Staff WriterS.H.I.E.L.D. is under attack! I repeat, S.H.I.E.L.D. is under attack! By what? Or whom? Army guys with fatigues that look like ours - meaning our military. Uh oh. Back in the plane, Skye and Ward continue their distrustful banter while Skye begins her training. Surprise, Ward is her SO. Personally, I was hoping we'd see Coulson in some training gear but I'm biased. Anyway, Ward tells the junior agent that everyone in the field has a “defining moment”. What was Ward's defining moment? Of course, the sour puss won't say a thing. And truth serum? Ha. No. None of that. Or maybe there was? Coulson is being shady. We just don't know. In Colorado, at the attack site, the team discover a little design that disrupts the gravitation field around them. The package that they were attacked over? A scientist named Franklin Hall. Hall taught FitzSimmons and the pair are extremely interested in rescuing him. So, attempt to rescue him, they do. In the process, they discover gravitonium which was what was used to take over the cargo mission. Another thing? Whoever attacked the convoy is probably a mole. In their debriefing en route, Coulson throws out the name Ian Quinn and Skye, being in the Rising Tide, secures a coveted e-vite. She's a badass. I love her. So, Skye's going undercover. Good idea or bad? Not sure yet. Ward talks to Coulson who says Skye will respond better with a person rather than an operative. So, in training, we learn Ward has a bit of a back story. An abusive family? Interesting. I like it. It fleshes out the character a bit more, which is fantastic by the way because he's been a bit cardboard cut-out for the past two episodes. So, despite having no training except for some half-assed strength training, Skye gets into the swanky party in Malta while Ward and Coulson attempt to slip in under a radioactive fence of sorts. Coulson's in a suit. When is the man not in a suit? As Clark Gregg says, “That's how Phil rolls.” I dig it. Meanwhile, Skye is attempting to gain wireless access for FitzSimmons to hack the fence and let Ward and Coulson in. She meets Quinn. Quinn gives Skye a job offer. She introduces herself to the man as a member of the Rising Tide. Where do her loyalties really lie? Well, spoilers. They lie with the Rising Tide. Yeah. Ugh. I still love her, though. Don't ask me why. She attempts to gain wireless access with her little hand held compact and Quinn catches her. She lies but it almost doesn't work until she alerts Quinn to the presence of S.H.I.E.L.D. with a little hand written note. But, surprise, surprise, she is certainly still playing the field. Thankfully, S.H.I.E.L.D. gets in and attempts to save Dr. Hall but, another surprise that I didn't see coming sees Hall as the mole. Exit plans definitely didn't cover Hall staying with Quinn. And the little doohicky with the gravitonium? It sweeps Coulson off his feet. Literally. Skye is found out and manages to disarm Quinn when he pulls a gun on her but she doesn't have the balls, “yuck”, to pull the trigger. Instead, she jumps into the pool and runs barefoot across the ravaged party, only to be caught by Quinn's grunts. She's about to beg but, in typical hero fashion, Ward swoops in and diffuses the situation by being a machine and taking out the bad guys before going to find Coulson, who has been attempting to talk Hall into coming with him while the graviton thingy threatens to cave in the entire compound. Having none of that, Coulson shoots out the glass window and Hall falls into the gravitonium and thus, a supervillian is born. Oops. Back on the plane, Coulson attempts to disarm a gun but his muscle memory is off. Very off. He can't get it to work. May comes in and tells him he's getting a little too comfortable with his close calls. Finally, someone who points out those things in these procedural series. Yay, Agent May. Anyway, she requests to report for combat the next time it comes available. In the cargo bay, Skye reveals she also has a troubled past. She was shuffled from foster house to foster house when she was young but she never found the right fit. Sounds a bit too much like Ward's past but despite the similarities, it works. Especially with Skye not working well with authority. Either way, she seems a bit more keen on training and that's where we leave our agents for the next op.
FIELD NOTESThought on the Episode: Why can't all vehicles have super cool S.H.I.E.L.D. technology? Quote(s) of the Episode: "I saw plenty of action with the Avengers." - Coulson "And you died." - Melinda May “Hoping for something and losing it hurts more than hoping for nothing.” - Skye What did you think, Agents? Is S.H.I.E.L.D. getting better and better as the weeks go? Sound off in the comment section below! This is Agent Arnold signing out. http://www.Twitter.com/PopWrapped http://www.PopWrapped.Tumblr.com/ http://www.SoundCloud.com/PopWrapped http://www.Facebook.com/PopWrapped http://www.Instagram.com/PopWrapped http://www.Pinterest.com/PopWrapped http://www.YouTube.com/PopWrapped http://www.PopWrapped.wordpress.com/ http://www.PopWrapped.com