Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: F.Z.Z.T.

This week’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is titled F.Z.Z.T. Why? That’s classified. If we told you then Agent Coulson would have to kill you.

Firemen who had worked at the Battle of New York are being killed by mysterious bolts of lightening. The team gets to the root of the problem: an alien helmet that they recovered from the battle. The helmet turns out to have an alien virus that ramps up the electricity in the infected person’s brain. (I could have used that during the big exam today.)

During one pivotal scene Coulson clears the building and stays to talk to a man who’s about to blow. “I died” Coulson says. He knows he was dead for more than 8 seconds and he was “over there” and it was beautiful. The man ends up being zapped to death, but he went out peacefully. Coulson is just as curious s we are about exactly what happened to him.

The alien helmet is being sent to the “Sandbox” which is a facility for hazardous materials when Simmons realizes that she has contracted the virus. She’s quarantined in the lab but Fitz doesn’t leave her side as she tries to find a cure herself. Orders from some guy at HQ come down that infected cargo need to be dumped. Coulson hangs up on him (did he use his middle finger on the switch?).  Fitz risks his life and comes in the lab to help Simmons work on a cure. (Do either of these characters have a first name? I guess I should just be glad I finally figured out which is which!) How does Simmons (her name is Jemma, by the way) thank her pal Fitz? She knocks him on the head with a fire extinguisher so she can jump out the back of the plane. (Women!) Fitz comes to just in time to shout after her. Ward jumps after her and catches up to her in the nick of time! (Because I like SHIELD I’m going to pretend I didn’t see the episode of Mythbusters that disproved that you can catch up with someone who has jumped out of a plan before you.) Turns out the mice she had been testing cures on actually were getting better it just took them a while.

Agent Coulson admits to Agents May that he ordered medical tests on himself. His tests say he’s fine but he doesn’t feel fine. He feels different. May tells him to take off his shirt (what we’ve have been shouting at the TV for many an episode now) and look at his scar. She reminds him that he died and that changes someone. He feels different because he is different.

Simmons properly thanks Fitz for helping her by kissing him on the cheek. Might not quite be what he wants, but it’s better than a knock on the head.

Some guy from HQ threatens Coulson that if he doesn’t stay in line, they’ll take his “dream team” away from him. “I’d like to see you try” Coulson says. And so would we!

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