|Played By:||Saffron Burrows|
|First Appeared:||1×07 The Hub|
edit] Character Summary
A high-level Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Victoria Hand was shown to be a director at The Hub. Agent Hand and her reputation for brusqueness are well-known to lower-ranking agents.
Hand oversaw an operation from The Hub to destroy an enemy weapon called the Overkill Device and neutralize the South Ossetian rebels that built it, selecting Agents Ward and Fitz to infiltrate the rebel compound to extract the weapon ahead of a S.H.I.E.L.D. strike. With Agent Fitz unproven in the field, Hand misled Agent Coulson’s team that an extraction would take place to ensure Fitz focused exclusively on how to defeat and acquire the Overkill Device.
She was later put in charge of The Bus when its Commanding Officer, Agent Phil Coulson, was kidnapped by Project Centipede. During this time, she focused the team’s efforts on defeating Project Centipede instead of prioritizing Coulson’s rescue, something which again put her at odds with Coulson’s team. She is also very bemused at the level of priority both Director Nick Fury and Commander Maria Hill placed on Coulson’s rescue, remarking that "no single agent is that important". Thanks to Coulson’s team, he was rescued and his kidnapper, Raina, was apprehended and taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.
Only a few weeks later, Hand was approached by Agent Felix Blake regarding his concerns on a suspicious conspiracy among most Level 8 agents, including Coulson and his long-time contemporary Agent John Garrett. Soon after, these two agents called a clandestine meeting on The Bus together with Agents Hand, Blake, and Jasper Sitwell in an operation to close down on the head of Project Centipede, The Clairvoyant. Hand refused to take part of the actual field operations, preferring to return to The Hub to coordinate the back-up teams. The plan backfired when Blake and his partner Agent Melinda May encountered and narrowly escape The Clairvoyant’s bodyguard Deathlok, arousing her suspicions even further on the loyalties of both Coulson and Garrett.
That very night, all S.H.I.E.L.D. communication channels were jammed up with one repeated message that, when decoded, read:
Out of the Shadows. Into the Light. Hydra
Realizing the gravity of this message, she was probably quickly apprised of events happening at The Triskelion, including Director Fury’s assassination and the emergence of Hydra agents within S.H.I.E.L.D. itself. As a S.H.I.E.L.D. loyalist herself, she had to immediately ascertain the safety of The Hub, where she was the highest ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agent there. Only seven agents passed her test of loyalty, including Agents Shaw, Shade, Antoine Triplett and Jemma Simmons. After commencing the purging of Hydra agents within The Hub, she also contacted and ensured the security of The Fridge, bugged most of the rooms at The Hub, and hijacked the controls of The Bus, rerouting it back to The Hub for the assassinations of Coulson’s team, as well as sending drone planes to terminate Agent John Garrett. As both aircrafts arrive at The Hub, she ordered a search for Coulson’s team within The Hub when they were discovered to have vanished from The Bus. Fortunately, this timeframe allowed for her to learn of Coulson’s true allegiance, and confirmed that Garrett was in fact The Clairvoyant as well as a Hydra agent.
Hand and Coulson subsequently monitored the remained of The Uprising from The Hub, before determining that she would personally escort Garrett for incarceration at The Fridge together with Agent Grant Ward. Unfortunately, she and two other S.H.I.E.L.D. loyalists were assassinated by Ward, himself a sleeper Hydra agent, while en-route to The Fridge
Victoria Hand was shown to have an extremely antagonistic relationship with Agent Coulson, her extremely by-the-book approach conflicting Coulson’s willingness to go "off book" as required. Her comment that Coulson was one of Director Fury’s favorites implied she was not and indicated a degree of resentment at that fact.
edit] Training and Abilities
- 1×07 The Hub
- 1×11 The Magical Place
- 1×16 End of the Beginning
- 1×17 Turn, Turn, Turn