Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1.E06 [Freefall]

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1.E06 [Freefall]

After a week long hiatus, Marvel’s Agents of  SHIELD returned with a vengeance. Episode six dealt with the introduction of a deadly Chitauri virus – one of the many ramifications from the Battle of New York we witnessed in The Avengers. We were also served up a nice round of character development à la Fitz-Simmons.

I’m a fan the way the show continues to explore the relationships these characters have with each other. It’s interesting to see the different friendships form within the team because they reveal things about the characters; and things they haven’t discovered about themselves yet. For example – in the scene where Skye and Fitz were mocking Ward, it was obvious that Fitz was crushing on Skye and while she may like him too, I’m willing to bet her heart belongs to Ward. However, there’s a deep bond between Fitz-Simmons indistinguishable to Buffy’s Xander and Willow. They are perfect for each other but like most of us – don’t realize it until that person is gone (or in Simmons case, nearly obliterated).

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When a deadly virus strikes, the agents are sent in to investigate its origins. It turns out that a Chitauri helmet that was taken as a souvenir after the Battle of New York was the source of the infection. Unfortunately for anyone who found themselves under the viruses influence – it meant certain death. This doesn’t equate to good news for Simmons, as she’s eventually struck by the same virus.

When Coulson is given direct orders to remove Simmons from The Bus, he declines like the badass motherfucker he is. Instead – he places complete trust in his team and their ability to overcome this situation, and they prove him right once again. In a last minute discovery, Ftiz realizes that the serum does not result in the subjects death but only knocks them out temporarily. Unfortunately – Simmons didn’t get the memo and she’s opted to sacrifice herself to protect the team.

This moment provided the perfect opportunity for Ward (who’s been feeling helpless) to do what he does best: SOME REALLY AWESOME BADASS SHIT.

He dives out of the plane, antivirus in hand, and rescues Simmons from a gruesome fate. This dude is a true BAMF and I hope he has a cameo in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.

  • The mystery behind Coulson’s resurrection is still as intriguing as ever.
  • Thor: The Dark World opens this weekend and I’m looking forward to seeing how the events from the film impact the show.