The season finale of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. answered very few questions, choosing instead to continue to build toward the greater mysteries its been carefully mapping out since the show's premiere. Some fans might take offense to this sort of open-ended storytelling, wishing instead that the series would wrap everything up with a neat little bow every season. That might be how television used to work in the days before every network was in the original scripted programming business, or before the DVR and binge watching, but the world of television has evolved beyond that simple premise. 

A satisfying finale should conclude its main storylines, yes, but there's nothing wrong with carrying a plot thread through from one season to the next. From one standpoint, it's the show's way of making sure viewers return for Season 2. It works similar to a cliffhanger in that its a narrative decision that writers and producers hope will entice you enough to return. If they've done their job correctly, viewers will have invested enough of their time in the show to want to see it through to its inevitable conclusion. It also gives the show something to build toward. 

When new series are pitched to networks, the producers have to show they have enough material to make it worth their while, and seasons-long story arcs are often a means of making that point. It proves there's a long-term goal in place and the writers won't be throwing ideas at the wall hoping one of them sticks. Of course, the story needs to be compelling, too, and I think "Beginning of the End" was probably one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most exciting and best episodes to date after "Turn, Turn, Turn." It was able to wrap up Garrett's arc, conclude Mike Peterson's storyline, and find time for a rather sizable guest appearance from Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Add to that the ongoing storylines regarding the consequences of Coulson's resurrection, Skye's origin story, Raina and Ian Quinn's lofty dreams, and Ward's betrayal, and I feel pretty safe heading in to Season 2. 


After Garrett was injected with GH325 last week, there were a lot of questions about how it would affect him. Well it turned him into a philosophical whackjob, for starters. He spent an awful lot of time saying things like "I can see everything now!" and talking about the big bang, which just made everyone around him want to know where he bought his weed. It also turned him into the world's weirdest graffiti artist with a bad habit of ripping out people's ribs and then stabbing them with said ribs. Maybe I spend too much time watching vampire shows on The CW, but I thought he'd just ripped out his heart and was kind of like, really, the amateur heart grab? Ugh, that is so last week's Vampire Diaries! But I was pleasantly surprised to see the rib. In fact, my reaction to that scene was the equivalent of this scene from Tommy Boy a.k.a. the best film ever made. Perhaps more important than the rib-ripping, however, was that this new development finally allowed Ward to see Garrett for the selfish bastard he's always been. 

Garrett finally had everything he wanted, which meant he honestly didn't care much about what Ward was doing. Like the good little soldier that he is, though, Ward kept asking for his next set of orders. If I were Garrett, I'd have been like, "You want orders? Here's what I like at Chipotle! And don't forget the guacamole!" I don't get why villains don't ever think about the little things, always thinking about, like, world domination or whatever. Villains gotta eat, too! 


Anyway, Ward was finally able to catch a glimpse of what we all knew already, which is that Garrett used him and abused him for his own agenda, but because it would have been ridiculous for him to immediately start pumping Ace of Base and singing about seeing the sign and opening up his eyes, Garrett sent him on his next mission, which was to collect Skye. There was a lot of talk about monsters this week as Raina claimed Skye was one and again when she asked if Ward's true nature was as a monster or if he was just a product of Garrett's selfishness. It's clear Ward doesn't rightfully know who he is without Garrett, because Garrett manipulated him in to being a perfect right hand who obeyed orders and never asked any questions. Which is why he walked right in to a trap when he went to capture Skye. The gods of justice finally let May get her revenge by kicking his ass. If I had one item on my checklist for the season finale, it wasn't to see Garrett meet his end, or for Deathlok's storyline to come full circle, it was to see May finally get to kick the shit out of Ward for what he did to her. He betrayed every single member of the team, but he slept with May, which definitely gave her first dibs at him. There wasn't a direct hit to the crotch that I could see, which was too bad, but she did nail his foot to the floor and damage his larynx rendering him unable to speak. May: 1. Ward: 0.


So Ward ended the season captured as a villain with Coulson promising torture (personally, I think his threat could have been infused with a little bit of Crowley from last week's Supernatural to really sell it) to but according to executive producers Jeffey Bell and Jeph Loeb, Brett Dalton will be back next season. In an interview about the finale, Bell said they loved Dark Ward and the way Dalton brought him to life. (I'd argue Dark Ward is actually what brought Dalton to life.) They also believe, as I do, that there's a lot of story left in Ward and that he's worth more to the show alive than dead. Loeb even compared him to Bucky Barnes, which is what many of you have been doing since it was revealed Ward was Hydra. "The Winter Soldier has done things that are far more heinous than anything Grant Ward has ever done as far as we know," said Loeb. "And yet, at the end of the movie, you're rooting for him to come back on the side of the angels." 

In that same interview—which I highly recommend, by the way, because it gives great insight about Season 1 and what we can expect in Season 2—Bell also compares Ward to Jaime Lannister of Game of Thrones because the world loves me:

I really do believe that no one is too pious to fall or too far gone to be redeemed in some way. Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones did terrible things and now I feel so bad for him because his sister won't kiss him. Isn't that weird? Does she not love him? He lost a hand! It kills me that I care. We want to do that with Ward; we want him to kiss his sister, metaphorically speaking.


