Around the Water Cooler: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “F.Z.Z.T.″ (spoilers!)

I love how Simmons' face says what we're all thinking about Ward's machismo. © ABC/Marvel Studios
I love how Simmons’ face says what we’re all thinking about Ward’s machismo. © ABC/Marvel Studios

After a one-week delay, spoilers abound abound in this commentary on the latest episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, now available to watch on the official website.

  • I was hoping for a Simmons-centered episode, and I’m so glad that I got it.
  • Based on her impersonation of Ward alone, I ship Ward/Simmons so hard now.
  • Oh, God. This dialogue between Skye and Fitz is so cute. I love how he’s trying to establish that she and the hacker from last episode (the Lacker?) are no longer an item, and she’s not having any of it.
  • As someone aptly noted last night on Facebook or Twitter, I have never heard the words “Have a cookie” sound like a threat before, but now I have.
  • “They don’t need an audience,” Ward says, while watching Simmons’ brain race against its own demise. And yet, I love his soliloquy. Where in the hell does S.H.I.E.L.D. keep finding these awesome, stout-hearted, and amazing employees? I’m not just talking about Ward, Coulson, and May here, but almost all the other agents we’ve seen so far, including Agent Amador from “Eye Spy” and perhaps even Agent Mack from “The Asset”. I’m staking it right now: a future episode is eventually going to involve a real agent who has gone bad and not just one who is being blackmailed by an outside force.
  • I believe I’m just going to handwave the idea that organic material from a battle which took place months ago are viable enough to still contain viable antibodies because it’s alien organic material. It’s best that you do the same.
  • And how awesome was that “brainstorming out loud/accidentally revealing your love for the other person” scene? Bravo to both actors for pulling it off well.
  • What I can’t handwave is the fact that Ward should have come out with some eye protection on before jumping out of the plane. Just that one bit of extra prop work could have made the parachute jump sequence just that much more believable.
  • One amazing thing that I keep forgetting to mention is how awesome the actors, cinematographers, editors, and director at at creating those little moments where the emotional tone of a scene can change by just having the camera linger a bit too long on the right person. Nice bit with Fitz at the end there where the expression on his face goes from “Aw, that was nice” to “Aw, I’m brooding about something else now”. I hope he wasn’t thinking that he wished he could have saved Skye in a fantastic fashion or how he needs to let Simmons down gently.

What did you think?