Welcome back, Agents. With S.H.I.E.L.D. devastated by Hydra and trust obliterated with the U.S. government and citizens, Col. Glenn Talbot (guest star Adrian Pasdar) contacted Agent Phil Coulson to let him know he was deploying a peacekeeping force to secure The Hub. Coulson responded by taking his team on the run, but a secret message sent them to the wilderness and a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base. The good news? Nick Fury isn't dead. The bad news? Coulson and his team are very much on their own for the foreseeable future. The worst news? Agent Grant Ward helped John Garrett (guest star Bill Paxton) and Hydra raid "The Fridge" stealing a ton of dangerous technology and letting a lot of very bad people go free.
Let's take a look at the highlights!
This communication seems so cordial, doesn't it? But Coulson knows there's nothing cordial about a U.S. Air Force "peacekeeping" force taking control of The Hub, so it's time to run.
Former—or should I say "late"?—S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury liked to play things close to the kevlar vest, so secret coordinated blinking on Coulson's badge is just his style. But after so much betrayal, the team doesn't quite share Coulson's level of conviction.
The previous episode, "Turn, Turn, Turn", ended with Agent Grant Ward shooting Victoria Hand (guest star Saffron Burrows) in the head and apparently joining up with John Garrett and Hydra. I didn't want to believe it, but Grant Ward seems like a total Hydra-loving traitor! He even helped Garrett steal gravitonium and set Raina and Ian Quinn free!
Coulson and those secret coordinates led the team out into the middle of nowhere with no way to get home and it seemed pretty bleak. We finally got to see Coulson come to grips with what's become of the organization he's given so much to, and it's heartbreaking. But it seems like Coulson's faith is ultimately rewarded.
Agent Eric Koenig (guest star Patton Oswalt) oversees the secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base known as "Providence" and he gives Coulson some damned good news: Nick Fury is alive. The bad news is that shortly after this conversation, Grant Ward arrives and no one knows he's really Hydra!