Before you read any further, take heed that this recap will not only spoil the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but it will also spoil Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
This will not be the fun and quirky recaps that I started when the show first aired, because those recaps didn’t allow me to critique the show in the way that I feel it really needs. Before I delve any deeper, let me catch you up on what’s happened on the show since I last wrote about it. In T.R.A.C.K.S., the team found themselves on a train tracking an important device and the episode ends with the device being a high tech metal leg that introduces Mike Peterson as the character Deathlok, with Skye getting shot in the gut twice by Ian Quinn.
In T.A.H.I.T.I., Agent Coulson & Co. search for the mysterious drug that helped bring him back to life in order to save Skye, and we get introduced to Agents John Garrett (Ward’s SO) and Agent Antoine Triplett. The episode ends with the drug being found and used to save Skye’s life, and Coulson finding out its source: the body of a blue alien.
In Yes Men, we have an Asgardian fugitive named Lorelei running around Earth with the ability to get men to do what she wants (Agent Ward and Fitz end up being victims of this). Asgard sends someone from the Marvel movie-verse, Sif, to bring her back (and she does). We also get a confirmation that Agent Ward has feelings for Skye.
In End of the Beginning, Agent Garrett and Triplett return to help Coulson’s team hunt down the clairvoyant, but Deathlok makes things difficult. They end up finding an old man who they think is the clairvoyant, but Agent Ward shoots him without being questioned first in order to protect Skye. The episode ends with Simmons and Triplett at the Hub, Fitz finding out about Agent May’s secret phone, Skye and Coulson pointing guns at May and Victoria Hand overriding their plane to return to the Hub where the orders are to kill everyone but Coulson. Also, the clairvoyant isn’t a psychic or mind reader but a high level S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
Great, now you’re all caught up. In this week’s episode, “Turn, Turn, Turn,” we feel the repercussions of the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the film, we find out that Hydra has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. for the last 70 years and it ends with:
- S.H.I.E.L.D.’s secrets spilled all over the internet along with the Hydra reveal
- Its dismantlement
- And Nick Fury’s death faked (and still fake with a tomb stone and everything).
Agent Coulson & Co. find out that Agent May has been the eyes and ears for Director Fury since the team’s inception. It was to monitor Agent Coulson’s status since getting injected with that miracle alien drug, and we find out that this team was actually created by Agent May who had Fury give the parameters to Coulson which were:
- Someone who could repair his body (Simmons)
- A technician who could reprogram his mind (Fitz)
- And a specialist to help her put him down if needed (Ward).
The team finds out that Hydra has taken over S.H.I.E.L.D. and believe that Agent Hand is the clairvoyant. The audience figures out before the team does that she’s not the clairvoyant or a Hydra agent when she determines Agent Triplett and Simmons’ true loyalties at the Hub.
Coulson’s team backs up all the info that they accumulated over the course of the series (the specs for the ice machine from Seeds for example) and wipe the plane clean to prevent the info from getting into Hydra’s hands. They break into the hub to save Simmons and Triplett, Skye and Ward share feelings and kiss, and Coulson finds out that Agent Garrett is a Hydra agent. They get captured but then give Garrett and his men a beat down (but not before mentioning that Agent Sitwell was a Hydra agent as well). Agent Hand and her people have heard the whole thing and no longer believe Coulson & Co. are Hydra agents. We’re told that S.H.I.E.L.D. has fallen and their other locations around the world are still fighting against whatever is left of Hydra.
The episode closes with Coulson no longer seeing Agent May as a friend, though he still considers her an ally. A betrayed Agent Ward volunteers to accompany Agent Hand to the Fridge–one of the few places that S.H.I.E.L.D. has secured–to escort Agent Garrett there. We find out that Agent Ward is a TRAITOR when he shoots two agents and Agent Hand before releasing Agent Garrett.
It looks like the team will be flying around in survival mode, as Agent Coulson put it, so we’ll see next week exactly what that’ll mean. It took 17 episodes for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to finally come out and play. This was the show we were promised and this was an episode that wasn’t just good within the series, but can actually be seen as a great, solid episode on television. Agent Ward hasn’t been this interesting since the show began, so I guess I can sort of forgive the pain of betrayal that Marvel left me.
This is Part 1 of my look at what I consider the turning point for the show in not only its quality but in its overall approach. Check out Part 2 for an in depth look at the series so far and what the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier could mean for its future. Also check out the review of the Captain America sequel here.