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Episode 2:06 Review & Discussion
October 28, 2014
10:01 pm
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What did you think of tonight’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ?

What did you think of Ep 2x06

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October 28, 2014
10:29 pm
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I am doing my Will and Grace Told You So Dance as we speak!! And it goes a little somethin’ like this
I knew Ward was a sick son of a bitch and everybody wanted to cuddle him close and make it all better but BAM! he showed his ass and now what?!

As soon as he started rubbing his thumb I knew he was going to dislocate it to get out of his cuffs, I mean come on! They should have sedated him, come on Phil! I lurved that Coulson told him what’s up, I’m totally gonna make that my signature. “You’ll never be a part of my team again, you deluded son of a bitch!” I would print it on business cards and hand one to him everytime he wanted a cookie for his bits of ‘intel’. Loser.

Skye had me throwing things at the screen tonight, for real, I’m still not into her. A button pushed that easily e.g. her heritage is too much of a weakness, I’m kinda glad he’s out of the picture for now so she can toughen up. Speaking of toughen up, my girl Gemma telling Ward she’ll kill him if she sees him again? Call me girl, I got your back and I’ll bring the quick lime for the body dump! I still can’t get a read on how she and Fitz will try to repair things (sidebar: I thought it was a cute callback when Phil said Ward dumped ‘FitzSimmons’, sentimental). But for some reason Mack is his rock right now. Although, I hope it doesn’t turn into a Grapes of Wrath, we-gonna-buy-us-some-rabbits sort of buddy relationship. Fitz is showing signs he can handle more and more even if he’s not the same Fitz. Mack is good at reading people, huh?

Let’s hope this whole Bobbi/Hunter as romantic foils thing was just for tonight. There’s only so much exes-working-together-under-duress type banter I can take in this format. It would not surprise me one bit if Hunter went off on his own again; I’m not really invested in him, but May just straight up told him, “You know I don’t like you, right?” LOL!

Oh! May was married? May in a wedding dress?!! Shut the front door! I need a Marvel One Shot on that one, with her Mom front and center, lol. Caterer getting mouthy about his crab cakes getting cold, headbutt from Melinda then she adjusts her veil and heads down the aisle to….hmmm?

We are so much further along than this time last year but I’m forever glad I stuck with it and got this kind of payoff for being a fan, well done Marvel! I made you a cookie, but I eated it.

October 28, 2014
11:14 pm
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We had heard that May was married before, actually. It came up during Koenig’s interview. Can’t wait until we meet her ex, or at least work out what happened to him.

After tonight, I actually trust and enjoy Hunter. He was a bit too “typical rogue devil-may-care” person for me to get into earlier, but the nervousness and banter with Bobbi was actually rather enjoyable for me, and made him seem more human. Though I can understand people having a different take.

I enjoyed this episode, but it also confused me. What was Whitehall trying to do again? Kill off the Belguim cell by getting them to follow an old Hydra operative? Also defame them, obviously, but it seemed like a pretty minor “surprise plan.” And how does one senator turn around all of public opinion just like that? (Am I wrong in thinking SHIELD is no longer a fugitive organization? I was just starting to love that dynamic.

The Fitz sideplot was heart-wrenching as always. One of those situations where no one is really wrong. Fitz’s stutter gets a lot worse around Simmons. He’s probably still nervous around him, feels more inadequate because he thinks she expects more from him (which she does, but she tries not to.) Still, perhaps with Mac’s help, they can form a real team again.

Incidentally, I’m worried about Mac. The guy is too perfect. He’s a handsome huggable genius who’s connecting with everyone on the team. If he doesn’t end up as a traitor, he’s going to die.

Christian Ward was very convincing. I might buy that Ward made up the whole situation–but it’s too easy. Besides, if Christian was as noble as he pretending, he’d have little reason to wheel and deal as he does. No, Christian’s a sadist, and I feel we’ll have opportunity to see that before long. Can’t wait until the two brothers meet. For that matter, I’m wondering where the younger brother they keep talking about is. More than ever, I’m sure he’s dead.

