Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2x14: Love in the Time of Hydra [Review]

Agents of SHIELD
Season 2, Episode 14
Tuesdays 8|9 EST

So I woke up this morning with a stuffy head, sore throat, runny nose, etc. and since I can hardly think in a straight line, I'm going to do a review rather than a recap. This episode seemed to go by really fast - probably because time flies when you're having fun, and of COURSE I was having fun.
WARD'S BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay, first of all, how fun was the Ward/33 dynamic? I used to ship Skyeward but now I don't think I do, for two reasons. a) Luke Mitchell is going to train Skye, and I know I'll end up shipping that because it's Luke Mitchell, and b) Ward and 33 are the perfect kind of crazy for one another. Their whole adorable-fluffy-killer-bunny vibe was darling, and they both need therapy sessions with Hannibal immediately. Ward and 33 killed me, and it was wonderful, and I'd love more of it.
Secondly, Hunter and Bobbi sorta broke my heart. Again. HONESTLY. Shipping married couples is hard because they have married-people arguments. Hunter's face when he's let down makes me want to wrap him up in a blanket and feed him hot chocolate and sing him lullabies until he falls asleep and has nice dreams. (Also, um, Bobbi didn't exactly seem overly enthusiastic about keeping him from leaving 'the real SHIELD.' It was more like a 'Hey. Stop. Wait. No, don't.')
Speaking of 'the real SHIELD,' can we please come up with a better name than that? I mean, come on. 'The Real SHIELD.'
Coulson and Skye had some good moments. I was glad to see Coulson paying real one-on-one attention to Skye, and HOW ABOUT THOSE GAUNTLETS? We knew the arm braces were foreshadowing Quake's gauntlets but it was epic to see them finally appear, even if they didn't exactly come into play.
Also, Fitz telling Jemma the truth. It was a breath of fresh air. Fitz has rapidly become one of the absolute best characters on the show - possibly the best, if we consider all the angles - and him just being bluntly honest with Jemma was wonderful, because she has become afraid, and she needed to be told that she was the worst change. Not Fitz, not Skye.
Lastly, how great was Talbott? Previously he's been more of a caricature than anything else; everything exaggerated, from the mustache to the persona. In this episode, it was like they took the idea and ran with it, and it worked. It was hilarious!
What did you think of the episode? And, importantly, do you think Cal's getting a proper dressing-down/time out from the Inhuman leader?


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