So ok, I am up to date with Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the same way I am with all of the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I have been brought down to massive jaw-dropping experience, from the movies and the episode-by-episode revelation after revelation. Since watching the recent movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and the recent episode that just intrigued me more and more. I myself have my willing suspension of disbelief stretched even more due to the interconnected story lines that if you miss one movie, or episode, you will get lost in the way. I have been watching the MCU since Iron Man 1 until CA:TWS came on theatres and I liked it, I have seen how the stories are crafted and done in such a way that it brings freshness as it unravels.
Now beware, this is a spoilerific one so bear it with me.
The story as taken from wikipedia:
[[-Garrett's jet is attacked by S.H.I.E.L.D. drones after the Bus is hijacked, and he rejoins the team. At the Hub, Simmons and Triplett begin working together to secretly upload Simmons's research on Skye's blood, only for a HYDRA assault on all S.H.I.E.L.D. facilities to begin, forcing them into hiding. Coulson locks May up in the interrogation room with Ward, still believing she is the traitor. Skye discovers a secret code in a signal on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s network that she deciphers to reveal HYDRA's infiltration. When the Bus arrives at the Hub, the group splits into teams to capture Victoria Hand, whom they believe is the Clairvoyant, and save Simmons. Simmons and Triplett are captured by Hand, but she reveals that she is not actually part of HYDRA but believes that Coulson is, and recruits the two to aid her in stopping HYDRA. Coulson, May, Garrett, and Fitz manage to capture a computer room in the Hub, but while talking with Coulson, Garrett begins urging him to kill Hand without a trial and accidentally reveals information about Raina that Coulson never disclosed to anyone, unwittingly outing himself as the true Clairvoyant. In the ensuing battle, Coulson and May manage to kill the HYDRA agents and capture Garrett. The Hub is retaken and Captain America defeats HYDRA's trio of armed Helicarriers, but Nick Fury is presumed dead in the aftermath and the remaining S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are forced to go on the run. Ward volunteers to accompany Hand to the Fridge so he can see to Garrett's imprisonment personally. However in transit, Hand offers Ward the chance to execute Garrett to atone for killing Thomas Nash by mistake. He at first appears to accept the offer, but then instead guns down Hand and the two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents with them, freeing Garrett and revealing himself to have allegiance to HYDRA. -]]
Wow Marvel, just wow! You just pulled so many red herrings after red herrings to the point that I just got blown by the surprise that came after the previous surprises. After so many episodes, this by far is one of the best ever to be aired. Simply put, this is full of action, twists and turns. At first I thought that Agent Vicky Hand was The Clairvoyant and now this has come? After so many red herrings after red herrings, now I am even more convinced that anytime soon this show will turn every story down to the unexpected. Now I know that this has something to do with Captain America: The Winter Soldier being set in the same universe as with that alongside all of the other movies out there. Come to think of it, this episode has my mind blown. This episode has action scenes after action scenes, from the jet plane scene at the beginning up to the end, there is just no stopping. This is the same as Captain America: The Winter Soldier being a total non-stop action show of awesomeness. That was where Cap and the S.T.R.I.K.E. team entered the ship called "The Lemurian Star" to save it and its people from the pirates that infiltrated it. Said scene then was filled with action scenes left and right, this was followed by that car chase that Nick Fury himself got involved with. Granted! Yes! It was one of the best and then all others rolled on and on especially the final fight scene of that movie where Cap VS Winter Soldier and good SHIELD agents VS HYDRA agents. There is no stopping there in between, only some few pauses but not a total stop until you count the credits rolling anyway.
Now, let us go back to that red herring group that I mentioned a while ago.
At first, I thought this Clairvoyant was either M.O.D.O.K. or MODOK (which ever is preferred by you, but I will just use the latter).
MODOK has some sort of connection with technology, and have massive intellect to boot.
But the methods are a bit too intricate to have him on the list or so.
