Friday, 23 May 2014

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D S01E21 recap 'Ragtag'

You have noooo idea how much I geeked out when we found out they were making this show! Coulson Lives!

Having seen the entire season, I thought I'd recap the last 2 eps for those who are playing catch up.


First up, there's a nice little round up of ep 20....Ward and Garrett have Skye captive on the team's stolen bus. Deathlok is trying to find out how to decrypt the hard drive to which Skye transferred all the data on Coulson's resurrection and Skye's recovery. Nothing works until he shoots a device at Ward's chest, which promptly stop his heart. Skye watches in shock as he writhes, Garrett knows Ward is still her weak spot. She tells Deathlok that Ward is a murderer, he then asks 'are you?' She caves to save Ward, tells Deathlok how to decrypt the drive and he restarts Ward's heart. Coulson gets on the bus thanks to a diversion from Maria Hill and Trip. He grabs Skye, tells her to get into Lola and they make the most epic escape imaginable! Coulson tells Hill they need backup, she says there is none, that S.H.I.E.L.D no longer exists.

Onto ep 21......

The ep starts with a flashback sequence, fifteen years to be exact. Garrett is visiting a young Ward, who is locked up in juvie for trying to burn his family home down. Garrett makes him an offer he can't refuse. He promises to make Garrett a man, someone nobody would mess with.....early brainwashing much? Then follows the prison break.....

The younger team members are sat on motel beds watching TV news. Deathlok has killed a top Colombian drug dealer who had no ties to Hydra. Coulson and May are in the next room, Coulson calls the others in to look at their old school white fancy tricks now but they still kick ass! Cybertek is connected to all the different players they've come across. Garrett has been developing the Centipede serum all this time, he now just needs GH325 as the final ingredient. Luckily for our heroes, Skye left a little present for the bad guys in the form of a Trojan horse which has been slowly mapping every system they uploaded it to....yay Skye! One small problem, she didn't have time to build it, so now she needs to plug a drive into one of Cybertek's computers to activate it, and they haven't been able to find!

Coulson and May decide to go into Cybertek in the guise of now unemployed S.H.I.E.L.D scientists in order to find a computer, cos surely there must be some at Cybertek right? Coulson points out to his loyal team that they have no authority to do what they are planning. He starts to say something about how 'we are now..' which point Fitz interrupts him by shouting 'Vigilantes!' To which Coulson replies 'I was going to say doing this because its the right thing, but, yeah'. Love this team!

Ward and Garrett are on the bus, Ward is pissy and Garrett is nuts. Deathlok shoots hate vibes at both of them, which Garrett chooses to ignore, and as a reward for Mike doing a good job killing the drug lord, he tells someone to stream Mike some video of his son. Flowers (Raina) is a happy little psycho camper, as she's close to replicationg GH325. Ward is mostly still sulking that Garrett made Mike almost kill him.

The good guys are gathered by a relatively nice looking motel pool. Fitz is worried about the Cybertek mission, Skye tries to reassure him by telling him that nobody will be able to see through their new ID's. Coulson gets a call, its official, he and May are going to Cybertek's R&D department. Fitz is not liking the idea that they are about to share their designs with the bad guys. He is also still convinced that Ward is good....Skye just tells him that Ward is evil. Fitz doesn't believe in being born evil. Poor Fitz. Trip arrives with a suitcase, which I want by the way, of his grandaddy's old Howling Commando gear....apparently S.H.I.E.L.D's old spy tech was funky steampunkesque bits and bobs which looked innocent so that the spies didn't get oh so dead when caught with spy ware. Coulson wants a full inventory....oh until he gets his geek on when he sees a hand held hypno beam....not just any hand held hypno beams but an original beta model with the switch on the bottom. Now the the production models had the switch on the side dontcha know? Adorable! Skye is unimpressed by the goodies, until she finds a seemingly joke buzzer which she finds out, when she presses it, is an EMP. Boom goes the electrics! Fitz demonstrates how innocent the tech looks with a cigarette....which turns out to be a laser and promptly sets the lace curtains on fire! May's deadpan delivery of 'Watch out Hydra, here we come' was just perfect!

