Television: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., "The Only Light in the Darkness"

Amy Acker returns to yet another Joss Whedon show to play the loved-and-lost interest of Agent Coulson. He'd once saved her from an obsessed man named Marcus Daniels, a guy who just happens to have the ability to absorb power? Light? Something like that. Anyway, with the Fridge blown open, those who were once prisoners of S.H.I.E.L.D. are now walking free again as stories-of-the-week.
Daniels makes a beeline for Audrey (Acker) and Coulson, Fitz, Simmons, and Triplett step in to, uh, S.H.I.E.L.D. her.

Except Audrey thinks Coulson is dead, so . . . He has to do his work behind the scenes.

Meanwhile, Ward is hanging out in the secret bunker, trying to get the password or some other form of access to the secured database from Skye. There's this whole bit in which Koenig (Patton Oswalt) subjects everyone to a mega lie detector and we're supposed to be worried—or hopeful—that Ward will be caught, but of course he isn't. So with everyone else gone, Koenig, Skye and Ward are the only ones left in the bunker. And Ward "crosses off" Koenig pretty quickly, so . . . Then there were two.

Skye finds Koenig's body and figures out Ward is, after all, not such a good guy. And here's where I think she's really, really stupid: Why doesn't she at least text someone on the team and tell them? "Ward is Hydra." That's all it would take. That way, even if she doesn't make it out alive, they all know the truth. Right?

But she doesn't; instead she allows Ward to take her out in the bus, so that when Coulson et al. return they find they've missed the bus. So to speak.

And if you're wondering where May is in all this, she went home to her mommy.

I think one of the nicest developments is the growing camaraderie between Simmons and Triplett and how it's affecting Fitz. That's something worth exploring. The rest of it? Eh. Pretty standard and in some places utterly overwrought. So, you know, business as usual.

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