Two weeks ago we saw an unknown man get the alien writing or in this case the map tattooed on his body. Well, the episode begins in upstate New York,where we see the man again with an art teacher’s apartment. He reveals to her the alien map tattoos. He assures her that they have met before. But he puts out a knife to her and kills her. Skye shows Coulson crime scene photos of her body which has been carved disturbingly with the alien symbols. Coulson and Skye search the apartment of the artist Janice Robbins who actually goes by the name of Agent Rebecca Stevens. A former SHIELD Level 6 agent. They find that she has been drawing the same symbols as Coulson but in art forms. She has some pieces that are missing from Coulson’s design. Simmons performs an autopsy on the deceased agent. Both victim and the killer had GH-325 in their blood the same formulat Coulson and Skye have (1X14: T.A.H.I.T.I.). It eventually turned them into psychopaths. Coulson believes the only way to get the answers they seek is to torture him to the point where the memories that were taken from him return by way of the memory machine (1X11: The Magical Place).
After being placed in the memory machine, Coulson sees himself in the interrogation room at the Guest House. Agent Stevens is across from him. Others agents are there, too. They are all in decent shape at first. Then everything changes. They all go mad save one. It’s the Carver. He just wants to know when he can get out of there. Coulson argues to shut down the rejuvenation program and destroy the host. The only hope is to erase the memories of the patients. So that’s what they do. A struggling Coulson is able to reveal the names of the patients. The killer is target those who went to that magical place of Tahiti. His name was Sebastian Derik. He was an assassin from the dark side of SHIELD. The only Tahiti patient he hasn’t killed yet is a man named Hank Thompson. Coulson tells Skye he wants to take care of him personally after trapping her in Ward’s cell.
Coulson holds Hank Thompson at gunpoint after a warning that his life is in danger. This is just before Sebastian Derek knocks him out from behind. Thompson is bound and gagged in his workshop. His wife and son are locked in a closet. Coulson is also tied up. Derik lets him know that pain gives him back his memories. It’s how he found all the others from the Tahiti project. He wants to know what the alien writings mean. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to find out.
Hank Thompson escapes from his bindings. Some deep-rooted training helps him assist Coulson in breaking free as well. Thompson rushes his family to safety while Coulson momentarily neutralizes Derek. A mighty struggle ensues. Skye and Mack arrive. They threaten to shoot Coulson, who has Derek trapped by the neck. He’s not trying to kill him. He’s trying to get him to look down at the massive toy train design Hank Thompson had constructed for his son. From above, it looks like the alien writing. It looks like a city.
Coulson tells Hank Thompson that they could use a good, former super spy like him. That’s not going to happen. Thompson is happy being the family man he is now. He thanks Coulson for his second chance. As for Sebastian Derek, he’s been turned over to the proper authorities. He’s also found his peace. So has Coulson. The compulsion to carve is gone. He can feel it. Now all he has to do is figure out why the alien was so determined to get to that city.
Meanwhile, Ward is spotted accessing one of his hot boxes where he has money and supplies hidden. Trip has no choices but to let him walk as he has a dead man’s switched wired to lots of C-4 if anyone tries to take him down. Ward heads to Atlanta where he hops a bus to Dallas. Then he hops on one to Boston after making posing passenger Bobbi Morse as an agent. No problem. Hunter is already camped in the back of the bus headed to Beantown.
A bartender at a Boston pub pours Ward a drink. He welcomes him back. Moments later, Bakshi arrives flanked by a couple of Hydra agents. Ward informs him that he wants to meet Whitehall. A short time later, May, Trip, Hunter and Bobbi infiltrate the pub. The bartender is dead, as are the two Hydra agents. May finds Bakshi tied up in a back room as a parting gift from Ward. Coulson vows that they’ll find Ward eventually. In the meantime, they’ll take advantage of his gift of Bakshi. Coulson addresses his team to assure him that he’s not crazy. He’s been trying to solve a puzzle, just like Hydra. Coulson says their job is to find the mystery city before anyone else.
In the final scene Ward shaves off his beard as well as a lot of his hair. He calls Skye knowing that she’d answer Bakshi’s phone. He promises to keep sending gifts from time to time. Skye wants him to tell her where he is. That’s not going to happen. Ward has some work to do. He packs up a duffle bag filled with supplies. He tosses a newspaper on top. Pictured on the front page is his senator brother. Ward zips up the bag over Senator Ward’s smug, smiling face. So finally we get answers to the carvings but now more matters are pressed as Ward will seek vengeance against his own brother the senator. Also did anyone get where that location is? I couldn’t make it out. But I guess we’ll find out soon. Here’s a sneak peak.
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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