As teased last time, we finally saw the entire original team together, and boy, was it nice.
While the likes of Bobbi, Hunter, or even Mack could have been involved, the show just really wanted to reunite the old crew. Their joint operation involved one of the best SFX moments of the show: the plane blowing up around the Quinjet.
Simmons’ new mindset came into play, as she was the only member of the team to even consider ending Ward. I’m glad that they’re keeping her character consistent, but I still don’t see her as the type to kill another person, even if said person nearly killed her and her best friend.
I was also surprised at how little Skye reacted to Ward taking part in the mission. She seemed levelheaded, even cracking jokes about it. The long take (conveniently close to the release of Daredevil on Netflix) was a nice surprise too. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this may also be the first time we’ve seen Skye in complete control her powers, and using them in combat. We are getting close and closer to her superhero persona!
With this operation we also got lots of ties to the events in Age of Ultron, most of which came from List, a lackey to Strucker — whom we never, unsurprisingly, got to see. We did get plenty of references to Strucker’s illegal experimentation on humans, even mentioning the Twins themselves, and we witnessed at least a little bit of said experimentation on Deathlok and Lincoln. Think Deathlok will go to Stark for upgrades? Too hopeful?
It would seem that the Ward/Agent 33 story just came to a fizzling end. I always thought it was poorly done to begin with, but now Ward just ups and offers her to SHIELD saying it’s “due to what ever good is left inside” of him? Yes, they could still be planning things with the duo, but it would seem that Agent 33’s story will be told with the rest of SHIELD now, and no longer with Ward. I’m hoping that the show does a better job handling Agent 33, a.k.a. Kara, while she is with the rest of cast. They have a good start with Bobbi befriending her, and yes, there is always the chance that Ward and 33 are playing SHIELD. But if that were the case, I would have liked a hint.
Back in Afterlife, they put more focus on Raina’s abilities of precognition. It seems to seriously scare the higher-ups, as Skye’s mom made sure that she was in control of anything that came out of the precognition. I would be remiss to not mention what Raina sees before the episode ends: metal men. While exciting that the show referenced Avengers, I wouldn’t place bets on it having a huge impact on any of the current story lines.
We finally know what Theta protocol is, and it would seem like Coulson has been guiding the Avengers through middle woman Maria Hill. It’s a nice idea, but I wish that The Avengers would find out Coulson is alive and well. I wonder how much of the show will take place during Age of Ultron, as opposed to after.
This week’s episode slowed down a tad on the Inhumans front, while focusing fully on the Age of Ultron connections. While these movie links are fun, I look forward to the show getting back to its Inhuman focus. I’ll leave this week’s review with one question: why did Coulson just casually drop the fact that Nick Fury is still alive?
Article by contributor Russ Milheim.