Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. review: Unlikely partners, likely heroes

Nov 13, 2013 at 5:21 a.m. ET

Ward and Fitz are sent on a mission that turns out to be more dangerous than anyone expected, leaving the team to defy orders and go in after their own. Meanwhile, Skye and Coulson both discover some shocking news about themselves in "The Hub."

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In my review for the last episode, I said that I wanted to see a little more heart from this show. While this episode didn't deliver a heartbreaking moment that had me in tears, it did still move a lot of characters along quite nicely in their own story arcs.

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When a massive weapon called (appropriately enough) the Overkill is discovered, the big boys up at the Hub decide that a very special two-man team is needed to take care of the problem. Normally, when you hear of an important and dangerous field mission, the name Fitz doesn't exactly spring to mind. But that was precisely who was tapped to go, along with Ward. There was so much joy for me in watching these two together. I expected Ward to be the big hero and take care of Fitz, so it was no surprise when Coulson took him aside and asked him to make sure their little geek came home safe. When the going got tough though, Fitz proved that he wasn't just the nerdy brain needed to take out the weapon — he also had some life-saving skills of his own.

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  • Ward and Fitz are sent on a mission to deactivate a dangerous weapon called the Overkill.
  • While Ward and Fitz are away, Skye gets tired of hearing that the mission is classified and asks Simmons to help her break into the Hub’s computers.
  • Skye discovers that no extraction has been ordered for Ward and Fitz. Meanwhile, Fitz and Ward hit some snags, but work together to get into the compound.
  • Coulson, May, Skye and Simmons take the plane and go in after their people.
  • When everyone is safe, Coulson tells Skye that he discovered the woman who dropped her off at the orphanage was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. He also tries to access his personal file to find out more about his recovery in “Tahiti” but is told he doesn’t have clearance.

I thought it was great how Fitz never really let Ward get the upper hand on all the life-saving, and that Ward wasn't played as a big, stupid oaf. They both had the necessary skills to be on that mission and neither of them was willing to give it up when they found out that there was no actual plan to get them home safe. It was at that point that I did get a little moment that made my heart happy: When Fitz announced that Coulson had ordered him to keep Ward safe, too. How incredibly sweet was that? I don't care if we're talking about big, bad S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. The more they show their softer sides, as well as their tough exteriors, the more I fall for them — all of them.

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While Ward and Fitz were having their big adventures, Skye and Simmons were having a couple of adventures of their own. Skye decided that she'd had enough of being kept in the dark and drafted Simmons to help her get into the Hub's computers to find out what was up with Ward and Fitz's mission. Simmons got to shoot a security guard with the night-night gun, thus proving that she too could kick some butt when she needed to. Once Skye had the access, she of course took advantage and went searching for information on her birth parents. When she ran out of time, I was very happy to see that she dropped her personal search and went after the information that they ultimately used to save Fitz and Ward. Talk about a team player.

Skye's sacrifice paid off when Coulson decided to seek that information himself. It was a bit of a surprise to find out that the woman who dropped off Skye at the orphanage was a S.H.I.E.L.D agent, as was the news that the woman was killed after she did it. Was the woman Skye's mom? The evidence seems to be pointing that way, but I have a feeling that could be a red herring.

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Finally, Coulson's doubts about his time in "Tahiti" seemed to be growing in this episode. First, he caught himself saying "it was a magical place" again and looked as though he finally realized how odd that was. Then, he asked for access to his own file and was denied. Methinks something is afoot and me also thinks that Coulson won't stop until he gets to the bottom of it.

My favorite bits:

Fitz arguing and struggling with the door. I loved the fact that it was nothing but silence after the door slammed on him.

"How attached are you to your pinky?"
"Very, very attached."

Fitz already running away as Ward was warning him that border patrol had shown up.

Simmons trying to flirt with Jasper. So adorably cute.

Fitz's look of disgust when Ward gave him that protein bar.

Thinking that mag pouch was pretty darn cool.

Ward attacking the guards while Fitz watched with his little magic window.

"I am every bit the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent that you are."

"We need a new plan."

May's casual little nod as she flew the plane over Fitz and Ward's position.

Fitz lying and telling Simmons that the sandwich was delicious.

Fitz's face falling when he found out that Simmons had a better story than he did. Too funny.

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What did you think when you heard that Skye was dropped off at the orphanage by a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent? Do you think it was her mother?

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