So there you have it, guys! Ward is totally making out with Cersei next season. Somewhere someone is already writing that crossover fan fiction. Anyway, knowing Dalton will be back in some capacity next season actually makes me glad we've spent so much time discussing his arc and whether or not his character can be redeemed, because it means it wasn't all for naught. If the show had killed him off or just locked him up alongside nameless villains, it could have given off the appearance that these last six episodes carried no weight, when in actuality, they changed everything we knew about the show and transformed it from a fun show with potential to a much more interesting drama. It would have also meant Fitz and Simmons' storyline this week was just an inconvenience created by a storyline involving a non-essential character, and that is not the case.




FitzSimmons have been the beating heart of S.H.I.E.L.D. since the series premiere, and were often the emotional tether that kept it grounded. "F.Z.Z.T." remains a series highpoint and it's because it was the first time the stakes felt real, but it was also the first time the relationship between Fitz and Simmons took center stage. So if you didn't cry or at least tear up during their scenes this week, you might want to go to the ER and have your heart checked because there is a very good chance you are dead inside. Iain De Caestecker turned in what was probably his finest performance of the season as the episode gave Fitz a chance to play the hero and tell Simmons the truth about how deep his feelings for her truly are. 

For her part, Elizabeth Henstridge's performance was equally moving, first as the realization of what Fitz was telling her played across her face, and again when she refused to accept the plan as it was. "I never had the courage to tell you, so, please, let me show you," Fitz begged, and it was the saddest thing the series has ever done. Simmons may have saved Fitz, but he was pointedly never seen again after Fury rescued the two of them. And Coulson mentioned he might never be the same again, which raises the question of what kind of man he'll be when the series returns next season. Did they have to go to great lengths to save him—like Coulson and Skye-like lengths? I'm not sure how I feel about this development, but I'm not sure I would change a thing about how we got to this point.


Which brings us, finally, to Coulson. We thought he was the first person to survive Project T.A.H.I.T.I. and not show any side effects, but the episode tag, which showed him carving up a wall with a knife (what do these guys have against paper?!), hints that there's still more to come. He's been made aware of the truth, and being aware of the truth about the truth (think about it, it'll make sense in a minute) means he might have just had a delayed reaction. Is he smoking the same weed as Garrett now? Or was he a special brand of crazy? Because I'm pretty sure having a looney toon as the director of a baby S.H.I.E.L.D. operation is a bad idea. 

Rebuilding the organization, however, is not a bad idea. It gives the series a chance to once again have a name that makes sense, and it also gives Coulson a sense of purpose again. He's honest, and he truly believes in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s mission of protecting people, and I can't wait to see what a S.H.I.E.L.D. under Coulson looks like. Will he lead like Fury, doing what needs to be done no matter the cost? Or will he be a more honorable man? We know he's not afraid to use the big guns, like the very special gun that made an appearance tonight, or the alien technology he used to blow Garrett away for good in what felt like the most Whedonesque moment the series has ever had, but can he stay true to himself? I'm excited to see where all of these ongoing plot threads take us next season, but I also think the season successfully accomplished what it set out to do, which was introduce us to this world and make us care about these new Marvel characters just as much as we care about the big named superheroes. It started off bumpy, and there were some pitfalls along the way, but I give this season a passing grade. Until next season!


DECLASSIFIED CASE FILES


– Skye's father is alive! Who is he? What is he? Start throwing out your suggestions in the comments.

– I don't want to let this go without mentioning Raina. She's still mostly a mystery, and the series cannot use the word mutant, but it's pretty obvious that's the territory we're headed in regards to her character. And Ruth Negga continues to rock that role. Her performance gives the character a very weird vibe, but it works so well for what the story requires. I love it and I love her.

– Someone I don't love quite as much is BJ Britt who plays Agent Tripplet. He'll also be back next season, and he's turned out to be a nice addition to Coulson's team, even if I still haven't warmed up to him. Is he the new Agent Handsome? Only time will tell. 

– Mike Petereson is free of Garrett's grip and his son is safe. I do like how the entire first season brought his story full circle, as he was our jumping off point into this world in the pilot. I hope we'll see more of J. August Richards in the future, too. 

– OMG, PATTON OSWALT IS BACK! I took Ward's murder of Eric Koenig personally, and I've chosen to believe the writers brought him back just for me. No power on Earth can convince me otherwise. However, is Agent Billy Koenig the first introduction of the Life Model Decoys? Or were they just two really weird twins with a lanyard fetish? DISCUSS.

– I'm probably forgetting a ton of stuff but this is already longer than a Tolstoy novel and also it is late so BYE. 

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AIRED ON 5/17/2016

Season 3 : Episode 22

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Ok - I just finished watching this because it's christmas and I finally have time. And there is one thing annoying the heck out of me . Simmons swimming with Fitz to the surface.

UMM. THAT IS CRAZY HEAVY. There is no way she would be able to do that - less with ONE HAND. Okay. It bothers me. A lot. I can't be the only one it bugs?
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I am surprised that I have not seen this already mentioned here, but Coulson's and Garrett's scribblings were featured in a previous episode. In Eye Spy, the former SHIELD agent, Akela Amador was sent on a mission to gain entry to a room in a building in Russia(?). Ward went in her place, and after some tech trickery, he made it into the room, to only find some scientists and equations written everywhere. On the wall in the room were scribblings just like the ones that Coulson and Garrett were drawing.
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I don't necessarily think that the scribbling is a sign of madness. It's too specific for that. What Garrett (and now Coulson) are scribbling is too much like writing... and clearly in the same language... for me to pin it down to "madness."

