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TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 2 Ep 19 "The Dirty Half Dozen"

04.29.2015

EPISODE 19: "The Dirty Half Dozen"

SYNOPSIS:  Gonzales and Coulson must find a way to put their differences aside and work together against Hydra, even if it means teaming up with someone they don't trust,

BREAKDOWN: (The following column contains MAJOR SPOILERS, so I don't recommend reading this if you haven't watched this episode).

This week marks the debut of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON in theaters around the world, so ABC is doing everything they can to market tonight's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a tie-in to the theatrical Marvel event. As it turns out, while this is a substantial episode from the series, it really is connected to AGE OF ULTRON aside from the references to HYDRA and The Twins. But, what really makes this episode stand out is that it is the first episode since the first season that reunites the original six team members: Coulson, May, Fitz, Simmons, Skye, and Ward.

With HYDRA having Deathlok and Lincoln in their possession, Coulson lobbies Gonzales and the S.H.I.E.L.D. leadership to allow him to take a small team into HYDRA's Arctic base to save the powered prisoners and destroy their facility once and for all. The vote is split and comes down to May who confronts Coulson about his lies and secret contact with her ex-husband. Coulson refuses to explain what Theta Protocol is but says he will explain everything after the mission and offers to open Nick Fury's Toolbox for Gonzales as well.

So, the team is back together. Ward gives an impassioned speech about regretting what he did to his teammates, but it falls on deaf ears as the team pulls together to complete their mission. They fake a crash of The Bus and infiltrate the base where Bakshi is waiting with the intel they need to proceed. As the team carry out their objectives, we get to witness one of the best Marvel action scenes outside of Daredevil as the team take down HYDRA. Skye demonstrates the new control of her power and even adapts it to serve as a defibrilator to save a flatlining Lincoln.

In other events, as Simmons works to save the injured Deathlok, she takes an opportunity and tries to kill Ward. Bakshi intervenes and ends up disintegrating. Ward holds his gun to Simmons but instead of killing her, he walks away. Coulson's ulterior motives become clear as he downloads files from the HYDRA mainframe and the team escapes with the powered prisoners in hand. Ward leaves on his own and calls Coulson and says Agent 33 deserves a second chance even if he doesn't. Deathlok's injuries are extensive but Fitz and Simmons begin working on new appendages for him. While the destruction of the base was a success, Dr. List escaped, but Coulson gets a call from Maria Hill and informs her of the location of Loki's scepter in Sekovia, the setting for the opening sequence of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.

Which ties into Raina's development. We learned in the last episodes that her Inhuman gift appears to be precognition. She uses it to inform Jiayiang and the residents of Afterlife of what is happening next and helps Skye go after Lincoln, but she is causing a rift in the leadership in the safe city. Jiayiang has her hands full with her daughter as well as Cal's outbursts, but when she confronts Raina, it causes a vision of Ultron's destruction and the promise that his actions will change the future forever.

In the end, we learn that Theta Protocol involves The Avengers, but exactly how is unknown. This was a damn good episode with great action and a payoff that makes it seem like a direct prequel to AVENGERS:  AGE OF ULTRON. How the events of the movie will change Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. remains to be seen, but with only two episodes to go and Joss Whedon's blockbuster opening, next week should be a doozy.

MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE REFERENCES: HYDRA's experimentation on powered people is referenced as is Baron Von Strucker. The Twins (Scarlet Witch and Quiksilver) are name checked as the sole viable results of HYDRA experimentation with Chitauri technology. Maria Hill makes a return appearance, as does Loki's scepter and Von Strucker's location at the start of AGE OF ULTRON. We also learn Theta Protocol involves the reunion of The Avengers.

NEXT ON MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.:

Episode 20 "Scars" airs May 5th - Skye is torn between her loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D. and her connection to the Inhumans as tensions rise between the groups — and Coulson reveals a secret he’s been hiding from even those closest to him.

