Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 2): Working With the Enemy

BRETT DALTON

In every great story there is always a hero and there is always a villain. It’s a tale as old as time (and not I’m not going to break into song like from the animated movie Beauty and the Beast), but it’s true. As far back as we can all remember, in every story, TV show, movie, video game (and the like) we always see the heroes fighting the villains, saving the world, saving the girl; hell even saving a beloved pet. Whatever the cause there are always two sides.

In the universe of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. there has always been a clear delineation between SHIELD agents and Hydra at least in terms of the two sides. Who is on each side has, and will continue to be, hard to determine because those damn Hydra agents seem to be so good at subterfuge.

Case in point: Grant Ward.

From the very beginning of the series, viewers of the show were led to believe that SHIELD Agent Ward was the all-American guy. A hero, a patriot, a fighter for the side of good. Boy, we couldn’t have been more wrong when it was revealed that was the case at all. He was actually an agent of Hydra, having been basically brainwashed in this teens by John Garrett.

Since that reveal it has been made clear that Coulson’s SHIELD (because that universe has clearly shown us there are two versions of SHIELD in action right now) does not trust Ward at all. However, that all changed with last night’s episode when Director Phil Coulson, while on the run from the “Real” SHIELD, caught up with Ward and his new paramour Agent 33 (that’s a story for another time, right?!), demanding their help in tracking down Skye and in return Coulson would give Ward a “Tahiti”, the same mind-wiping that Nick Fury used on Coulson to make him forget about his tragic death at the hands of Loki.

This “partnership” is going to be rocky at best because, let’s face it, Ward (and Agent 33 for that matter) cannot be trusted; and with the fact that both Agent May and Jemma saw Coulson alongside Ward holding a gun on Mike Peterson (taken completely out of context but still) the end result is not going to go in Coulson’s favor.

The old adage applies in this instance, though: “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”. Coulson is definitely doing this with keeping Ward and Agent 33 close; or perhaps too close. Although both of them did a “good one” for each of Coulson and Lance Hunter in last night’s episode by helping to save each of the men’s lives. That is something, but working with the enemy tends to backfire no matter.

So where do you think this new “partnership” is going to end up? Will Coulson’s SHIELD members believe that Ward was simply a means to an end for Coulson in getting Skye back; or will they see this match-up as a betrayal with May and Jemma seeing Coulson as their new enemy? So many questions. Let’s just hope that the powers that be behind the show start providing some answers since there are a few episodes left until the finale.

In the meantime, make sure to watch the next episode of the second season of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ on Tuesday, April 28 at 9/8c on ABC.