Season 2 Episode 6 of Agents of SHIELD has some impostors–HYDRA is posing as SHIELD and wreaking havoc! Meanwhile, Elder brother Ward seems intent on making a deal to get his brother back–but maybe for a different reason than you might think. Check out Josh’s recap for this episode along with Josh’s and Violet’s thoughts afterwards!
Episode Recap of Agents of SHIELD, Season 2 Episode 6: A Fractured House
This episode of Agents of SHIELD has our good friend Talbot giving a speech to fellow government officials about SHIELD’s coming into the forefront after the event of New York (the storyline from The Avengers), and how they may not have been all they were cracked up to be. He also seems a bit proud that they have been put back into hiding, but he speaks a little too soon, as “SHIELD” busts in on the meeting, and uses some ninja-star like device that disintegrates its target into a pile of ash-like substances.
As we the viewing audience expects, it is not SHIELD involved with this attack, but HYDRA. Unfortunately for SHIELD, the rest of their world isn’t seeing the ruse, and Coulson is worried that fellow SHIELD members will be hunted down.
Meanwhile, Talbot meets with Senator Ward (does that last name sound familiar at all?), and tells Talbot it’s time he got involved in this witch hunt for SHIELD (he didn’t call it a witch hunt, but I think we can all agree that it basically is…), even though Talbot suspects this might not be SHIELD.
Back with Coulson, Agent Bobbi Morse has identified the mercenary that was in charge of the attack, and she, May and Hunter are assigned to find this mystery group. Hunter is not too excited to be working with his ex-wife though.
So in an effort to make peace, Coulson meets with Senator Ward (who is in fact the older brother of former Agent Ward), and Senator Ward demands to have his little brother handed over to him. He would like to parade his brother around as a member of HYDRA and in exchange will lay off SHIELD. Coulson surprisingly agrees….
Meanwhile, Fitz and Simmons try to figure out how to balance each other. Simmons seems to find it difficult to relate to Fitz now, and Fitz seems aggravated with how much Simmons feels she has to assist him. Mac helps out though, and sheds some light on Fitz. Mac explains he has a unique perspective with Fitz, only knowing this “version” of him, and that this version is perfectly fine. I think this helps Simmons to calm down some and hopefully readjust herself some as to not to try to “baby” Fitz all the time.
As for little brother Ward, Skye is having a conversation with him, asking about his older brother. Ward describes him as a sadistic man, who enjoys hurting people. He also says that Senator Ward is probably looking for him to use as leverage for political gain. Coulson is listening, and seems content with the information gleaned from their conversation.
Returning to Morse, Hunter, and May, Morse infiltrates their target’s base as a HYDRA operative, trying to maintain her cover. It gets blown pretty quickly though, and her fellow SHIELD agents quickly join her.
They next head to Belgium to save Julien Becker, one of SHIELD’s allies, but this turns out to be a trick, as Becker is actually a part of the enemy, and May, Hunter and Morse have to get to Bruges, a safehouse for SHIELD agents. Several agents are lost, but May, Hunter, and Morse are able to take down the perpetrators.
So after all this, Coulson keeps his word to Senator Ward, and will be turning his brother over. The Senator gives a speech about his brother, and the punishment he will incur, and while this is going on, Ward is being loaded into a truck for transport. Unfortunately for the Senator, the guards underestimate former Agent Ward, and he escapes his confinements, and makes a getaway. It looks like the punishment for the little brother will have to wait.
Josh’s Thoughts: Agents of SHIELD, Season 2 Episode 6: A Fractured House
This was a pretty good episode of Agents of SHIELD. It looks lik the Hannibal Lecter-esc relationship with Skye is over for now, but unlike Coulson’s warning, I have a feeling Skye and the team hasn’t seen the last of Agent Ward.
Ward certainly has a few screws loose though, considering how he thought he was making progress with Coulson and the team. Especially considering that Ward never even talked to Coulson the entirety of his imprisonment. I am curious to see his next move. I also wonder if the deal between senator Ward and Coulson will stand, considering Ward has escaped.
Hunter and Bobbi’s relationship provides some good humor for the show I think. It is pretty funny watching them bicker in the middle of a big action scene. It is a great way to break up the action-y bits, and get a few laughs.
I really liked the scene between Fitz, Simmons and Mac, where Mac tries to help Simmons understand the “new” Fitz. It certainly tugged at a few emotions—sadness that Fitz has been changed, but also hope and happiness, because Fitz is improving, and is still a very capable member of the team despite his set back. Also, admiration for Mack who is able to see past the new “quirks” of Fitz, and tells Fitz things the way it is, which it seems Fitz appreciates.
So on the internet there has been speculation regarding Agents of SHIELD potentially leading up to a newly announced Marvel movie–Inhumans. This makes sense, considering the Inhumans in the Marvel Universe are very similar to mutants, and for the moment, we have no idea what Skye, Raina or her father is. Since Marvel has their mutant franchise tied up with Fox, it makes sense that Marvel would try to find a work around, and what better way to introduce them than through their Marvel TV show?
Overall, I have been very happy with Agents of SHIELD this season. So far I have been looking forward to every episode, and can’t wait to see what is next!
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 2 Episode 6 of Agents of SHIELD: A Fractured House
I am still continuing to enjoy Agents of SHIELD this season! I especially like the addition of Bobbi Morse to the team. In the last episode, we got to see her in action as she helped Simmons escape from HYDRA, and see how awesome she could potentially be as an actual member of the team. This episode, we got to see her in action as a part of the team, with May and Hunter. Kind of random that Coulson insisted on Hunter and Bobbi working together so soon after they had met back up again, and knowing that there’s a lot of friction between them. You’d think that maybe for the good of the team and the success of the mission, he’d want to keep those two apart at first, until things settled down and they got used to the idea of working together. But, Coulson’s the boss, and his decision turned out to be the correct one. I was definitely loving the dynamic between Hunter and Bobbi, with all the banter. Hilarious!
So, um, can we have FitzSimmons back yet? Please? It’s so sad watching Fitz and Simmons trying to fall back into their groove, yet failing miserably. I’m glad Mac is there to help. I like Mac. But I miss FitzSimmons. Sigh.
Soooo, now that Ward’s loose, what’s going to happen next? Definitely curious to find out!
Scenes from Agents of SHIELD, Season 2 Episode 7: The Writing on the Wall
Here are scenes from the next Agents of SHIELD episode, titled The Writing on the Wall: