'Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.' S2E14: Love in the Time of Hydra

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It’s obvious that this episode was just a transition to things to come, but it’s great to have Ward and Agent 33 back. We also got to see more of the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D., even though their plans remain somewhat unclear.

Agent 33 has been a fascinating character since her introduction. At first just a Hydra copy of May, she becomes even more interesting when she gets stuck with a scarred May face. Now, even more so, Agent 33 is well-developed character. Watching her copy others’ identities so well while struggling with her own has a lot of depth we’ve only just gotten to see in several smaller villains lately (like Raina).

The Ward and Agent 33 pairing works extremely well. Their Bonnie-and-Clyde sense of humor and high level of skill make them a dangerous and funny duo. Unlike Zabo’s team, these people actually pose a threat when teamed up. Ward has the upper hand though, as someone who has earned her trust and affection. He is easily able to manipulate 33 in very subtle ways and doesn’t tell her the truth about murdering his family.

If there are any Whedon fans out there, copied identities are a big motif. 33’s now a lot similar to Illyria in the fact that she tried to appeal to someone else by becoming someone they trust. The scene with 33 trying to seduce Ward as Skye is just genius, as she plays on his sensitivity and care towards Skye. In a way, May never got that, and with 33 as May, neither did 33 see that more romantic side.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S2E14

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has gotten a lot more comfortable with the usage of Avengers references within their dialogue. With Fitz and Simmons discussing which Avenger Skye was most like, it felt more like an actual debate rather than bringing up the heroes for reference reasons. But what made this discussion worthwhile was that no one really knows whether or not Skye will be able to control her powers or not, or whether or not she’s a threat.

The "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. is certainly far more critical of Coulson than I would have thought, and for some good reasons. However, their position in the scheme of things is unclear. They are, for sure, "good guys". Far more resourceful than Coulson and his team ever were.

With Ward and 33 up to no good, a new threat?, and more Inhuman drama to unfold, how will all of this play when Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out? Captain America: The Winter Soldier had a profound effect on the show, how hard will Ultron hit?

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