I think it's one of two things, both stemming from the fact that GH-325 comes from an alien:
1) The blood carries certain pieces of knowledge, and the compulsive writing is due to that knowledge coming to the forefront. Or
2) The alien is trying to communicate, through them.

Nothing we haven't seen before. Pretty sure there have been a couple of Star Trek episodes with this plot, as well as at least one Stargate SG-1 episode.
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Yeah, and don't forget Transformers 2!
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Since this week we won’t have any new episode to talk about, I decided to make a funny recap with my reactions to each episode of this first season. Hope you like it! :)

1) Pilot: I’m so excited! This is going to be amazing!





2) 084: First mission of Coulson’s team




3) The Asset: Skye’s first undercover mission (plus Ian Quinn and Gravition’s birth)




4) Eye Spy: Coulson’s ex-disciple is being controlled and used as a killing machine




5) Girl in the Flower Dress: Raina and her Centapide’s soldiers




6) F.Z.Z.T.: *no sypnosis needed*





7) The Hub: Fitz’s first undercover mission




8) The Well: Berserker’s staff, Ward’s traumatic childhood and Ward/May’s affair




9) Repairs: Pranks and hints of May’s past




10) The Bridge: Coulson’s kidnapped by Cybertech




11) The Magical Place: Coulson finds out that Tahiti is not so magical




12) Seeds: Fitzsimmons at the Academy and Blizzard’s birth




13) T.R.A.C.K.S.: Skye is shot (twice) by Ian Quinn and Mike Peterson officially becomes Deathlok




14) Yes Men: Well… Lorelei happens. Her M.O.:




15) T.A.H.I.T.I.: Blue guy at the Guest House



16) End of the Beginning: Coulson's team and allies follow some leads on the Clairvoyant and we find out May's little secret (meanwhile, CA:TWS is happening)




17) Turn, Turn, Turn: Garret’s the Clairvoyant?? Ward’s Hydra???




18) Providence: S.H.I.E.L.D.’s down and Ward comes back to get Skye



Bonus track: Skyeward's shippers reaction towards JW




19) The Only Light in the Darkness:
Coulson’s true love (and Fitz’s awakening)





20) Nothing Personal:
Maria Hill joins Team Coulson and they rescue Skye



21) Ragtag: Ward’s flashbacks, Garret being injected with the GH325 and Fitzsimmons’s sinking



22) Beginning of the End: Garret’s dead and Fitz’s barely alive (one gif to represent them all and in the fandom bind them)




Fin.



And for you my dears (especially @csinner, @FringeFanatic and @Mey)...

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Pure genius. This summer will be long indeed. And yes JW is gonna suffer for hurting the shippers. I plan on being a big part of that.
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I can't imagine how Skyeward shippers must feel... right now it's very complicated to see those two ending up together :/
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Yeaa. I can't seem them going that way, unless it's a seasons from now endgame.
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It's been an honor commenting with you! This was AMAZING.

That last one... "Ohh, look at that. I've been impaled." SO true. Straight through the heart.

Also, props for having Castle, Harry Potter, HIMYM and Arrow GIFs! That one of Robyn ( that was Robin right?!) in the purple suit is great. That's as much as I'm going to discuss HIMYM though. Still not okay with that finale.
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Yes! That was Aunt Robin a.k.a. Maria Hill on her regular SHIELD training (because otherwise I can't explain that scene, it made not sense at all).

Impaled Snowman gif is my favourite. It can be applied perfectly to every and each tv show I currently watch xD
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Yea, I remember finding that weird. I laughed though, since HIMYM was funny (for the most part.) The Marshpillow got a bit annoying after awhile.

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Best lines of the episode:
Coulsen (to Ward): But your torture is going to be internal.
May: And a little bit external.
Coulsen: And a little bit of that too.

They did a good job getting me to really hate Ward. I do hope he gets redeemed, but I'll need major convincing before I get back on his side. But hey, if it can happen with Jamie Lannister...

I am most interested in Skye's origins. I've liked her from the beginning, and finding out her past is interesting because it's going to be based both on the show's mythology as well as Skye's emotions.

Speaking of emotions, I was sobbing at the Fitz-Simmons scene. Beautiful performances. They've been my favorite characters on the show (like they have been to most people!), and I feel like the romance angle has been perfectly developed.

I'm afraid Fitz is brain damaged, though, as the lack of oxygen was mentioned several times......I think in order for the TAHITI operation to work, your brain tissue has to be intact, correct? I don't think it will do much for him, and obviously brain damage is going to hurt Fitz the most, since he is a scientist.
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It was good seeing Patton Oswalt again! and Samuel L. Jackson!!!!!! May and Wards fight scene was amazing! Garret getting destroyed by Coulson at the end was priceless! looking forward to the next season.
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Great finale, this show has really grown on me hope more people give it a 2nd chance after the slow start. Glad the wrapped up most of the main arc with the demise of Garrett who died twice! Hope Dark Ward is around in season 2 I think the actor is finally warming to the task, btw does anyone know what Coulson and Garrett were writing/drawing in this episode i
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That was an amazing ep. I have never in my life loved Phil Coulson more than in this episode. The entire team, and Fury, but Phil mostly. Him shooting Garrett was triggering all sorts of memories of Buffy blasting The Judge to pieces. Another fine epic moment. I love how multi-layered this story has become in the second half of its season. I can't wait for season 2!
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when the season started i found Skye annoying and Fitz and Simmons boring and Ward not that interesting and, frankly, i only took an instant liking to May, but by the end of the season, they all had a great character arc! Ward proved to be way more than he showed (thank God, for avoiding the cliche of having him be 'bad' but misunderstood and repenting in record time) and Fitz and Simmons grew on me, they proved to be inventive and resilient and loyal and they're totally adorable, and Skye had a really good arc, a rather believable one of finding a cause and a place to belong and turning into a 'realistic' active agent with the rare commodity of common sense = i LOVED the end: i loved how she cut off Ward, instead of going the cliche way of, yes, he is bad but we have feelings, and i loved how she didn't try to take him down by herself in a misguided attempt of righteous indignation (or go the cliche way of the training montage and the final confrontation and knowing the one perfect move to take down your opponent at the right moment) but worked with May and they had an actual plan instead. they worked as a team and it was great to watch.
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Here's what I don't get still about the Fitzsimmons scene: Is the idea that even if Fitz also took a breath before punching the window open, it wouldn't be enough for him to make it as well as Simmons without the extra oxygen boost? But since he punched it while she was mid-scream anyway, how did she also get enough air to not only save herself, but drag him out with her too?
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The force of the water coming in would've punched out any air either of them would've taken before the window was blown out. What Simmons did was then to take a breath of the oxygen afterwards. She then grabbed Fitz, who had all of his breath knocked out of him.

