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Last week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. moved things along quite nicely, proving that the show isn’t completely imploding and beyond repair. Skye was learning more about her super powers and her family. Raina was discovered to be a potential ace-in-the-hole, thanks to some nice-guyness from Gordon. May, Simmons and S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 were looking into a potential super-team plan being put together by Coulson. And Fitz finally managed to crack Fury’s toolbox, though he seems to have gotten himself into a bit of a jam with regards to the S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 folks that have been following him. So what’s in store this week? Read on for all the spoilery details.

Fitz manages to get away from his predicament (minus the details…), but S.H.I.E.L.D. 2 is still on his tail. Lucky for him, Coulson is there to pick him up in one of those fancy invisible jets. Together, the team of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 tries to figure out the best way to rescue Skye. And that plan… well, it just happens to involve contacting former Agent Ward and seeing if he wants to help out.

But, as always, it’s S.H.I.E.L.D. MO to show up uninvited. Coulson and his crew snag Agent 33 and try to make a deal with Ward – a deal which involves him sacrificing his memories in order to get a permanent free pass. Ward is cool with this, though you KNOW that he’s got his own thing going. He points Coulson at a brainwashed HYDRA agent that they can use to make an infiltration into the remnants of the evil group. The plan gets a little shaky when their man offers to hand Mike (aka Deathlok) off to HYDRA for some friendly reprogramming. In the end, team Coulson discovers that HYDRA has been tracking Gordon (that blind teleporter dude) and that they seem to want to make Skye a primary target.

COulson Ward Stand Off

Back at S.H.I.E.L.D. 2 headquarters (minus Edward James Olmos this week), we see Bobbi and Mack having a bit of a friendly brawl. It seems that Bobbi is more concerned about the potential movements of HYDRA than those of Coulson, though both seem interested in Fury’ toolbox and whether or not Simmons can crack it. When the big guns are rumored to be on their way to crack the box, Simmons panics and tells May what’s going on. Then May, in a calculated move, tells Bobbi what’s going on, though she does hint that Fitz “stole” the box, rather than Simmons gave it to him. In the end, they manage to hack into Deathlok and have a look through his eyes, though what they see isn’t necessarily making sense.

On Skye’s side of things, we have her and crazy Skye-daddy, Cal. Mommy Skye wants to send the father figure off into the urban wilderness for good, to be forgotten. But Skye doesn’t see that as the best option. She knows her father will go absolutely ape-shit if he doesn’t have some time with his daughter. So she elects to go with him on his “outing”, so that she can soften the blow of him being exiled from Super Powered Land while at the same time letting him know that she’ll come back and hang out with him every once in a while.

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So then it’s off to the big city for Skye and Cal. They run around having good-time family moments and Skye discovers a bit more about who she is and, perhaps more importantly, who her mom is. Still, Cal gives her the creeps, so Skye radios in to May. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know about the big struggle between S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 and S.H.I.E.L.D. 2. As a result, Bobbi and Mack are sent in to grab both Skye and Cal.

But… the plot thickens! Lincoln’s been spying on Skye and Cal for mom. So when Skye and dad head back to his old office for some alone time, the shit hits the fan. HYDRA comes in to grab them, followed shortly by S.H.I.E.L.D. 1. As it turns out, the HYRDA agent that Coulson thought was working for him isn’t completely compliant. He’s after any and all super powered folks that he can find. Those folks mainly consist of Mike and Lincoln. And when Skye finally reunites with Coulson… Gordon shows up to snatch her away.

But in the end, Coulson decides to remain behind. And when Bobbi and Mack show up, he’s ready to surrender himself and be taken back to S.H.I.E.L.D. 2. For what purpose? I’m hoping that Coulson has a plan here, cause Eddie Olmos REALLY doesn’t seem to like him.

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All-in-all, this week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was pretty damned good. The show has matured quite a bit during its last year-and-a-half and what we now see is a tense not-quite-super hero drama that uses its actors to their fullest abilities. We have a strange relationship between Ward and Agent 33, along with the questions of whether or not he’s using her for his own gain. And Brett Dalton really is the man for the job when it comes to portraying this particular character. He’s been one of the best things in S.H.I.E.L.D. since season one, but now they’re really giving him a chance to shine.

The other thing I really liked is the continuing complexity of the relationship between Skye and her father. He’s a mental basket-case, but Skye seems (at least a little) to understand that his craziness is the root of his evil. Thus, the show is humanizing him in a way that it’s tried to do for many, many episodes, but only recently gotten the chance to. Kyle MacLachlan does a slam dunk with the character when it comes to portraying wacko+chaotic+random. He’s been begging for a chance to shine and he finally got it this episode.

As far as the bad stuff? Well, there really wasn’t anything that stuck out in my mind this week. S.H.I.E.L.D. is progressing and growing and becoming a truly great show. They’re providing plenty of twists and turns, a wealth of tension and playing characters against one another, all for the cause. Want to see where it’s all going? Check out the trailer for next week here:

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