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Oh, I LOVED this episode! Marvel is really spoiling its fans (in the best definition) when it links its tv episodes to the movie franchise because nothing is better than a tv-MOVIE crossover IMO. You can have all the NCIS, CSI, Chicago-whatever double/triple crossovers you want. Nothing beats a Marvel-to-Marvel multimedia crossover...except perhaps a BIG BANG THEORY/THE FLASH/ARROW crossover. I digress. Skye's fight sequence - HOLY S&*^! Did she just turn into Black Widow? OutMay May? Or did that Terrigan Mist up her game to the Inhuman level? Girl doesn't need her vibration powers if she's going to do combat like that. Side note: She really didn't need her powers to shock Lincoln back to life either. Simple CPR, honey. Chest compressions + breath. Try it next time. Bobbie & Gonzales expressions when Coulson drops his spoiler alert - booyah! Why wasn't Mack there to get gobsmacked also? BTW, I don't believe Hunter forgives him at all. He's just biding his time. In fact, I won't be surprised if Gonzales & Company are all demoted to desk jobs by the season finale. Ward - Henry Otero, don't tell me you fell for his Prince Charming act? OMG - do you have to be a woman to see right thru this? He left Agent FakeFace w/SHIELD as a plant. Ward helped *gut* SHIELD from within. Do you need to watch WINTER SOLDIER again to see the depths of his betrayal, and the damage he & HYDRA inflicted? He is NOT a changed man. He slaughtered his family for no reason. While the show may need him, like FRINGE needed Walternate, or THE X-FILES needed the Cigarette-Smoking Man, Coulson's SHIELD team definitely does not. The next time Skye pulls out her warrior skills, I hope Ward is on the receiving end.
With Raina, it's a situation like the Boy Who Cried Wolf. When she finally gets around to telling the truth and trying to help Lincoln, her only real friend, no one believes her because of the 2 years' worth of deception that she did to play SHIELD against HYDRA. The audience actually saw her vision at the beginning of the episode. It was fast. But, if you rewind it (which I did), you knew that Raina was telling the truth.
Worf from STAR TREK: TNG? You're kidding. He's like a Wookie - a walking teddy bear who can rip your arms off. I'd be totally relaxed in his presence.
Other than the original mystery that started CASTLE - the murder of Beckett's mother - I've never thought long conspiracy story arcs are it's strength. CASTLE is best as a procedural, with a little romance sprinkled in here & there. It's light & fluffy, & dependably fun; like HART TO HART. It shouldn't try to be something it's not. Leave the long-range, cloak & dagger stuff to comics-inspired series (AGENTS OF SHIELD, ARROW, THE FLASH), fantasy shows (GRIMM) or weird twisty spy/adventure series (THE BLACKLIST, DIG, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER).
That weird machine that TAHITI'd Coulson - where was that? Wasn't it in some bunker that was destroyed? I can't remember. No, I don't think Coulson has access to it, or would even know how to program it if he did. I think that whole secret operation went belly up when HYDRA wrecked SHIELD last year. But, Ward doesn't know that. Everyone's bluffing in this poker game...
I don't know if AoS ever intends to tell Jiaying's whole story. But, you just wrote it - she is only compassionate with her own kind, and Cal. Protecting her people is her priority and I respect her for that because the human track record for treating those unlike them with respect and dignity is nil. As much as I like Coulson, his (and SHIELD's) response to any Inhuman (even Skye) is the same response HYDRA has - to put them all in a locked cell, slap the electrodes on, and study them. In Coulson's favor, however, the Inhumans have not put forth even one short explanation of what is going on with Skye. The Inhumans are cheating in that respect. They deliberately withhold information from Skye's fellow agents to make them look intolerant without giving them the opportunity to make up their own minds. It's dishonest of the Inhumans to paint SHIELD into a corner & not give them all the facts. I was so glad to see Skye call May because it means she still trusts her partners.
Ward is still evil. He never changed.
I like the show much better than Mr. Otero, apparently, who seems to have the attention span of a gnat and doesn't want to wait for storylines to unfold. This episode was paced just fine & had plenty of action IMO. If Otero wants to treat everything as filler until he sees the movie, AGE OF ULTRON, and then the 2nd Guardians movie, then the next Captain America installment, he will never appreciate any episode on its own merits because he's constantly distracted & frustrated by the simple fact that TV SHOWS AREN'T THE MOVIES. I even question his understanding of satisfying character development if he wants Ward's memory wiped and the character given a new beginning. Bringing Ward back is a great move. He's a fantastic villain precisely because he can play both sides and knows the core characters so well; and they him. The layers of mistrust & grudgingly working together are fun to watch precisely because everyone knows their history & they have to make conscious choices to not strangle each other. If his memory is wiped so he can be partially redeemed, it eliminates the value of choice and actual character growth. It's lazy writing. But, honestly, I don't think that will happen. Coulson promised a memory wipe as the "Director of SHIELD," which he isn't anymore. He's already deceiving Ward, as Ward deceived him with Deathlok. So, now we have an interesting cat-and-mouse game at play among strategic allies & foes. That's much more interesting to watch than a clean-shaven Ward making gogo eyes at Skye because he doesn't remember he tried to kill their entire team, & slaughtered his own family.
Jiaying was literally carved to pieces by HYDRA. Her daughter was stolen from her father intentionally by SHIELD, & raised in the foster system. It's understandable she wants nothing to do with regular humans, & looks upon them with indifference. They destroyed her family. Plus, we don't even know her actual age. Cal could have been her last attempt at a normal life, after perhaps centuries of trying to live among human society & being driven into isolation every time it's discovered that she is somewhat immortal. Think of her as a foreshadowing of Ultron.
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