I've been kicked in the stomach before (martial arts training) and take my word for it, you not only have no breath, you're gasping for air for a while. My guess is that Simmons had to take several breaths of oxygen before grabbing Fitz.
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Very well explained, thanks.
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Finally Fitz told Simmons he loved her!!!!! I'd do the same for her, lol. Wanted Ward bumped off but sure he will escape to cause Skye grief. Coulson's grafitti looks alien or a type of circuit or something.
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Arguments for Patton Oswalt being a LMD: If you're going to leave one person running a remote secret base, alone for possibly years, wouldn't it make sense for him to be an android/robot? The lanyard fetish could just be evidence of robotic efficiency. Doesn't he act a bit like an evolved version of the Animatronic hosts at Disneyland? (Remember Marvel is owned by Disney now.)

Arguments against Patton Oswalt being a LMD: If you were going to build an army of robots, would they look like Patton Oswalt?

Otherwise, it was a great episode, and a great way to send off season 1. Just the right balance of continuing mystery and closure, so we can feel satisfied with what we have, while still looking forward to what will come. My personal high point was Coulson dispatching Garret almost as an afterthought. It ranks right up there with his very first appearance on the series: "Welcome to Level Seven... Sorry, that corner was really dark, I couldn't help myself. I think there's a bulb out."

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"If you were going to build an army of robots, would they look like Patton Oswalt?"....lol

I think it was done for humor and to have an excuse to keep Patton Oswalt around. And it makes sense (to a certain extent....obviously not to the extent portrayed) for similar personality types to be attracted to the same job (manning a secret base).
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In regards to the "against" argument (although I am not at all well versed in Marvel anthology), I would never suspect Patton Oswalt to be a LMD, so maybe that's the reason?
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Yes, if you want to build an army of robots, making them appear as unassuming as possible, to avoid drawing attention to what they really are, would make a certain amount of sense. And I guess if the mad scientist who invented them actually looked like Patton Oswalt, it could be simple ego gratification. So now I've got no real arguments against him being a LMD. Motion carried.
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fitzsimmons are by far the MVPs os the season, i can't believe some people saying that one of them should've died, the most emotional scenes of the season, both funny and sad, came out from them.(sorry if my english is bad,it's not my first language)
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Overall, I was satisfied with this episode even if it was a little flat and simplistic. I had no doubt that there would be open-ended storytelling here, but I was disappointed in the myriad of deus ex machinas to wrap up existing storylines. So it was fun but stupid and a little hollow.

Oh, Garrett ripped out his rib? I didn't get that at all, they totally blew that sell! Thanks for explaining, the visual never got me there.

Loeb compared him to The Winter Soldier more than he did Bucky. Bucky was a good guy, a great kid really, and was twisted against his will into being a weapon. Ward started as a little shit and got worse. So it's not a particularly apt comparison to go from Ward to Bucky.

Here's the thing, Ward's story arc at the end of this really didn't feel like he had anything to add, he got interesting and then as they broke him down to explain how he got there, he became dull again and his tainted love had no real value to anybody else, and he didn't even stand for anything greater than himself, so to the slammer he should go.

Fitz and Simmons were fine until the payoff with Fury, then it just was whatevs as it lost its focus.

You sure bought into the illogic of putting a guy who they know isn't entirely right yet in charge of everything just because he did a good job. I let that pass, but let's face it, it was silliness.

Tripplet was alright for me, he needs a little more time to grow into the role but I already like him more than I liked Ward at that same number of episodes.

No LMDs please, just make Billy the brother that Eric spoke of before he got offed. LMDs really don't belong in the MCU at all.
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I have to disagree. For me, LMDs and any other Marvel feature fit in the MCU.
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ANY other feature? So you want to see a live-action MODOK?

To me, comic books can get away with silliness like LMDs by creating a sci-fi world (Marvel is more sci-fi than DC) where that could make sense, but the MCU is less sci-fi and more realistic, so I feel like an LMD wouldn't fit within the world that the MCU built. There's a reason the movies have higher limitations than the comics.
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Hahahaha, that'd be weird to see, indeed (although Zola is physically weird too and even so they did a good work on CA:TWS).

