Howdy ladies and gents of the interweb, time for my review of episode 21 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. entitled “Ragtag“. I really have to apologize again for the late review on this, but I have had the most hectic time at university recently, it’s really hard to balance between the blog and my work and not procrastinate. 😛 Anyways, AoS has been on a hot streak of recent, can it continue to keep up that momentum. Read on and find out.
As usual in these reviews I’m just gonna present the plot and then say what I liked and what I didn’t like. Cool? Okay let’s keep going.
This episode was really cool, I loved the non-linear approach and overall the information presented was really unexpected and insightful relating to Grant Ward and John Garrett which makes them even more interesting than ever before. While Coulson and his crew have their moments to shine, this episode definitely makes the bad guys come across on a more engaging level.
Here’s my episode highlights:
- Back in the Day with Ward and Garrett: We have gotten hints at what Grant Ward’s past was like and have been getting little tidbits of information from Ward about how Garrett found him and basically made him who is today and in this episode we found out why. The flashbacks in Ward’s life are very interesting, insightful and badass with going from wimp to a man in a considerable amount of time and its all thanks to tough love of John Garrett. Garrett’s dialogue is amazing, its like he’s the Emperor from Star Wars seducing Ward to the dark side and its awesome. From the being in prisons in prison to being left alone in the woods to fend for himself, Ward’s had it rough. It’s no wonder he’s become the person he is today. Another interesting element is how the events in the past crossover into the present where Ward and Garrett are squabbling like an old married couple lol.
- Coulson and May Undercover: Finally May and Coulson are back together and its awesome once again. Firstly seeing May smile so much is both unnatural and funny and Simmons’ comment about May not looking over 30 was great. Having them undercover and trying to talk smart under the guidance of Fitz and Simmons was funny especially when they started arguing. Outside of the awkward meeting with the Cybertech people, we got some more funny moments involving May and Coulson with a man in an elevator and a scene when May knocks out a guy in a hallway and still has to time to catch a phone receiver and adjust her glasses (so cool).
- Checking out the Old-School Tech: The moment when Triplett busts out his grandfather’s old spy equipment was awesome, from Coulson and Triplett having nerdy conversations to Fitz setting the curtains on fire, it was fun and hilarious. To see the individual items and their different uses was great and like Skye said it was straight of a comic book. These small moments of nostalgia and throwback to the comics is what makes this show work.
- Garrett’s Dying and is the first Deathlok?: Garrett’s such a bastard and he knows it, he’s running around, smiling and at first he has good reason to. Deathlok’s creating havoc for him on the news, Raina is close to recreating the serum that saved Coulson and Skye and his plans are moving ahead without problems… That is until he starts dying. The dude had a dodgy accident years ago that left him messed up, unfortunately the tech keeping him alive isn’t enough as his organs are giving out. Oh and by the way Garrett is the first Deathlok! What? Yeah, because of an incident many years ago he’s been and the reason he’s been after Coulson for so long and crafting the Centipede project is because he wishes to save himself and craft a super army for Hydra. Well we see Raina gives him the serum and Garrett has a crazy fit, but looks like he survives and he looks crazy and excited at the same time.
- Fitz and Simmons are Going Under: Our two favourite smart people attempt to infiltrate the Bus where Garett is only to be intercepted by Ward. And our man Fitz has a great moment where he short circuits Garrett’s tech with an EMP device that leaves Garrett in dying state and his dying wish is to have Fitz and Simmons taken out. Our two scientists attempt to escape, but then Ward chances them into a corner. Fitz attempts to salvage their friendship but Ward ends up ejecting Fitz and Simmons into the ocean. Nooooo!
Other things to note was the interesting points are the small conversations, like the ones between Raina and Deathlok, Ward and Raina or May and Simmons. Both are insightful and give us more to look forward to in the future. What really stands out is the fact that a place in China, where Skye was found was attacked and the people massacred by monsters, however the monsters were apparently Skye’s parents? What the hell? Now this show needs to stop messing me around and give me answers! I want to know what makes her so damn special! And what the hell was up with that ending? Centipede soldiers are back and ready to take out Coulson’s team? Madness. Cannot wait to see how they get out that one.
What I Disliked
The one thing I wasn’t keen on was how this episode tried to make me feel for Ward. Now I’m not sure if that was the writer’s intention, but it sure felt like the people behind this show was trying to get us to feel for Ward and make him seem like he’s still got some good in him by showing him struggling to kill the dog in his past or not shooting Fitz and Simmons in the present. Some people may want Ward to be good, but I don’t. The dude’s bad, he’s been part of Hydra for a long time, he’s killed, he’s a bad guy and I like it this way. Makes him way more interesting and fun. I want him to be bad and have no redemption, because if he doesn’t change his ways and gets back on to the team then that totally defeats the 180 he did in “Turn, Turn, Turn“, leave him evil!
In conclusion “Ragtag” is a great episode and probably my favourite since episode “Providence“. The heavy focus on Ward’s backstory was great as it allowed us to learn much more about him and his history with Garrett (who was still a badass back then too lol) and seeing how it connected to modern-day Ward and Garrett was kick wonderful. On top of that there was a lot of interesting discoveries made in this episode and a some great set-up towards the season finale. There are still many questions left unanswered and many things that need clarification, I hope that we’ll get the answers.
So what did you think of “Ragtag“? Whatever your thoughts drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya again for episode 22, THE FINAL ONE YO! 😀