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10:08PM on 05/01/2015

Great Episode

I rarely scream out "That was shit-hot!", but when Sky kicked all kinds of ass in that one sequence I made my poor cat jump and hide under the couch. He's still there...
I rarely scream out "That was shit-hot!", but when Sky kicked all kinds of ass in that one sequence I made my poor cat jump and hide under the couch. He's still there...
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5:47PM on 04/29/2015

Sonic the Hedgehog

Is no one going to mention the Sonic the Hedgehog joke that Sky made to Raina? I laughed for a good five minutes.
Is no one going to mention the Sonic the Hedgehog joke that Sky made to Raina? I laughed for a good five minutes.
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6:16PM on 04/29/2015
Somebody mentioned it in an earlier post. Great drop-in....
Somebody mentioned it in an earlier post. Great drop-in....
12:10PM on 04/29/2015

question

someone remind me how they lose Loki's scepter after the first Avengers movie
someone remind me how they lose Loki's scepter after the first Avengers movie
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2:12PM on 04/29/2015
My guess is that it was in the hands of shield before the events of winter soldier and undercover hydra factions took possession and passed it to Von Strucker.
My guess is that it was in the hands of shield before the events of winter soldier and undercover hydra factions took possession and passed it to Von Strucker.
11:03AM on 04/29/2015

The Bus' call sign

they called it 616 which is the code for the main Marvel Universe in the comics.
they called it 616 which is the code for the main Marvel Universe in the comics.
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10:34AM on 04/29/2015

Legitimate 9....

Really good episode. The fight scene with Skye wasn't just the best one of AoS, it might be the best I've seen in any comic-book TV series (excluding Daredevil, which I haven't seen). Not sure how they pulled it off, but it really appeared to be her and it was seriously impressive. Not a fan of Raina and her bad acting (which wasn't one of the things transformed by the mist), and it's distressing to see that they're setting up a dynamic between her and Skye's horrible acting mother. That
Really good episode. The fight scene with Skye wasn't just the best one of AoS, it might be the best I've seen in any comic-book TV series (excluding Daredevil, which I haven't seen). Not sure how they pulled it off, but it really appeared to be her and it was seriously impressive. Not a fan of Raina and her bad acting (which wasn't one of the things transformed by the mist), and it's distressing to see that they're setting up a dynamic between her and Skye's horrible acting mother. That could be epically awful.

Ward's inclusion was cool. I still don't buy his character for a second (he's never been able to sell whatever convinced him to become a killer and betray his friends), but it was clever and there was believable tension between the team.

I'm officially done with Simmons. She turned down Fitz, isolated herself from him while he was recovering, was a total narc about Skye (and appears that she's being set up to symbolize the pro-goverment registration side of SHIELD), was the first to betray Coulson, the tried to kill Ward for no apparent reason. Her character had a interesting arc, but they've tried to do so many different things with her that the result is just mush.
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11:38AM on 04/29/2015
I agree with you regarding Simmons. Although I don't mind her becoming the "symbol" for the pro-registration act which will presumably be a big part of Season 3. That said, I think her reasons for wanting to kill Ward are pretty clear considering, Ward tried to kill her at the end of Season 1. He seriously fucked up Fitz. And generally, no one on the team can realistically trust him anymore.
I agree with you regarding Simmons. Although I don't mind her becoming the "symbol" for the pro-registration act which will presumably be a big part of Season 3. That said, I think her reasons for wanting to kill Ward are pretty clear considering, Ward tried to kill her at the end of Season 1. He seriously fucked up Fitz. And generally, no one on the team can realistically trust him anymore.
6:21PM on 04/29/2015
I get that she has the desire to kill him, but she waited until the middle of the mission, then ambushed him. It was low-rent (not to mention suicidal since he was the best soldier in that split group.
I get that she has the desire to kill him, but she waited until the middle of the mission, then ambushed him. It was low-rent (not to mention suicidal since he was the best soldier in that split group.
3:03AM on 04/29/2015
Am I wrong for wanting Simmons and Bobby to make out in an episode?
Am I wrong for wanting Simmons and Bobby to make out in an episode?
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10:35AM on 04/29/2015
Make it Bobbi and Agent 33 and you've got a deal (May can watch).
Make it Bobbi and Agent 33 and you've got a deal (May can watch).
2:59AM on 04/29/2015
I saw age of ultron already on viooz. Fun movie big lead in to thor the dark world. So this ep was interesting to see what lead up to it.
I saw age of ultron already on viooz. Fun movie big lead in to thor the dark world. So this ep was interesting to see what lead up to it.
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2:31AM on 04/29/2015
This might have been the best episode of the series. The action with Skye's fight sequence was the one of the best sequences Marvel has done. There was so much to go over in this episode its almost hard to remember everything we just saw and then try to think of the ramifications.

