Television: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., "Nothing Personal"

Ward plays the creepy, bad boyfriend that won't let Skye out of his sight. But Skye plays clever by forcing him to take her to a public place—the diner where the series began.

Meanwhile, Maria Hill (from the Marvel movies) has ankled S.H.I.E.L.D. to join Stark. But first she has a few loose ends to tie up in the name of, er, the Department of Justice? I guess this is all to do with the official government cleanup in the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s collapse.

Anyway, May approaches Maria and asks her to help Coulson, since Coulson refuses to allow May to help. So Maria takes a troop of soldiers down to the secret bunker. Where, btw, Coulson and crew have discovered a note left for them by Skye: Ward Is Hydra. (At least she did leave a message.)

Fitz is not handling the rapid changes to his world well. Not an adaptable type, that one.

Coulson and the team have just figured out the bus was back in L.A. when Maria busts in. Possibly one of the best moments in the show was the subtle way Coulson unbuttoned his jacket in readiness for the fight. Nice touch.

And in L.A., in that diner where Ward is playing horror thriller boyfriend, Skye has alerted the police to their location. Though Skye tries to warn the police that Ward is armed, he handily takes care of them. Skye actively tries to get herself arrested but there are no takers.

At some point in all this I kind of was only half watching. The Ward/Skye stuff was going on for a while, and I really just wanted them to get on with it. So next thing when I looked up, Ward has Skye on the bus with Deathlok, and Coulson turns up to save her, and they have to fly out in Lola. Fun!

And May digs up Coulson's false gravesite and finds . . . Something. Data of some kind, I guess?

Sum total of the episode was that Garrett and Hydra have the files Skye had been trying to keep safe from them. There is no more S.H.I.E.L.D. so Coulson is really pursuing a personal vendetta at this point, desperate to continue the institution that gives his life meaning and purpose. He also finds out he was the one running T.A.H.I.T.I.(?) And the team is now living in a motel.

Well, when you reach bottom, there's only one direction to go . . . Unless you plan to start digging yourself a hole, that is.

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