On the other hand, I was thinking of Dr. Zola. Spoilers! Beware!
Here is why:
1. A bit the same with MODOK but, ok, granted that you reader have already watched it so yeah! Bring it! We all know that he was recruited by SHIELD as a scientist, thus we all thought that he was one of the good guys but in reality, he was rebuilding HYDRA from within.
2. He has uploaded his mind to the computer and thus making him a lot of probability to hack everything from within or so.
The last episode contained these words from our beloved agent, Agent Coulson (point 1):
Photo courtesy of Marvel Cinematic Universe facebook page.
Well, I see where this is going, someone from. Considering what happened in CA:TWS but, who could this agent be?
Then, trailers after trailers came in suggesting who The Clairvoyant is.
Well, several several hash tags of "Trust" and "Don't Trust" campaign that circulated all over the internet for those MCU fans and to those who watch shows like this. Here is an example:
Photo, courtesy of marvel's agents of shield tv tumblr.
In this picture, so many suspects could be hinted by their actions. I want to trust Coulson, Fitz, , Simmons, Skye as well as Ward, Triplett, and Garret but not yet with May. Why?
1. We know far enough that he is a good man. He devoted himself to SHIELD's ideals as well as someone of high value of being a hero.
2. He is like the team's father and being a father to the entire team, he was all too much to be considered a traitor.
3. We saw all of his actions pointing to the right way.
1. He is your trustworthy engineer, no need to explain further after all of his adventures with them.
1. Like Fitz but being a biologist instead of being an engineer.
1. Would Clairvoyant shoot herself if it was her? Come on!
2. She is a bit too naive to be an enemy.
1. Skye has him as her Supervising Officer. He trained her well, and now can we suspect him after all he has done?
1. He trained under Garret as an Agent. He even helped the crew do their good deeds.
1. Being an S.O. to Ward, would someone like him even attempt to be evil? Well? He is a known good guy for such measures.
Why not May?
1. She is ambiguous as to who she is reporting everything to all this time.
2. She had some deep secret in her.
Why not Agent Shaw?
He can be a bit too stiff with his job, who knows what? He could do all sorts of stuffs just to be an enemy.
Why not Agent Hand?
After last week's episode, "Kill everybody but Coulson, Coulson is mine!". That line alone is a dead give away that she is a bad character after her command to re-route The Bus to The Hub for such a time. Something tells me that this ain't going well.
While watching that episode roll on, I have seen that Simmons and Triplett got interrogated in this fashion:
Oh my goodness! [[Swear to Hydra? Or to be crossed off like Director Fury?"]]. Thank goodness that they chose the latter and revealed that Hand is actually a good person. Then came some suspicion upon the other team members on board The Bus and some short debate came in. Let us fast forward to that scene where Phil plus co and Garret did a convo here:
[[I never said]]
Then these coming along the way...
And there you have it! HAIL HYDRA!
Now, this very episode was mind blowing for my part for as we who have watched both CA:TWS and MAoS faithfully from IronMan 1 to this, are aware of what is going to happen to SHIELD by the time this airs. This episode has it all in spades. The jet scene, as mentioned earlier was one, the tension building up within was another, the other was this revelation about HYDRA around,
the fact that many of my assumed evil people are truly good, the bloody revelation as to who The Clairvoyant is, and the last but not the least... Ward killed Hand and allying himself to Garret! That is right! He allied with Garret, The Clairvoyant! Now I know that a lot of you, like me got shocked by this. I really, really got intrigued more and more by this as to how can this be for someone we like turned out to be an enemy. Either he himself is a HYDRA agent doing his stuff or did he received instruction from Coulson to do some reverse agent for SHIELD. Because of this, I said:
GAME OVER MAN! GAME OVER!
Thank you Bill Paxton for this!
Next up episode, we have Mr. Adrian Pasdar as Mr. Glenn Talbot. What does this mean? Does the Hulk appear or not? Let us tune in for the next episode.