I get your point, it's just that I love sci-fi so much that I wouldn't mind if they increase sci-fi level on MCU.
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I hear ya, but if those sorts of sci-fi advancements are not done smoothly they come off as too fantastical, and then you have sci-fi subbing for magic to the audience, which is not how sci-fi should be.

It's not like there's no advanced sci-fi in the MCU, Guardians of the Galaxy is opening this summer and that's gonna be bonkers sci-fi, it just doesn't touch the Earth portion of the MCU much.
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I have mixed feelings about the episode though it was indeed hugely entertaining.

I am one of those who was really put off by what they did with Ward. While it gave him interesting things to do, I hated the constant teases that he wasn't all bad, that he might act for the team, which ultimately were not realised in any way. By the end I was as repulsed by him as Skye and I take that as a loss because I liked the character, and the show for that matter, before everything went dark. I find it hard to have it established how he was abused and that he did suffer, then have him condemned for suffering the affects of that abuse - if they wanted me to not be conflicted about it and dismayed as their handling of it then they should have made it more of a self-determined path of evil. (It upsets me as my job sometimes means working with abused kids - many will indeed do absolutely anything for the approval of an authority figure who seems interested in their welfare, it's terrifying).

i do like the increased action and the increased stakes, and am glad they are constantly ramping up the funny as well as the drama to balance everything out. Garrett's death was hysterical, and really suited what they had built up to. It was verging on parody, but what else could they do at 8pm, even if they had even wanted to do it in a different way? And Coulson is, as always, awesome.

I wonder how the new 9 pm slot for next season will change things, if at all.

I think I am the only one who finds Skye's parentage not interesting now it's veered into the realm of supernatural 'darkness' but I don't. It seems like that one dramatic complication too many for me.

Next season how they work in Ward will determine my continued viewing. I guess it all depends on whether it is Raina who busts him out of prison or if it is Coulson who takes him out for some reason. I don't trust all the producers talk of redemption and how everyone can be redeemed, which would be my preferred path over time, I think they are saying all that in an attempt to blindside us again with more evil. They were the ones who constantly hinted that in the last few episodes there may be another traitor, when one did not eventuate. They like to make us second guess ourselves.

Patton Oswalt is back. That is never a bad thing. LMD, I hope.

What have they done to Fitz?
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I hope that they just disregard everything and Skye's Dad is Deadpool for some reason.
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Good one!!! AND she starts breaking the 4th wall...
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Ahahahahahaha! Oh my god, that will make this show my favorite show of all times
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The show has really turned it around in the latter half of the season. And while I might've hoped for a bit more captivating drama and a bit less light-hearted entertainment, it's still proven to be good enough to keep following.

The FitzSimmons scenes really elevated this season finale for me. Surprisingly powerful, and possibly the first time the show has managed to make me feel some real emotions. At the end I was thinking that they just couldn't possibly let go of Fitz and lose Iain De Caestecker. Glad they didn't, and I hope he isn't messed up too badly.

Kudos to May for giving Ward a proper beating. That was deserved.
In the end I couldn't care less for Garrett with his truly cartoonish turn and a way in which he's been ultimately disposed bordering on parody.

Samuel L. Jackson had a nice cameo, albeit also somewhat disappointing. Besides saving FitzSimmons (an act worthy of praise) and arriving to assist Coulson, he was mostly reduced to a bystander who was handing out quips and cheesy one-liners. I guess I've been hoping for more gravitas.
Coulson as a small-scale Director is an interesting way to go forward. As long as he can stay sane. Perhaps next season can finally deliver on the presence of an Avenger guest star? Tony Stark would make a lot of sense at this stage.

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Especially with hill working for stark. I think coulson needs to put her in charge.
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"I'd argue Dark Ward is actually what brought Dalton to life." I completely agree.

Well, this season was a waste a time. At least, now I know I won't be missing much in the future.
Hopefully, the Netflix series will be good.
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Raina + Skye's father: worst Cialis commercial EVAR.
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This episode really loved the viewers: a lot of emotional closure, asses were kicked wherever needed - sometimes it's even better than actual "answers"...

It's May who had the chance to get revenge on Ward.
It's Peterson who had the chance to get revenge on Garrett.

And the irreverent comments from Coulson and Fury were awesome! Pure genius.
Best.Scene.Ever: Coulson's "I've found it!..." Nicely built up on the not-really-dead-bad-guy-just-turn-your-back movie cliché, then bammm!

Yes, yes, we don't know much more about Skye's parents, Fitz' fate, as the show must go on and on... it's not their time yet. All in all, it was a really satisfying season finale, no lame forced cliffhanger just the promise of continuing storylines.

