Since the pilot episode it’s been questioned why Agent Melinda May wouldn’t go back in the field. So many references on why she will not be called “The Cavalry” or why she won’t talk about Bahrain. Well, wonder no more as this back story is revealed. We take the story seven years ago as Agent May was in talks with her then-husband, Andrew, about starting a family. However, she tells Coulson that she’s staying in the field. Their current mission involves Eva Belyakov, who is believed to possess enhanced strength. S.H.I.E.L.D. wants this woman as an asset. If Belyakov doesn’t comply, it’ll be time to call in the cavalry.
In Bahrain, an attempt to reason with Belyakov goes south fast as shots are fired. Several agents and a young girl are kidnapped. A rescue effort ends with Coulson and May being left all alone. May convinces Coulson to send her in to save the day. This is a violation of a direct order. May gets advice from Andrew on how to approach the kidnapped girl. Then she springs into action. May takes down a couple bad guys, but soon realizes that everyone else is being controlled by Belyakov.
May realizes the only way they will awake from their mind control was by killing Belyakov. She succeeded but it wasn’t enough as her powers were transferred to a little girl. The one who was captured. May was dubbed the cavalry after having taken out all the bad guys and taking out a special in the process. She saved many agents that day, but was devastated by the one little girl she lost. This all served as the beginning of the end of her marriage and hopes of having children.
In the present day, May tells the SHIELD team she’s currently hanging with that she has no idea about the “Theta Protocol” Coulson has initiated. She wants to try to talk him in peacefully. She lets Simmons know that she’s been working on Deathlok technology which is contrary to what Coulson had told her. This being evidence of what we saw last week with all the upgrades we saw.
May wants to get to the truth. She knows Coulson doesn’t hiding secrets unless there’s a good reason. Evidence suggests that Coulson is building a base for super-powered people. He may also be recruiting Andrew to help on the psychological front. This has May ordering Simmons to open the toolbox.
Meanwhile at Afterlife, Jaiying encourages Skye to embrace her powers to amplify the frequency of a nearby mountain. Using her powers she causes snow drifts to the form an avalanche. Skye is amazed. Let’s just say there ain’t no mountain high enough to stop her from moving it. Skye’s memories of foster care creep up after another exercise. She finds it hard to believe that what’s happening to her now isn’t going to end well. Jaiying lets Skye know that she won’t be abandoned here but comes the big revel for her as Jaiying reveals that she is her biological mother.
Jaiying tells Skye of how people have died when the process for selection and training is ignored. She speaks of a woman who didn’t trust her judgment. Her name was Eva Belyakov. Everything she did was for her daughter, Katia. This is the same little girl May desperately tried to save in Bahrain. Katia was too young. She went insane leaching off the emotions of others with one touch. May had no choice but to stop her in a lethal way.
This tragic incident serves as the main reason no one can know Jaiying and Skye’s true relationship. Mother convinces daughter to join her father for one dinner. Cal is grateful for this. He tells Skye all about the day she was born. She’s caught off guard by the realization that she’s 26 years old.
Gordon tries to assure Raina that she’s not a monster. Lincoln doesn’t want her to give up on them just yet after hearing all about her recent dream. Raina eventually agrees to let Gordon guide her. As for Lincoln, he gazes in at Skye’s dinner with her parents. The scene is identical to the one Raina described in her dream. But now it’s a reality…
In the final scene, Fitz manages to open Fury’s toolbox. He makes contact with Coulson and Hunter. He knows that he’s being followed. A quick lesson on how to shake a tail is needed. Once Hunter sees that Fitz is hiding in a restroom equipped with an electric hand dryer, he knows just what to do. Coulson can’t help but let out a slight smile. What is Coulson planning and will it be a way of convincing people that SHIELD is better with him as leader? Next week we will prep for the Age of Ultron as SHIELD witness the fury of the cyborg. Also who saw Jimmy Kimmel for the AoU cast and a surprise guest?
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Also last night Cobie Smulders revealed something on Jimmy Kimmel about a possible future appearance.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Bouncing Back (3X11)
The episode opens three months from now. A S.H.I.E.L.D. ship’s alarm is going off. We see a cross necklace and an S.H.I.E.L.D. shoulder patch before an explosion. Jump to present day Bogotá, Colombia. The police chase down a car, but their guns are mysteriously pulled from their hands. They’re fired upon and their crate of weapons is missing. Yo-Yo, wearing the cross necklace, opens the crate to reveal the guns inside.
