Ladies and Gentleman, what you are about to read will contain spoilers if you have not watched the latest episode of Agents of SHIELD. You have been warned.
Love In The Time Of Hydra is the most recent episode of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD and it is an interesting one. They could be talking about Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse, the relationship between Grant Ward and Agent 33 or even the father/daughter thing going on with Phil Coulson and Skye. But lets get to the important moments.
1) Lance Hunter has been taken to the OTHER SHIELD and introduced to the men and women in charge and he doesn't seem too impressed. Led by Robert Gonzales, this version of SHIELD doesn't trust Phil Coulson and has put agents inside to find out all that's going on. Hunter has a hard time buying any of it, even with Bobbi Morse confirms that she is part of this version of SHIELD. This group seem to think it's their responsibility to take out Coulson's group.
2) The rift between Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons seems to be growing as they try to help Skye. Fitz thinks she is on her way to Avenger level powers once she gets control. Simmons thinks she is dangerous and should be cured. But Fitz also sees this as a microcosm of his relationship with his former lab partner. She only sees Skye as broken, not for the person who she is… just as she only sees Fitz as broken.
3) First off, pumpkin pancakes with pecan syrup sounds horrible to me. We finally get to see what Grant Ward has been up to since being shot and left for dead. He seems to have gotten Agent 33 wrapped around his finger. He is going out of his way to help her, fix her face and get back at the man who made her this way, Sunil Bakshi… but what is in it for Ward? You know he has to have an end game. And if anything he just strengthen the bonds between Coulson and Brigadier General Glenn Talbot.
4) Coulson takes Skye out to a safe house for her and the teams protection. You can tell he's having a hard time with this and doesn't necessarily think he's doing the right thing. Though they've been building up to it over the season and a half, it is very obvious that Skye looks at Coulson as a father figure and really just wants him to tell her it will be okay. And one look at next week's previews and we can see that the idea of her being out there and learning her abilities is not going to last.
5) Hunter's escape from the other SHIELD is interesting because it shows us that Bobbi either really does care about him or she's not certain of her loyalties. She could have easily stopped him but chose not to. Now he's a ticking clock for them to go in and get Nick Fury's toolbox from Coulson before their cover is blown… if it isn't already.
6) I speculated on this before, but with Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie coming back to base with a sketchy story about Hunter, we get to see that both Agent May and Coulson don't trust him and know something is up. I'd like to see Coulson having prepared for what's coming and not get blindsided by it. Coulson is supposed to be smart, experienced and see these kind of things way before they happen. I miss that Coulson and want him back .
The last few episodes have felt like filler, giving us bits of information but overall not really doing much. And again, the humor and fun that made this show cool in the first season is almost completely gone. I don't know if they're trying to set the table for what is going to happen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but hopefully next week things will start picking up again.