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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' 1x18 'Providence': The real Grant Ward

Garrett: "The girl I get. She’s cute."
Garrett: "The girl I get. She’s cute."
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Coulson: “The world needs us. Hydra is out there. We cannot let them win. We cannot let them define us.”

Ward: "I owe Garrett everything."
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“Providence” is tonight’s (April 15) episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Warning: this article contains spoilers. "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." airs on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. central on ABC (KTRK).

There goes any hope you had for Ward’s loyalty to Garrett being a fluke. This is not okay. What is great though is that the writers squash any doubts in this episode. Ward joined Coulson’s team as a mission from Garrett. He even says there are two Agent Wards. He has definitely become a more interesting character now, and it is hard to picture him redeeming himself from this. Now that we’ve learned the Ward we know is an act, the writers need to show more of the real, Hail Hydra, Ward. How different do you think they really are?

I never thought I would enjoy Reina as much as I did during this episode. Her reactions are fantastic. Learning that the Clairvoyant is actually a normal man is heartbreaking for her. Her best moment is when she talks to Ward about Coulson. I love how she even respects Coulson a bit, and thinks he is a good man. She provides a way for the writers to have Ward explain how he did what he did, and to make him maybe question doing what he is doing to a group of people who would die to protect him.

The Hydra/Garrett agenda seems to be to chaos at this moment. They raid the Fridge and get a bunch of dangerous tech, and then release a bunch of people to keep Coulson busy. Reina is back on Centipede duty, and they hope to get her working on learning more about Coulson’s mystery cure. Other than that, the writers don’t present a clear long term goal or plan. It would help to learn more of Hydra’s goals or at least Garrett’s. Right now the most annoying and worrisome about this Hydra faction is how Ward is a part of it.

As for S.H.I.E.L.D., well things aren’t going well. Surprisingly, Coulson and the team jet away. It would have been interesting to watch more of the rebuilding happen from the Hub. There is a lot of potential there, but hey, a cryptic message from Fury works too. It is great that Coulson knows, although it is surprising that May wasn’t clued in on Fury’s alive status, since she was his inside woman. Providence gives the team a new base location, although who knows how long they will stay there since Ward and Garrett now know about it.

The writers do a good job at showing how the downfall of S.H.I.E.L.D. is affecting everyone. May’s reaction is interesting because she is more concerned about Coulson. It is hard to see how Hydra could be controlling him. May’s concern about this seems a little farfetched. Speaking of Coulson, he unravels a little bit, but it is amazing to see. He is normally collected and calm, and if there is any time for him to lose it, it would be now. Plus, it shows that S.H.I.E.L.D. being dismantled is affecting everyone.

Any theories on how Ward’s true allegiance will be made known to the team? I am hoping that Fitz punches him in the face. Do you think that erasing everyone’s identities was a little drastic or the right thing to do? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.

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