S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Up!: Providence
Hey There Fanboys and Geekgirls
I know that I’m a bit late with this, but damn I gotta talk about this past week’s S.H.I.E.L.D. This show has been a roller coaster as of late, so much so that we dedicated our last podcast to it in fact. Anyway this is where we’re at; coming right out of Cap 2, S.H.I.E.L.D. is in ruins and HYDRA has reared its ugly head and has infiltrated the organization. Our team has been jumping around looking for the Clairvoyant and come to find out that it’s been John Garrett all along and he’s had an inside man pulling some strings with none other than Grant Ward. So what can Coulson and company do now? Read on to find out!
So now that Garrett’s secret is out and Ward has jumped to the other team, the Clairvoyant is getting his team back together starting with Raina, aka the Girl in the Flowered dress. Ward busts her out of prison and brings her to meet Garrett, who tells her that he really isn’t the soothsayer that he’s tricked everyone into thinking he was, which disappoints her at first, but he welcomes her to Hydra with open arms in an awesome barbershop scene right out of a Nick Fury comic. He gives her some vials of different chemicals that he picked up in T.A.H.I.T.I. to push his Super Soldier plans forward. Meanwhile S.H.I.E.L.D. is in ruining and Coulson is pretty much in charge. Glenn Talbot of the USAF contacts them to let them know that they’re coming to take control and Coulson is afraid what that means for his team so he puts S.H.I.E.L.D. on Odyssey Protocol and wants that plane up and running ASAP to go off the grid. Triplet wants on the team but Coulson dismisses him, Simmons vouches for him and Coulson backs down. He walks around the plane and it’s in shambles with the exception of the Internet, so he tells Skye to take them off the grid and make them disappear. She tells him that it can’t be undone and that they’d become Agents of Nothing, but he tells her it has to be done and to get everyones badges. She asks about Ward (because they don’t know that he’s a baddie yet) and Coulson gives her his phone to call him, they flirt a little bit over the phone and she tells him that she’s scrubbing his ID and that they’re going on the run. She buys what he’s selling, and has no clue that he’s working with Garrett.
Ward tells Garrett what’s going on with S.H.I.E.L.D. and they scrap over him ordering to shoot Skye. He tells him that this was an assignment and it’s clear that Ward does care about the team, but he’s working with Garrett anyway. after their little tif, they decide that with S.H.I.E.L.D. in disarray that it’s the perfect time to raid the Fridge! With the bad guys holding the cards, the BUS is running on fumes and Coulson appears to be losing it. Skye brings all the badges to Coulson and his lights up with what looks like coordinates. Coulson is convinced that Fury sent this message to him even though the team thinks it’s a trap.
The baddies prepare to take the Fridge and Raina wants to know how Ward got the team to trust him, so he tells him that he saved the scientist (Simmons) and played them all. He saw that May would be the hardest, so he started sleeping with her. She seems afraid that he might be loyal to them, but he tells her that he owes Garrett his life. On the plane May seems legitimately concerned over Phil and he pretty much hates her and tells her that he needs her there but doesn’t want her there. She tells him that she wants his gun because she’s afraid that he’s not stable. He scoffs at that and she tells him that it’s why Fury had her on the plane, because although Fury was in charge, someone else could have been running T.A.H.I.T.I. and maybe Coulson is a Hydra sleeper too!
The Fridge looks like a place in Dubai, and Ward and Garrett take it ingeniously. They touch down off of a helicopter and Ward tells the guards to let them in, they say that they can’t without Hand being there. He tells them that Hand is busy with everything going on and then outta nowhere another copter appears and starts shooting at them! The guards panic and let Ward in to save him, they jump into an elevator and he takes the guards out and they take the base! In all honesty, the Fridge is a toystore for villains! It’s packed with all sorts of weaponry, in fact everything that S.H.I.E.L.D. said that they slingshotted into space really went there including Wards berserker staff. HYDRA takes all the weapons and busts out tons of other baddies that will most likely be sent after Coulson’s team. Ward tells Garrett that Coulson told him that theres a secret floor to the place and he doesn’t believe him, they open it up the floor…”Hello Gorgeous!”
While the bad guys have a field day, the good guys are shooting blanks. Up North they can’t find anything, Coulson tells them that there has to be something there but the whole team begins to doubt him. Fitz and Simmons share a little moment, but she basically let’s him know that she likes having Triplet hanging around. Skye and May talk about Coulson and May tells her that she thinks that he’s been compromised. They get to the coords and there is nothing and he tells them that the BUS is out of fuel anyway so there has to be something around there. With his team pretty pissed, Coulson goes into a speech about how they are not Agents of Nothing and that it’s still there job to protect the world! Frustrated he throws his badge and a gun turret pops up and starts shooting!
Meanwhile we get some bad news on the Hydra front. It seems that Skye put some double secret protection on the hard drive that she gave to Ward in the last episode and they need to get her to crack the encryption, which means big bad Ward will have to jump into his nice guy suit to get it. In the North we find out that there is a S.H.I.E.L.D. base after all being watched over by Eric Koenig played by Patton Oswalt. He tells them that this is one of Fury’s secret bases and he calls it Providence. He tells them all that Fury is in fact dead and that the Fridge has been compromised by HYDRA. Skye is freaked and calls Ward. Koenig takes Coulson aside and tells him that Fury is in fact alive and Coulson is mad that he lied to the team, but Fury’s non-death is on a need-to-know basis; only Koenig, Coulson, Maria Hill, Cap, Falcon, and the Widow know.
Skye tells Ward about the secret base and Garrett gives him 24 hours to step back into his double-agent role to get the info he needs from Skye to get that hard drive running. Garrett beats him up to make it look like he hardly survived the Fridge and he makes his way to the bunker and plans to get cozy to Skye to get the info…Dirtbag Ward!
The show ends with Garrett breaks another one of his cronies out of jail, Ian Quinn; who is pretty pissed at him! He’s mad that he’s a fraud and that his life has basically been turned upside down because he followed him. He gives Quinn a special gift, his Gravitonium!
OK, good episode! I really like the storyline that they’ve got going on here. Reminds me of Fury’s Secret Commando’s series that Marvel had out about 7 years ago. Plus tying it into Cap 2 was simply genius. If you’re not watching this show yet and liked that movie then you’ve gotta jump on this train, because Cap 2 laid the group work for Avengers 2 and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to bring us the play-by-play all the way up until that movie debuts! If you’re a S.H.I.E.L.D. fan, make sure that you check out our podcast this week as we really get into the show and what roads we think the Marvel Cinematic U will take!
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Posted on April 21, 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, Clark Gregg, HYDRA, Joss Whedon, Marvel, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, Ming Na, Phil Coulson, S.H.I.E.L.D., SHIELD, TV, TV Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.