Ward’s escaped. It was bound to happen. I was sort of hoping it’d be a result of Skye not-taking-the-father-thing-as-well-as-she-seems, but this was appropriately nefarious. And certainly, Coulson’s You Suck speech (which was as cold as it was accurate) is not going to endear Ward to SHIELD at all. Where will Ward go from here? Can’t see him turning to Hydra–he was never really into them. He might hound SHIELD in hopes of picking up Skye, but more likely he’s going after his brother. That should be interesting.

Ward’s revelations about Skye’s family, by the way, were also very interesting. So it was a Hydra facility that got massacred. That explains why SHIELD agents kept dying wherever Skye went–Hydra trying to recover their property. But it does raise questions as to why Father is working with Hydra, the people who killed his wife. A betrayal is in order, methinks.

And we meet the other writer! Who is he? An escaped Tahiti test subject? Another immortal? Whoever it is, he’ll almost certainly be important to what’s going on next episode.

October 28, 2014
11:26 pm
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Was thinking about what Senator Ward said. “I saw something in his eyes, and then it was gone.” Also note ward’s obbsession with skye and her dad. Is there a possibility he is an inhuman or half? I thought the look in his eyes before breaking out of the van was hinting at something.
What do ya’ll think?
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October 29, 2014
12:03 am
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Not my favorite episode, but definitely because it felt a tad too political, which is not my thing. The fight scene was great though…

My notes for the episode:
– So “Fractured House” means relationship between people who used to be close. We see the Wards (I don’t trust both), Bobbi and Lance, Fitz and Simmons, Skye and Ward, even Coulson and Ward as well.
– Once again, Brian Tee plays a bad guy LOL.
– Was expecting Bobbi to be the one kicking ass (more), but May stole the spotlight with that fabulous fight scene.
– Speaking of fight scene, aaaah… that’s Marcus Scarlotti a.k.a comic-Whiplash/Backlash alright. Amazing tribute to the comic book character. And once again, he’s not dead, so more chance of us seeing him again in the future. Idk, perhaps in a Thunderbolt episode?
– Was afraid that Hunter decided to left, so I’m glad he stayed. He’s a fun character, and I like him a lot.
– Triplett needs to do more /wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_sad.gif
– Oh and Mack too, but at least Mack has a role to be Fitz’ new partner… which was once again, heartwarming to view at. But I agree with Afalstein, so far Mack seems a tad too ‘perfect’, and that’s a bit suspicious. Still hoping they would eventually reveal that he has another name *coughLukeCagecough*
– Simmons can’t express her actual feeling for Fitz, but that’s understandable. IMHO, these guys suffered the most after Season 1.
– So Ward escaped, kinda predictable. I wonder why they didn’t think of sedating him for the transport though.
– And looks like we have the other guy who’s doing the writing on the wall… but this time he’s doing it to his body. Oh my…

October 29, 2014
12:11 am
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isaacnfairplay said
Was thinking about what Senator Ward said. “I saw something in his eyes, and then it was gone.” Also note ward’s obbsession with skye and her dad. Is there a possibility he is an inhuman or half? I thought the look in his eyes before breaking out of the van was hinting at something.
What do ya’ll think?

My closest guess, Grant has multiple personality disorder. But making him as another possible Inhuman will be a nice twist as well…
Then again, I’m not sure I can trust Senator Ward as well, although the episode did make an effort showing that he’s leading a good life (with pictures of his wife and all)

October 29, 2014
1:00 am
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I thought the new episode was good. It was nice to finally meet Grant’s older brother. I think both Ward brothers are doing plenty of lying. I hope we meet the younger brother, if he’s still alive. The end took an interesting turn. I thought the mystery alien writer would be someone we knew. I can’t wait to find out more about him. Mockingbird is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. I’m glad she returned to the blonde hair. She looked good.