Coulson meets with President Ellis at Rosalind’s house to talk about Inhumans. Coulson says they’re already doing something about it. Daisy and Joey are in Columbia to investigate an incident. They meet with Colonel Ramon telling them a powered person took their weapons. Mack, Hunter, and Bobbi are investigating the site of the incident in Colombia. They’re in contact with Fitz, Simmons, and Lincoln back at HQ. Witnesses say they couldn’t see the thief, so Mack’s team assumes they may have the power of invisibility. They split up to search for more clues. Around the corner, Mack finds markings similar to the one at the crime scene. He spots a woman, and the woman takes his gun and points it at him so fast that he doesn’t even see her move. She then opens up a car, knocks him inside and shuts the door. Mack wakes up bound and attached to a bathroom sink. He sees Yo-Yo talking to to someone. Yo-Yo shuts the door on him. Mack gets free and overpowers Yo-Yo. He figures out that she always returns to the spot she started from after using super speed, but she still gets the upper hand on him again.
Mack is now strapped to a chair as Yo-yo tries to interrogate Mack. Mack accuses her of being a criminal but she says her powers were a gift from God and that she’d never use them for sin. Mack says her powers come from the fish, and Yo-Yo remembers eating fish before her Terrigenesis kicked in. Daisy’s team bursts in, knocks out Yo-Yo, and rescues Mack. The team looks up information on Yo-Yo, whose real name is Elena Rodriguez. They also find her partner in crime, her cousin. Hunter and Bobbi go to check him out. Joey tries to talk to Yo-Yo. Joey tries to talk to Yo-Yo. Mack says to tell her that S.H.I.E.L.D. is independent. Yo-Yo says she was trying to use her powers to fight injustice in the world, and that she never intended to use the weapons she took. Bobbi and Lance find Yo-Yo’s cousin tossing the weapons over a bridge. Yo-Yo tells them that the police are corrupt. Ramon pulls up to where Bobbi and Hunter are. He and another officer get out of their vehicle. The other officer lifts his sunglasses to reveal glowing eyes that paralyze Bobbi and Hunter when he looks at them. Ramon shoots Yo-Yo’s cousin. Daisy’s team finds the cousin’s body. They notice the body is strangely stiff, and Mack thinks the police may have their own Inhuman. Mack lets Yo-Yo know about her cousin.
Bobbi and Hunter begin coming out of the paralysis on the floor of Ramon’s office. Ramon and his Inhuman show up and the Inhuman paralyzes Hunter again. Ramon interrogates Bobbi, pointing his gun at Hunter. Mack tries to comfort Yo-Yo, and tells her about his faith (using Joey to translate). Mack tells her that they’re trying fight for justice, just like she was. Yo-Yo says she’s in. Daisy asks about her powers. Yo-Yo says her power is connected to her pulse, and that she snaps back after going as far as she can go in one heartbeat. Daisy, Hunter, and Bobbi investigate security footage and see the blur that took Mack. They report to Simmons. Lincoln tells Simmons about how Inhuman abilities aren’t random, but manifest to serve an evolutionary need and keep balance in the species. Simmons calls it an actual “intelligent design.”
Back in D.C., the President doesn’t want to publicly authorize S.H.I.E.L.D., preferring to keep the ATCU as the public face. However, he wants S.H.I.E.L.D. to be secretly in charge as he plans to select a new head of the ATCU who will report to Coulson. Coulson asks about Malick, but the President says he can’t help and that Malick has too much influence. But his statement about letting him having authority to find Malick may have led him to do something brash. So Coulson pulls Fitz aside and opens a secret door that reveals the T.A.H.I.T.I. machine, but says it isn’t for him, its for Werner Von Strucker whom they captured. They brought him in to use in the machine, but Simmons cautions that his brain may be too badly damaged to get any useful information out of. Von Strucker flashes back to being tortured and keeps repeating “just kill me.”
This leads Von Strucker in a state of trauma. Though hesitant at first, Lincoln agrees to use his powers to try to jumpstart Strucker’s brain and get him out of the loop. Strucker tells Coulson that Malick sold him out. Strucker says his father told him to go to Malick only as a last resort. He found Malick by going to an antique store and telling the shopkeep a passcode. Evidently, finding a way to sink Malick’s bank holdings and destroying a piece of his earnings.
Mr. Giyera tells Malick about the incident in Colombia. Malick says they need to replenish their ranks. Giyera is doubtful of how powerful their “guest” really is. Malick tells Giyera to keep his eyes open. Another of Malick’s men tell him that their “guest” is asking for him. As revealed, Grant Ward has now become a monster Hive. Hive eats from a massive selection of foods and Giyera asks if he’s regaining his strength. Ward says his body was dying. He observes that humans have advanced since he has been gone, but they haven’t changed.
Back in Columbia, Yo-yo swipes an access card a guard outside the police station. Mack shows her a high-tech bidning and then they move in. Daisy tells Joey to take care of the weapons, and he melts them down. Daisy and Yo-Yo team up to take down several officers, while Bobbi feeds Ramon a story to keep him busy. Yo-Yo quickly binds the remaining officers. Mack finds Bobbi, and she tells him to warn the others other the Inhuman. He radios to them and tells them the power is in the Inhuman’s eyes. Yo-Yo uses her speed to bind the Inhuman, but he uses his powers on her at the same time. She snaps back and slams against a wall. Joey melts the Inhuman’s glasses to his face. Just as they were capturing him, a Hydra aircraft swoops in and steals him from them. Back on the jet, Joey is tries to convince Yo-Yo to go back with S.H.I.E.L.D., but Yo-Yo says she belongs in Colombia. Daisy suggests they make her part of the team, but let her stay at home. Mack gives her a watch that Yo-Yo can use to signal for help if she ever needs it.
Back at HQ, Simmons goes to the lab and finds Fitz working at his desk. Fitz tries to make small talk, but Simmons blurts out that she misses him. He apologizes for Will’s death, but Simmons says Will was already dead and that Fitz has been nothing but extraordinary. Simmons wants to start over from where they started with their relationship. They reintroduce themselves to each other, quite possibly a restart to their relationship…if it even needed a restart.
Malick asks Giyera about the Inhuman they captured. “Ward” senses Malick’s skepticism. He rise and says Malick will believe once he makes a believer out of Giyera. He holds out his hand, and it becomes sand flying outwards. What powers does Hive posses?
Th episode ends with President Ellis telling Coulson that Brigadier General Glenn Talbot has been named the new head of the ATCU and that he’d be working along side him soon. What does this mean for the future partnership of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the ATCU? Find out tonight on an All-New Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This weekend, Chloe Bennet (Daisy Johnson) and J. August Richards (Deathlok) will be at C2E2. Joachim Jocson will meet with both cast members and get photos and talk with them about their roles. Follow his twitter page @joenavy24 or follow him on Facebook for more.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Maveth (3X10)
Following the events of episode 9, Ward takes his team and Fitz through the barren landscape of Maveth. Fitz tries to escape, but his new field skills are still no match for Ward’s.
Back on Zephyr One, Mack and the rest of the team regroup. Rehashing the plan they decide Mack, Bobbi, and Hunter retake the portal while Daisy, May, Joey, and Lincoln neutralize Hydra’s ground troops outside the castle. Inside the Hydra encampment, Simmons realizes that Hydra has no intent on bringing back Fitz. Malick assures her that Death is the only thing returning through that portal…
Back on Maveth, Fitz brings Ward to the only person who can guide them through the unforgiving Maveth terrain…Will! Meanwhile, Coulson, knocked out from his tumble, sees Rosalind in a dream. He wakes up alone on Maveth. He sets out to find Fitz and exact revenge on Ward.Will explains that he was wounded by It while helping Simmons escape. Ward is intrigued. Will agrees to help Ward because Fitz has a plan to escape Hydra and leave Maveth.
Daisy, Joey, Lincoln, and May storm the Hydra camp. Lincoln shuts off the power, thus enabling Simmons to escape. As she escapes, she notices that Hydra brought modules of the trapped Inhumans. To her surprise, she finds Andrew. He pleads with Simmons to set him free and allow him to protect her. She refuses until she finds herself surrounded by Hydra soldiers. Left with no choice, she frees Andrew. He transforms into Lash and kills the Hydra troops, while Simmons escapes. Meanwhile, Mack, Bobbi, and Hunter storm the castle and secure the portal.
Will leads Fitz, Ward, and the Hydra troops through the place Will warned Simmons to never go — the “No-Fly Zone.” A sandstorm hits them, but curiously, Will is unaffected. Using the sandstorm as a distraction, Will kills the Hydra troops and takes off with Fitz in the direction of the portal. Moments later, Coulson arrives, shooting and wounding Ward. Coulson demands that Ward lead the way to the portal.
