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 Coulson uncovers the Cybertek files on the Deathlok program, he notes how the program goes back to the 90's. The original Deathlok (Luther Manning) was introduced in 1974, but set in a post-apocalyptic future of 1990. The second Deathlok (John Kelly) was introduced in his own comic series in July 1990. See more »


In the flashback (15 years ago) where Garrett and young Ward are on a hunt, Garrett mentions S.H.I.E.L.D, but this "abbreviation" was first introduced in Iron Man. See more »


Grant Ward: Skye's an orphan. Been looking for her parents for awhile. It's not exactly a secret.
Raina: But that's what intrigued me. That and her DNA. It appears to be a match for someone I heard bout a long time ago.
Grant Ward: You know something about Skye's history?
Raina: I can't confirm it's her, but I did hear a story about a baby girl. Years ago, a village in the Hunan province in China. It destroyed, every man, woman, and child torn apart by monsters trying to find this baby.
Grant Ward: Did the monster kill the baby's parents?
Raina: No. ...
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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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