Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3.02 Review: The One With Heroic Fitz and Psycho Ward

by Luciana / October 7, 2015

Well, that was fast. Was I the only one who thought they were going to drag it out a bit more with the Simmons’ disappearance storyline? I swear I didn’t think it would get resolved this quickly, let alone in the second episode of the season.

That said, how touching was that Fitzsimmons reunion?

Last night’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., titled “Purpose in the Machine”, shed light into where exactly May and Ward have been all this time and how they both still hate each other’s guts. Well, Ward hates everyone, really; and it took some convincing on Hunter’s part, but May is definitely on board for the mission to rid the world of Grant Ward and his evil cronies. I still think she is on the fence about returning to SHIELD, but maybe Andrew will help her out along the way in her quest to balance being a SHIELD agent and having a normal life.

We learned that Daisy is 100% committed with the Secret Warriors cause and it was so great to see her defending the Inhumans so passionately – whereas last season she was so terrified of what she had become. Amazing character development and such a leap from the Skye we met all the way back in season 1. Also, can I just comment how much I love Mack and Daisy’s partnership? I am now looking forward to their scenes together because they have developed such a great friendship, infused with camaraderie and affection that it is such a treat to watch.

Even though I was surprised they brought Simmons back so soon, I loved the entire process that ultimately led them to her rescue. From Fitz discovering that tiny spec of ancient sand, to the Asgardian professor helping them, to the fact that Daisy was the one who could open the portal in the end.

I was curious about two things, though. One, why did the vibrations affect Daisy so much – to the point that she could die if she held the portal open for too long? And two, if the portal opened to a set of specific vibrations, why did it open for Simmons and snatched her away? Is this foreshadowing into some kind of dormant ability she might have or am I reading too much into this?

Her rescue scene was so tense and I was so sure the entire time that she was going to slip through Fitz’s fingers or that Daisy wouldn’t be able to hold on for too long and Fitz would end up stranded there with her. But then the monolith just sort of imploded and Fitz popped up from the debris, bringing Jemma along with him. I swear I wasn’t breathing until Jemma’s head popped up after it exploded. Their love story is so, so sweet and I really hope they get a chance to talk and sort their relationship out once and for all.

However, I have a feeling that the Fitzsimmons shippers will have to wait a little bit longer to see their favorite couple get together, because it looks like Simmons will go through some serious PTSD after everything she has been through. We also don’t know what exactly happened to her there or if she now has some kind of Inhuman ability. Mostly, I am just glad that she is okay and safe back on Earth.

And last, but definitely not least, let’s talk about Ward. I know he is supposed to be the big bad and he wants to rebuild Hydra and all that, but am I the only one who wants him to die a very painful death (Hunter and May excluded)? Preferably soon? He has embraced his evil side completely and is now just a deranged psychopath. And he is seriously getting on my nerves.

Overall, it was a very, very solid episode. Agents of SHIELD has come a long way since it started and it seems to have finally found its footing. I can’t wait to see where they take us this season.


20-something Brazilian journalist. Crazy about TV. Love Castle, Fringe, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Once Upon a Time and countless other shows. Lost is the best show of all time. Period. @lucianamangas