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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (2013) season 3, episode 2
"Purpose in the Machine"
WRITER: DJ DOYLE
DIRECTOR: KEVIN TANCHAROEN
AIR DATE: October 6 2015
"Purpose in the Machine" picks up where the previous episode left off. The storyline takes different characters in different directions. Part of that is an answer to where May (Ming-Na Wen) has been- she’s taken a leave of absence and is spending time with her recovering father, trying to figure out where her life is headed. Her father, a cantankerous but wise man, seems to understand her better than she understands herself.
We catch up with Ward (Brett Dalton), who’s invested himself in rebuilding Hydra. That includes cutting out the dead weight of failures of the past. It also includes a name from comics past, reimagined as a young man - Werner von Strucker (Spencer Treat Clark, who’s grown up a lot from the time when he was in Gladiator). Ward’s surprised by the way the youth reacts under pressure - and the impression Werner makes is a good one; by episode’s end, Werner’s already establishing a place and a secret role yet undefined concerning a recurring character.
The rest of the team is concerned with an immediate problem- finding Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) has come to realize the monolith in their custody is a portal of sorts, and Coulson (Clark Gregg) leads them in enlisting a familiar face to help. Peter MacNicol reprises his role as Elliot Randolph, the Asgardian exile living on Earth, drawn into the efforts to save Gemma from the distant world she’s stranded on. Their quest involves a whole lot of travelling (what else is new in a series about globe-trotting spies) and a destination that wouldn’t look out of place in an Indiana Jones film.
Fitz and Mack
try to get a relic working
By the time it’s all said and done, reunions are made on more than one front, while an agenda is starting to unfold. Ward, who was such a bore as the hero, is more interesting as the villain, playing his own game and pursuing his own ends. What he has in store for Werner (and Werner’s apparent target) is yet to be seen.
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