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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Purpose in the Machine Recap


This week we started with the return of Andrew. He’s still partnering with S.H.I.E.L.D. to perform psych evaluations on the Inhumans that are found to see if they are able to join Daisy’s team of Secret Warriors. He gives Guitierrez the no-go, which comes as no surprise to anyone, but leads to frustration with Daisy because Andrew hasn’t approved anyone yet.

Meanwhile, Hunter is on the trail of Ward and goes to May for help. May is having an identity crisis. She doesn’t want to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent anymore, but she can’t really have a normal life either because she will always be looking over her shoulder. Eventually, she agrees to go after Ward with Hunter.

Ward is still looking to rebuild Hydra and enlists a kid named Werner von Strucker. Von Strucker as in Baron von Strucker. Werner is his kid, which could prove a problem for our agents, especially because he has been placed undercover in one of Andrew’s psych classes at the university.

The main story this week is Fitz’s continued search for Simmons. They realize that the Monolith is a portal so Coulson enlists the help of Elliot Randolph, the Asgardian History professor they met back in Season 1. Randolph takes them to an old English castle where they discover a secret room and a machine that powers the Monolith.

On the first try, it opens long enough to confirm that it is a portal, but the machine breaks. They realize that the machine uses vibrations to open the portal so Daisy steps up to the plate. She’s able to keep the portal open long enough for Fitz to jump through and rescue Simmons. Daisy’s power also ends up destroying the Monolith.

On the one hand, Simmons being sucked up into the Monolith was the big cliff hanger for last season, so it feels a little rushed to bring her back so quickly. On the other hand, she will most certainly be dealing with the aftermath of being on an alien planet for a long time to come and it gives the other plots in the episode, the Secret Warriors and the rebuilding of Hydra, room to grow.

Also, Coulson may always be my favorite character in the MCU, but, right now, Ian De Caestecker as Fitz is what gets me excited every Tuesday night. His character is fantastic.

Overall, another solid episode. What did you think?