Clever title SHIELD! Get it? It’s the title of a book that was made into a movie starring Simon Pegg, who is funny, and Megan Fox, who is hot, but has a whole lot of other qualities that I respect in a woman…
SIMMONS IS BACK! And not Fittz’s ghost-figment-hallucination-Simmons. We’re talking the real deal. Starting the episode we get a peek at what Simmons has been doing since she left in support of Fittz’s recovery, because if there is anything someone recovering from trauma needs, it’s to be distanced from friends and family.
Here’s the twist though: Apparently Simmons has been working for Hydra under the orders of Coulson, who visits to make her healthy dinner. Simmons exact investigation into Hydra at the moment is looking into Donnie, the SHIELD cadet who made the ice machine in season one. He’s back with his freezing power and Hydra wants him, as does SHIELD.
The main focus of this episode remains on Simmons, gaining trust from Hydra as well as staying loyal to SHIELD and Coulson. However, not all of Hydra is convinced and set into motion a way to test Simmons’ loyalties. Hydra, lead by Doctor Whitehall, our evil German Nazi bad guy, is putting ex-SHIELD agents through brain washing, programming them to “comply”, much like we saw with “The Absorbing Man” Kriel. This plan is tossed out though, as they decide instead to use Simmons as bait to lure Donnie out, since she knows him and helped save his life before.
As Hydra and SHIELD go after Donnie, we get the beginning of a great point of conflict back at base with Fittz. Is it really a shift, though? Fittz and Simmons are more than a team. They kind of share the same brain (not literally. That would be weird.) I mean, they were introduced as Fittz-Simmons.
Fittz discovers one of Coulson’s dirty secrets: Ward is locked up under the base in Storage D (D for DOUCHEBAG! Oh man, I’ve been waiting to use that). Their confrontation is less than ideal, naturally. Ward tried to kill them, and ultimately broke Fittz’s brain. A fact Fittz makes very clear to Ward, going so far as to suck the oxygen out of Ward’s cell.
Do we blame him? Do we want to stop him? Or do we want to say “Go Fittz!” and grab some popcorn and watch as Ward dies slowly? I say we go with option three. However, Ward is on this redemption kick and in his dying breaths gives Fittz a warning about Donnie not being the mild mannered anti-social scientist he was before. He’s apparently gone full Ice-Truck-Killer. So, with this information, Fittz doesn’t kill Ward.
Go Fittz. He’s clearly a better man than I probably would have been in that situation. Let’s hope that I’m never given free range to suck the oxygen out of you.
Skye is on the scene chasing after Donnie and discovers Simmons cover in Hydra. Skye remains fairly calm over this, even shooting Donnie and taking a fake shot at a Hydra boss so Simmons can push him out of the way and be the hero.
Back at base, Skye isn’t as shook up as we might have thought over her killing her first person, even when that person was mild mannered mad scientist Donnie. She does get upset when talking to Ward afterwards when he drops the F bomb (father). Ward knows where he is, and someday, he wants to take her there.
That doesn’t sound creepy AT ALL.
There is also a nice exchange between Coulson and Fittz. It sets up how you would think, that Coulson would be mad that Fittz found Ward and tried to kill him, but that doesn’t happen. Coulson gets it. He even admits that the reason he doesn’t interrogate Ward himself is because he’s worried he’d do the same exact thing. He also admits to hiding things from Fittz and the others. As he says, he’s the Director of SHIELD. He’s hiding a million things from them. One thing he won’t hide anymore, though, is that Simmons is on a mission, and that’s why she left.
This is the Coulson we were introduced to at the beginning of the MCU and this show. Level headed. Fair. Kind. Open. In the last two episodes he was starting to lean towards Fury, which he kind of has to. But seeing the old Coulson is refreshing, knowing he’s still there.