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Agents of SHIELD Episode 6 F.Z.Z.T. Recap Overview
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- At a boy scout campsite, a mysterious electro-static force kills scout leader. The team comes to investigate
- The investigation begins, and there’s another death. The team discovers a Chitauri helmet from New York’s battle may be to blame for these events
- After talking to the third person who seems responsible for the electro-static force, Simmons discovers it is a virus. Then she learns she is infected.
- Agent Blake, Coulson’s superior, tells Coulson to get rid of his infected cargo. Coulson refuses, and Simmons works on a cure.
- Simmons thinks she has a cure, but then it fails again. She gives up, and jumps out of the plane to save the rest of the team. Fitz realizes that the cure worked. Ward comes in, and jumps out with cure and parachute in hand.
- Simmons is saved, the Chitauri helmet is taken to the “Sandbox” and Coulson speaks with Agent Blake face to face.
Agents of SHIELD Episode Recap: F.Z.Z.T., the Details
The Team Gets a New Case
Season 1 Episode 6 of Agents of SHIELD begins in Wrigley, Pennsylvania, around a camp group, that is telling a scary story. Looks like a troop of boy scouts. The scout leader seems to hear a sound, and wants to take a look into the sound he hears. Suddenly a pan floats, and they hear screaming. We see a car battery fly through the air, and the kids run for the truck they came in. The kids search for their scout leader, and find him hovering above the ground, unconscious, possibly dead. He has electrical charges flashing around his body.
Aboard the SHIELD plane, Coulson is having a physical by Simmons. She asks why he wants a physical, he says his physical therapist requested this work up. Meanwhile, Ward is complaining about the weight of the gun Fitz has made for him. Fitz mocks Ward when he walks away, and Skye laughs at his impression. Skye complains about her hard work not really paying off. Then we can kind of see that he is trying to hit on Skye. Simmons walks in, and she makes her impression of Ward as well. Ward walks in, and tells them they are starting a mission. Simmons then tells Ward that Fitz left a dummy round in the gun, which would fix the weight. Ward seems content with the weight now.
On site, the team investigates the weird electrical storm at the boy scout camp. They then see the scout leader, who is still floating. Coulson asks what caused this, but Fitz and Simmons are not sure. Simmons gets close to the body, and a spark flies, and he drops to the ground.
A Mysterious Chitauri Helm
Skye does some research into the scout leader (and complains about her new bracelet). Nothing seems out of the ordinary. Coulson and Ward think they are missing something. Skye leaves, and Coulson thinks they are going too hard on her, but Ward disagrees.
Simmons is examining the body, and Fitz is in another room, and is afraid of the energy coming from the body. Coulson comes in, and Simmons explains that his brain has been fried from the electrical energy source. Fitz in the meantime has found another event happening. The electro-static signal suddenly flares. They arrive at a farm, and Coulson, May and Ward bust in. Another person is floating in the air, dead. Skye seems to have found some information out. This man is a volunteer fire fighter–like the other dead man. They both worked for the force that helped with New York during The Avengers as well. Then we see something–a helmet from the Chitauri?
Fitz and Simmons come and examine the body, using one of their little mini helicopters we have seen before. The body drops to the ground. Coulson, Ward and May head to the fire station for a conversation.
The Electro-Statically Spread Virus Infects Simmons
Simmons, in the meantime, examines the body, and realizes the two dead bodies have exit wounds–not entrance wounds. Meanwhile, inside the fire house, one of the fire fighters seems sick. Skye then picks up another electro-static signal–at the fire house. The fire fighter begins hearing a humming, and Coulson draws his gun. Then it comes to Simmons–the Chitauri helmet this man has, is infecting people. Coulson has the firefighter sit down. Coulson asks if he has any family to talk to, he says he does not. Coulson has a talk with the fire fighter about death–and his own death. Agent May is listening in, and seems a little sad about hearing the conversation. Coulson then leaves the building, and the electrical pulse fires.
Afterwards, Fitz scans the team for electro-static energy, and they seem clean. Simmons is told by Coulson to find a cure, as there may be more infected. The helmet in the meantime is being moved to “The Sandbox” to be dealt with.
Back aboard the plane, May asks Coulson about his physical, but they are interrupted by Simmons who has some more information on the virus. Simmons learns the virus spreads through electro-static shock, and we see a metal object float behind her. Without saying a word, Coulson locks Simmons in her lab. She then realizes what happened: she is infected.
Simmons Works On An Anti-Serum
Coulson and the rest of the team talking about the time frame for Simmons–she has about 2 hours. Since they are stuck in the air, the pulse Simmons would give off would blow the plane. Coulson has a good feeling that Simmons can synthesize a cure in that time frame. Fitz gives Simmons a “delivery mechanism”, and she begins explaining how her hopefully cure may work. So far, she has not had luck. Simmons is visibly shaken right now. Ward meanwhile talks with Skye, about how helpless they feel, since there is nothing they can do since it is a virus.
Coulson meets with his superior, Agent Blake, via video conference, who tells him to get the Chitauri helmet to “The Sandbox”. He then orders Coulson to get rid of his infected cargo. Coulson pretends it’s a bad connection, and ends the video conference.
Back with Simmons, she is still struggling with the cure, and Fitz and Simmons begin bickering out of frustration. They argue about how they have been working next to each other since they were in the academy, and that seems to make them both realize, they are closer than they thought. Simmons then has a epiphany, the Chitauri who wore the helmet had to have had immunity, so that means Simmons may be able to make a cure from the cells of the Chitauri that reside in the helmet. Fitz grabs the helmet, and joins Simmons, helping her with the serum. Everyone waits around in agony, hoping she succeeds.