October 29, 2014
1:15 am
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I don’t see anything multiple-personality about Ward.

Ward’s escape was predictable, I think Coulson himself would have predicted it which is why I suspect Coulson let it happen.

FitzSimmons is still heartbreaking and while I know there are those out there who like the direction it’s going I don’t.. i love FitzSimmons and FitzSimmons just isn’t FitzSimmons when they’re not on the same page :(

Still loving Hunter and liking this new dynamic between him and his ex

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October 29, 2014
2:11 am
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Ward’s escape feels intentional. Even Coulson’s little speech felt like his attempt to push Ward away from the group. I don’t doubt there’s some actual anger there, but the words were too carefully chosen. It was a speech, which means it could have easily been planned. In Coulson’s shoes, the best way to keep Ward away from the team (and Skye) while at the same time ensuring he remains a possible tool Coulson could access would be to allow the man to escape from custody. The speech could be a way for Coulson to ensure Ward wouldn’t run immediately back to the team. And that odd line to Ward’s guards, ‘don’t give him an inch’, it felt like a half-arsed attempt at a warning. Just a way Coulson could cover himself should Senator Ward accuse Coulson of facilitating Ward’s escape. And the fact that Coulson was reading over Ward’s file….it felt as if he was reacquainting himself with Ward’s skills. With Ward’s history. He had doubts about what Senator Ward was saying; the folder implies that. What Coulson’s actual end-game is, it’s hard to say. But in thinking it over, it sounds like he has a plan, or at least 12% of a plan, in play.

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October 29, 2014
2:29 am
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That heartbreaking scene with FitzSimmons.. WHY /wp-content/sp-resources/forum-smileys/sf-cry.gif FitzSimmons > life (but I love the Mack and Fitz bromance).

Come on, I can’t be the only one who was feeling bad for Ward during that “You’re not, nor will you ever be, on my team” scene. When Coulson said “The only reason you’re alive is because you were of use”, it kinda hit hard. Like damn, I know that’s true but i cant help but feel bad for the guy. #StandWithWard – But, now I don’t know who I should trust. Christian or Ward? I would obvously stick with Ward but we don’t know much about Christian, other than what we’ve heard from Ward and now Christian’s side of the story. Ward managing to escape those handcuffs? Yeah that was predictable with him continuously rubbing his thumb. Wonder where he’s off to now.

I still can’t get over Lance and Bobbi. I laughed way too much when they were arguing, shot the guy at the same time and continued arguing. And then May just straight out saying she doesn’t like Lance. /wp-content/sp-resources/forum-smileys/sf-laugh.gif

Who was may married to? That’s what I want to know.

And wow, all those tattoos of the symbols. I’m assuming he writes them too, going by what he said about ‘before I forget them; or something.

So many questions. Loved it!

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October 29, 2014
2:49 am
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This is definitely not protocol! – Grant Ward

October 29, 2014
7:49 am
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Another great episode.. perfect introduction to Whiplash; i found this meme to describe the key point of this episode

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October 29, 2014
9:23 am
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OK, I loved it.
I loved the overarching theme of fractured relationships, of broken things.
Some on the mend… some beyond repair.

Bobbi / Hunter
Skye / Ward
Fitz / Simmons
SHIELD / Official sides

SHIELD/Hydra
Ward / Ward

Coulson / Ward / Ward

And how it influences other relationships.
How it influences everything around.

What I absolutely adored this episode was the suspense.
Holy hell!
When C. Ward was speaking it was so convincing.
He played so masterfully on everything, Coulson knows, planting doubt – he almost had me convinced.

Those who know a little longer (like, before the pilot :)) know, I adopted Ward as my baby at the very start and I haven´t strayed from it. So, that was brilliantly done. As of today I had been totally emotionally convinced, Ward was not an ice cold psycho.
I still AM convinced, he isn´t… but the emotional side of things got a good battering during Christian´s oh so worried loving speech.

But the only possibility that Ward is the one lying here, would be for him to actually have hallucinations and be convinced, Christian made him do it.
He didn´t TELL us in “The Well” (as the show so artfully reminded us today) what Christian had done. We saw it, as he remembered it in real time.
As oposed to the other team members, who actually have only been told.

I loved it. That was really, really, brilliantly done.

I loved team Specialist and May playing the annoyed nanny to a divorced couple. I love how obvious the love between Bobbi and Hunter was… and how obvious it was, why they just didn´t work.

I loved (as a disbaled persopn who went through just that with her family) how helpless Simmons was with Fitz, how she did all the wrong things, not even for the right reason, but because she was helpless. And how Mack stated the obvious: he can accept Fitz as Fitz not as Fitz-who-is-no-more.

What I loved too, is the fact that I still don´t know if Coulson really sacrificed Ward to keep his people save. Or if he was tricking the other Ward.

He seemed to not want to hand Ward over, until he got the news that six of his agents died because he can´t work with the Officials anymore.
But did he really intent to hand him over for good? Or was it just a trick and he believed Grand that his brother was a total lunatic and he set him free – keeping Grant out of the hands of a total psycho, but still getting back those valuable connections.

It´s true that a theme of this season is Coulson having to make the hard calls. The lives of multiple agents for the live of one traitor.
How do you make those decisions? They probably would be easier to bear for us, if he didn´t dwell on them, but so far, he seems to give himself a hard time over it more often than not.

I really like, that we don´t actually know what he did.
I am a bit worried though, that Grant knows so much about Skye´s father.
I have a feeling that something is very wrong there and I am not ruling out brain washing yet.

A pet peeve of mine: the fights were nicely choreographed, but I think they could have been shot and cut a bit better … faster, probably. So it looked a tad staged.

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October 29, 2014
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Good episode. Not as good as the last few, but still pretty decent. I’m sad to say, but it looks like we have reverted back to the season 1 practice of giving us more questions than answers right before a break.

The episode did give us some info though:
The Wards (maybe they will have a miniseries /wp-content/sp-resources/forum-smileys/sf-wink.gif): Senator really wants Grant. Grant is truly afraid of his brother. Why? Both of them are lying (How do you know a Senator is lying? His lips are moving! Sorry, couldn’t help it.) And Grant telling them how much he’s been telling them the truth leads me to believe that he is hold something back.

Skye/Papa: So we learn that Hydra was after Skye and that’s why the “villlage” was wiped out. Still don’t know what Skye’s dad is and it looks like we won’t for a while. However, I’m going to have to disagree with Soraya. Skye totally played Ward in this episode. I believe that her family is a weekness for her, but she used it against Ward. Loved it.

MackFitzSimmons: As much as I want Fitz and Simmons to go back to what they used to be, Fitz said it, “I’m not the same, I’m different now.” Hopefully, Mack can be the glue that gets Fitz and Simmons back to a working relationship. Maybe Simmons should address one of the last things that was said between them before the accident. If I told my best friend that my feelings for them was more than just friends and then pretty much sacrificed my life to save them, I’d expect to get at least some response. Maybe that’s why Fitz gets worse around Simmons. There is an elephant in the room that no one want’s to talk about.

Bobbi/Hunter: Liked the banter (and both shooting the guy at the same time), but it will get old fast. May, “You know I don’t like you, right?” Loved it! And what’s with Talbot caring about how many agents SHIELD lost? I’m a big bad guy who act all tough, but I really care about SHIELD? I don’t buy it.

My guess is that Coulson was counting on Ward escaping and will track him to lead them to the other “resources” he has about Skye’s dad. Oh, and for all of you Ward-lovers, at the end of the escape scene, Ward points the gun at (one would presume) the driver and we hear a gunshot as it switches to the next scene.

Loved the Agent Carter Promo and the Age of Ultron extended trailer. Super syked about all the movies that Marvel just announced.

