By: Joachim Jocson
It’s the most anticipated television series that many Marvel fans including myself have been waiting for. From the get go some people were skeptical considering that this doesn’t feature the superheroes we have followed in the movies. If I must say this is the time for the little guys to tell the story, the little guys meaning S.H.I.E.L.D.
So, where do we begin? Many remember the events of the Battle of New York, as seen in the 2012 Blockbuster Marvel’s The Avengers. The episode starts off with a speech from Rising Tide member Skye (Chloe Bennett). She tells of how the world is changing ever since the events of The Battle of New York. It surely has, in fact some people have become truly desperate to hold a piece of the equipment and technology. Including members of the Rising Tide, who have been monitoring S.H.I.E.L.D. for other truths untold. The story heads to Los Angeles, where an unknown man (Guest Star: J. August Richards) and his son were enjoying some quality time together. Until an explosion rocks the area and a building is on fire. The man has his son stay with a friend and goes in to help. Little did we know is that he has enhanced strength as he climbs the side of a brick building. He then leaps out of the building just before another big blast and saves a woman. While watching from the sidelines, Skye is recording this all on her phone, not even know what is about to unfold.
From there, we head to Paris, France where Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) is on assignment to retrieve some stolen tech from the Rising Tide. Posing as a waiter he has a cloth that copies a person’s fingerprint. Then, Agent Ward goes into an apartment room and scans for a hidden room. Using the same plate he used during his disguise…cool right? He finds the room and retrieves the item. But gets a very unwarm welcome from some hostiles. From here, we see Ward’s combat training put into good use. After the fight, he gets on a helicopter heading out of the area.
In an undisclosed location, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill (Special Guest Star Cobie Smulders) talks with Agent Ward on his new assignment along with his line of work. Unfortunately Agent Ward is not seeing things eye to eye with Agent Hill on the gravity of his new assignment. She sees this as The New World after the events of the Battle of New York and that this new assignment comes from Agent Coulson. As many of you know, Coulson was killed in action before the battle. Wait for it…from out of the shadows Agent Phil Coulson welcomes Ward to the next level of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Insert nerdy excitement because it could not be contained till now).
From the get go Coulson explains to Agent Ward that how he managed to survive getting stabbed by Loki (Tom Hiddelston) in the Avengers Film. We get bits and pieces and we find out he was all this time hiding out in Tahiti. In my opinion there’s more to this, but we are bound to find out throughout the series. From there Ward gets briefed on the latest intel from the Rising Tide. This includes the video recorded by Skye to witness the building explosion as well as the unknown man.
In a diner in LA we see the hooded man from earlier in the episode trying to find a job. But is approached by Skye and offers him a chance to clear his identity. He however turns it down and walks away, but not before Skye takes his drivers license and reveals the name of our hooded figure Michael Peterson.
Back at S.H.I.E.L.D. we meet Melinda May (Ming Na Wen) as she is filing a paper that is until Coulson drops in and asks her to join his team. Unfortunately May refuses the offer and said she is not going back in the field. But Coulson did a little convincing and told her she is driving “The Bus.” Which takes us to a private hanger in an undisclosed location, where we see The Bus, a C-17 plane retrofitted with the an integration room, kitchen, briefing room, lab and probably many other things. That when we meet Agent’s Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) an engineer & Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) a bio chemist. They we’re immediately informed of Skye’s location and flew there to take her into custody.
Agent Ward and Coulson integrate Skye’s motive with the Rising Tide. So far she was uncooperative but did drop a few details. One such detail talks about the centipede, what that is, is unknown to us. But Ward gets fired up, which leads to Coulson to do the unthinkable…inject Ward with a truth serum and making him unconscious.
Petersen goes back to work to try and get his job back but finds out he can’t even get his job back. So he threatens him and eventually kills him.
Back on The Bus, Coulson convinces Skye to help Petersen out with helping him. At the same time Fitz and Simmons investigate the blast area and find not only a substance of gamma radiation but also a web cam with footage from before the explosion. After careful analysis they have determined that the blast was caused by a man. But they don’t know what happened so with the help of Skye’s data she heads back to the alley to get the sound bite to send to Coulson.
Petersen goes to the hospital to give flowers to the girl he helped save earlier in the episode. What we didn’t know was that they knew each other all along. She apparently is a part of something much bigger than we anticipated. But that’s where it all stops because she suggest to him that he should disappear.
With Skye back in the alley with May they transfer all the audio files from the webcam. While the web cam projects the image and shows another man getting angry. By time Skye and May finish Petersen comes in and captures Skye. As Coulson goes over the rest of the footage they come across something very dangerous and familiar to the Marvel universe, which if you have seen Iron Man 3 you may know what I am talking about. It’s called Extremis and it’s been known to have unstable properties. So when they find out that Petersen has extremis they made it a priority to find him before he blows over.
Leading us to Union Station Los Angeles where we find Skye removing all data of Petersen’s life including his records. Back at the Bus security is breached but Coulson knows its Skye helping them out by giving them her location. When Ward and Coulson confront Petersen he attacks them and takes Skye with him inside Union Station. From there the search begins to stop Petersen, but they aren’t the only ones after Petersen. A duo of unknown hostiles goes after him but not after May stops them with some sweet ass combat training.
When Coulson confronts Petersen he tries to tell him that he can help with everything. But he says that what they are doing now at SHIELD is a lie and that the world is changing. Coulson tells him of his experience as an agent and his time with The Avengers. A few seconds later Ward takes a shot but it’s not from a rifle, it’s from an alien weapon that extracted Extremis.
Skye accompanies Coulson to talk to Petersen’s family to tell them the news that he will be alright. He then offers her the chance to be a part of his team. That was before Ward calls them back for another assignment…and so the journey begins.
This episode may have been an intro to what’s to come. That was to be expected, hopefully in the coming weeks we will come across more stories from the Marvel Universe. I will be happy to give you the low down this season and in the weeks to come. Also, who knows if we come across a crossover that might show up in November with Thor: The Dark World or next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We’ll see where the future leads us…
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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