Fitz Gives Up
Fitz injects the rats, and it seems to work. but then, the shock comes, and failure is realized. Simmons then tells Coulson time is up. Coulson says there is still time. Simmons asks for a brief moment alone with Fitz. Fitz has gotten back to work, and Simmons knocks him out. Coulson and the team receive notification that the cargo ramp is being lowered. Meanwhile, Fitz wakes up and sees that the cure has worked on the rat. He yells for Simmons, but she jumps from the plane.
Fitz grabs a vial of the serum and a parachute, and looks like he may jump, but Ward comes up, takes the stuff from him, and leaps out of the plane. He plummets down to her, gives her the cure, and pulls the chute.
Back aboard the plane, Coulson reams Simmons for making the call without his consent. Ward commends her bravery for sacrificing herself. Simmons then makes her admission about the gun not being any lighter, but Ward knows. He then makes fun of himself, showing that he overheard Simmons before making fun of him. Skye comes and gives her a hug, happy she survived.
Coulson Meets Again with Agent Blake
Meanwhile, Agent May and Coulson talk about his bloodwork–and Coulson admits he ordered the tests for himself. He also admits he doesn’t feel fine, but feels different. May tells him that dying and coming back will change a person.
Fitz and Simmons talk, and Fitz seems sad because he didn’t jump out of the plane. Simmons tells him that he was the one who saved her, with Ward’s help. Simmons kisses Fitz on the cheek, then gets up and leaves, and Fitz sits there contemplatively for a second.
The plane arrives at The Sandbox, which is in the middle of an African Desert, it appears. Agent Blake and Coulson talk face to face, and Blake warns him about disobeying orders. Coulson is unfazed, and Blake leaves.
Josh’s Thoughts: Agents of SHIELD Episode 6 F.Z.Z.T.
I thought this was the best episode of Agents of SHIELD so far. I actually felt emotionally attached to not only Simmons, but Fitz this episode. What I thought was the best part of their emotional connection was not even what was said, it was what didn’t need to be said. I really thought that the way they played off each other, working together, trying to keep their heads on task all the way until the end was great. I also am glad that it did not turn into a blubbering “goodbye” in the end. Simmons thought she knew what had to be done and did it, and that was that. I thought it was really good.
Ward is still a little stiff to me. When he attempted his “humorous” mockery of himself, he seemed stiff, and not very entertaining. I guess maybe that is what is supposed to make is character funny. Also, how do we know that he knew the gun wasn’t an ounce lighter at the end? Why would Simmons just believe him? I think he didn’t know, but didn’t want to admit it! Ok done with the Ward rant I think.
I am curious to know what Agent Blake means when he says the line “others are listening to this” when Coulson refuses to abandon his potentially explosive “cargo”. Is that Nick Fury? Someone else? Are we going to see more of Agent Blake? I have a feeling the answer is yes.
Overall, I was very happy with his episode. I hope that this trend continues, in an upward direction. I also am curious where the show is going with Coulson’s back from the dead situation. Since his physical seemed to check out, he must not be a robot, but I am still going to assume a clone is a possibility. I guess we will see on that too!
Violet’s Thoughts on This week’s episode of Agents of SHIELD, F.Z.Z.T.
I actually liked this episode! And I know exactly why. The episode contained two very important elements that I’ve been waiting to happen: a focus on a character other than Skye, and for Coulson to realize that there is something off about himself. See what happens when it’s not all about Skye? The show is actually good! Of course, she had to be in it a little bit, but I’m glad she was mostly relegated to the sidelines for once. Hopefully it stays that way so that we can get to know the other characters. When they did bring Skye in during this episode, she just annoyed me, like at the end when she gave Simmons a tearful hug. I can see that the show is trying to make you like her, but it’s not working on me.
Was anyone else unsure this whole time whether Fitz and Simmons were a couple? Sure, they never acted all lovey dovey around each other, but if they were an established couple who had been together for awhile, they wouldn’t do that anyway. I felt like the way they interacted with other seemed to give off a coupley vibe since the beginning of the show, and I wasn’t sure whether or not they were. But I guess this episode confirmed that they were not a couple, as we saw Fitz trying to hit on Skye, and denying to her that he and Simmons had anything going on. However, after all that Fitz and Simmons went through during this episode, it looks like he may be rethinking his previous denial.
I’m glad that we got to see another, stronger side to both Simmons and Fitz, rather than just their childish sides. Up until now, they’ve pretty much seemed like annoying children that I wasn’t sure really belonged at S.H.I.E.L.D. Hopefully we get to delve more into their backgrounds soon, like we’ve done with Skye. As for Ward, the actor who plays him just cannot do funny. This is like the third time he’s tried to be funny, and every time I just feel awkward for him. I suppose you can argue that the character is supposed to be that way, though.
Oh, still need to talk about Coulson. Okay, so the bloodwork came back normal, so he’s human. Then they show us his scar, which is probably supposed to prove that he is not a clone, because usually clones don’t have the same birthmarks, scars, or blemishes as the person they are cloned from. But I still think he could be a clone, just a more advanced S.H.I.E.L.D. clone in that they were able to copy the original Coulson’s features.
All in all, an interesting storyline. I’m always a sucker for a good life-threatening virus/quest for the cure story. Good tie in to The Avengers. Speaking of tie-ins, the next episode is supposed to tie in with Thor: The Dark World, which just came out this past weekend, so I hope you watch the movie before you watch the next episode!
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