Captian America: Civil War!
Avengers: Infinity Wars (part 1 and part 2)?!?
Just to mention a few.

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There is one thing that hasn’t come up yet concerning the Ward brothers that probably should. We know there were four siblings: three brothers and a sister. We know Christian Ward, the oldest, threw his youngest brother in the well (or made Grant do it- probably the later). We know Ward was forced to watch and not help his youngest brother (because, yes, psychological control and manipulation are a form of force), something, as K2107 pointed out, we see a viewers and aren’t told about. And the way they talk about the youngest brother (I was told he has a name now?) indicates he may no longer be alive. If that’s true (and even if it’s not), Christian Ward committed a crime as a teenager. Ward is the only witness (and maybe the youngest if he’s still alive, but it seems unlikely the way everyone keeps talking). Ward is the only one who could unravel everything by telling people what kind of a monster Christian is. Ward is literally a liability. He could destroy Christian’s life if anyone believed him- if he got an investigation opened into the matter or dredged up old information. Ward is probably the biggest threat to Christian that currently exists and, up until now, he was untouchable because of SHIELD. Just, throwing that out there.

(And if Ward had to shoot someone to escape his sociopathic brother, well, I can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same thing, though he may have been shooting the door lock too. The driver in those cars is never accessible from the back of the truck.)

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MR. T said
And what’s with Talbot caring about how many agents SHIELD lost? I’m a big bad guy who act all tough, but I really care about SHIELD? I don’t buy it.

Talbot may be a jerk, but he’s never really been a bad guy. More of a good guy who was misguided. And him caring about how many men SHIELD lost, along with Senator Ward’s speech and the fact SHIELD handed over Grant Ward to the FBI was to show that the US Government now acknowledges that SHIELD and Hydra are not one in the same, and that SHIELD isn’t a terrorist group like Hydra. It’s the first step towards SHIELD regaining some form of legitimacy.

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October 29, 2014
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Not sure what to think about Ward’s escape (Gee, no one saw that coming huh? lol). Coulson had to know that Ward would find a way out unless he was sedated, but at the same time, I can’t see Coulson putting the guard’s lives in jeopardy either. My guess is Coulson hopes that Ward will lead them to Skye’s dad, perhaps?

Thought it was cool that Talbot has apparently finally seen the light regarding Coulson and SHIELD.

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AgentFC said

Then again, I’m not sure I can trust Senator Ward as well, although the episode did make an effort showing that he’s leading a good life (with pictures of his wife and all)

Agreed Ward is a not so nice person but I do think there’s more to the Senator. I actually think Ward’s right about him because he didn’t control the flashback he had about that “well” incident.
I liked this ep a lot and a lot was going on aaaaaaaaaaaand SHIELD’s got a facility in the Netherlands….*nerdy squeel*

Bobbie and Hunter –> funny
FitzSimmons –> again hearthbreaking
Coulson and Skye –> I like were they are now
May –> cool as ever

After the rewatch I’ll get back :)

