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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' 1x20 'Nothing Personal': Deciphering Fury's riddles

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“Nothing Personal” is the April 29 episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Warning: this article contains spoilers. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode. "Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." airs on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. central on ABC (KTRK).

Maria Hill is back! Her appearance on the show is a great way to showcase how other high ranking agents are dealing with the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D. because she has moved on. It is also great to see her interactions with everyone. We get a sense of the interrelations of S.H.I.E.L.D./Stark Industries. Plus, Maria kicks ass. Did you love her dropping by?

Everyone reacting to Ward’s betrayal is great. Fitz full on freaks out, and even Maria is bothered by this news. There are great little character moments where everyone tries to rationalize Ward being Hydra. What is unfortunate is that we don’t get much of a reaction from May, Coulson, or Tripp. The writers need to show more of how they are dealing with it. Coulson says he will freak out later, which makes sense since getting Skye back is his priority. This is the first time that the team has been fractured this deeply. Did Fitz’s reaction break your heart?

Ward and Skye’s scenes together are great mainly because Skye is being sarcastic and playing him so hard. She forces Ward to talk about things like being undercover and his true feelings toward Garrett, a man who betrayed him. She forces him to think emotionally, while being quite clear on her feelings towards him. It’s still a little hard to believe Ward when he says that his feelings for Skye aren’t fake. I’m not sure what would make me believe him. Ward and Skye’s storyline is an emotional ride. Do you believe Ward truly loves Skye?

It is great to see Ward start to open up about what situation he is in. Of course, Skye shuts him down repeatedly, so we don’t get a lot of answers, but we get some. For one, Ward thinks himself solely as a spy doing a mission. He doesn’t associate really with Hydra, if that makes sense. One part that still bothers me is when Ward is chasing Skye, he says “You don’t understand.” What part of this situation are we missing? My bet is Ward is referring to the circumstances surrounding how he met Garrett. What are your theories?

Hopefully, Ward is starting to see more of the truth behind the situation that he is in. Skye forces him to address certain parts his mission that put her in danger, and he says that was not part of the plan. Maybe it wasn’t part of your plan Ward, but it most likely was part of Garrett’s. Ward also has grasp that Garrett ordered Deathlok to kill him. He is dispensable in this organization. Ward needs to have a moment where he reflects back on this whole situation. I’m also thinking he needs to be punched a couple more times.

May makes it her personal mission to uncover more information about T.A.H.I.T.I., and she actually turns up quite a bit. It is great to have more answers, and it explains why May was so concerned about Coulson’s mental state. The video reveals that Coulson was brought onto project T.A.H.I.T.I., but he did not start it. It would have been nice if some sort of timeline was mentioned as in how long it took before people started showing signs of mental deterioration. Is anyone else hoping Skye’s 084 status comes back into play with all of this?

What did you think of the episode? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.

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