First getting the gang back together was a great thing to see. It seems like they really are trying to play the Ward redemption angle. He seems genuine, as genuine as he can be anyway. He risked going into the
This might have been the best episode of the series. The action with Skye's fight sequence was the one of the best sequences Marvel has done. There was so much to go over in this episode its almost hard to remember everything we just saw and then try to think of the ramifications.

First getting the gang back together was a great thing to see. It seems like they really are trying to play the Ward redemption angle. He seems genuine, as genuine as he can be anyway. He risked going into the belly of the beasts, shield and hydra, in order to basically just get Agent 33 a chance to regain her life. He knew in Shield's eyes, his was lost, but knew she wasn't beyond saving. We also learn Simmons is a real cunt. They've been making her unsympathetic this season. First abandoning Fitz, then trying to neutralize Skye her friend, now trying to kill Ward who is trying to help them. We also learn that Coulson has been working for both Hill and Fury and the "real Shield" is just a bunch of people who don't know shit. They get put in their place when they get told that Fury is still alive and Coulson is working for him. I loved that personally. In the end Coulson should resume control of the entirety of Shield as he has Fury, Hill, and all the Avengers on his side the second they know he is alive.

In Age of Ultron news we also learn that the Twins are not necessarily Inhumans, but genetic experiments based on the "gifted" that have been captured. Thats an interesting twist that the twins aren't Inhumans, but experiments. I didn't expect that but this episode tied into the upcoming movie nicely. Actually giving us insight because of the twins revelation but also because Loki's scepter will come into play for it. We already know Loki appears at some point in the movie supposedly, so guess maybe he is coming for his old toy. I haven't seen the movie yet (USA here) so I'm speculating only. I wonder if we'll learn anything more about Theta Protocol in the AOU movie, even if its only a quick name drop.

Back in the santuary of the Inhumans we see more of what Raina really is. I don't know that she is based on any currently known Marvel character. The early guesses were Tigra, Naja, and even Raina but based on her looks and powerset none of them are correct. She appears to be a new creation, and one that she obsessed about the entire first season. She became what she truly wanted, the Clairvoyant . As she learns to use her powers, she'll be able to manipulate all the more. Cal coming back has definitely screwed up his Frankenstein wife/ex wife's leadership since now the entire compound knows she is Skye's mom. I'm still waiting for Cal to transform, somehow I think after the finale this year I'll still be waiting lol.

Great episode as I said previously. Hopefully this will be the end of the whole "tale of two shields". Looking forward to next week though I might have to watch it a few days late because I won't be seeing Avengers until a day or two after the next episode. Anyway 9/10 for AOS tonight for me.
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4:08AM on 04/29/2015
I have seen it 2 times now 😛 good movie about on par with the first. SPOILERS !!!!!! . . . There's no Loki
I have seen it 2 times now 😛 good movie about on par with the first. SPOILERS !!!!!! . . . There's no Loki
10:39AM on 04/29/2015
Glad to see someone agree with me about Simmons. Her arc has epically sucked this season. I'd be perfectly happy to see her off the team next year. She brought nothing but her awesome connection to Fitz, but she's betrayed practically everyone this year, so why would anyone even want to work with her?
Glad to see someone agree with me about Simmons. Her arc has epically sucked this season. I'd be perfectly happy to see her off the team next year. She brought nothing but her awesome connection to Fitz, but she's betrayed practically everyone this year, so why would anyone even want to work with her?
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