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October 29, 2014
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This show is turning me into a new person. Once super impatient, I’m now willing to wait patiently for the reveals. However, I’m enjoying the hell out of each episode. It’s getting better and better.
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As for Ward, Yeeaaaaaaaaa!, he’s still a bad guy. I never ever liked good guy Ward, there was something that just wasn’t right about him. Bad guy Ward is awesome. I don’t get the love still coming Ward’s way. The man kills colleagues who are like family and friends to the team and you still think he ought to be redeemed? How do you forgive or forget that someone deliberately did that and is STILL doing it? Wow, just wow. I would have been highly disappointed if they’d tried to redeem Ward. Making him a bad guy was one the the smartest moves they’ve made. While he was boring as good Ward, I find his badness delicious.lol. Long live evil Ward. He and his brother might be two of a kind. Ward’s escape- who didn’t know that it would happen? I think Coulson wanted it to happen and that is the reason that Ward was only restrained with handcuffs. He certainly wasn’t treated like the cold blooded killer that he is. He’s going to find out a lot more now that Ward is out there than he would have found out from the tidbits that Ward was spoon feeding them. I do think while Ward was honest with them, he wasn’t doing it for honesty sake. He was giving them the information that he wanted to give, but there is a LOT more to it. I wondered if Garret was really the head or if Ward was the shadow puppet master. That would be cool. I’m going to start a NEVER redeem Ward petition. lol.
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Hunter and Bobbi. Never thought much of the Hunter character, still don’t. Bobbi is the shitz, I like her. I thought their bickering would have been true to form for an average couple, but because of what they do for a living I thought they might be more professional. I get the humor in the show and didn’t mind the squabbling for what is was, but I’m like May and I’d find it annoying if it went on every time they were together.
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May- what can I say about such a great character. The irony of it is that for most of season one she was my least favorite, even behind boring good guy Ward. Now she’s in the running for first or second favorite with Coulson. Behind her hard core she does have a sense of humor and she’s actually likeable. She’s a badass to be sure, but she’s having much more fun with it this year.
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Mac is great. I like the dynamics between him and Fitz. He accepts Fritz the way he is because he’s never known him any other way. That’s good for Fitz. I’d like to see Mac in the field and Triplett. Those guys are being under utilized. I think it would be great if Mac turns out to be more than meets the eyes, but still a good guy. He has the potential for badassery.
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Coulson- still the man. I like him in the role of Director and am looking forward to his reveal. I like the character’s humor, which can be deceptive; he has a hard core. He’s shrewd and perceptive, what’s not to like.
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Jemma_ I don’t know how I feel about her since the FitzSimmons is busted. She didn’t seem a likely spy during her Hydra stint. I still like her, but she seems lost. I think there is probably more going on there than we are privy to at this time. I hope so, else she runs the risk of becoming a boring character. I’m Ok with them not returning to the old FitzSimmons although they were sweet together. Having gone through the things they have changes people. I don’t think it’s realistic to think that their relationship wouldn’t change.

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Skye- While her family history, what little we know of it, is interesting, I’ve put my speculations about that on hold. I’m more interested in what she can bring to the Shield team. Chloe Bennett mentioned that she’d been doing more May-like training. It will be interesting to see her in those type of fight scenes. I understand her need to know about her parents, but I hope that obsession doesn’t lead to her doing something foolish. She’s young and only about a half step away from being a renegade sort of like she was in the beginning. She might not think of the team and go off again to get a look at her father. I’m looking forward to the reveal of who or what she is. Shield needs to have a few people with super powers especially when there are so few of them.
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I hope this show doesn’t become a soap opera with a slew of personal relationships. Ward does NOT need to get with Sky (ewww) nor do Bobbi and Hunter need to get back together. Repair the relationship so that they’re not at each other’s throats with the occasional barb, that’s ok. I don’t mind the undercurrents of emotional involvement, but full fledged relationships, nope. I’ll watch the Days of our Lives for that. NOT! I’m still trying to get the Ward/May hookups out of my mind.
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I love this show SOOOO much. This episode was quite a roller coaster and really kept me guessing at what was going on. I saw the promo for this ep at the end of last week, but not any of the sneak peek clips that may have been posted. It looked to me like the team was going to let Ward out in order to help them deal with his brother in some way. I was prepared to be very annoyed. So far, I just don’t trust Ward. The way he keeps pushing about how he will never lie to Skye again…something about it just nags at me. Perhaps it is that we never got to see him struggle and come to terms with who he is and what he has done (while we still see Fitz struggling).

