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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap – 2×14: Love in the Time of Hydra

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This week’s episode was full of revelations and putting are characters where they need to be for the rest of the season.

The main storyline followed Ward and Agent 33. The episode begins with them at a diner. We think they’re going to rob it, but they’re actually looking for the person who can fix the mask on 33’s face. He is able to fix the broken part, but is unable to take the mask off. Throughout the episode you can tell that Agent 33 has developed feelings for Ward, especially when she uses her mask to look like Skye in an attempt to seduce him. Ward picks up on it as well and uses it to his advantage.

Together, they infiltrate the place where Bakshi is being held and break him out. But they don’t want to free him. Ward wants 33 to get her revenge on Bakshi by making him go under the compliance program himself. Of course, that’s just what Ward said. I’m still convinced that he has some other plan up his sleeve.

Meanwhile, Coulson and his team are still trying to figure out what to do with Skye. Andrew’s recommendation last episode was for her to leave S.H.I.E.L.D. but Coulson doesn’t want to do that just yet. Instead, he and Skye head out to one of Fury’s safe houses. There she will be able to rest, relax and maybe begin to get a grip on her powers. She is given a pair of gloves, designed by Simmons, that should help repress her powers, but with some mysterious side effects.

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And now on to the big reveal from last week. What is “the real S.H.I.E.L.D.?” Led by Robert Gonzales, they tell Hunter that it was founded under the ideal of transparency. In short, Fury had secrets and those secrets blew up in his face, so there should be no more secrets. They are concerned that Coulson is following in Fury’s footsteps, which is why they’ve sent Bobbi and Mack undercover. You would think that an organization founded on transparency and the ideal of not hiding secrets wouldn’t be a secret organization, but maybe that’s just me. I’m not ready to buy into the “real S.H.I.E.L.D.” yet, but I did like that they brought back Agent Weaver from S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy. That could lead to an interesting reunion with Fitz and Simmons.

When they discover that Coulson has hidden Skye, Bobbi decides that it’s time to move in. And that’s the end of the episode. Next week promises lots of action with a S.H.I.E.L.D. vs S.H.I.E.L.D. storyline.

What did you think of this week’s revelations?