- Episode: Purpose in the Machine (S3E2)
- Review: ★★★★☆
At the end of the last episode we learned that Simmons has been transported off to a very distant planet. She was trapped there by the monolith that was the “McGuffin” from last season. It’s mystery that the team has been trying to uncover. They re-enlist Elliot Randolph, making a return from the first season, who happens to be an Asgardian that has been on Earth for centuries and knows a thing or two about portals. It’s a clever way to use Peter MacNicol again. His interactions with the agents is really fun. Most of the show is about getting Simmons back.
Finally we get answers about May and where she has been off vacationing. May’s character tends to create some balance in the team so hopefully she get back into action. For now at least, Hunter is able to convince her to help on his vendetta.
One of the best parts of the episode is the return of Ward. Ward spends his time recruiting new Hydra agents. The methods he uses to control his new team, such as a car sequence, is just plain cool. Like anything else is the world, money rules. Ward enlists one very important player that is going to create some awesome tension and subterfuge inside the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D. who also happens to connect Age of Ultron into the series further.
While the team may not be entirely assembled together, it was not to have an update on everyone. Simmons is now the biggest question mark as to how much her time surviving off world will have on her. More than that, Ward’s latest recruit has us the most intrigued.