I confess that I don’t have a clue what to believe as far as The Brothers Ward. Watching them both explain how the other is a pathological liar – each seemed very convincing. Which one is lying? When Coulson first told Christian that he had his brother, Christian asked how he was, if they had to do anything to him. Was Christian really concerned for Grant’s well-being? Is it a super convincing act? If Christian is the psycho, why wouldn’t he have gotten rid of Grant a long time ago? And which one does Coulson believe? Reflecting on the fact that Coulson was looking at Ward’s file before he was transferred, was he actually expecting Ward to escape? Has Coulson somehow tagged Ward so that he can follow him once he is out? He knows Ward isn’t loyal to HYDRA, but what does he expect Ward to do? Go after his brother in some way? I’m trying to remember what Ward last said – something about his promise to Skye. He wanted to bring her to her father. Is he going to try to find Skye’s father and bring him to Skye??? It seems that Skye is all Ward cares about anymore. And Coulson knows that Skye’s father was in possession of the obelisk, so maybe this was a way to try to track them both. My only problem with the idea that Coulson expected Ward to escape was the people who would be hurt by Ward in the process. But then, Coulson has been making tough decisions this year. Would it be possible that both brothers are lying? Or both wrong? Here is a super far-fetched notion: what if Ward’s family was part of experiments on brainwashing? Perhaps Christian and/or Grant were made to behave a certain way or do certain things.

It was confusing, but I liked the overall story behind HYDRA’s attack on the United Nations. HYDRA pretended to be SHIELD so that the entire world would want to hunt SHIELD down. AND…the Beglian politician was seen on TV protesting the idea of trying to hunt down SHIELD and you can hear the opposition saying something about going ahead and offering safe haven to SHIELD. The idea was for the SHIELD allies to go to Belgium thinking they’d be safe there, but then be crossed off by HYDRA forces. A cool plan, but it failed.

Oh, and Ward dislocating his finger in order to get his hand free of the handcuffs – nice callback to the episode 0-8-4 (season 1 ep 2) where May gets free of the ties.

I was worried I wouldn’t like the ex-wife and ex-husband banter, but I thought it was nicely done. I think the writers will be smart and won’t overdo with the Lance & Bobbi show. What did Coulson say previously (referring to Talbot) about small doses? :) But their bickering offered May some lovely comedic moments such as the look she gives Bobbie when she asks if she ever talks to her ex and her line to Hunter, “You know I don’t like you, right?” Priceless.

Speaking of comedy – Coulson talking to Senator Ward about revising his speech and making it funnier – loved that.

Love seeing Bobbi and May fighting. It would have been cool to see them in the same room helping each other fight, but it seemed appropriate to have Hunter in that role – the way they both went to sweep the bad guy’s leg at the same time and how he tossed her a piece of wood to help finish the bad guy off.

Sad that the Belgian operative had to die. I like the idea of SHIELD having *some* allies! May told Talbot that they lost 6 people, so presumably all the new allies Coulson made didn’t make it to the Belgian safehouse to be killed.

Interesting that Senator Ward has publicly talked about SHIELD vs. HYDRA. He announced that he will punish his brother…but his brother has broken free. Does this put the senator and SHIELD at odds again? Or is this a way to get SHIELD to be the good guys again, trying to capture the HYDRA agent? And how weird was it to see Talbot and May shake hands! I don’t know that we’ll see them that friendly again in the future.

Fitzsimmons. {sigh} In the first ep of the season Coulson says that Jemma thought it would be better for Fitz if she left. As much as he was missing her while she was gone, I think she was right to go. I think this is a rift that will heal over time, but I’m glad it isn’t a quick fix. I’m glad the show lets things take time – Coulson was pissed at May for a little while after he found out she had been reporting to Fury and that she knew about the TAHITI project. And at some point Fitz will stop being angry at Jemma, but for now that’s how he feels. Poor Jemma! And wonderful little talk between Mack and Jemma. I like how he explains that he only knows Fitz the way he is now – he’s a little weird, but he likes him. Perhaps Mack will be the one to help bridge the gap between Fitz and Simmons.

Tag – I suppose we are meant to believe that the guy getting the tattoo is the one that did the alien carving on the painting, but perhaps there’s more than 1 person out there doing the carving? I mean, what was that guy doing anywhere near a 500 year old painting??? Either way, can’t wait to see more of that!

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