Outside the castle, Daisy and company battle the telekinetic Giyera and Hydra troops. May finds Simmons, who tells her that Andrew/Lash is here. May goes in search of Andrew but only finds a trail of Inhuman and Hydra dead bodies. Simmons warns the team that Ward is trying to bring It back through the portal. Mack makes a decision. If the creature returns, Zephyr One will open fire and destroy the castle. Mack and Daisy agree to stay behind and wait for Coulson and Fitz until the last possible moment.
On Maveth, Fitz realizes that Will has been possessed by It. Fitz fights Will/It to the death! Coulson sees Fitz in peril and shoots Will, knocking him off his feet. Ward takes advantage and attacks Coulson. Fitz uses a flare gun to set Will ablaze before he can crawl to the portal, thus preventing It from escaping. Coulson battles Ward. Just as the portal is about to close, Coulson punches his metal hand into Ward and eventually killing him. Coulson and Fitz flee through the portal.
Zephyr One opens fire on the castle. It explodes! But the containment module rockets back up from the blast zone to Zephyr One just in time. Mack, Daisy, Fitz, and Coulson are safe and the portal is destroyed, but it’s a bittersweet victory, as Coulson and Fitz both have blood on their hands.
Later, Malick reels from his defeat only to find a lone survivor of the explosion…Grant Ward. But how? Is Ward now possessed by It? What has Ward become? You’re about to find out next week when Marvel’s Agent’s of SHIELD returns at 9/8c on ABC. Also coming up, Chloe Bennet comes to Chicago for C2E2. I will be sure to get your inside access on her visit. Stay tuned, SHIELD returns to join the Civil War.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4,722 Hours (3X05)
Season 2 left us with many questions on our minds. One question in particular that we kept asking…what happened to Jemma Simmons? In the finale we saw Simmons being sucked into the liquefied monolith. What happened after that is totally out of this world. For the last six months she was marooned on a desolate planet, an unforgiving landscape where the sun never seems to rise. Plunged into eternal darkness and armed with only her phone and her wits, Simmons must find a way to survive.
Simmons calculates that she can survive for approximately 100 hours without food or water and searches the barren landscape for signs of life or water, to no avail. Finally, she stumbles on an oasis with potable water. Simmons learns how to live off the land and survive by hunting and eating carnivorous plant tendrils. To tend to her emotional health, Simmons watches a video of Fitz and the rest of the team on her phone. This video is her last remaining connection to Earth.
Cut to weeks later, Simmons falls into a hole in the ground—it’s some kind of trap! She wakes up a prisoner in a cave. A brooding Stranger watches over her.The mysterious Stranger keeps Simmons captive for several days. Simmons tries to escape but trips and injures herself. The Stranger saves her before a sandstorm hits. The Stranger warns her that the sandstorm was caused by It, which he believes is death incarnate. Simmons doesn’t believe him, but our Stranger is certain that something evil is lurking on this planet…
Back in the cave, the Stranger introduces himself—his name is Will Daniels. He’s a former NASA pilot who was sent through the portal fourteen years ago, accompanied by a team of scientists, all of whom supposedly went mad after It got into their heads. Will has survived by staying one step ahead of It. Simmons convinces Will that they must work together to get off the planet. But can Simmons achieve the impossible?
Against Will’s advice, Simmons ventures out near the “No-Fly Zone,” to a mysterious junkyard of bones and artifacts of different time periods. Simmons sees a shadowy figure… It has returned. Simmons flees!
Simmons realizes she can use the movement of stars to track the next location of the portal. All she needs is Will’s broken star charting computer. Simmons powers the computer using the last remaining juice in her phone battery, thus losing her last connection to Fitz and home. She determines the next location and time the portal will open up. The mission: throw a message in a bottle through the portal to signal for help. Simmons and Will do find the portal …but it’s moments too late.
Will and Simmons return to the cave disappointed and alone. Afterwards seeking solace in one another, as they kiss. Over the following weeks, they become much more than friends. It seemed that their relationship blossomed over their current state. Well, all of that is about to change.
After missing the portal, Simmons sees a flare shoot thru the sky and she knows it’s Fitz, come for her. Will and Simmons dash for the portal, but a mysterious figure dressed like an astronaut appears….It has returned. Will pushes Simmons towards the portal while he distracts It. Simmons calls out to Will, but before she can return for him, Fitz appears! Fitz rescues Simmons and pulls her back through the portal.
In the present day, Simmons finishes telling Fitz his story. He vows to help Simmons rescue Will. The question is, how? The monolith was already destroyed but the fragments still remain. Do they expect to hold the same frequency to get it to open again? Guess we’ll find out.
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