Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been doubling down on potential spinoffs and Age of Ultron connections over the last week, and “The Frenemy of My Enemy” was no exception. Find out what pit the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. against Hydra against Deathlok against the Inhumans against Skye’s father with our full review, and find out which scene might directly lead into Age of Ultron!

You’re warned of all the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spoilers from tonight’s “The Frenemy of My Enemy,” as per usual, but good grief if the climax of tonight’s hour didn’t descend into Marvel-ous chaos. The outing began innocently enough, as Skye accompanied her father Cal (Kyle MacLachlan) to his old Milwaukee office, before Hydra descended on the facility in pursuit of a powered person utilizing “quantum entanglement,” otherwise known as our Inhuman friend Gordon.

You see, that dastardly Dr. List (Henry Goodman) from The Winter Soldier has been scooping up superpowered folk left and right (including that weirdly spotlighted backpacking fellow from last week), performing deadly experiments in a very familiar-looking facility. One that we can imagine some miraculous twins hanging around in, at least until some colorful friends drop in to say hello, but we’ll come back to that. In any case, Coulson enlists one Grant Ward to send Bakshi in against Dr. List, Deathlok in tow, offering the cybernetic S.H.I.E.L.D. agent as a gift of sorts to get back in List’s good graces.

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Before long, all forces converge on Skye and Cal in his office, including the electrostatic Lincoln (Luke Mitchell), who followed Skye to ensure her safety. What follows soon spirals into all-out chaos, as Lincoln throws electro-bolts into an advancing Deathlok to protect Skye, while Coulson, Ward and Hunter all engage in a vicious firefight with Hydra’s invading agents. Skye gets clear just long enough to see Coulson and Ward working together once again, before Gordon whisks her away and Cal hops along for the ride.

Heck, even the face of our spinoff, Bobbi “Mockingbird” Morse, shows up to the aftermath with Mack behind her, only to find Coulson waiting to surrender himself to the “Real S.H.I.E.L.D.” Someone’s going to have some ‘splaining to do to Admiral Adama, er…Robert Gonzales. May likely won’t be too happy either, what with the “Theta Protocol” Coulson had been keeping hidden from everyone, building a new base for his own superpowered army. Girlfriend even got Simmons in trouble by outing hers and Fitz’s fake toolbox to Bobbi!

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Admittedly not a great bad side to be on, this week.

Oh, and did we mention the part where Ward was back? Not only has the fallen S.H.I.E.L.D. agent fully kindled his relationship with Agent 33, but Ward seemed awfully interested in Coulson’s offer to use the T.A.H.I.T.I. machine, theoretically wiping away any evidence of his evil past, allowing him to start anew. I’m sure Fitz would certainly appreciate it, considering the way he lunged after his former friend, and the manner in which everyone in the Quinjet managed to doublecross one another.

So, where does that leave us? Will List finally report to Baron Von Strucker with Deathlok and a sparky Inhuman in captivity? Will Cal unleash his fury upon the other Inhumans at the “Afterlife” refuge? Where’s Maria Hill in all of this? Has anyone gotten Lincoln his deep-dish pizza yet? And for the love of all things holy, where in the ever-loving world are Patton Oswalt and the Koenigs?


  • Seriously, how adorbs were Skye and Cal walking throughout the city, bonding over ice cream and dreams of days gone by? It all went to hell the moment Lincoln stepped out, but at least we got “Daisy”s last name out of it.
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  • Did no one really notice Deathlok popping some serious rockets out of his arm during the meeting?

Stay tuned for the latest from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., spinoffs, Age of Ultron, Deathlok’s return and more, and check back next week for our full review of every secret divulged within “The Dirty Half Dozen”!