Agents of SHIELD “The Frenemy of my Frenemy” Review

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Ward is back with the team, and it’s about damn time.

I still hold that Agent 33 doesn’t seem necessary, and her relationship with Ward still makes no sense. Clearly, however, there is plenty to be revealed on that front. On the other hand, I was highly looking forward to Fitz realizing that Ward was returning, and those scenes did not disappoint. Fitz’s face the moment he learned was perfect — subtle, but at the same time saying everything.

It’s fun to see changing dynamics in the team now that Ward is back. Coulson’s offer was an odd one, as I don’t see Ward ever accepting a memory wipe. Bringing back project Tahiti was a nice touch, though.

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Agent 33’s story better be worth it.

On a grander scale, the connection between the show and Age of Ultron has officially begun. The various mentions of Strucker experimenting with “powered people” got me excited. Now, is there any chance that the team will actually find Strucker? My bet would be no, but it would be quite exciting if they did.

Skye’s story was a nice change of pace: not only did she get out of Afterlife, but she had a nice bonding day with her father too! Even if there was an ulterior motive, it was nice to see them get along for once. We did get an answer (even if it was a throwaway line) as to how her mother was alive again. We also got Daisy Johnson’s full name!

They keep teasing Cal’s transformation, yet it still doesn’t happen. What we did get was Lincoln’s powers in action against none other than Deathlok. I was curious to see how Lincoln uses them in combat; it’s a shame they aren’t as effective against Deathlok as he may have hoped. Also, they could have easily avoided that grenade. Unless my eyes were mistaken, they stood and watched it be thrown and land before going off.

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Deathlok doesn’t play around.

Having SHIELD, Hydra, and the Inhumans converge on Skye and Cal at the same time made a for great, tense ending, and I was very sad — maybe as much as Coulson — to see Skye teleported away at the last moment. Now that we know Hydra is tracking Gordon, it probably won’t be long until Skye is pulled back into action. That said, I didn’t like the trope of everyone back at base, working with Ward out of context.

Speaking of everyone back at base, did anyone else think it was a little cold for May to tattle on Simmons so quickly? Either way, they still seem reasonable in their motives, so it’s nice to have villains that aren’t all bad. Now that Coulson is being taken in, they’ll finally be able to have that face-to-face talk they so desperately need. With Coulson in, I wouldn’t be surprised if the rest of the rogue group comes back too.

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The team is back together!

I’m excited to see the Age of Ultron connection play out, and I hope there’s a big thread between the two. It’s looking like the old team is going to be coming together in full, and I can’t wait to see it happen.

Article by contributor Russ Milheim.

5 thoughts on “Agents of SHIELD “The Frenemy of my Frenemy” Review

  1. I still refuse to see the “other SHIED” as villains, and I think this episode made a pretty good case for why they aren’t. Again, their invasion by force and disagreement with how to tackle powered people makes them easy to disagree with, but they are still very much against HYDRA, and while they don’t trust Coulson, they don’t want to kill him either. It’s pretty understandable, and honestly, I like having the dynamic shift so that they aren’t always comfy and safe on their base. That’s one of the things that made the first 2/3 of the first season feel pretty stale, and I like them shifting around constantly.

    Also, my best guess? Bon strucker is going to be killed or dealt with very severely in Age of Ultron, and List and Bakshi are going to stumble on whatever happened to him. But I don’t think we’re going to see him directly, no.

    Anyway, I agree with most of your review as usual. And I think this episode has been the best regarding making Cal a truly relatable, and tragic figure. Sure, from the start it was always stated he was obsessed with his family and just wanted his daughter back and to have a life with her. But this is the first time we get to see him not in full threatening move about it, and it was perfect to highlight just how much he wants that, and why he can also never have it, because he’s just too screwed up mentally to ever be able to have a sable, normal life.

    And yeah, Lincoln and Deathlok totally made no real effort to avoid that grenade, that scene was pretty sloppy.

  2. Liked this episode. I’m curious to see how this ties into Age of Ultron. I wonder what the cargo on the ship is, and the Theta protocol. Time will tell.

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