S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Up!: Turn, Turn, Turn
Evil Geeks, it wasn’t that long ago, perhaps maybe 3 or 4 months back when this show was first getting off the ground that one of our readers said in the comment section that they were waiting for Agent’s of SHIELD to have a “HOLY SHIT!!!” moment to really get them into the story. I assured them that with Joss Whedon at the helm, this show would most certainly have a moment like that in store for the audience. After the first half of the season I was starting to worry that I would have to eat those words, but the second half of the season has been EXPLOSIVE beyond all hopes, with nearly every single episode giving us a jaw dropper. With surprise after surprise being rained down on us, would the Marvel U’s first foray into television be able to keep us in suspense? After Turn, Turn, Turn, the answer to that question is a resounding “YYYUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPPPPPPP!!!!”
I try to keep my reviews as spoiler free as possible, but that’s going to be a tall order today, so be warned, I’m dropping spoilers all over this article. When we last left our fearless agents, Coulson and Skye were holding Melinda at gunpoint, both of them convinced that May had been playing them the whole time the team has been together. Yeah… that was before Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit, leaving SHIELD in shambles after being infiltrated by Hydra. This week’s episode shows us that not all of SHIELD has been brought down. The remnants of the formerly world-wide spy organization are locked in a full on war with Hydra, scrambling to claim any pieces of the former agency they can get their hands on for their own. The members of Coulson’s team are now left in a world almost like that of John Carpenter’s The Thing, as none of them truly know who is loyal to SHIELD and who has been a Hydra spy the whole time.
The revelations come one after another in this episode starting with the reveal that May isn’t actually a traitor. In fact, we find out that Melinda is probably the MOST loyal to Coulson out of everyone on the team. The mystery person that Melinda has been talking to secretly was Nick Fury. We find out that Melinda took Phil’s death at the hands of Loki hard. Really, really hard. We also find out that Melinda has been secretly behind the formation of Coulson’s team the whole time. When she found out Coulson had been brought back, Melinda (and Nick Fury) didn’t exactly trust that he’d been brought back for non-nefarious purposes, so she laid the groundwork for Phil to “discover” each member of the team, with each one serving a purpose unbeknownst to him. Fitz was picked because of his knowledge of technology. With Coulson being a something of a cyborg now, he’d need an expert on hand to fix any issues or programming that would cause Coulson to act in any way other than his normal self. Simmons was the skilled biologist who could handle any organic physiological problems Coulson may have as a result of his resurrection. Ward was basically the muscle, to be kept on hand just in case Coulson should go bad. Of course Melinda would be the pilot, allowing her to keep an eye on everything and keep herself closer to Phil. It’s unclear if Melinda’s interest in Coulson goes past just friendship, but the way she gets emotional when talking about Coulson’s death makes me think that she does have deeper feelings for him.
So yeah, you know that whole Clairvoyant person that Coulson and company have been chasing all season? Well maybe they shouldn’t have been looking so far from home. After Hydra makes it’s play, it looks like Victoria Hand may have been the who they were looking for all along. She has after all remotely commandeered Coulson’s plane and is steering back to the Hub. In addition, she also tries to shoot Garrett out of the sky as he is on his way to rendezvous with Coulson. Surprise, surprise though, not only is she NOT the Clairvoyant, she is actually 100% lyal to SHIELD. In the spirit of not giving away every single surprise this episode has to offer, I won’t say who is the real Clairvoyant, but if you pay attention to some of the character’s behavior during the episode, you can probably figure out who it is, I know I did. They tip their hand in a big way by saying something in a peculiar manner to one of their co-conspirators. Keep an eye out and you’ll spot it.
Here’s one secret I am going to spill: Guess who the covert Hydra agent on Coulson’s team is? It’s that walking douchebag Ward! I always knew I didn’t like him, so now I feel totally vindicated. He reveals himself to be the sleeper agent in the most evil way possible and he helps the Clairvoyant escape at the end. It really isn’t that big of a surprise to be completely honest though; after he shot the last person whom SHIELD believed to be the Clairvoyant, it seemed to me that there really was no good reason for him to do that. It was just way too suspicious and DAMN IT I just never liked that prick!
It would’ve been impossible and just plain stupid for Marvel to not have the effects of The Winter Soldier reverberate through Agent’s of SHIELD, because after that movie there simply is no SHIELD for Coulson and his cohorts to be agents of. Such a great tie in, simply because we get a glimpse of what’s going on with the rest of SHIELD while Cap is battling Bucky and taking down the fleet of Helicarriers. Aside from Ward and the Clairvoyant getting away, there’s one more huge honking loose end flapping in the breeze: Where is Deathlok?!?!? For sure he’ll be carrying out the Clairvoyant’s orders alongside Ward. Even when everyone was claiming this show was boring, it was still one of my favorites, but after this week it’s cemented itself into the pantheon of my favorite stuff on TV. I can’t wait to see what other bombs we’ll have dropped us and as always you know you can check back here at your favorite bomb shelter for your Agents of SHIELD wrap up. Until then Evil Geeks, HAIL HYDRA!
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Posted on April 11, 2014, in Geekology, Reviews, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Up!, TV and tagged ABC, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Uprising, Bill Paxton, Clark Gregg, Joss Whedon, Marvel, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, Ming Na, Phil Coulson, S.H.I.E.L.D., SHIELD, TV, TV Reviews, Victoria Hand. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.