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Fitz and Simmos...a Award worthy scene. I completely teared up. Fitz told her and that teared me up more. Loved how Simmons didn't give up on him and dragged him out of the water, to be saved by Fury.
Fury was very cool, even he didn't do much...still awesome! Love S.M.J!!
Ward had a hard time this episode. First he found out that he didn't mean anything anymore. He was completely lost. Watched how that irritating guy got killed by Garret. Got his ass so nicely kicked by May...which i loved sooooooooo much!! You go girl! Then he got caught, not to be killed or redeemed, but to be punished in the hardest way. Wonder what they will do to him?
So, Sky has a darkness in her, which can be dangerous if it get's released. got me curious! Who the hell is her dad, that was burned or bleeding...looked disgusting..
Loved the end when Garret got in that machine and was like: I am un....BAM! blown up! I laughed so hard, i almsot fell from the couch hahahahhahaha stil funny!
So, Fitz is thankgod alive, but will he be ever ok?
Coulson now the big bos of Shield...nice...
It was so funny to see that guy again when they arrived at the secret place...like in every one of this places is the same guy....funny..
Nice season finale...wonder what will happen next season and..
Quin and Raina together...she has really creepy eyes...wonder what they are going to do?
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I'm ecstatic that they didn't kill off Ward and (almost) even more so that they didn't pull a last-second redeem. I can't wait to see what they do with him in season 2.
What he did to Fitz/Simmons, while appalling, was I think necessary story-wise. It's like when Angel(us) killed Jenny Calendar on BtVS: it's there to make sure we realize he's really a villain (or sort of one). If he hadn't done the unforgivable it wouldn't be all that interesting or even all that emotionally heavy to see the other characters struggle with being around him, hate him (and maybe eventually forgive him?). It must be because I'm severely messed up and I love to see characters be emotionally damaged, but I'm sort of looking forward to seeing Simmons (and also Fitz, but I think Jemma is going to be the one to go full out) react to his presence. IT IS PERSONAL for her -- and I don't think she's going to be the forgiving type.
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This is just what I was thinking about Jemma. I agree it was better not to kill off Ward, but during the scene where he's walking toward Skye saying "You won't kill me," I thought "Now just pan the camera to the side showing Simmons behind him as she puts four shots in his back." Because she totally would.
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She has started to learn how to lie without being caught already and this 2nd season she will be learning how to pay back.
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She especially won't forgive him if Fitz is still messed up the next time she sees him...
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Exactly. God, I really want to know what happened to him...
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ME TOO. Soo much so.
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Was I the only one who was annoyed that May threw away the Berzerker staff after whupping those centipede soldiers? Why not keep it if you know you going to face similar enhanced soldiers later?
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Considering that's one of the show's biggest plot holes - How could Ward be affected by it with major rage issues and lack of reasoning and *still* maintain his cover - I hope we never see that thing again.
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I don't see why he wouldn't be able to maintain his cover. It's not like the berzerker staff makes people more chattable.
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I'm not sure why May left it behind, but at the end of CA-TWS, the staff was shown to be in the Hydra lair. So for the sake of continuity, it was better for it to be shown having been left behind "in the heat of the moment".

Personally, I wish she had taken it and used it on Ward, but then, she really didn't need it anyway.
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No, at the end of CA-TWS, Loki's staff was at the Hydra lair. The Berzerker staff was introduced in episode 8: The Well
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Okay, I guess I confused the two. Then I guess it was a "heat of the moment thing", or maybe May doesn't think she needs to get any angrier than she already is. But, yes, she should've brought it back and put it up in storage on the bus...to be used later in preparation for questioning Ward.
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well I really liked this episode cause they did right thing and they ended Garret's story. I mean it would have been awful if they just went on an on with that story.
Kudos to May who got a really nice fight and burned some of her grudge.
OMG Fitz/Simmons I love you guys and made me so sad when they just hugged and cried.
Raina a.k.a Flowers is such a mysterious woman and interesting. I absolutely loved the way the actress whose name I don't remember has played that character.
Is it my idea or should Coulson had made more of a big deal of his comeback from dead? I mean he just spend like 10 seconds complaining and then he was done? like really? I expected more.
And Deathlock is like trying to make amends with the world? I mean dude your son needs a father go to a psychiatrist, find yourself or whatever but get yourself some treatment.

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My theory is that Fury made a whole bunch of Agent Billy Koenig clones and each one of his "secret bases" is maned by one.
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So, now that Coulson is the main Director, does that mean he and his team will be on the big Helicarrier now, instead of the Airplane? Will characters from the show start making cameos in the movies, now that they will be big time agents?
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They don't have hellcarriers anymore...
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Uh, the whole point of the last bunch of episodes is that SHIELD is no longer the big global spy agency it used to be and has now been classified as a rogue/terrorist organization. As a result, you've got guys like Col. Talbot running around siezing every SHIELD agent/base/asset they can lay hands on. So no helicarrier, no HUB, no Academies. Coulson's rebuilding from square one with whatever Fury was able to keep off the books and whatever might be slid his way by sympathetic folk like Stark.
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I doubt it. SHIELD is now considered a terrorist organization and Coulson and his guys will still be keeping a very low profile.
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So is this show watchable yet? They lost me around episode 5.
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Short answer: No
Longer answer: It started from utter crapfest to a "meh" show at best.

It realized it was sinking so bad they tried to shift things of by doing the most cliche thing possible

*spoiler alert*
Taking one of the characters and saying he was evil all along... Even though that made no sense what so ever but who cares about that?
end spoiler

The cast (minus coulson) is still terrible, the dialogue is atrocious with the exception of a few good laughs here and there. More of a smirk really. Logic and reasoning have been ejected out the wazoo and the plot at best is "whatever"

If you're looking for something to get totally invested into, you're better off looking elsewhere.

