Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to get better and better - and "The Hub" was certainly no exception.
Coulson kept insisting that Skye trust the system but as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 Episode 7 progressed it became clear that trust was a tenuous thing no matter what your clearance level.
Speaking of clearance levels, Skye barely made a level one. That bracelet on her wrist was more like a leash keeping her from wandering too far around the Hub. But no one could say Skye wasn't determined as she got Simmons to help her hack into system operations.
I'm betting she won't be doing that again any time soon. Simmons really wasn't cut out for pushing the boundaries, as she explained to Skye in this Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D. quote…
I like following the rules and doing what's expected of me. It makes me feel nice.Simmons
On the other hand, Fitz was ready to jump right in to his field assignment. Perhaps it was the aftermath of watching his best friend nearly die. It was obviously on his mind as he told Simmons…
Don't do anything rash while I'm gone, like jump out of an airplane.Fitz
He's apparently still shaken up by the incident. And Simmons making him his favorite sandwich for the road was just adorable.
If I had one complaint, it was that I wished they'd stop mentioning the prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella sandwich with just a hint of pesto aioli. My mouth was watering for that sandwich by the end of the episode and there was nothing in my fridge that came any where close to replicating it.
I'll also admit that before tonight, I saw Fitz as the weak link on the team and on the show. I just wasn't connecting with his character. This episode changed that.
He really stepped up during the mission. Getting the TV back on at the bar was a brilliant way to make friends and through all of the danger and escapades he never flinched. Well, maybe when Ward threw out his sandwich but I really couldn't blame him for that.
Fitz even managed to throw a few verbal jabs at the impenetrable Agent Ward as being the guy who always throws the last punch and swoops in to save the girl. I liked that Ward not only picked up on it, he addressed the underlying reason for Fitz's feelings directly…
I know you would have jumped out of the plane to save Simmons, and she knows that too.Ward
In the end, these two made one heck of a team, something I never would have expected which made it all the more fun.
There was plenty going on with the rest of the SHIELD team. Coulson had to deal with all sorts of unexpected truths.
First off, the Hub was about to abandon his people on their mission and purposefully kept that information from Coulson. Did they not trust him because they thought he was too close to his agents to make the difficult choice or because of what he'd been through since he died.
When he tried to pull up his own case file for Tahiti and found he wasn't given clearance, that was yet another blow. How do you trust a system that doesn't trust you?
And what about Skye's parents? Obviously Coulson knew more than he told Skye. Were the pictures of the dead woman that May was looking at actually pictures of Skye's mother? And if Skye's parents are connected to SHIELD, who are they and why was she abandoned as a child?
There were so many questions in tonight's episode yet it was wrapped up in a whole lot of fun. That's what's making Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D my favorite new show this season.
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