Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has clearly caught its stride. Since midway through last season the quality of this show has gone up significantly.
This season the show feels a bit different with how it is shot and the background music is much improved. All things that benefit this show for the better. This trend of quality continued in the third episode, Making Friends and Influencing People.
Hydra is a major player now on the show with their actions continually being a threat to S.H.I.E.L.D’s efforts. In the beginning of the first episode of this season they put a face to the main baddie, Daniel Whitehall. A man of mystery as he clearly has not aged from his days in he Nazi party back in WWII to which I have a theory on (more on that in a bit).
In this episode Whitehall is testing out a brainwashing experiment on S.H.I.E.L.D. agent 33. While this is going on we also learn where Simmons is. Working for Hydra… in the name of science. Well actually because Coulson put her there to gather intel. A plan that will eventually backfire causing Coulson’s group great pain.
At S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters Skye is continuing her training with May and appears to becoming a pretty decent shot. The one odd thing they drew attention to 3 times in this episode with Skye is a heart rate monitor on her wrist. Every time it was shown it was hovering around the high 60s except after her final conversation with Ward. Making it spike to over 100. What’s the deal with this? Does she now turn into a Hulk if she becomes too stressed or angry? Or does this have to do with her unknown ability in which bad things happen to people when they are around her? Most likely the latter.
Donnie Gill resurfaced this week, some of you know him better as Blizzard in Marvel comics. With his powers starting to manifest and both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra being aware of this, they both make their move to try to recruit him. Of course this is all easier said then done as one could probably tell this ends up going badly… for both sides. The only good to come out of the mission was for Simmons who helped further her cover in Hydra by saving a main Hydra boss.
As the season progresses I find it harder and harder to not feel bad for Fitz as he struggles with being damaged. A once so brilliant character now having troubles with coming up with simple words like boss. To add more to his anguish he came across Ward’s cell and had a tough moment when faced with him. One in which he almost made Ward pay dearly for what he did to him.
Now as I mentioned earlier I have a theory on Daniel Whitehall and his non-aging factor. For those of you that are familiar with the original Ultimate Avengers story line you might know where I am pulling this from. In that story line there was a Nazi party member who fought Captain America during WWII. Then fast forward to modern times after Cap is defrosted and he comes across the same man who looks the same. Reason being he was a Chitauri (shape-shifting alien). Sure the Chitauri showed up in the Avengers, which gives this even more credence that they may have been here before that battle (or at least one of them). Either way if he is Chitauri or not I don’t think Whitehall is human.