Another flashback....fifteen years ago in the woods of Wyoming. Garrett and Baby Ward strolling through the trees with a gorgeous chocolate lab called him! Baby Ward is worried about police finding them, Garrett takes the opportunity to tell him that nobody is looking for them, and that basically nobody else cares about Ward. Baby Ward isn't too bright, as he didn't see the fact that Garrett was going to leave him in the woods coming a mile off. He pouts and complains that its not fair, that if he'd known he would have packed tools and food instead of just clothes. Another lesson Garrett wants to teach Baby Ward is not to blame anyone else for his own failings. From now on Baby Ward earns EVERYTHING. He tells Ward he can quit and go back to juvie, confirming what everyone thought of him, that he was weak and worthless. Garrett tells Baby Ward that he'll be back in a couple of months and that he believes Ward can do it. Further along the path to brainwashing we skip!

Back to the future, in Palo Alto, California, Coulson and May are all geeked over in adorable checked shirts and waistcoats, Coulson rocking a snazzy tie and May looking uncomfortable in her glasses and meek scientist persona. Now for the names....Theo Tiddle and Dr Rome? Oh yes! Our attention is drawn to the stenographer in the corner, puzzling our good guys....surely a high tech company like Cybertek would be more up to date? Cybertek are underwhelmed by previous former S.H.I.E.L.D scientists, unlike Hydra scientists who are apparently younger. Cut to a shot of a cleaning services van, with Fitzsimmons in the back communicating with Coulson and May and bickering as usual. Simmons takes great offence to the idea that Hydra's scientists are younger saying 'May barely looks a day over 30! You're gorgeous!' which prompts May to switch off her comms device with an awkward smile. Trip and Skye are in front seats, scanning the building on UHF thanks to more of Grandad Trip's gadgets. Oddly, she can't find any data signatures, so needs Coulson and May to stall for longer. Fitzsimmons take up the torch by telling Coulson and May to show the icer bullet. Thanks to repeating everything Fitz says Coulson ends up slipping into a Scottish burr which he then has to shake off. May has her own problems meanwhile, as Simmons has just gone off on one about the fact that Fitz should have consulted her before he made the moulds as it was a challenge to condense the dosage to fit....nice nod back to the early season eps. Fitzsimmons end up bickering, of course, as do May and Coulson. Cybertek have seen an icer bullet before, used with a 'Sleepy Sleep gun'....oh Fitzsimmons are pissed! Back to Skye who is now checking building permits and sees something hinky about the fourth floor, one way in or out and reinforced security door.

Coulson and May leave their meeting and get into the lift with a security guy....cut to a shot of lift doors with sounds of fighting. The doors open and Coulson and May leave with nary a hair out of place, dragging security guy between them....'does your sweater itch?' says May, 'little bit' returns Coulson. Deadpan and wonderful as ever. They get to a long corridor with a lovely red phone on the wall halfway between them and a single security guard. Cue May backflipping her way to the phone, kick boxing the security fella out of her way and catching the handset without breaking a sweat. Hangs up and pushes her glasses back into place as Coulson strolls up and tells May he's glad she's back....which gets a very cute smile as a reward. Coulson whips out his spy cigs and May tells him not to set fire to the drapes. After lasering the door open, they are confronted with a sea of filing cabinets.Turns out there is no mainframe, everything is on hard copy, hence the stenographer. They decide to have a nosy anyway and find Mike Peterson's file. Turns out that Project Deathlok started in 1990, Garrett was the first Deathlok! Shock! Coulson tells Trip and Skye to be ready for a large file transfer then promptly chucks the filing cabinet out of the window....very Coulson! Team jumps to it and retrieves the cabinet and Trip whips out another Grandaddy Trip toy, and shoots a line for Coulson and May to slide down.

More flashback action now....pouring rain and a soaked Baby Ward and Buddy snuggled up together. Then we hear Ward's voiceover, he's back to shouting at Garrett about the whole heart stoppy thing. Garrett wants him to use his indoor voice....he's a psycho but he gets snappy lines. Ward says that since the day they met he has done everything Garrett asked, to which Garrett replied that he knew Skye wouldn't let him get hurt. He says she's a soft touch, like Ward. Ward is no longer a scared kid anymore, Garrett tells him to stop acting like one, to stop being weak and playing the victim. He says he sometimes wonders why he bothered then promptly collapses.Ward gets him to the lab and kicks everyone out, then plugs Garrett in.

