Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep20 – Nothing Personal

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep20 - Nothing Personal

Last week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ended with Skye coming to the realization that Ward is working with Hydra. “Nothing Personal” picks right up with Ward and Skye off with the bus, while Coulson and the rest of the team try and figure out where they went. Fortunately, Skye left some clues back at Providence that leads the team to realizing the truth about Ward as well. The majority of “Nothing Personal” shows the team trying to get their teammate back, while May goes off on her own mission trying to learn more about T.A.H.I.T.I.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep20 - Nothing Personal

Cobie Smulders returns as Maria Hill

This episode featured two brief, but significant, appearances from Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), who was last seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the opening scene of “Nothing Personal” we see Hill after she has dealt with Congress in regards to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Hydra debacle. We’re filled in on where her character is now, working with Stark Industries. May, who we know wants to talk with Hill as she stated in “The Only Light in the Darkness”, meets up with her. They talk and it’s here we see that May is trying to find out who else was involved with the T.A.H.I.T.I. project. It was a nice little exchange between the two characters and helped deliver some necessary exposition. I also liked how May assumes Nick Fury is still alive. She’s way too smart to fall for any more of his schemes.

The second time we see Maria Hill she is working alongside the U.S. military in an attempt to bring Coulson and his team in. This is well after the team realizes the truth about Ward and are trying to get Skye back. The arrival of Hill and and Air Force Colonel Glenn Talbot (Adrian Pasdar) put a brief damper on the team’s plans, but once Coulson tells Hill about what he knows she quickly joins his side and takes out a few Talbot’s men. This allows the team to escape and continue their mission. Seeing Maria Hill team up with Coulson was very enjoyable to watch, and hopefully we’ll be able to see more of her as the series progresses.

Meanwhile, Skye shows how clever she is when she makes Ward think she is decrypting the hard drive he needs her to decrypt while at a diner. Instead of decrypting the hard drive she uses her laptop to make sure Ward is wanted by the local authorities. She nearly escapes as Ward is occupied with police officers. Unfortunately, Mike Peterson/Deathlok isn’t too far and ends up recapturing her in a decent sequence where he jumps onto the hood of her stolen vehicle. This leads to a very interesting scene between the three of them back on the bus. Skye, feeling completely betrayed by Ward and shocked that he believes he’s in the right, verbally lets out some aggression on him and calls him out on his nonsense. Ward tells her that no matter what he has done his feelings for her have not changed. At first I doubted Skye would fall for anything Ward had to say, but what happened next made me question her choices.

Peterson eventually forces Skye to tell them how to decrypt the hard drive when he threatens Ward’s life with a device that would stop Ward’s heart on Peterson’s command. While Ward struggles on the ground Skye eventually gives in. I knew Ward wouldn’t go down so easily, but didn’t think Skye would give in. She either believes there still might be good in Ward, or she didn’t want someone’s death on her hands.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Ep20 - Nothing Personal

Escaping with Lola

Eventually Coulson and the team track down the bus and save Skye. We got to see Lola fly as both Coulson and Skye escape the bus. It was enjoyable seeing Lola fly again, even though the effects were a little goofy. The episode ended with the team settling down at a hotel. There’s an intriguing conversation between Hill and Coulson. She reminds him that S.H.I.E.L.D. is over and that after they’re finished taking down Ward and Garrett, the team should go their separate ways and start new lives. This conversation had me wondering if the series is leading to an ending where this is what exactly happens. Being that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has not yet been renewed for a second season, what Hill suggests makes perfect sense.

The final scene in “Nothing Personal” dropped a huge tidbit of information concerning Coulson and the T.A.H.I.T.I. project. May returns to Coulson with a video she found buried in Coulson’s grave. The video is actually directed to Nick Fury and features Coulson discussing T.A.H.I.T.I.. The Coulson in the video describes T.A.H.I.T.I. as a project that is intended to be used to revive an Avenger if need be. He goes on to say that the test subjects didn’t respond well and that a memory scrub is necessary to prevent the some ill side effects. He then goes on to say that the T.A.H.I.T.I. project should not continue. As we all know it did continue, with Coulson being the project’s first known success. It turns out not only was Coulson’s memory of his traumatic ordeal erased but so was the memory of him working on T.A.H.I.T.I. alongside Nick Fury. I’m interested in seeing what happens with Fury and Coulson now that Coulson knows that he knew about T.A.H.I.T.I. and the bad side effects it caused. Will he be angry with Fury for going ahead with the project even though Coulson said it should be scrapped? Hopefully, Fury will make an appearance before the season’s end and will clear the air about everything.

Overall, “Nothing Personal” was a decent episode filled with some very interesting character moments. I loved seeing Skye step up to Ward, even though she ultimately let him live. Knowing that Peterson used Ward’s life as a bargaining chip to influence Skye was very interesting. I’m wondering if Ward will be offended that Garrett ordered Peterson to pull a stunt like that with his life. Fitz had an interesting moment when he wasn’t able to control his anger over the realization that Ward was with Hydra. Lastly, I like seeing Tripp beginning to come into his own and feel at home with Coulson and his team. I’m hoping that if the show gets picked up for a second season, we’ll be able to see Tripp work with them full time.

Next week’s episode will focus on Ward’s past and tell us just how Garrett got him to join Hydra. Check out the promo for next week’s episode “Rag Tag” below and feel free to let us know what you thought about “Nothing Personal” in the comments.

 

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