If you're looking for something that's okay to put in the background occasionally then it's okay.
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Dude seriously, the show has been waiting for CA-TWS to release before being able to develop the story line as far, how long did you think they could survive on the Thor related episodes? The writers have been confined to churning out "filler" material until they finally could unleash their true story line. In terms of staying out of the way of The Avengers, Ironman, Thor and CA, how much elbow room is their left for them to tell a compelling and interesting story? The Thor related content is already drawn out as the comic books covered every angel of that, and The Ironman angle has almost nothing to do with S.H.I.E.L.D. it would be confusing and irrelevant to travel down that road, the only logical and canon and story wise thing to do was to parallel the CA story and its aftermath, since it is the closest to S.H.I.E.L.D. Personally i liked the dark road this show took, instead of the usual PG rated storytelling you are subjected to these days. I like how the show turned and made things interesting, instead of dying in a slow roasting corner somewere..
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It got better, but it's still pretty weak compared to other shows.
I watched it until the end to make my mind for future seasons. It failed.
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*SPOILER ALERT* this show got good. Really good. Get off the reviews and go watch it..
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riight you're playing with me :)
I wanted it to be good so bad, but the cast is soo unwatchable...
Give me a specific episode I can watch pls.
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Episode 17 "Turn, turn, turn"
Prolly the best episode of the series. I'd recommend seeing cap 2:winter soldier first though if u haven't done so
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alright guess I'll give it a whirl. ofc I have, best movie!
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Brilliant I'm so glad they didn't take the easy way out and kill Ward I think there's so much more to be explored in his character. Ward and May's fight was cool. Reina, I still can't figure her out she keeps saying all these things about Skye and Ward but it's never clear and it drives me batty. So Skye's daddy is alive and covered in blood. Coulson is nuts. Can't wait for next season, I'm interested to see what they'll do with Ward, how fitz was effected by the "accident" and SKYE her story ark with her dad should be fun, considering she's showing a darker side to her now.
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May to Ward: "You were never on top."
Best line in the episode! She is so kick ass!!!

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I actually prefered the "no strings attached" from Ward when he was choking her with a string (or close enough to one).
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Speaking of Tommy Boy, I now have to see a scene where Koenig puts on Coulson's jacket and starts singing:




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Loved loved loved this season finale! I know have a major crush on Agent Coulson! Anyone else? Patton Oswald! Yeh I'm so happy he is reincarnated in some form. Whether it be twin or that whole cyber clone whatever deal I'm happy because I get all smiles from him! Could Fitz' showing Simmons how he felt be any more heart wrenching! You "do the math". Ugh I was on the verge of throwing my phone into the TV if he didn't live in some way. I bet he will unfortunately have some brain damage or amnesia (corny I know). Everyone was just pure awesomeness! Oh and right on May to "nailing" Ward's ass! Their fight was the one I had more anticipated and it didn't disappoint. She is a BAMF! The only thing I could complain about is that I wanted to hear, "Game over." from Bill Paxton. Just once. ;) I can't wait until next season there is so much story to be told! I mean Coulson's late night doodling....do you think he has it under control? Has he doodled before? What will trigger Skye's "monsterness". And of course who was that man Flowers went and visited? Hhmmmm? Fantastic!
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I know I have the same crush on Agent Coulson I never thought I would say that ever......... he was amazing
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Excellent Finale! Coulson was awesome! I love how he took care of Garrett...that scene just had me LOL! xD There are so many speculations/theories I have read over the internet regarding to Coulson. Some say that the writings are connected to Kree, and that Coulson's 'mind' may be connected to the Kree Supreme Intelligence, and some also say he could become Captain Marvel.

As for Skye, I think it's likely she is an Inhuman, since she doesn't seem to be affected by GH325, and I think Raina is one too. And, I must say, I was SO happy to see May trashing Ward! Ward deserves every bit of pain with all the murders he had committed! I don't think he can ever be redeemed at all!

Yay for Koenig's return! He doesn't seem to be saddened by his 'brother's' death...which is strange. But I agree with the theory that he may be a Life Model Decoy (probably stationed at every secret base).

