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.
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