Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep18 – Providence

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep18 – Providence

Following last week’s game changing episode, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has entered brand new territory and the fates of Coulson and his team are left up in the air. Unbeknownst to the rest of the team, Ward has been revealed as a traitor to S.H.I.E.L.D. He is an agent of Hydra working with John Garrett, a.k.a. The Clairvoyant (Bill Paxton). Meanwhile, S.H.I.E.L.D. itself is still recovering from their recent Hydra debacle, which was first revealed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep18 – Providence

Former S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Skye and Coulson

“Providence” sees Coulson and his team, including Agent Tripp, on the run while the U.S. Military takes hold of S.H.I.E.L.D. H.Q. due to their Hydra mess. Coulson gives Skye the task of erasing their S.H.I.E.L.D. identities and confiscating badges. During this process they discover coordinates on Coulson’s badge. After already flying their heavily damaged plane aimlessly for too long, Coulson decides it would be best to follow those coordinates as he assumes it’s where Nick Fury wants them to go. Naturally everyone questions whether or not that’s a good idea, being that Nick Fury is supposedly dead. The recently distrusted Agent May is the most vocal about it. Coulson goes along with the plan anyway.

The coordinates lead the team to an isolated area in the Canadian wilderness. When they arrive there is no sign of a S.H.I.E.L.D. base or any place for them to go to. The team worries Coulson has lead them to a dead end. Coulson himself begins to lose hope and nearly breaks down. He apologizes to his team and angrily throws his badge in the air which leads to a hidden turret gunning it down. They find out there actually is a base at the coordinates that is run by an Agent Eric Koenig (Patton Oswalt). He takes Coulson and his team in and reveals only to Coulson that Nick Fury is still alive.

Meanwhile, after freeing Raina, a.k.a. The Girl in the Flower Dress, Garrett, Ward, and the rest of their Hydra team infiltrate The Fridge. The Fridge is a S.H.I.E.L.D. base that contains a ton of confiscated technology, both human and alien. Afterwards, Ward meets up with his supposed team at their newly discovered based known as Providence. In the final moments of the episode it’s revealed Ward and Garrett discovered a very viable weapon at The Fridge: the Gravitonium, last seen in episode 3, “The Asset”, which if you remember contains Dr. Hall, who may eventually become the Marvel villain Graviton.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep18 – Providence

Hydra Agents Ward and Garrett

“Providence” was very much the calm after the storm. Because the previous episode contains a ton of death, destruction, and two major series reveals, “Providence” takes its time in setting up the show’s new rules. Any theories of Ward being a double agent attempting to infiltrate Hydra can be tossed out the window, as we see him mercilessly kill fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and assist in freeing convicts at The Fridge. He even leads Garrett to the Gravitonium, which I’m sure will have serious repercussions in the future. We are also shown Hydra’s secret base in Havana, Cuba and are able to see Garrett take his place as the series’ new villain, ordering Raina to study the possible chemicals that revived Coulson.

Speaking of Coulson, I really enjoyed his arc in this episode. Skye reminds us that Coulson literally gave his life for S.H.I.E.L.D., so the destruction of the agency is especially heartbreaking for him. Coulson is so determined to keep S.H.I.E.L.D. alive, but has no real plan for doing so. I loved seeing him protest to his team, stating “We are not agents of nothing!” It’s just when he begins to lose hope that the team actually finds Providence. It’s all a little too convenient but much deserved, considering what Coulson and the team have gone through.

Something that confused me about “Providence” was Fitz’s attitude towards Simmons and Tripp. As of right now Simmons and Tripp only have a professional relationship, but there has been a hint of flirtation between them. The way Fitz acted towards them made him seem almost jealous. The reason I found this weird is because I view Fitz and Simmons more as a brother and sister rather than potential lovers. Although, it is possible that Fitz is jealous as a friend and/or brother. He’s probably just used to him and Simmons being the science duo that they are and doesn’t want anything interfering with that. Whatever his reasons, are I just hope this animosity eventually dissipates.

Overall, “Providence” was a solid episode. It gave us a good amount of character development and left us with an ending that can lead to potentially dramatic final episodes. Hopefully, the team discovers the traitor in their midst before he causes any damage that can’t be repaired.

In the next episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson’s former girlfriend, played by guest star Amy Acker (Angel, Person of Interest), somehow comes into play. Check out the promo for next week’s episode “The Only Light in the Darkness” below and feel free to let us know what you thought about “Providence” in the comments.

 

Watch “Providence” on Amazon Instant Video.