Looking forward to Season 2! Hope all these mysteries will be unravelled! :D
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As Koening (the Providence one) talked about his brother, I think it's safe to say they are twins.
I loved this episode with a passion but I don't like your revelations about next season. I want Ward not to be forgiven (just as I don't forgive Jamie Lannister). They both are horrible persons.
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Nope. They've pretty much got to be Life Model Decoys. The "lanyard" speech is so consistent (and delivered with the same unrelenting conviction) that it sounds like it's hard-coded into them.
And major kudos to the show for not turning to that plot device - one of SHIELD's most persistent and obvious contributions to the Marvel Universe - too early in the life of the series.
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Ok then, but are you suggesting the Patton Oswalt that Ward killed was a LMD too? Because if he was not, he did mention a brother in a very conspicuous way. I know almost nothing about LMD, do they have bodies able to resist Simmons authopsy?
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I'm with Copioli. If the secret bases are all staffed with Life Model Decoys, that means that the one Ward killed ought to be an LMD too. Otherwise it's too much of a coincidence. Can you suffocate an LMD to death? Wouldn't an examination of the body reveal it wasn't human? I think it's intentionally been set up to look like a possible LMD situation for the benefit of the fans, but it's going to turn out to be twins.
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My guess for sky's father is that he may be one of the in humans or maybe he was one of the vampire characters. I only say that because he had blood on his hand and I assumed the bath tub he was in was full of blood for some reason. I like the inhuman angle better but, it could always be an original creation. I love the show and this episode. I cried at the Fitz simmons scene. I can't wait for season 2!!!
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LOL... I thought Garrett will really make it after he has been upgraded, it is really funny how Coulson killed him, i hope they will bring Fitz next season and Ward too, it is the beginning for new beginning, it was the best season final, i can't wait for the next one.....
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My prayers were answered!!!! Garret was pulverized and (except for a bad trip of acid of the writers) won't be back in season 2. I totally disliked him ever since he unmasked himself as the Clairvoyant, but to keep babbling about the secrets of the universe was really the worst part. Although Coulson knew that would happen it was very weird to actually see that happening. Anyway, the only cool thing Garrett did was to disembowel that general (Glenn Morshower, which reminds me that finally #JACKISBACK!).
Fitz-Simmons underwater soap was so touching! I never figured Fitz for a guy that was capable of so large gestures, I liked it! But the question remains: will he be back a clumsy but brilliant nerd or will he be a vegetable for life?
This episode made it quite clear, the second season (at least a considerable portion of it) wil be dedicated to Skye and her origins, specially after that scene with Raina showing a picture of Skye to her father. Coulson dropped the whole 0-8-4 bomb on Skye and that was kinda forgotten ever since, but it looks like we're going to have the answers when Agents of Shield comes back.
Super cool to see Fury back in the show! But what was all that scene? Him and Coulson making fun of Garrett... Ok, it was kinda funny (very funny, actually). But I have to say, I thought I wouldn't live to see a Marvel villain being a laughing stock like he was. Justified all my disliking him, so glad Garrett won't come back!
But the best of all was to see May kicking the living hell out of Ward. Although I think we didn't see the last of him yet (I believe he will be back to try and get the answer to the question Coulson made), it was the perfect ending for him, specially after all he's done.
And Coulson... Well, Coulson is in charge of the new and improved SHIELD. But I think it's going to do more harm than good, mostly for him.
Anyway, it was a good first season (except for Garrett, of course). I'll be wainting for the next one.
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Very amusing finale esp. the scene with Garett's I'm unstoppa.. BAMM In your face, I laughed my heart out and it reminded me with The Avengers scene when Loki was ranting I'm a God and The Hulk grabbed him by the foot and beat the crap out of him (Puny God) That was hilarious
I'm glad they didn't kill Ward ,he still have a lot of potential but man May really kicked his ass
As for Skye's father he gave me A Rass' El Ghoul of DC comics impression ,I'm not familiar with all the villains in Marvel's world, Is there a similar one in it?
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I liked the classic Sam Jackson move of pulling out the massive gun.
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Season Finale Grade=B
It wasn't spectacular but just good enough, Best scene hands down was Fitz and Simmons survival scene..(felt that one)
Defeating the super soldiers at the barbershop.A little too easy?? Check
Cybertek Base scene had too much stationary scenes with corny dialogue!!
Fury finding Simmons in the middle of the ocean?? okay?!
All things I could nitpick but the show found its groove after Winter Soldier Next season should be MUCH better..

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Funny, FUNNY twist about the "Incentive Program"!

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Do we think the next Marvel movies will also have Coulson leading the new SHIELD?

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So, Ian got a way? And has the gravity glob? And, isn't there supposed to be a MAN in that glob?

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I honestly felt that Mae should have NOT been so equal to Ward in their fighting. She could have died half a dozen times in that skirmish. Rather risky just for a bit of revenge satisfaction. Just shoot him!

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BTW, I meant Mae should have been MORE than a match against Ward. I always got the impression she was a better fighter than Ward.
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Well she is 20 years older than him...
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I was actually rooting for Ward. I really dislike May.
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It could be that Ward is the Taskmaster from the comics and is learning the styles of his opponents as he fights them.
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I hope so
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I'm all for adding diversity to the team. I'm just really not liking Trip. Just like I have no problem with a black president -- I just have a big problem with THIS black president.

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Why the heck was that alien dude at the end dripping blood? And, how convinced are we it's Skye's father and not just a member of her race? Or, even another race? I'm really hoping to see some special powers out of Skye, soon.

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One great character development for Ward: having his love for Skye confirmed led him to becoming even more of a psychotic villain: hey, I might as well actually take what I want, too, or something like that that he said once he showed up at Cybertech office. I fully figure that he'll be a conniving villain still, just that he'll be driven by his lust rather than by a need to obey.
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I think what triggered Coulson's grafitti attack was SEEING Garrett's graffiti, not a delayed reaction to knowing the truth.

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Interesting speculation about Koenig, because it really did seem odd to have them be SO similar. Eerie even for twins.

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It all but confirmed the LMD theory in my mind, when model B acted not similarly, but IDENTICALLY to model E. The only problem I have with LMDs in this universe is that they seem so much more advanced than Ultron which will be created in the future.
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I'm not all that happy with Ward coming back. I can accept HIM trying to make amends and trying to be a good guy, but if the team ever takes him back, I'll be quite angry.

They didn't even try to show him feeling any remorse or desire for redemption in this episode. Sure, he was shocked at what Garrett was doing, but he was still willing to follow orders and he looked ready to kill Mae. So, what good is redemption AFTER GETTING CAUGHT?

And, the comparisons to The Winter Soldier have ZERO sway over me. It's apples and orangutans.

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Totally loved the scene where Garrett starts to stay he's unstoppable and gets disintegrated by Coulson. And, Coulson's comments were FANTASTIC, "Oh, hey guys. I found it. It was right here!"

That said, it felt more like from the gag reel than anything else. How did Garret get there from his makeshift coffin? Why was that room (and scary equipment) left unattended? And, I'm sorry, I cannot accept that the machine could transform anyone into a cyborg in just 30 seconds. I'd have a hard time accepting HOURS. Maybe days. Most believable is weeks. And, how does that exoskeleton fix his internal injuries?

I don't care. I loved that scene.
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