Warning this post contains spoilers from the part of Season One of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
I went to see Captain America: Winter Soldier on opening night, and while I enjoyed the movie immensely it left me wondering what would happen to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The wait for the new episode was sheer torture because I wanted to know what would happen to Coulson and his team. The show did not disappoint me, and I believe it was finally able to grow stronger with Hydra finally being revealed. The wait finally paid off, and the last episodes felt like a never ending roller coaster.
The characters were amazing, and it felt like they finally found their place. It all started to sync up including Ward’s and Skye’s characters. For me they threw off the balance of the team due to suggestions of them possibly getting together in the future. It never made sense. Ward’s character worked best when he was with Fitz or Simmons. Of course I think most anybody works great when they are with them. Those two would even have chemistry with a rock.
The major reveal of Ward being Hydra was one of the best things to happen to this show. We got to see a new personality with his character, and it worked well. He is a very believable bad guy, and made the show more enjoyable. The fact there was a bad guy in the midst of the group made for an interesting story, especially since they all trusted him.
What made the show even better is there was no redemption for Ward at the end of the season. I enjoy certain characters being redeemable, but as soon as Ward’s tally of kills went up, the less I wanted him to be redeemed. The final nail was when he made the sexist comments to Maria Hill. Ward is a sexist pig who has several people probably wanting to have a go at him. As soon as he said something against both Maria and Natasha I could see those two plus Coulson, Nick Fury, Pepper Potts, and the rest of The Avengers wanting to have a go at him. You say something against one of them, you face them all.
It was truly beautiful to see both Skye and Melinda against him. In the last episode, his attitude was very rapey towards both of them, but neither one let him get the better of them.
In fact, as soon as Skye found out Ward was Hydra she did her best to get away from him, and not let him get the information he wanted. There was no point where Skye had a “Ward can be redeemed” storyline. She knew what Hydra was, and how bad they truly were. Skye became a better character within the past episodes.
Of course the idea of Ward being able to redeem himself was addressed through Fitz character. For me Fitz is the baby of the group. He is not infantile, but the innocence and belief he has had makes him seem so much younger. It seems like he is slowly leaving his adolescence behind. It will be interesting to see if his character changes at all after he wakes up from his coma.
As for Jemma, she seemed to be at the point some hit in their twenties where they have no idea what to do now. She is a very goal oriented person, and came to S.H.I.E.L.D. young. She knew what she wanted and achieved it all the while dragging Fitz right along with her. The whole Hydra reveal shook her very identity because S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a major part of her late teenage and adult life. It felt like she was the second most impacted by the revelation because she no longer knew what she was going to do. Jemma is a planner.
Melinda was the one who handled the new storyline the best. This is the type who rolls with the punches. She accepts the situation and finds a way to conquer. Hydra did not affect her as much as Coulson no longer trusting her. This is where I see a bit of Natasha Romanoff in Melinda. While regimes fall Melinda still holds onto her friendship with Coulson. This is why she calls her mother to help her find Maria. She knows that Maria can help Coulson, and hopes Coulson will be able to trust her again.
Then there is Agent Phil Coulson himself. Clark Gregg did an amazing job with his performance. I like to believe Coulson wanted to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. ever since he was a little kid with his Captain America card collection. Steve Rogers and his ideals made a great impact with Coulson, and who he is today. Coulson’s life revolved around S.H.I.E.L.D., and it impacted him the most when the truth came out. The life that he had known no longer existed. He was already having issues with T.A.H.I.T.I., but finding out about Hydra and Melinda is what hit him the hardest. However, Coulson is a trooper. He was able to get his retribution against Hydra for destroying what S.H.I.E.L.D. meant. Fury was right by calling Coulson an Avenger because this man will fight to the finish for what he believes in.
Finally, there was the incorporation of Triplett into the group. This was one of my most favorite parts that happened at the end of season one. He had to earn his way into the group due to the revelation of Garrett being both Hydra and the Clairvoyant. The only one who really trusted him when he joined was Jemma, but that was only because of what happened to them when Hydra took over S.H.I.E.L.D.
While he was earning the trust of the rest of the group we got to learn more about the man himself, and his past. One of the things that really helped define his character was finding out his grandfather was a Howler, but he never boasted about it due to him wanting to make a name for himself. It then opened up to him and Coulson being able to fanboy over his grandfather’s old gear, and helping seal the fact he was now a member of the team. In quite a few ways Triplett is like Coulson with the belief of being part of S.H.I.E.L.D. to make the world a better place. However, he was impacted by his grandfather instead of Captain America.
His grandfather and Steve fought side by side, and were able to take down Hydra. This is one of the reasons why Triplett is so gung-ho in taking them down, and probably the reason why Garrett never revealed he was Hydra to Triplett because he knew Triplett would take him down on the spot.
I really want Triplett to be a regular in season two because the whole team worked so great together with him. This is what I wanted with the team since the beginning, but it still always felt a little off in most episodes. Now they have a better harmony together, and Triplett fits in so well.