There are several spoilers ahead. This is Series Issues.
As I explained last week, Marvel is known for pitting hero against hero by making one of them believe that the other has gone rogue and then making them jump to conclusions when a simple talk could clear things up. In this week’s episode Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 1×17: Turn, Turn, Turn we are given the triple threat of story twists.
It was a good episode and an improvement on the last one. It also ties up with Captain America: The Winter Soldier which means there’s a bit of spoiler-ish talk here and there. I haven’t seen the movie, but I’ve had to read up on spoilers just to make sure I compromise the film’s storyline as little as possible. Not much is really revealed, but the circumstances are affected by the movie’s outcome.
The standoff from last week ends up in a draw. May insists that she has not altered the course. HQ is remote controlling the plane. Coulson shoots May – but relax, he switched to an icer before that. Garrett radios in, almost indistinct. All SHIELD communications are being jammed. He’s been targeted by drones. Fitz re-wires the guns to manual control so Coulson can shoot the drones down.
May has been reporting to Director Nick Fury. Totally called it last week.
Skye manages to decode the encrypted transmission to find out that… yes, I have to spoil at least this little tidbit from the movie… it’s Hydra agents attacking SHIELD from within. Coulson now firmly believes that Victoria Hand is the Clairvoyant. The Bus is headed to the Hub where she is, but rather than bailing, they’d rather stay and fight whatever is coming from them and that means releasing both Ward and May.
Meanwhile at the Hub, Simmons allies himself with Agent Triplett to analyze Skye’s blood. Victoria Hand is getting reports from around the world as things are going crazy as the encoded transmission started, but the show is careful about not revealing too much. Simmons manages to contact Agent Weaver from the Academy. She lets her know that they’re under attack from Hydra.
Coulson forces May to use the encrypted line to contact Director Nick Fury. A different person answers the phone and tells them why he can’t come to the phone. You’ll have to watch the episode or see the movie to find that one out. The plane is shot by the SHIELD forces outside. This is why we can’t have nice things. The team prepares to scramble out, erasing all their data banks except one backup that Skye carries.
May reveals to Coulson that the team assembled was actually based on her evaluation: A doctor that could repair his body (Simmons), a tech that could reprogram his brain (Fitz) and a specialist that could help May put Coulson down if necessary (Ward).
SHIELD forces blow open the plane but find nobody inside. The team has already escaped through the tunnels. Victoria Hand has captured Simmons and Triplett and baits them to join Hydra or die. They refuse. It’s a test. Victoria Hand is not with Hydra, she’s assuming everyone else is.
Again, called it last week: Victoria Hand is not the Clairvoyant. It’s two out of three.
The team splits. Ward and Skye are off to disable the tractor beam while Coulson’s team reaches a command post to find out where Princess Leia is being held. Ok, ok, sorry. I meant Gemma Simmons. Garrett wants to go in and put bullets into Hand. Coulson doesn’t see why they can just ice her. Garrett tries to egg Coulson on and slips up… He mentions how Rayna was also put in the machine that they used to torture Coulson and then it happens. Coulson never revealed or reported that part to anybody which means the only way Garrett would know about it is… guess what.
We’re three for three, last prediction was right on the money. Garrett is the Clairvoyant.
The room is stormed with agents of SHIELD, but as it turns out some are agents of Hydra and the resulting scene is a triumphant Garrett / Clairvoyant using the old “Hail Hydra” call to arms. Ward and Skye have a kiss in a broom closet as Ward prepares to take out a dozen guys. Skye is not planning to hack whatever installation is keeping the Bus under control, she is planning to blow it up. The bomb goes off just as the Hydra sleepers are about to take out Coulson, May and Fitz. Taking advantage of the moment, Coulson and May attack while Fitz hides under a desk. He does pick up a gun to defend May and manages to hand over one of his toys to Coulson to deliver the coup de grace to Garrett.
Victoria Hand arrives, she’s been listening in. Misunderstandings dissolve and all Hydra agents are rounded up. Hand and Coulson discuss some movie plot points that I’m not telling you about and Ward asks to accompany Hand as they deliver Garrett to the Icebox. That trip however goes awry when Hand offers Ward the chance to take his revenge on Garrett. Instead Ward kills her and frees Garrett.
Now it makes sense why Ward shot the fake Clairvoyant last week. It was a good episode, but getting all the ducks in a row for the big reveal was a bit predictable. Unfortunately the inconsistence in quality has made this show a bit of a gamble to watch.
Highs: If you saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier, there are plenty of ties to the movie. Hydra, SHIELD’s most recognizable enemy from the comic books appears at last. The Clairvoyant is finally revealed. Ward might be more interesting as a foe than a hero, but is he really a foe? May revealing to Coulson how she assembled the team. Victoria Hand’s Hydra test.
Lows: If you didn’t see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, there is a plethora of spoilers. The romantic moment that happens between Ward and Skye was expected but it was also very forced. I know that for dramatic license everyone jumps to conclusions and nobody wants to talk, but the panic over whether someone is or not a Hydra sleeper agent is just like the communist scare or a witch hunt. Victoria Hand is a great character and will be missed. Coulson keeping May on cuffs almost out of pure spite.
Let me clarify that we’re still three more episodes from the finale. Predictions? Triplett will join the team to replace Ward and flirt with Simmons. At this point Ward can either be mind controlled or a willing Hydra agent. Let’s make him a willing one, ok? Makes for a less boring Ward.
That will do for now