So exciting! Season 2 of Agents of SHIELD is right around the corner! Here, Josh recaps the season finale of the first season, a perfect refresher so that you can catch up on what to expect for season 2. Also, Violet and Josh provide their thoughts on the episode!
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Episode Recap of Agents of SHIELD, Season 1 Episode 22: Beginning of the End
So the season finale of Agents of SHIELD begins with an employee joining a company–Cybertek. As the episode continues, we learn they are watching Coulson and the team. The team is trying to retrieve some data, and May has to hold off the men as Skye gets what she needs.
Meanwhile, Garret isn’t happy about them getting away, but he is enjoying the new-found cure he took last episode.
Skye was able to get her Trojan virus into Cybertek’s systems, providing the team with a lot of information. Or at least eventually it will. Coulson, in the meantime, hears about Fitz and Simmons at the bottom of the ocean.
Meanwhile, at the bottom of the ocean, Fitz is dreary about their hopes, while Simmons is happy they are alive. Simmons then has reality hit her–there is no way out from the ocean bottom.
Simmons and Fitz start to come up with a plan to blow the window open, but that doesn’t solve much–considering the water will rush in and drown them. Fitz tells Simmons they only have enough air for one person, and wants Simmons to take it. Fitz then admits his feelings for her, and Simmons breaks down in tears. She refuses to take it, but Fitz breaks the window on his own. Simmons swims for the surface, holding Fitz, when Nick Fury himself shows up in the nick of time.
Quinn, in the meantime, isn’t happy that Garrett took all of the new drug that saved him, but Garrett doesn’t seem to care.
Garrett meets with some military contacts, and tells them he has new Special Forces soldiers for them, fully enhanced.
Coulson and the team get ready for a big move on their plan to stop HYDRA. Coulson and Triplet start their attack, commandeering a large truck, and blowing a hole in the walls of Garrett’s base. Inside, alarms go off, and the military personnel is concerned something shady is going on.
Garrett pays a visit, and threatens the General in charge. Quinn tries to calm the tension in the room, but Garrett decides it’s best that the General dies. Ward begins to question Garrett’s motives at this point. Quinn decides he is going to take off with the Gravitonium.
Meanwhile, outside, some of Garrett’s men attack. Skye pays a visit to Cybertek, and she along with May take over the abuse with the threat of a bomb. This convinces them to set the soldiers to “Default Directive,” which calls the soldiers off. Skye decides to give Garrett a call. They exchange banter, but after the conversation, Garrett sends Ward to get Skye.
Aboard Fury’s jet, Fury explains to Simmons that Fitz is being held in containment due to lack of oxygen. Fury then says that he is trying to find Coulson.
Skye questions the Cybertek people, and begins asking about the “incentives program.” She is interrupted though, by Ward showing up. May then shows up, and the two begin fighting. Skye resumes her conversation with the Cybertek employee. May eventually wins, and we learn what the “incentives” program is. It is the prisoners kept hostage to have everyone, like Mike Peterson, stay in line with their orders.
Coulson makes his entrance, paying a visit to Garrett. Fury has also made it for the visit. He gives Coulson a rather large gun, which looks pretty familiar–from Avengers perhaps?
Skye saves Mike Peterson’s son, and gives Deathlok the message that his son has been saved. Deathlok launches a missile at Garrett, and stomps his face.
Ward and the rest of Garrett’s men are arrested. Coulson gives Ward a harsh talking to. Mike Peterson, meanwhile, watches his son being rescued from afar. He then takes off, and tells Skye he will be making amends for his actions.
Garrett seems to still be alive, and is suited up in a suit similar to that of Deathlok’s. Coulson takes care of the situation though–and nukes him with a laser-like weapon.
Aboard his plane, Coulson begins yelling at Fury for what he did. But Fury tells Coulson that SHIELD needs to be rebuilt, and Coulson will be the leader. Fury then makes his exit, saying he won’t be seen for a while.
Simmons reunites with the team, but Fitz is still in containment. Then another secret base is found. Complete with Eric Koenig, played by Patton Oswald. But this is actually Billy Koenig–a clone?
The episode ends with Reina meeting with a mystery man. This mystery man is Skye’s father, and Reina wanted him to know where Skye is.
But wait, there is one more scene. Coulson wakes up in the middle of the night, and begins carving into a stone wall with a knife. Similar to what Garrett had been doing.
Josh’s Thoughts: Agents of SHIELD, Season 1 Episode 22: Beginning of the End
I really enjoyed the season finale for Agents of SHIELD. It was great seeing Agent Ward finally get what is coming to him, especially since I really didn’t like him since the beginning of the show.
It was also great to see Deathlok getting his freedom. Hopefully this isn’t the last time we see Mike Peterson. Perhaps he will ally with Coulson in the future.
There are some things left wide open for season two, despite Garrett being obliterated. Quinn got away with the Gravitonium, so I am sure we will be seeing more of him and his antics. Reina also escaped, and seems to have a “friendly” relationship with Skye’s father. We also see that her father’s arm has something going on with it. Either bleeding or something else crazy. And to top it all off, Coulson is drawing weird pictures like Garrett was. Hmmm….
So we have a lot to look forward to next season, and I am really glad the show found its footing. Other things I hope to see is more about Skye’s abilities. I think I am as excited to see that come out as Reina is.
One weird bit about the episode was Fitz mysteriously being absent from the end of the episode. I understand why plot-wise, but you would think he would get one last send off until next season. I am really curious what happened there.
But, all in all, I am very excited for the new season coming up this week! Fall TV is looking pretty good, and this show may top the line up!
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 22 of Agents of SHIELD: Beginning of the End
Great season finale! Not the best episode of the season, but definitely exciting, and continues the trend of this show actually being good. As I’m sure most of you would agree, the show got off to a rocky start in the first half of the season, and a lot of people ended up dropping the show. But once the Captain America: The Winter Soldier storyline was incorporated into Agents of SHIELD, the show not only suddenly got good, but it stayed good too – and this episode is no exception. The quality has consistently remained at an enjoyable level since then, so I think it’s safe to assume that Agents of SHIELD is here to stay!
Although this episode was action packed, it also had a lot of sentimental and emotional moments as well. I think my favorite scene was where Fitz and Simmons were trying to determine a way out, and Fitz decided to sacrifice himself for Simmons – swoon! FitzSimmons forever! That is all. I hope Fitz is okay. He has to be okay. He just needs a little rest and time to heal up, and he’ll be fine, right? Or will they have to resort to doing something weird to him to bring him back?
One interesting thing to me was how nonchalantly the Cybertek employees talk about the “incentives” program. Like, “So, what brought you to Cybertek?” and the reply, “The incentives program, of course,” like it’s some sort of very attractive monetary bonus program, and they’re not all there basically against their wills, in an effort to keep their loved ones safe. It felt like a very Whedon-esque use of irony. Also they way that Garrett seemed to be coming back to life, and then Coulson shot him dead just as suddenly as he arose had that feel to it as well. Loved it. In any case, I’m glad that Mike Peterson’s son was rescued, and I hope he can be reunited with his son. I would also hope that he could be able to join the “good guys” because I’ve loved J. August Richards ever since I saw him as Gunn on Angel, so it would be awesome to see more of him!
So… we’re still left with Skye being an 0-8-4, but not knowing exactly what that entails. Hopefully we’ll learn more about that in Season 2. And what’s up with Coulson and his strange drawings?? What’s next for the SHIELD team? Can’t wait to find out in Season 2!
Scenes from Agents of SHIELD, Season 2
Here is a preview for Season 2 of Agents of SHIELD!