Ward's betrayal and HYDRA's shocking secrets are revealed as Coulson's team goes undercover on a mission that leaves no one unscathed.



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Ward's betrayal and HYDRA's shocking secrets are revealed as Coulson's team goes undercover on a mission that leaves no one unscathed.

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6 May 2014 (USA)  »

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When Quinn explains the super soldiers to the general, he quotes the intro to the Six Million Dollar Man, "better, stronger, faster." See more »


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Ott: We've seen one of these bullets before. What did they use it with?
Diaz: The sleepy-sleep gun, I think.
Ott: That's right. Our team took this rudimentary concept and converted it into an aerosol grenade. Much more useful.
Leo Fitz: [Through Coulson's comm] But this is an icer!
Phil Coulson: Yes, but this is an icer. Triple the stopping power and a much cooler... name.
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References The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) See more »


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Theme Song
Written by Bear McCreary
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The First Deathlok (SPOILER ALERT)
30 November 2014 | by (Massachusetts, United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is where things get the hang of it. This episode blew me away because it revealed a lot of Ward's past and Garrett's past before his demise in Beginning of the End. The episode revealed a lot before season two. It helped explain why HYDRA is so manipulative. It was not as good as "The Things We Bury" or "T.A.H.I.T.I." or "Turn, Turn, Turn". This episode makes Ward like Terra from Kingdom Hearts and Garrett like Xehanort from the same franchise. Ward is also my favorite character from SHIELD. I think he is much better than Bucky Barnes. This episode also explains the difference between a Night-Night Gun and an I.C.E.R.

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