coulson and rosalind

Last week on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the truth about Lash came to light. It was Andrew all along and, once the team figured it out, it took everyone in S.H.I.E.L.D. and the ATCU to finally put his ass into cold storage. Meanwhile, Fitz and Simmons were on the trail of a potential new way to get back to the alien world and save Will. It was also revealed that Rosalind Price may be working for HYDRA and that she’s helping them bring Coulson to an untimely end. This week, the two teams go at it as Coulson attempts to decipher the truth regarding exactly which side the ATCU is working for. Scroll on for more info on ‘Many Heads, One Tail’.

We begin with Ward receiving a lesson of sorts from one of HYDRA’s old heads, Gideon Malick. Ward is trying to uncover the location of a secret HYDRA vault filled with all sorts of goodies, but Malick is being unhelpful in providing said information. In fact, he’s so upset with Ward that he has several of his thugs try to off him. Unfortunately for Malick, Ward is a bit of a bad-ass and handles them in short order. Then it’s on to the torture! In the end, Ward discovers which of HYDRA’s many vaults he’s looking for. So it’s off he goes to pay Malick another visit. This time, however, his would-be killer offers to work with him, instating Ward as one of HYDRA’s official new heads. He also reveals a bit of the organization’s history, including the fact that they’ve been working on getting to and from Simmons’ mysterious alien planet for some time…

Back on the S.H.I.E.L.D. side of things, they’re preparing to ship Andrew off to the ATCU storage facility. Coulson also happens to have invited Rosalind to S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ for a little visit. But it’s a bit of a ruse. In fact, Coulson has plans in motion which involve his team infiltrating ATCU HQ while he keeps Rosalind distracted.

So Daisy does her hacking things and manages to get Bobbi and Hunter into the ATCU building. Once there, Bobbi slips away and starts investigating. What she discovers is that none of the frozen Inhumans are kept there. Further, it appears as if the ATCU has not been working on a cure for the Inhuman condition at all. Quite the opposite, they’ve been trying to create as many super-powered beings as possible.

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - "Many Heads, One Tale" - The S.H.I.E.L.D. team discovers dangerous truths about the ATCU, and Ward's plans to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. take a surprising twist, on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/John Fleenor)

When the truth is finally discovered, Coulson confronts Rosalind. She dips and dodges but the revelation arrives that, while aware that the Inhumans were being shipped away to someplace else, she knew nothing at all about the Inhuman-producing drug being handed out. She manages to convince Coulson that she’s on the level and even helps Bobbi and Hunter escape from a rather uncomfortable situation.

And back with Fitz and Simmons, they’re still searching for another portal to the alien planet so that they can save Will. They discover that the organization which sent him through the gate is more than a thousand years old. Upon further investigation, they find some interesting symbology which proves that the very same organization is what the world today refers to as HYDRA.

Oh, and they finally kiss. FitzSimmons shippers, unite!

In the end, we find Ward poking and prodding poor, caged Andrew. He’s trying to bring the beast out of him, though for what purpose, only time will tell.

the kiss

Though nothing truly dynamic happened this week, it did prove to be one of the better episodes this season for more than a few reasons. It’s always enjoyable to see the banter between Coulson and Rosalind, as it brings out the humanity in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s director and even provides us with some of the back-story we so crave. I’m pleased that Rosalind does not appear to actually be a HYDRA agent, as the pair working together is much more entertaining than just another spy in the works.

I’m hoping that we can see more of them in future episodes and that the writers don’t decide that she needs to die by the end of the season in order to prove some sort of point or provide motivation for Coulson to take some sort of action. That sort of cliché would leave me rolling my eyes while simultaneously knocking out one of the strongest new characters the show has.

I was also pleased to see Bobbi/Mockingbird get her new baton toys. It’s cool to see some tech being worked in amongst the arrival of a ton of super-powered beings. I’m hoping we’ll also see the return of Deathlock/Mike. It would be nice if they could balance out the equation and create a world that doesn’t rely too heavily on either element.


Also, I was pleasantly surprised with the way they connected the monolith and its ancient keepers with HYDRA. It didn’t feel shoehorned and actually provides a reason for both teams to race toward the goal of traveling to and from the alien planet. HYDRA wants to bring their evil being buddy through and smash the planet and S.H.I.E.L.D. wants to stop them. I only hope that Simmons realizes the very obvious truth that Will is a HYDRA agent and doesn’t keep pining for him. We’ve already seen how that sort of thing plays out in previous seasons.

All-in-all, it was a good episode with few points that stuck out as painfully bad. There were many mediocre moments, but that’s to be expected when the main focus of the episode is to deepen the story. You can’t always have things exploding and major revelations being dropped on your head; sometimes you just have to walk people through it. And that’s one thing that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been excelling at this season – taking their time and letting the story play out. Which is probably why season 3 has proved to be the best yet.

No new episode for a couple of weeks, but when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns, the team is once again on the hunt for Ward and HYDRA. At this point, it’s in everyone’s best interests (including the ATCU’s) to confront their enemies head-on. Check out the trailer for ‘Closure’ below.

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