Sometimes this reviewer seems more intent on writing a recap than her opinions on the actual episode. Why no mention about the performances? Clark Gregg is doing fantastic work & had two key scenes that show why he is one of the few that Nick Fury trusts now that Hydra is out in the open. Bill Paxton is so great to watch - good or bad - that I hope he climbs the ranks of Hydra & isn't killed off too early. And, Brett Dalton is showing some real signs of life now that Agent Ward is given the chance to show some depth. There's even a twinkle in his eye...which makes him more threatening.
I really liked how Garrett & Raina openly addressed how Ward became attached to everyone at SHIELD and on the bus, and his possible conflict of interest. No, he hasn't been brainwashed, a la the Winter Soldier. There are no chemicals in his system, like the Centipede soldiers. Although, Garrett seems to be sporting more metal parts than previously revealed...what's up with that? With his & Coulson's history, that's not necessarily a surprise to SHIELD. But, what did that hint mean for more knowledgeable Marvel comic fans?
Ooops - forgot to write that I agreed w/your point about Fury's paranoid tactics being proved right in this episode. Spot on! It's really hard to stay under the radar the more people know you're alive. Again, need to know basis. Coulson better forgive May soon since now the shoe is on the other foot.
What's interesting is that in WINTER SOLDIER, Fury's policy of "compartmentilization" (is that a word?) is called into question. But, how is that different from putting SHIELD agents at different clearance levels, with each level being on a "need to know" basis? It's the same thing IMO! The entire organization was run that way! So, Coulson needs to put his big boy panties on and stop pouting about being out of the loop. I love Coulson. But, puh-leeeeze....his pride is getting in the way on this issue.
We don't really know what Ward revealed to the Siren. We just know that Melinda May wasn't the one he loved. He could have said "Hail Hydra" for all we know.
The more I think about it, the more I realize this is textbook Whedon. He did the exact same thing on BUFFY with Angelus. We should have seen this coming! Because it was action-adventure instead of the horror/supernatural genre, we didn't. But, they've done this before. Ward = Angel/Angelus, right down to his black wardrobe. The only thing Ward is lacking is a better sense of humor. Don't be surprised if Ward goes even darker & starts to toy with Coulson & his team, making them all doubt themselves & each other. Some of the best stuff on BUFFY was when the Scooby Gang was being terrorized by Angelus, scared out of their minds.
How many times am I gonna fall for the Whedon trope of Mr. Tall, Dark & Handsome being a good guy? It NEVER works out! I feel like an idiot missing all the clues. Maybe I was tricked into a sense of safety because this show was so firmly part of the Marvel franchise, with handsome superheroes. But, darn it - they got me again!
There really was no "Clairvoyant." All of them were HYDRA. HYDRA just knew all the information about their people because HYDRA *was* infesting SHIELD. It will become more clear next week when Floral Lady returns (forgot her name) & talks w/Ward. But, there was never a person who had the ability to read minds, just a computer program capable of anticipating people's future actions (as stated in WINTER SOLDIER).
The episode title makes a lot of sense now - "Turn, Turn, Turn." It could apply to Agent Ward (potential triple agent, meaning deep undercover). But, it also applies to every plot twist in the episode. Great stuff! Keep up the good work. And, if Ward reveals he's HYDRA very soon, I now know why Agent Triplett appeared - because Coulson's team will need another hard-core soldier on board when Ward. There is still one question that hasn't been answered though - what the heck is Skye, for Pete's sake?
NOOOOOO! Anything but Pan. I'd prefer Jafar, Maleficent, even Ursula in her land-based form to Pan. Egads....
Zelena said exactly what she wanted all three items for - to go back & change the past. It's one of the "rules" of magic that can't be broken (also seen in OUAT IN WONDERLAND). But, she's going to find a way to break it, which will set up the storyline for Season 3. Does anyone else want to see a house dropped on Zelena sooner than that? Where is Dorothy when you need her...
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