Posted 02 December 2015 - 11:55 AM
The episode didn't disappoint, albeit the elimination of Rosalind and her chief henchman pretty much obliterated any possibility that the ATCU is anything but a front for HYDRA.
Also, I am remembering back to episode 2 of this season, "Purpose In The Machine" and Professor Elliot Randolph's request that they destroy the portal. Could it be that our Asgardian was fully aware of the being that was trapped on that planet? Obviously, he hadn't considered that the pieces missing from the monolith could, themselves, be used to create a portal ... and personally, I rather liked that development. Now I'm trying to remember if the Monolith we saw in the flashback actually had the holes in it or not.
Ward is still proving to be something of a loose canon, and while I don't doubt that Malick hopes he succeeds on his mission, I cannot help but think that Malick believes that, at the least, in the event of failure he's rid himself of Ward. However, Malick's judgment hasn't proven infallible ... maybe it is his focus on the endgame that is distracting him from the mid-game with SHIELD. OTOH, Coulson's snatching and threatening Ward's only surviving brother, was ... certainly effective in locating Ward. And good on Ward for recognizing that he had just been played. Also, yeah, they pretty much nailed just how well Ward had scouted that team, and him knowing just how to coerce Fitz into helping HYDRA.
Also, SHIELD's "Secret Warriors" have been declared operational, so ... there's that. I think Mack is suddenly recognizing why certain decisions are made when events overtake the process, and resources are scarce with which to respond.
Finally, Fitz is on that other world to rescue Will, pity he is accompanied by Ward and the HYDRA folk who wish to bring back Death (could this be whom Thanos is pining after?). At least Coulson is there to back him up ... that is, if he isn't suffering from a concussion from smacking his head on that rock.
the G-man Himself
Let me strive every moment of my life to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, so that all may profit by it.
Let me think of the right and lend my assistance to all who may need it, with no regard for anything but justice.
Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of courage.
Let me be considerate of my country, of my fellow citizens, and my associates in everything I say and do.
Let me do right to all, and wrong no man. -- Doc Savage
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