The team have finally discovered that Garrett was patient zero and wants GH325 for himself as well as for the supersoldiers. Fitz still wants Ward to be good bless him, he wonders if Garrett did the same to him as he did to Deathlok. Skye turns round and says that she wishes she'd let Mike finish him off, she says she's stupid and weak. Coulson disagrees, tells her she had compassion which is harder. Then PIZZA for Pablo Jimenez....ha.....which Coulson eventually realises is him!

Back on the bus Garrett is all better, Ward is relieved until Garrett tells him that his organs are shutting down and he has 1 or 2 months left to live.

Trip has ID'd a number Cybertek shipments all ending up in the team is off to Cuba!

Raina is all disillusioned that Garrett isn't a true believer like she is, but she shares the fact that Skye's DNA matches that of someone she heard about years ago with Ward. Adds the fact that the monsters who were looking for Skye in her home village were actually her parents, to the info we learned earlier in the season.

Flashback! Still in the woods! Turns out that Garrett was gone for 6 months, which was slightly longer than he'd promised Baby Ward...oopsy. Tells Ward he knew he could do it....oh so much brainwashing!

Raina hands Garrett the single existing vial of 'pretty much' GH325 serum.

Trip gives Fitz a homing beacon, which is lucky considering what occurs later! The team splits, with Fitzsimmons heading off to find the bus and the others are off to the barbershop. Fitzsimmons are under strict orders not to engage....hmmm did everyone else know what they meant was going to happen? The barbershop is deserted yet its giving off huge amounts of energy....suspicious. Fitzsimmon's have found the bus, but tell Coulson that by the time the rest of the team arrive the bus will be long gone. They decide to send on of the Dwarves in, Sleepy as he is the best listener next to Simmons. As Fitz heads off to get Sleepy Ward steps forward. Skye wants in to the bunker to plug her drive in, as she is convinced there will be a terminal in there. Seems logical.

Flashback to 10 years ago with non Baby Ward sat with Garrett and still snuggling with Buddy.....not a good sign *sniffle* Garrett is busy whining about trust and being deserted by S.H.I.E.L.D in Sarajevo. This was enough to turn him nutty  and wanting revenge. He decides to tell Ward about Hydra....Hydra understands the importance of survival. Yup still brainwashing.

Ward brings Fitzsimmons onto the bus and to Garrett. Fitz promply sets off the EMP he has in his hand which drops Garrett....yay Fitz!

More flashback....Ward has been accepted to Operations Division. Finally seems to decide that the brainwashing is complete and cuts the strings. Tells him to take care of Buddy *sob* he doesn't mean give him belly rubs and treats! Ward says it isn't a problem, no weakness. Flash forward to Ward trying to fix Garrett's innards....he then tells Ward to cross off Fitzsimmons. 'Its not a weakness is it?' plucking Ward's strings as usual.

The gang have made it underground...but we're still worried about Fitzsimmons. They evade their guards and make a run for it. They end up locking themselves in the cube where they have another chat with Ward. Fitz continues to try and get through to Ward but is wasting his breath as Garrett knows which buttons to press. He cares for Fitzsimmons, and that is a weakness. He jettisons the box.

Raina is pulling inside robot bits out of Garrett, they realise they need to use the serum, so she injects it into what could be his heart...possibly, not sure! He starts to go mental, seizing and spitting, then he calms and looks beatific when he says he's feeling the universe.

Back underground Trip is using Grandaddy's tools to scan the walls. Finds a secret door, 'they're kind of my thing' says Coulson. Open sesame, computer, yay! Oh balls.....Centipede soldiers! The team are surrounded....

Quinn is in DC meeting Armed Forces chiefs, offering to sell supersoldiers....yep plural. Not 1 but one small problem he doesn't know about yet is that Garrett has used up all the serum! Dun dun duuuuun!

Hope you enjoyed my epic recap!

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